A spate of horrific incidents has broken through the flood of coronavirus headlines to reveal another contagion: a fear of black men, writes John Blake for CNN. 

A third of Americans report signs of clinical anxiety or depression in a US Census Bureau poll, documenting COVID-19’s alarming impact on mental health. That’s a huge jump from before the pandemic, with twice as many people reporting signs of depression compared to a 2014…

The pandemic has forced a “morbid, real-time experiment” in the impact of mass social isolation.  

Life is slowly beginning to return to normal in Wuhan, China—but the mental health fallout from COVID-19 is only just beginning.   Early surveys show Chinese medical workers, recovered patients, and the general public are experiencing considerable psychological distress…

“Eco-anxiety” or “climate depression” are real threats to children’s mental health. 57% of American teens report being scared by climate change and 52% report anger, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last fall. 

Incarcerated adolescents exhibit a troublingly high lifetime prevalence of mental and physical health challenges—from suicidal ideation to substance use, abnormal cervical screening results, and premature death, according to a Lancet Public Health review.    

They hoped that the drug would stop Alzheimer’s before it started—but “crushing” results have shown that 2 experimental drugs failed to slow cognitive decline.   The study, led by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, involved healthy subjects with a rare…

In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

Researchers have published the first genomic study of schizophrenia in an African population, helping create a fuller picture of the disease’s impact. The the study found several gene-damaging mutations are more common in people with the condition.   The findings match up…

Ghana has one of the most exemplary universal health care insurance systems in Africa—yet mental health care has languished amid stubborn stigma.   The WHO estimates that just 2% of the 2.75 million Ghanaians in need receive mental health care at medical facilities.   To…