Our health consumes a growing share of our economy and our attention, but we are not in great shape. Even as a ruinous pandemic subsides, epidemics of chronic disease, obesity, addiction and mental illness…
As July temperatures soared to triple digits, hundreds of homeless people lived on the street outside Phoenix’s largest shelter.
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As US cities struggle to reduce homelessness, two scholars explain how planners can reform shelter design to be more humane and to prioritize mental health and well-being.
Pushthrough, N.L. in the early 1960s. It was resettled in 1969.
(Conrad Hiscock and John Marsden)
Resettled families did not receive adequate compensation for property left behind and were rarely provided with sufficient funds to build new lives.
Talking helps you access your internal resources.
Grief is a natural response to loss, but if it significantly affects your ability to function, it may be time to seek professional help.
A Yazidi refugee woman’s upper body is tattooed with the names of her missing family members and fiancé.
A Calgary refugee health clinic documented the stories of 242 Yazidi genocide survivors, recounting enslavement, slaughter and forced indoctrination.
Research suggests childhood trauma has a big part to play in obesity.
Deep psychological factors play a part in obesity, including childhood trauma.
You have probably heard of ‘fight or flight’ responses to distressing situations. You may also be familiar with the tendency to ‘freeze’. But there is another response a person can have: ‘fawn’.
In Lviv, Ukraine, a 15-year-old girl recovers from injuries sustained in the war.
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No matter their age, gender, ethnicity or locale, kids undergoing this therapy can make real progress in recovering from the most devastating traumas.
Music therapy is well-placed to provide support in addressing trauma and promoting wellbeing.
Music therapy offers a flexible and accessible way of supporting wellbeing and addressing traumatic experiences.
Psychological debriefing usually involves counsellors providing survivors with a single counselling session soon after an event. But ‘talking through’ trauma can over-consolidate painful memories.
Miranda Otto (left) in The Clearing.
The story of Anne Hamilton-Byrne’s cult The Family has been told in a non-fiction book and documentary, a novel, In the Clearing, and now a Disney+ series. What can stories like this teach us?
Brenda Matthews’ story is a truth-seeking quest to right the wrongs perpetrated by a government hell-bent on doing ‘as they saw fit’ when it came to Aboriginal peoples, writes Sandra Phillips.
One in three wrongfully convicted women were convicted of crimes that involved harming children. Once pardoned or exonerated, they experienced significant psychological and practical challenges.
Haitian migrants wait in a line to receive food in Coahuila state, Mexico, in 2021.
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A fire killed 38 migrants in a Mexico detention facility in March 2023. A sociologist’s conversations with migrants show that they had a common response to this news – a deep sense of grief.
The book is a hard read and some say the play is an even harder watch - is it just trauma porn?
Having witnesses or recording devices during procedures requiring anesthesia could help prevent opportunities for sexual assault.
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Sedative-hypnotic drugs can distort a patient’s perception of reality. Some patients wake up from a procedure believing they have been sexually assaulted.
Two very different books explore the lives of those living with complex trauma, arguing for a nuanced understanding.
A lot of bad things can happen to young mountain gorillas in the wild.
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In many animals, including humans, adverse events in youth have lasting negative health effects over the life span. But new research suggests something different is going on in mountain gorillas.
Research shows uncertainty and delays in visa processing have a terrible affect on applicants’ mental health, and the government must be mindful of this.
Has greater awareness of mental health issues also caused more people to interpret milder forms of distress as something worse? Better understanding of mental health disorder in general might help.