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Outdoor Light Linked with Teens’ Sleep and Mental Health

Press Release

A large-scale study of U.S. teens shows associations between outdoor, artificial light at night and health outcomes.

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Brain Cells Can Harbor and Spread HIV Virus to the Body

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Researchers funded by NIMH have found that astrocytes, a type of brain cell, can harbor HIV and then spread the virus to immune cells that traffic out of the brain and into other organs.

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NIMH Leadership Describes Suicide Prevention Research Priorities

Institute Update

In a new paper, published in JAMA Psychiatry, NIMH looks forward, outlining the next stages in the Institute’s suicide prevention research priorities.

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NIMH Director’s Statement on Racism

Institute Update

Right now, people across the country are currently coping with yet another episode of violence perpetrated against a person of color. In this Institute Update, Dr. Gordon addresses recent events.

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New NIMH Strategic Plan Paves the Way for Advances in Mental Health Research

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The Strategic Plan for Research advances the Institute’s mission and helps guide future mental health research efforts.

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Emergency Drug Overdose Visits Associated with Increased Risk for Later Suicide

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A new data analysis has found patients who visited the emergency department for an opioid or sedative/hypnotic drug overdose were at higher risk of dying by drug overdose or suicide in the year after being discharged relative to the general population.

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Infant Temperament Predicts Personality More Than 20 Years Later

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Researchers investigating how temperament shapes adult life-course outcomes have found that behavioral inhibition in infancy predicts a reserved, introverted personality at age 26 and for some, a risk of internalizing psychopathology such as anxiety and depression.

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Digital Mental Health: Innovating in a Time of High Anxiety

Institute Update

Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.B.B.S., of Duke University School of Medicine, discuss the use of apps to manage mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Media Advisory: NIMH Experts Available to Discuss Mental Health Concerns Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Media Advisory

Experts from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are available to speak on a variety of topics related to mental health and the coronavirus pandemic, such as the effects of the pandemic and isolation on those with and without mental illnesses; healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, and loneliness; how to talk with children and teens about the coronavirus; and how people can find mental health help and support if they need it.

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Supporting Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Institute Update

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful – it can be difficult to cope with fear and anxiety, changing daily routines, and a general sense of uncertainty. Taking steps to care for your mental health can help you manage stress.

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