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Houston Non-Profit to Provide Free Mental Health Services to Texas Service Industry Employees (Houston Eater)

  The Southern Smoke Foundation, a Houston, Texas-based non-profit, has announced a new initiative to provide free mental health services to anyone in the food and beverage industry — and their children — in Texas. This program was inspired in part by the 2018 suicide of Anthony Bourdain, and is being conducted in partnership with Mental Health America of Greater Houston and the University of Houston Department of Psychology. "We must be better to one another in the work place and provide a safe environment." - Kathryn Lott, executive director of Southern Smoke A 2017 study showed that the food...

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Online Therapy Works (theconversation.com)

The psychotherapy field, in general, has been dismissive of telehealth since the inception of the technology. However, the current pandemic has caused previously disdainful therapists and experts to rethink their stance.

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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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Mental Health Care Innovator "Mindstrong Health" Secures New Financing (TechCrunch.com)

“…1 in 25 [US adults] experience serious mental illness, and the pandemic is making these numbers worse. Meanwhile, more than 60% of US counties don’t have a single practicing psychiatrist.” – Joe Lansdale, founder of 8VC and Mindstrong Health investor. What is Mindstrong Health? It’s a healthcare innovation company that is dedicated to transforming mental health using tech. The company recently appointed former Uber exec Daniel Graf as CEO, which seems to signal that they want to “lead from the front” in terms of implementing the technology of today (and tomorrow) in order to expand their care capabilities both now...

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