People are buzzing about the new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”, which chronicles a high school girl’s rationale for committing suicide. It’s entertainment factor is undeniable, but it also raises serious questions about the portrayal of mental health concerns, sexual assault and other issues facing youth today. Katharine J. Nelson, MD, of University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry weighs-in on the risks and benefits of this show, and how parents can talk to their kids about key themes in the show.
Holidays can be particularly challenging for people with eating disorders, says Carol Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Peterson offers strategies to manage the mental illness during the food-centric celebrations.
Body shaming is a growing epidemic, rising to a fevered pitch in recent years alongside social media. Photos and advertisements of perfectly shaped and airbrushed bodies plaster the cities we live in, setting an unrealistic stigma for perfection. Even social media can play a role as people choose to share the best shots online, utilizing filters and editing apps to touch up their “reality.”
In a recent review published in Nature, Mustafa al’Absi, Ph.D., director of the Duluth Medical Research Institute at the Medical School, Duluth campus, and other authors, outlined recommendations to shape the global mental health agenda.
“Mental health and substance abuse disorders have profound effects on overall health,” al’Absi said. “They are becoming a pressing global and local burden.”