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St. Jude psychologists: Tend to your mental health over the holidays; address isolation, loneliness, grief

With the holiday season in full swing and many Americans bracing for a long winter of increased isolation, loneliness and grief, the team of psychologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are asking Americans to take a few moments out of their busy schedules today to tend to mental health. Megan Wilkins The team of psychologists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have years of experience...

As COVID-induced mental health issues emerge, this expert says ‘send your brain on a summer vacation’

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward It’s summer and that usually means lots of fun. But, the quarantine from COVID-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and loneliness. It can seem overwhelming as if there is no hope, but Dr. Annette Nunez says it is possible to achieve a positive summer mindset and improve our mental health. She suggests sending your brain on a summer vacation. Dr. Nunez, a licensed psychotherapist,...

Senior care experts say Interacting with animals can help seniors feel less depressed and isolated

Social isolation is becoming an increasingly common issue, with one in five Americans reporting they feel lonely. Seniors are especially vulnerable to these feelings, with nearly half saying they often feel lonely. A new survey by Home Instead, Inc. found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults. “While we recognize that pet ownership...

Loneliness – whether perceived or real – increases chance of dying, study suggests

Kentucky Health News   Loneliness increases your chance of dying, according to a study by Brigham Young University and published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. It found that the subjective feeling of loneliness increases risk of death by 26 percent, social isolation increases mortality risk 29 percent and living alone, 32 percent.   (Photo from Creative Commons) “The...