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Friday Roundup – LGBT Homelessness, Of Mice and Stress, Humble Bosses, and More!

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Attention lovely readers! We at Healthshire will be providing you with a weekly Friday roundup of the latest in mental health news. Let us do all the work and be your one-stop-shop for all things current!

Friday Roundup – The Latest in Mental Health News

(and other stuff)

LGBT Homeless Youth Increasing in Numbers

NBC News reports on a startling statistic about homeless youth. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) homeless youth are increasing in number. According to research, LGBT youth make up 40% of the country’s homeless youth population. While strides have been made in the LGBT community, the youth are still left behind. Many LGBT adolescents and teens leave home (by choice or force) because they feel unaccepted by their families at home. They are exposed to the dangers of living on the streets: drugs, violence, prostitution for survival, and contracting diseases such as HIV. As reported by NBC:

“It’s hard for me to imagine a worse and more harmful expression of homophobia in our time than the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of kids who are being rejected by their families and put out onto the streets,” said Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, a shelter for LGBT youth in New York.

DBT Effective for Adolescent Suicidality and Self-Harm

According to a report recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) may be a beneficial mode of therapy for adolescents experiencing depression, repetitive self-harming behaviors, and suicidal ideation. In the study, DBT was found to be more effective than enhanced usual care (EUC) in decreasing self-harming behaviors, depression, and suicidal ideation.

Legislation to Help Veterans Access Mental Health Services

The U.S. Senate recently approved a bill that would ultimately improve access to mental health services for veterans. The legislation, known as the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, has a broader goal that would increase the VA’s medical workforce and allow access to services outside of the VA system. The next step for the bill, passed by the House earlier in the week, is a signature from President Obama.

Best Bosses are Humble Bosses

USA Today reports on a study that finds the most effective bosses are those who are humble. The research, recently published in Administrative Science Quarterly, was conducted at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, in collaboration with George Washington University, the University of Singapore, and the Renmin University of China. The study finds humble bosses empower their employees and are grateful for their employees’ hard work, are receptive to feedback, and consider the greater good.

Humble bosses are also more self-aware, have a decreased need to focus on themselves, and appreciate others. Less humble bosses are more concerned with their self-gain than the greater good, are more controlling, and are opposed to feedback.

According to one of the researchers, “There’s a stereotype that humble people are weak people, and I’ve never agreed with that. Humble people are quieter, more in the background, but they lead in a different way, by empowering their employees, which trickles down.”

Blame Coping With Stress on Genetics

According to USA Today, a particular region in the brain can identify why some people are better equipped at handling stress than others. A new study, recently published in Nature Communications, found a specific electrical pattern in the brain in mice can predict their ability to handle stress. The findings may enable scientists and researchers to identify individuals who would be at a greater risk to develop disorders such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other psychiatric and medical conditions that are related to chronic stress. As written in USA Today,

“This is a real smoking gun,” said senior author Kafui Dzirasa, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center. “If we can predict who is more likely to have a hard time handling stress – whether it’s a 15-year-old or a soldier going into battle – then we’ll be able to warn them and offer preventative treatment.”

Telling Our Stories

It’s important to share your journey with others. In an effort to bring mental illness out of the shadows and reduce stigma, we are especially interested in hearing about you and your stories related to mental health. Be sure to visit Healthshire’s “Telling Our Stories” section. Spend some time reading the stories or submit your own!

This week’s roundup is dedicated to the mice who save our lives. And cuddle tiny teddy bears. I mean, come on.

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