Mental Health Conditions Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Engagement in Enjoyable Activities Promotes Mental Health

March 10, 2023 | NWI

A new systematic research review finds that interventions that promote youth and young adult participation in pleasurable activities has positive impacts on symptoms of depression and anxiety; and that such interventions may be developmentally well-suited to address young people’s mental health problems.

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Tablet-Based Screening Doubles Detection of Youth Psychosis

March 10, 2023 | NWI

Asking young people to take a short survey on a tablet before their appointments may help mental health providers identify those at risk of psychosis. A new study found that when patients took a 21-question pre-visit survey, more than twice as many were identified at risk of psychosis compared to those who did not complete the survey.

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Exercise Effective Against Depression

January 27, 2023 | NWI

Intervening with physical activity appears to mitigate depressive symptoms in children and adolescents, a systematic review and meta-analysis of almost 2,500 participants found.

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Surfing, Dancing, Rollerskating Prescribed for Young People

December 11, 2022 | NWI

For a new research study in Britain, young people will take part in surfing, rollerskating and gardening to see whether sport, the arts and outdoor activities can make them less anxious and depressed. An earlier, smaller study found involvement improved young people’s personal and mental wellbeing, especially among those who were feeling the worst at the outset, and reduced loneliness.

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The Active Ingredients in Effective Interventions

December 11, 2022 | NWI

This two-part report summarizes what we’ve learned about the evidence for ‘active ingredients’ of effective interventions for youth anxiety and depression – these are the aspects of interventions that make a difference in preventing or managing anxiety and depression.

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Youth Depression Screening Does Not Prevent Hospitalizations or Suicide Attempts

August 7, 2022 | NWI

Guidelines in the US advocate for depression screening in adolescents in the hopes that mental health struggles can be identified early and that this will prevent them from becoming more problematic over time. But a new study found that there was no difference in outcomes between those who were screened and those who were not.

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Challenges for Families of Special-Needs Children Adopted from Overseas

August 7, 2022 | NWI

For years, evangelical Christians were enthusiastic supporters of adoption by sponsoring conferences, targeting adoption-friendly Sundays and staging adoption fairs in parish halls. Thousands of overseas children got new homes. Leading the way were evangelical luminaries such as recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman (three daughters from China) and then-Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore (two sons from Russia). Enthusiastic parents took up the challenge, traveling overseas for one or more children, even adopting special needs kids whose home countries were not interested in their care. More than a decade after this movement peaked, many families who went overseas are in crisis mode.

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Lack of Sleep Contributes to Mental Health Difficulties

June 13, 2022 | NWI

Teen mental health is a major concern for today’s parents. More than 1 in 3 high-schoolers say they’ve felt persistent sadness or hopelessness, and roughly 1 in 5 reports having seriously considered suicide. Many are searching for answers. But one major culprit identified in in this Washington Post opinion piece could be the significant sleep deprivation of this generation of teens.

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The Rise of Suicide Among Youth and Young Adults

May 13, 2022 | NWI

For decades, the average age of suicides has decreased and the rate of youth suicide has increased. Among youth and young adults, suicide is as common a cause of death as car crashes. This article explores what is and isn’t known about causes and treatment.

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Surprising Findings on Self-Harm During the Pandemic

February 24, 2022 | NWI

A study from Canada finds that, contrary to what many predicted, in the first 15 months of the pandemic, there was a decline in hospital care for either self-harm or overdose in teenagers and adolescents.

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