Beginning in 1992, October 10th is observed as World Mental Health day. The goal of this world-wide effort is promote awareness of mental health, educate the public, and try to prevent the stigma which is still often associated with mental health issues. This year’s theme, “Mental Health for all,” recognizes that these impacts have been felt by everyone due to COVID-19. Challenges have come in many forms, such as providing childcare while working from home; going to work with the fear of bringing COVID-19 home; livelihoods being threatened; or coping with the isolation that comes with social distancing.
For this Weekend’s Reading, check out #Mental Health By the Numbers to read about the current mental health impact in Detroit and across the country. Next, explore #Workplace Mental Health for articles on mental health and the workplace, including a great story by an NBA player. Check out #Back in the Day for a historical look at mental health treatment in the U.S. Last but not least, do not miss #A Little Music Please – and the new addition to the Merck Manuals.
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. #Mental Health By the Numbers
- Kaiser Family Foundation: Mental Illnesses May Soon Be the Most Common Pre-Existing Conditions
- U.S. News: The U.S. Cities Most Susceptible to COVID-19, Poor Mental Health
- Boston University: Depression Rate Has Tripled among US Adults
2. #At Work
- Forbes: Mental Health And Remote Work: Survey Reveals 80% Of Workers Would Quit Their Jobs For This
- Washington Post: Doctors die by suicide at twice the rate of everyone else. Here’s what we can do.
- Players Tribune: Kevin Love – Cleveland Cavaliers To Anybody Going Through It
3. #Back in the Day
- University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing: History of Psychiatric Hospitals
- Talkspace: The History of Inhumane Mental Health Treatment
4. #A Little Music Please
- Medgadget: MerckManuals.com Notes: “Keep Music in Mind” for Its Mental Health Benefits
- PRN Newswire: 140 Singers Bring Awareness for World Mental Health Day on October 10th, 2020 in ‘Breathe!’
- New York Times: A New Film Looks at an Orchestra for People With Mental Illness