Happy 4th of July!
Here in America, not only does July usher in the birthday celebrations of these United States, but since 2008 July has also been the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, or Minority Mental Health Month, or even BIPOC Mental Health Month (Mental Health America has decided to phase out the word “minority” and instead refer to Blacks, Indigenous People, and People of Color).
Regardless of how the name evolves, its original namesake — Bebe Moore Campbell — was a teacher, author, journalist, and mental health advocate who worked hard to bring awareness to the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities. Bebe Moore Campbell passed away in 2006, and in May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announce July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
There are plenty of online resources that can guide you on learning more and getting involved! Consider getting started with MHA’s 2020 BIPOC Mental Health Month Toolkit, which focuses on everything from mental health and racial trauma to lists of resources specifically for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as NAMI’s Strength Over Silence, an ongoing docuseries highlighting the perspectives on mental health across different backgrounds and communities.
Now, on to this week’s Psychology Around the Net!
Living With Family Amid the Pandemic? Follow This Mental Health Advice: According to a recent analysis, somewhere around 2.7 million U.S. adults aged 18 to 25 moved in with another adult family member back in March and April, putting the number of young adults living with an adult or grandparent at an all-time high. Usually, these types of living arrangements are seasonal (think college semesters and job stints) but given the pandemic-related job losses, school shutdowns, and financial problems, these living arrangements are under different circumstances — and much longer. Naturally, these kinds of living situations can bring about both family and financial tensions, and Newport Institute Executive Director Jennifer Dragonette, Psy.D, has some advice to alleviate the stress.
‘We’ll Always Have Paris’: Taking Momentary Mental Vacations in Stressful Times: Ivy Blonwyn shares a beautifully written reminder that your world can be beautiful, as long as you choose it to be so.
Stop Procrastinating by Doing Your Future Self a ‘Favor’: This little productivity hack explains how can bust procrastination by looking at doing a task at present not as a chore, but as a favor to your future self.
New Programs Use Mental Health Professionals As an Alternative to Police: Studies report at least one in four people killed by police has a mental health problem, and some cities around the nation — including Eugene, OR and now Denver, CO — are implementing programs where a paramedic and a behavioral health specialist, rather than law enforcement, respond to low-risk 911 calls.
Infant Sleep Issues Linked to Mental Health Problems in Adolescents, Study Suggests: New research out of the United Kingdom shows that there might be a link between sleep problems in early childhood and the development of some mental health disorders in adolescence. The study, involving 7,155 children, found that irregular sleep routines and frequently waking in the night as babies and toddlers was linked to psychotic experiences in 12- and 13-year-old children. Additionally, kids who slept for short periods at night were more likely to experience borderline personality disorder as early as 11 and 12 years old.
Don’t Judge Me by My Inattentive Mistakes: “Being prone to those trivial errors that make you slap your forehead doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot to offer – fortunately, most things that matter are about much more than being able to avoid inattentive mistakes.”