$5M gift to Children’s Hospital paves way for kids mental health program

The Connor Group and Dayton Children’s Hospital announced today a deal to create a model for mental and behavioral health care that will help Dayton’s most vulnerable children live as healthy as possible today and into the future.

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A new program at Dayton Children’s will integrate behavioral health care into a pediatrician’s well-child visit and could become a national model for preventing mental health crisis. It will be administered at the newly-renamed Connor Child Health Pavilion on the east edge of Dayton Children’s main campus.

The project is made possible through one of the largest gifts in Dayton Children’s history, which is a $5 million, five-year initial investment from The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners, the nonprofit arm of the local real estate investment firm. Dayton Children’s will raise $3 million in matching funds. Connor Group officials, who have

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New California law is a national model for mental health care reform

As our nation continues to confront the ramifications of a global pandemic, the stigma around mental health and addiction seems to be dissipating. People are talking, opening up to friends and family, and finally realizing it’s OK to not be OK.

This type of awareness is a major step forward for a nation that saw nearly 72,000 overdose deaths in 2019 and more than 48,000 deaths from suicide in 2018.

But to truly benefit society, increasing awareness must be met with a strong infrastructure of mental health and addiction care to serve Americans’ needs. And that’s just doesn’t exist in most states. People with mental health and substance use disorders are still relegated to a separate and unequal system of care — one with far too few providers; unreliable, limited insurance coverage; and serious roadblocks around every corner.


This doesn’t bode well for a new wave of mental

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How beauty can influence our mental health

We are constantly bombarded with images and social media posts that make people feel like they need to achieve perfection, which is unattainable. I have been open about my own personal mental health struggles and how I have felt “less than.”

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Growing up in the public eye is a lot of pressure. It’s hard enough for anyone during those early years but imagine it with the world judging you and commenting on every aspect of your life and choices. Sometimes I do think it made me have a thicker skin and I don’t regret growing up the way I did. It’s an understatement to say I feel incredibly lucky to have a platform where I know I can make a difference.

But that does not mean I haven’t had difficult times. I decided to be open about what I was experiencing, and because of this I have

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Team GB hopeful Gibson opens up on mental health challenge after Olympic and wedding postponement

Team GB hockey hopeful Harry Gibson says he’s had to dig deep to manage his mental health after the postponement of his wedding and the Olympic Games in the same year, writes Tom Harle.

The goalkeeper was making final preparations to marry fiancée Jessica in October, the highlight of a summer that should have included the Tokyo Games in July.

COVID-19 meant both have been pushed back to 2021 and Gibson says keeping physically fit and learning acceptance were key pillars of his pandemic journey.

“This was meant to be the best year ever and while I’m very lucky to have my health, it’s been rather rough for Jess and I,” said the 27-year-old.

“We gave ourselves a three-month window to postpone the wedding and ended up pulling the plug in June, the stress of it got too much.

“Tokyo was postponed on the day before my birthday, which was

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5 ways Black and Hispanic women can jumpstart their journey toward better mental health care

Black and Hispanic women around the country are fighting a silent battle of anxiety, stress, isolation and depression.

The coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately affecting the Black community, with 31 percent of Blacks personally knowing someone who had died of COVID-19, compared to 9 percent of white people, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Black women are nearly twice as likely as white men to have been laid off, furloughed or had their hours or pay reduced because of the pandemic, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute. They are also more likely than white workers to work outside the home as an essential worker. Couple this with the #BlackLivesMatter movement that’s casting a glaring spotlight on racial injustice across the country, and we’ve got a recipe for a mental health crisis.

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Hispanics are also being hit

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Sally Hawkins breaks down the challenges of portraying mental illness in Eternal Beauty

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Sally Hawkins has a fondness for characters that, in her words, “fall in the gaps.”

“I’m aligned with people in life that may not be noticed or are generally stigmatized,” she tells EW. “Those stories are always more interesting. Every single person has a voice. Whether it’s somebody who’s not sorted out or is part of a section of society that is not necessarily treated with compassion. Spinning that on its head and seeing them with love — as soon as we open our hearts and our minds, then we can begin to change.”

a person standing posing for the camera: Sally Hawkins discusses portraying mental illness in 'Eternal Beauty' and her fondness for playing people who 'fall through the gaps.'

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Sally Hawkins discusses portraying mental illness in ‘Eternal Beauty’ and her fondness for playing people who ‘fall through the gaps.’

Hawkins has earned Oscar nominations for her portrayal of two such people, the eternally optimistic Poppy in Happy-Go-Lucky and mute cleaner Elisa in The Shape of

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Google says beauty filters bad for mental health, Pixel phones won’t use them by default

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Modern-day smartphones come with a lot of enhancements to improve photography experience, with many of them offering beauty filters and other such features to smoothen out skin details in pictures. However, there has always been debate over the use of such methods, with few studies showing that these filters can have a negative effect on mental health.

It appears Google has also been keeping eye on such reports, with the company now announcing that it will be distancing its phones from such features. Google has said that it will be turning them off by default on its own phones and encouraging other OEMs to do the same.

In a blog post, it said, “We set out to better understand the effect filtered selfies might have on people’s wellbeing… especially when filters are on by default. We conducted multiple studies and spoke with the child and mental health experts from around

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Google says ‘beauty’ filters are bad for your mental health, Pixel cameras won’t use them by default

Google says 'beauty' filters are bad for your mental health, Pixel cameras won't use them by default

Most smartphones have offered some type of ‘beauty’ filter for years, which smooth out pimples, freckles, wrinkles, and other details in your face. There are a few studies that show such functionality can have a negative effect on mental health, and as a result, Google is now turning them off by default on its own phones and encouraging other OEMs to do the same.

“We set out to better understand the effect filtered selfies might have on people’s wellbeing,” Google said in a blog post, “especially when filters are on by default. We conducted multiple studies and spoke with child and mental health experts from around the world, and found that when you’re not aware that a camera or photo app has applied a filter, the photos can negatively impact mental wellbeing. These default filters can quietly set a beauty standard that some people compare themselves against.”

Google has created

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Women’s mental health improves after giving up alcohol, study finds

Many women drink alcohol to relax, feel good and take the edge off life, but recent evidence suggests skipping that daily glass of wine is a better way to boost their mental health.

With the start of Sober October — a month dedicated to going alcohol-free, much like Dry January — it may be another good reason to try a break from booze.

First, some sobering new statistics. Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise in the U.S., increasing by 43% from 2006 to 2018, a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The impact was greatest on women.

Experts are also linking pandemic stress to a spike in alcohol use in 2020, with women’s stress drinking increasing significantly. The most problematic alcohol use happened around March and April of this year, one expert told NBC News.

The findings come as many Americans have been trying

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‘Incorrect mental model’ led to Qantas 737 runway incursion | News

The captain of a Qantas Boeing 737-800 had developed an “incorrect mental model” of exit taxiways at Perth airport, believing that the aircraft would not need to cross an active runway after exiting the taxiway.

Even when he saw an illuminated stop bar, he believed it was installed incorrectly.

This led to a runway incursion, which saw the aircraft cross a designated stopping point and nearly entering the adjacent runway, where another Qantas 737 was about to commence its takeoff.


Releasing its final report into the 2018 incident, investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) also note that the two 737s came into extremely close contact after the departing 737 rejected takeoff — the latter’s wingtip was just 15m away from the nose of the other 737.

The incident took place on 28 April 2018, when a Qantas 737, registered VH-XZM, had landed at runway 03, after a flight

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