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Most mental illnesses begin before or during young adulthood, and a quarter of young Canadians have both a mood or anxiety disorder and a substance-abuse problem. (Shutterstock)

Mental illness on campus really is ‘a thing’

Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
People who have a financial shock are at greater risk of depression and a raft of other physical and mental health issues. Ethan Sykes/Unsplash

Losing wealth, health and life: how financial loss can have catastrophic effects

Unaffordable home loans, poor financial advice and unmanageable consumer credit may have serious consequences for many Australians, beyond bankruptcy and debt. Here's what the research says.
How peers perform in college can affect student mental health. mimagephotography/www.shutterstock.com

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

When students attend a college where the student body is academically weaker than the one where they went to high school, they are more likely to show symptoms of depression, new research finds.
A program called Generation Chosen offers marginalized Black youth from Toronto’s Jane and Finch community mentorship, community and the tools of emotional intelligence. (Rhianne Campbell)

Emotional intelligence is life and death where I’m from

Black youth need programs that develop emotional intelligence -- to combat institutional racism, social exclusion and white supremacy. The government's promised $19 million is not enough.
Normal negative emotions are actually growth promoting and essential for human development and adaptation. They prompt us to address life challenges and opportunities and to develop resilience. (Shutterstock)

Is my child depressed? Being moody isn’t a mental illness

Youth mental illness rates are not rising. We don’t need more pills or therapy. We need to stop pathologizing normal life.
Students rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, on March 14, 2018 to protest gun violence. Andrew Harnik/AP

Threat assessments crucial to prevent school shootings

In order to prevent school shootings, schools must use threat assessments like the ones that law enforcement uses to protect public figures, a leading expert on school safety argues on Capitol Hill.
The negative effects of social media have pushed tech companies to take more responsibility for the health of their users. Shutterstock

Why social media are more like chocolate than cigarettes

Critics want social media platforms regulated like Big Tobacco, but our research shows that their impact on your health depends on how you use them.

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