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Mental Health

Good mental health is the goal of psychology as a field. Community Psychologists impact the field of psychology by promoting the ways in which social, community, and environmental factors impact psychological wellness as well as access to mental health care.

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When Healing Looks Like Justice: An Interview with Harvard Psychologist Joseph Gone (from Mad in America, 10/8/19)

Posted in: Mental Health, Uncategorized
Community Psychologist, Joseph Gone considers historical trauma and the role of Indigenous healing in mental health.

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Mental Well-Being in Men of Color

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We can use lived experience to generate strategies to enhance the mental health and well-being of men of color.

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Impact of Community Violence on Youth

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status
Community violence impacts all youth, not just youth who are directly exposed to the violence.

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Preventing Future Crime by Addressing Childhood Sexual Abuse and Later Non-Consensual Sexual Experiences in a Community Context

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Mental Health
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Trauma history is linked with later criminal activity. Rehabilitation through the Justice System is limited when it does not address the sexual trauma history of inmates. More work needs to be done to address the cycle of sexual violence within the community.

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Introducing Alternatives to Suicide: An Interview with Caroline Mazel-Carlton about a New Approach to Crisis

Posted in: Mental Health, Self Help
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Suicide is a highly stigmatized topic that many people fear talking about openly (and hearing about). Often, suicidal people are afraid to share their feelings due to the possibility of being blamed, or the potential for coercive consequences such as involuntary commitment (references below). Mutual support groups can help provide a space where people can speak more freely about this topic.

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Early to Bed, More Organized to Rise? Preliminary Evidence Shows that an Earlier Bedtime may be Beneficial for Teens’ Cognitive Functioning

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health
Getting enough sleep is important for mood, physical functioning, and the brain’s ability to function. Teens with later bedtimes demonstrate lower overall executive functioning performance. Some aspects of executive functioning may be more sensitive to sleep than others.

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Why Chatting with your Best Friend about how much Fun you had at the Party is Good for You and Your Community’s Health

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How much people experience and share positive experiences varies day-to-day.and translating these experiences to resilient cognition differs person-to-person.

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How Does Exposure to Violence During Adolescence Impact Future Orientation?

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submitted by A. Simons-Rudolph Exposure to violence (ETV) is associated with poorer mental and physical health outcomes including mental distress, suicidal ideation, problematic behaviors, and substance abuse. Individuals with regular exposure to violence may be at higher risk of hopelessness and more likely to avoid consideration of the future in a positive way. Up to […]

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Psychedelics in Recovery

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Kevin Franciotti introduces Psychedelics in Recovery (PIR), an addiction recovery mutual aid group where members use psychedelic substances as part of their recovery journeys.

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What is Fat Activism? A Dialogue about Body Diversity and Weight Stigma – Lauren Munro

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In this episode of RadioActive Lauren Munro, a Ph.D. student at Wilifrid Laurier University, explains what fat activism is and how the social movement challenges stigmas around fatness.

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