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There are many complex pandemic-related risk factors for suicide, and suicide prevention is a crucial public health response to COVID-19. (Pixabay/Canva)

Suicide prevention during COVID-19: The healing power of connection and mutual support

Combating catastrophic demoralization and suicidal thoughts during COVID-19 means supporting people to reconnect with their values, with meaning in life and with others.
Transgender medicine uses a multidisciplinary approach to help trans youth live happier lives. Sudowoodo/iStock via Getty Images Plus

I’m a pediatrician who cares for transgender kids – here’s what you need to know about social support, puberty blockers and other medical options that improve lives of transgender youth

Transgender youth have a number of research-backed medical options available to them. The multidisciplinary approach ranges from promoting family support to hormone treatments to surgery.
World Day for Physical Activity is April 6. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many peoples’ physical exercise routines have been disrupted. (Shutterstock)

A year into the pandemic, COVID-19 exercise slump has hit women harder

Research shows that the gaps in physical exercise have widened substantially between men and women, whites and non-whites, rich and poor and educated and less educated: especially during the pandemic.
Dior Vargas stops to hug her family dog during a walk. Dior is a mental health activist who lives with depression and anxiety. Dior founded the People of Color and Mental Illness. Shaul Schwarz/Verbatim via Getty Images

We studied depression messages on YouTube videos and found dangerous and stigmatizing stereotypes prevail

Stigma has long been an issue in mental illness. Even as people open up and share their experiences about depression, though, stigma is remaining a stubborn part of messaging.
The challenges of the pandemic have been especially hard on mothers, who are most likely to shoulder the burden of increased home-schooling and household demands. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19 stress toll is a family affair: 4 ways to support mothers’ mental health

Mothers' well-being is crucial for children to flourish, but maternal mental health has suffered during COVID-19. Successful pandemic recovery for mothers and families depends on four factors.

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