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Mental Health News Articles from around the Web

January 15, 2021


Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic- Disabilityscoop.com ~ A new survey of thousands of families of those with autism across the country finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted symptoms of the developmental disorder to worsen and “significant, ongoing disruptions to therapies.”


Child Abuse Reports Skyrocket After Months Of Coronavirus Pandemic - Spectrumlocalnews.com ~ Some child advocacy experts report a serious spike in reports of violence against children.


As Drug Overdoses Rise With The Pandemic, Two Studies Show Addiction Medication Can Save Lives- Inquirer.com ~ Two new studies funded by the National Institutes of Health show how expanding access to medications that treat addiction has become crucial in fighting America’s overdose crisis, which recently broke a record for the most drug deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.


As Isolation Intensifies For Older Adults During The Pandemic, Researchers Test Out A Treatment For Loneliness - Texasstandard.org ~ Volunteers reach out to older adults who are homebound and often isolated through “sunshine” calls to get them to talk about themselves.


Researchers Find A Way To Help People With Meth Addiction Avoid Relapse- Npr.com ~ Deaths from meth overdoses surged by roughly a third last year, but there is some good news. For the first time, researchers say they have found a medical treatment that helps some people trying to recover from meth addiction.


Covid’s Mental Health Crisis Has Economic Consequences- Bloomberg.com ~

Fear of illness, strict lockdowns, isolation and unemployment weighs on the hearts and minds of people all across the globe. 


OCD Treatment Options: Which Is The Best?- Yahoo.com ~ If you enter OCD treatment with the intention of “controlling” your anxiety or “curing” your OCD, then treatment will become compulsive. Therefore, the goal of treatment should be how to live a meaningful life according to your values despite all of the horrible thoughts in your head.


What Student Age Groups Are Most Vulnerable To Pandemic-Related Trauma?- Edweek.org ~ Closing in on a year of the pandemic, many students have experienced illness and the deaths of loved ones, ongoing family financial and housing instability, and disconnection from school and friends.


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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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