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Mental Health News Articles from around the Web

April 20, 2018 

Study Finds Safe Alcohol Consumption Guidelines May Not Be Strict Enough - The Clinical Advisor ~ “For men, we estimated that long-term reduction of alcohol consumption from 196 g per week (the upper limit recommended in US guidelines) to 100 g per week or below was associated with about 1–2 years of longer life ...” 

Troubling patterns seen in study targeting minority adolescents - National Conference on Addiction Disorders ~ Research that prioritized a look at understudied minority youths has found troubling data on substance use and suicidality. 

Air Pollution Linked to Delinquent Behavior Among Children - Pacific Standard ~ Underprivileged kids growing up in congested cities must overcome many handicaps; this study suggests one of them is the very air they breathe. 

Study links e-cigarette ads with youth smoking initiation - National Conference on Addiction Disorders ~ A study has found that young people who are receptive to e-cigarette advertising are 60% more likely to try conventional cigarettes a year later.

Opioid Prescriptions See Largest Annual Drop in 25 Years - Medscape ~ But, at the same time, overall use of medications and list prices continued to rise last year while out-of-pocket costs for many patients went down due to generics and manufacturer coupons, the report shows. 

When the arrival of menopause brings symptoms of depression - Harvard Health ~ Knowing that depression is more common during perimenopause and early postmenopause can help you identify worrisome symptoms and take action sooner if they do occur. If you are perimenopausal or in early postmenopause, your doctor should ideally be screening you for mood symptoms at your regular visits. If this is not the case, bring up the topic yourself. 

Michael Phelps opens up about depression, says he thought about killing himself after Olympics - CBS News ~ "There was one point, I didn't want to be alive," the legendary swimmer tells CBS News in a candid new interview, revealing just how bad post-Olympic depression can get for elite athletes. 

Does medical marijuana decrease opioid use or boost it? - Washington Post ~ Studies conducted at the state level show that expanding access to medical marijuana is correlated with lower rates of opioid misuse and overdose. Yet studies of individuals show that using medical cannabis is correlated with higher rates of using and misusing opioids. 

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 Commissionis 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. 

To find contact information for  these or other mental health boards in Illinois, please link to the website of the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois by clicking here





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