To keep you better informed about some of the biggest news and developments concerning behavioral and mental health, below are 10 of the most significant reports published in December. Highlights include stories on national polling on mental health, youth mental health crisis, TikTok, apps and psychedelic drugs.
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Gallup polling found that Americans' positive self-assessments of their mental health are the lowest in more than two decades of polling. Only 31% of U.S. adults describe their mental health or emotional well-being as "excellent," making it the worst rating by three percentage points.
A study suggested that emergency department visits and revisits in children's hospitals related to mental health are "increasing rapidly."
A study found that having one or more outpatient behavioral health treatment visits was associated with lower healthcare costs among patients with newly diagnosed behavioral health conditions.
A survey of school administrators found that almost every administrator believes the mental health challenges their students face are moderate to severe. More than half said conditions either worsened or haven't improved in the last year.
The bill that will fund the federal government through the current federal fiscal year 2023 included more than $10 billion for behavioral health initiatives. Among them: $4.9 billion in funding to address opioid abuse and $5.27 billion for mental health treatment, prevention and research initiatives.
A study found that a majority of those using social media platform TikTok who dispensed mental health advice lacked relevant qualifications.
A study revealed that the mental health app market is not serving consumers optimally due to limited innovation, evidence-based interventions and sound privacy controls.
A Forbes Health survey found that millennials and members of Generation Z say improving their mental health is their top resolution for 2023.
NPR examined the growing buzz around using psychedelic drugs to treat disorders, including depression.
nView Health, developer of the premier, evidence-based, behavioral health clinical workflow software engine, announced it changed its name to Proem Behavioral Health.