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Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 1

Black Mental Health Matters, Volume 1

  The mental health of black people in America is challenged every day. Viral videos of black men being killed, stories about black people being harassed and having the police called on them while they're just going about their lives, suspicious looks when a black person drives through "the wrong neighborhood," and so many more systemic problems do constant harm to the mental well-being of all African Americans. Preston Mitchum, a civil rights advocate and professor at Georgetown Law Center, highlights the physical symptoms that can accompany the mental anguish of watching another black man killed on camera. Stomach pain, racing...

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Mental Health Concerns Among DC Area Residents as City Begins to Reopen (DCist.com)

Mental Health Concerns Among DC Area Residents as City Begins to Reopen (DCist.com)

  On May 29, 2020, Washington DC began the phased process of reopening after Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a shutdown that lasted two months due to the furious spread of COVID-19. The gradual lifting of restrictions came after city officials declared that the city had met four metrics: A 14-day decline in the spread of COVID-19 and the overall rate of transmission Enough hospital beds to handle a surge in cases The ability to test priority groups Increased capacity to conduct contact tracing of new infections While the “stay-at-home” order dissolved, allowing us to slowly regain some semblance of normalcy,...

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Mental Health Concerns in LGBTQ People are Exacerbated by Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place Orders

Mental Health Concerns in LGBTQ People are Exacerbated by Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place Orders

  We here at IFHP focus a lot of our energy on bringing mental health concerns to light, and most often our spotlight shines on veteran- and service member-related issues. However, too many people in the LGBTQ community suffer the same maladies without the same recognition. June is Pride Month, but due to the pandemic, all of the typical celebrations have been cancelled. This blow to recognition comes on top of months of social isolation and, in some cases, being stuck at home with family members who refuse to accept LGBTQ people or are even openly hostile toward them. It's...

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Physical Activity Can Enhance Mental Health

  It's a proven fact that exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. There are a host of other benefits to exercising regularly, too (weight loss, increased interest in sex, increased stamina, etc.) In the midst of this pandemic, when so many of us are self-isolating and cut off from our normal routines, it's more important than ever to do everything we can to keep our stress levels low and give our lives a little structure. Although mental health professionals have been slow to adopt exercise regimens in the...

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