Psychology Around the Net: August 24, 2019


This week’s Psychology Around the Net provides tips for kicking off a healthy school year, creative prompts to help you deal with anxiety, news about a possible link between children’s language and mental health, and more.

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Tips For A Successful 2019 School Year: Many schools went back in session this week; some were already in full swing! Jim Holsomback presents a handy guide on tips for a great start, sample conversation starters to help you engage with your kid and stay in the loop, and several mental health resources for parents and children.

These College Students Are Far More Prone to Serious Mental-Health Issues: According to a new study, college students with marginalized gender identities (that’s to say, those who identify as nonbinary or something different from what they were assigned at birth including transgender, gender nonconforming, or genderqueer) are more likely to experience mental health problems than cisgender students. Researchers studied how 65,213 students (1,237 of whom were gender-minority students) across more than 70 U.S. higher education institutions responded to the annual Healthy Minds Study between 2015 and 2017. They found around 78% of gender minority students (compared to 45% of cisgender students) “met the criteria” for at least one of the mental health conditions measured.

10 Creative Prompts to Play With When You’re Feeling Anxious: Anxiety and fear make us feel restricted and suffocated, but art — with its liberating and limitless characteristics — can help us navigate the anxiety.

Prince William Is Making a Documentary About Mental Health Awareness: Earlier this month, Prince William announced the launch of “Head’s Up,” which is a new mental health initiative between Head’s Together and the Football Association (of which he’s the president). This week, he announced he’s making a documentary about men’s mental fitness, using football as a lens.

Study Identifies Possible Genetic Link Between Children’s Language and Mental Health: After examining the genetic variants in six genes thought to contribute to children’s language development, researchers think there might be genetic explanations for why some kids with poor language also have poor mental health. Says Dr. Umar Toseeb, lead author of the study: “If our findings are confirmed in future work, it could mean that, rather than wait for children with developmental language disorder to show symptoms of poor mental health before intervening, mental health support is put in place as soon as language difficulties become apparent, as a preventative measure.”

These Limited-Edition Nikes Were Created to Bring Awareness to Mental Health: Liz Beecroft, a psychotherapist and mental health awareness advocate who’s dealt with mental health issues both in her professional and personal lives, teamed up with Nike By You and Cultivator to create Nike’s new AirMax 270 React “In My Feels” shoe. Says Beecroft, “My goal with all of this is to let everyone know that understanding our feelings are valid and we don’t have to suffer alone. It’s okay to feel the feels.” The shoes are available now through September 3rd and a portion of the proceeds to to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

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