Good quality sleep crucial to mental health and wellbeing

Having a good quality and restorative sleep is essential for one to be able to function well throughout the day. Failure to do so will lead to numerous impacts to health, both long- and short-term.

Mar 24

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Hong Kong: Government, schools need to do more to stop youth ...

HONG KONG - Ingrained resistance to discussing mental health problems and suicide in Hong Kong is proving to be an obstacle to bringing down the rising rate of young people killing themselves, suicide prevention workers say. The city's youth ...

Mar 24

Categories: Suicide Prevention, Teenage Issues

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Social groups alleviate depression

Building a strong connection to a social group helps clinically depressed patients recover and helps prevent relapse, according to a new study. For the paper, (CIFAR) Senior Fellow Alexander Haslam, lead author Tegan Cruwys and their colleagues at ...

Mar 23

Categories: Depression, Social Anxiety / Phobia, Social Isolation

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To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

Jilly Dos Santos really did try to get to school on time. She set three successive alarms on her phone. Skipped breakfast. Hastily applied makeup while her fuming father drove. But last year she rarely made it into the frantic scrum at the doors of ...

Mar 22

Categories: Sleep Disorders, Teenage Issues

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Mindfulness: Is it a fad or a powerful life-changing coping skill? A ...

In mindfulness, you train your mind to focus on the present and respond with reason before emotion. It's about taking a pause and guiding yourself to become "aware enough in the moment so that before you react, you're aware of how you're responding ...

Mar 22

Categories: Mindfulness

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Reducing Anxiety With a Smartphone App

"Millions of people suffering from psychological distress fail to seek or receive mental health services. A key factor here is that many evidence-based treatments are burdensome - time consuming, expensive, difficult to access, and perceived as ...

Mar 21

Categories: Anxiety

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Jet Mystery Spotlights How Airlines Gauge Pilots' Mental Fitness

Investigators’ focus on the role of pilots on the missing Malaysian jetliner casts a spotlight on how commercial aviators are screened for mental health. Malaysian Airline System Bhd. gives psychological tests, a common industry practice in Asia, ...

Mar 21

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With hand on heart, people are seen as more honest, and they really ...

You know when you want a friend or partner to tell you, honestly, how you look in a new outfit? A new study offers a way. Daft as it may sound, the findings suggest that if you truly want an honest verdict, it could work to ask your friend to put ...

Mar 21

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Stress undermines empathic abilities in men but increases them

Stressed males tend to become more self-centered and less able to distinguish their own emotions and intentions from those of other people. For women the exact opposite is true. Stress, this problem that haunts us every day, could be undermining ...

Mar 20

Categories: Empathy, Stress Management

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Two-year study aims to get Singaporeans to seek help for mental ...

With many people in Singapore suffering from mental illness but not seeking treatment, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) said it has been conducting a two-year study to gain insight into Singaporeans' understanding and attitudes towards mental ...

Mar 20

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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What's so bad about feeling happy?

Why is being happy, positive and satisfied with life the ultimate goal of so many people, while others steer clear of such feelings? It is often because of the lingering belief that happiness causes bad things to happen, says Mohsen Joshanloo and ...

Mar 20

Categories: Happiness

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Emotions May Not Be So Universal After All

From a very young age, infants have a way of making their feelings known – contorted faces and howls indicate their displeasure with a meal or a damp diaper, a gummy smile their contentment, and a furrowed brow their puzzlement over a new ...

Mar 19

Categories: Emotional Intelligence

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Mindfulness-Based Meditation Helps Teenagers with Cancer

Mindfulness-based meditation could lessen some symptoms associated with cancer in teens, according to the results of a clinical trial intervention led by researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s ...

Mar 19

Categories: Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Mindfulness

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Why are extraverts happier?

Numerous personality studies have found the same pattern time and again - extraverts tend to be happier than introverts. But why? A popular theory holds that extraverts are happier because they find fun activities more enjoyable, as if they have a ...

Mar 18

Categories: Happiness

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Intelligent people are more likely to trust others

Intelligent people are more likely to trust others, while those who score lower on measures of intelligence are less likely to do so, says a new study. Oxford University researchers based their finding on an analysis of the General Social Survey, a ...

Mar 18

Categories: Trust Issues

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