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  • Is Your Child Hooked on Fortnite Yet?

    March 16, 2018

    Over the last few months, Fortnite, the wildly popular online multiplayer from Epic Games, has made the jump from video game to pop-culture sensation. The game boasts more than 45 million players, with an average of 15 million new users each month. Fortnite memes and videos dominate social media feeds…

  • How School Walkout Could Help Ease Children’s Fears of Gun Violence

    March 15, 2018

    If your kids participated in the nationwide school walkout March 14 to protest gun violence they weren’t just taking a stand.  They might also be helping their mental health and easing anxiety they feel about a mass shooting happening at their school. A month after 17 students were gunned down…

  • Teens need early intervention

    March 09, 2018

    Pediatric experts call for annual depression screenings Although early treatment is seen as an important first step to combating depression, only about half of depressed adolescents are diagnosed before becoming adults. Primary care physicians only identify about one out of every three adolescents with depression, and only about half of those…

  • Medical Marijuana Not Approved to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

    March 08, 2018

    On Monday, Feb. 26, the state Board of Physicians tabled a proposal to add opioid use disorder and opioid withdrawals to Connecticut’s list of approved medical marijuana conditions, citing a need to further consult with mental health and addiction experts. The Board considered three other chronic conditions and diseases at…

  • ‘Fresh Check Days’ Help College Students Stay in Check with Mental Health

    February 22, 2018

    At first glance, it looks like so many other events on a college campus. Inflatable obstacle courses, t-shirt tie-dying stations, and a student-led yoga class pepper the lawn. Students stroll by booths representing different campus groups, collecting Frisbees, sunglasses and other giveaways. Others line up by a row of local…

  • The Super Bowl Can Mean Super Grief for Some Fans

    January 30, 2018

    For Super Bowl 52, almost half of all televisions in the U.S. were tuned to the Super Bowl, the most watched sporting event in the country. In New England, home to many devout Patriots fans (and some fanatics), the game likely evoked a range of emotions following the team’s 41-33…

  • Where to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs? Here’s a Drop-Box Map.

    January 16, 2018

    The state Department of Consumer Protection has launched a tool to help community members locate the nearest prescription drug drop box in the state. The DCP website now contains an interactive map (click here) where people can zoom into their town and see the closest place to safely dispose of their…

  • World Health Leaders Agree: Addiction to Video Games is Real

    January 10, 2018

    In the 1980’s America had “Pac Man Fever,” a supposedly harmless compulsion to play the dot munching arcade game.  There was even a popular song about the so-called affliction. Now more than 30 years later, world health leaders believe that addiction to video games is actually quite real. In December,…

  • White House Christmas Tree Ornament Honors HHC Leader and Recovery Crusader Karen Kangas

    December 14, 2017

    Karen Kangas is proud to be a pioneer in the field of mental health, well known in the profession for her work promoting the rights and skills of those in recovery by sharing her own story of success following treatment for bi-polar disorder and alcohol addiction. But she never expected…

  • Study: Use of Electronic Devices Linked to Teen Depression

    November 28, 2017

    A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science shows a possible correlation between increased symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts in teens who spend more than three hours a day online, on cellphones or playing video games.  Symptoms were particularly prevalent among girls, the survey reports. The study…

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