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"My PTSD can be a weight. But in this pandemic, it feels like a superpower." (VOX.com)

One woman's account of how her struggle with complex PTSD has helped her to cope with the on-going pandemic.

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Taylor Michel

With School Buildings Closed, Children's Mental Health Is Suffering (NPR.org)

In a new piece published in JAMA Pediatrics, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, one of the nation’s most prominent pediatricians and Director of the Center for Child Heath, Behavior & Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital, discusses why he believes that “the risks to children’s learning, social-emotional development, and mental health need to be better balanced with the risks of spreading the coronavirus.”

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Jason Swanson

American Red Cross Offering Free Mental Health First Aid Course

American Red Cross is offering a mental health first aid course for free.

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Mental Health Hotline Sees 891% Spike in Calls During Pandemic

The Disaster Distress Helpline, a federal crisis hotline, has seen a huge spike in calls of people seeking help recently. The national helpline, ran by the at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides counseling for people facing emotional distress during times of natural and human-caused disasters. In March, the helpline saw a 338% increase in call volume compared with February, according to spokesperson with the agency. And compared to last year for the month of March, they had an 891% increase of calls. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate...

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