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Mental Health News Articles from around the Web

November 22, 2017 

Link strengthens between adolescent pot smoking and psychosis - Salon ~ Marijuana’s potentially detrimental impact on the developing brains of adolescents remains a key focus of research — particularly because of the possibility teenage users could go on to face a higher risk of psychosis. 

Smartphones could be increasing depression, suicide among teen girls - Chicago Tribune ~ "Around 2012, rates of depression, suicide attempts and suicide itself suddenly increased among teens, especially among girls," said Jean Twenge. She is a psychology professor at San Diego State University and the study's lead author. 

Oral Contraceptives Linked to Suicide - MedScape News ~ The relative risk for first suicide attempt and suicide was found to be increased among those who currently used hormonal contraceptives or who had used them recently, in comparison with women who had never used them. 

'Staggering' Number of Drug, Alcohol, Suicide Deaths Projected - MedScape News ~ A new report projects more than 1.6 million deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide among people living in the United States during next decade (2016 to 2025). That would represent a 60% increase compared to the previous decade (2006 to 2015), 

Ady Suleiman: 'It's hard for teenage boys to discuss mental health – you've got to be brave enough to say how you feel' - NME.com ~ “I’ve always been an advocate for mental health and a lot of my songs kind of touch on the subject, whether it be anxiety, depression, bipolar or whatever”. 

7 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health Right Now - Psych Central ~ These 7 steps will help to unload some of the burdens of daily living. 

Dad's Depression Also Boosts Kids' Risk - Medscape ~ "Men are less likely to seek treatment than women, so it is important to treat depression in both parents, and fathers should be involved in family-based interventions to prevent teenage depression," 

Drug addiction treatment options for pregnant women - The Courier-Journal ~ Pregnant women who stop using opioids and subsequently relapse are at greater risk of overdose death and pose an increased risk of harm to the infant. However, recently some experts have suggested that medically supervised withdrawal can also be considered for some pregnant women.

The above list is provided to promote awareness of current issues and does not constitute support or endorsement of any idea, author, article, website or organization.

The Mission of the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission is to enhance through coordination, evaluation, intervention, planning and funding, a comprehensive community-based system of mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse and prevention services for people who reside in Lyons Township.  


The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission is one of approximately sixty-six community mental health boards in Illinois.  Boards are generally organized on a county basis except in suburban Cook County where there are a limited number of mental health boards in suburban townships.  In addition to Lyons Township, these include Berwyn Township, Cicero Township, Hanover Township, Proviso Township and Riverside Township. 

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