American mental health was already dicey before COVID-19 walloped our hearts and minds, and medical and mental health experts warn that we should be prepared for more to come long after life settles into whatever the post-pandemic “normal” will be. Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 Americans (47 million) already had a diagnosable mental illness, more than 11 million of them serious, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2020, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported a huge jump in the percentage of U.S. adults—from 32 percent, when COVID-19 came to full public awareness in March, to 52 percent in August—who said that worry and stress over the coronavirus had negatively impacted their mental health. From 1 in 10 Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder before the pandemic, the number climbed to 1 in 3. Self-care is more important than ever during, and after, COVID-19. It helps keep the parts … [Read more...] about How to Stay Mentally Resilient During and After the Pandemic
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Chris Cuomo, CNN News anchor and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo , was criticized on Twitter this weekend after he joked that he's "black on the inside" while talking to journalist and CNN colleague Don Lemon. The comment came after he was singing the theme song to Good Times , a television show popular in the 1970s about a black family living in Chicago. Laughing, Lemon asked Chris Cuomo how he knew the words to the song, to which Christ Cuomo responded, "You know, I'm black on the inside." The comment sparked backlash on Twitter after USA Today sports reporter Mike Freeman pointed to the statement alongside a perplexed image of Tom from the cartoon Tom and Jerry on Friday. "It's fucking offensive," tweeted Sister2Sister Magazine Managing Editor Aisha K. Staggers on Saturday, responding to another commenter to Freeman's post. "Black isn't something you can just say you feel you are inside without having to deal with the racism that comes with being … [Read more...] about Chris Cuomo’s ‘Black on the Inside’ Comment Caps Horrible Week for His Family
Cadarius Johnson, seen here at 16 years old when he was booked into Claiborne Parish Detention Center in July 2013. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Cadarius Johnson shuffled into a Shreveport hospital dressed in a prison uniform, his legs in shackles and wrists chained to his thin waist. Two armed guards escorted the 17-year-old with a developmental disability to see a psychologist, ready to intervene in another outburst. In childish, uneven handwriting, Cadarius wrote his name onto a legal form, releasing his right to medical privacy. Whatever unpredictable thing he might say next could be turned over to a judge. It had been three months since an early morning in July 2013 when Cadarius, then 16, was left alone at his mobile home despite a court order telling his mother to stay with him. For reasons that remain unclear, he called 911 and hung up four times before sunrise. Within the hour, Cadarius was in custody, and a sheriff’s deputy was accusing … [Read more...] about A Louisiana teen with disabilities needed help. Why was he accused of trying to kill a cop?
Today marks New Zealand Children’s Day – a time to celebrate our tamariki and recognise the importance and needs of children in society. Save the Children Advocacy and Research Director Jacqui Southey asks parents to put their phones down and hang out with their kids. OPINION: A long-lost friend has just updated her profile pic, there’s a sale from your favourite brand, the latest app or Netflix season has just come out; our everyday world is saturated with digital updates and notifications to our phone or tablet every second of the day. But while there are many benefits to be gained from our digital world, there are also trade-offs. We’ve all heard about the need to limit device use and screen time for our children, from the very young through to teenagers. But what about us – the adults, parents, grandparents? Where are the suggested guidelines for screen time, and what impact does our time lived in the digital world have on our tamariki? Young children are closely … [Read more...] about Parents, put your phones down and hang out with your kids
Pope Francis landed in northern Iraq on Sunday to cap his historic tour to the country with a visit to Christian communities that endured the brutality of a jihadist "caliphate". The heaviest deployment of security forces yet has been mobilised to protect the 84-year-old on what is perhaps his riskiest day in Iraq. Francis landed early on Sunday at the airport in the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil, targeted just a few weeks ago by a volley of rockets that killed two people. He held a brief meeting with regional president Nechirvan Barzani and his cousin, the prime minister Masrour Barzani. The pontiff will then travel by helicopter to lead a prayer "for the victims of the war" in the city of Mosul, an ancient crossroads overrun by the Islamic State group in 2014. "We believers cannot be silent when terrorism abuses religion," Francis said at an interfaith service Saturday, one of the many stops on the first-ever papal visit to the war-scarred country. Pope Francis' trip … [Read more...] about Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under ISIS