From NPR.org, an excellent summary of research on stressed people (caregivers for loved ones with dementia) that identifies ways to cope that make a difference, and are do-able. Take a moment to identify one positive event each day. Tell someone about the positive event or share it on social media. This can help you savor the moment a little longer. Start a daily gratitude journal. Aim to find little things you’re grateful for, such as a good cup of coffee, a pretty sunrise or nice weather. Identify a personal strength and reflect on how you’ve used this strength today or
NPR posted “Sleep Scientist Warns against Walking through Life ‘In An Underslept State’” on 10-16-17. This article, which is a summary of a fresh air interview with sleep scientist Matthew Walker is an excellent and concise summary of the current science behind getting adequate and healthy sleep. Dr. Walker provided seven recommendations for behaviors that will help with sleep.
Mental health Minnesota, which used to be the Mental Health Association of Minnesota, provides an interesting service utilizing Peer Support Specialists, The Minnesota WarmLine.People in a mental health crisis may text a message to the program and receive a call from a peer support specialist For a “safe and confidential” discussion that can provide support, coaching, and help with accessing resources.
ScienceBlog posted “Depression Screening Rates in Primary Care Remain Low” on 2-20-17. This article reviews the results of a study that found that, in spite of efforts to increase depression screening in PCP offices, less than 5% of adult patients are actually screened.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration – Center for Integrated Health Solutions presented a webinar, “Aging Well: Addressing Behavioral Health with Older Adults in Primary Care Settings” on 2-15-17. (to view the video, you must register. It is 90 minutes. I think that I have summarized the most important information.)