Psychology Around the Net: February 8, 2020
In this week’s Psychology Around the Net, we discuss what happens when workplaces are rated for their mental health benefits, how the coronavirus is affecting people with severe health anxiety, why kids today are feeling the weight of the world, how many college students are unable to afford mental health treatment, the benefits of teletherapy for farmworkers, and more.
New Mental Health Certification Will Help Create Healthier Workplaces: Does your workplace make mental health a priority? Mental Health America (MHA) has recently announced a new national employer certification program involving five categories: workplace culture, health insurance and benefits, employee perks and programs, legal and ethical compliance and leadership and community engagement. Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO says, “While employees seek workplaces that are stable, supportive, and less stressful, employers seek workers who are engaged, productive and loyal. Fortunately, by addressing mental health at work, employers can achieve the distinct but complementary goals of both employees and the organization.” This Forbes article goes into detail about the MHA certification process.
As Coronavirus Spreads, Anxiety Spreads Faster: While many people are concerned about the new coronavirus spreading outward from Wuhan, China, the illness is having particularly nasty effects on people with severe health anxiety (hypochondria) or OCD with a health/germ fixation. “Anytime there are media reports about ‘new’ or ‘exotic’ illnesses, we start to receive numerous calls and emails from people who are excessively anxious about the perceived threat that these conditions pose,” said Tom Corboy, executive director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles. This article offers tips for those struggling with severe health anxiety.
The Environmental Burden of Generation Z: Kids today are terrified, anxious and depressed about climate change. In this article, the author discusses why this is so: “As climate change continues unabated, parents, teachers and medical professionals across the country find themselves face-to-face with a quandary: How do you raise a generation to look toward the future with hope when all around them swirls a message of apparent hopelessness?”
Students Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Groceries and Therapy: In this article, the author expresses how students at Stanford University are at risk of expending “immense financial and emotional resources” just trying to obtain some mental health therapy — and how this problem is mirrored all over the nation at various campuses.
For Farmworkers Facing Debilitating Depression, Is Teletherapy a Solution?: This article begins with the poignant story of Marco Garcia, a 57-year-old Mexican-born farmworker in North Carolina. Due to a diabetic ulcer on his leg, Garcia cannot walk, much less work. “I would think, ‘What am I doing in this world? I would get to a point where I would rather die. I felt like I was [of] no use,” he said. Thankfully, Garcia was offered teletherapy by the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program (NCFHP), and though reluctant at first, he believes it helped pull him out of his deep depression. Unfortunately, many farmworkers across America still face enormous barriers to getting mental health therapy. The NCFHP teletherapy program is one of the first of its kind in the U.S.— and its creators are hoping it can become a model for others.
Homeless US Student Population ‘Highest in More Than a Decade’: A new study finds that the number of homeless students in America is the highest it’s been in more than a decade. Why is this happening?