ICYMI: Mental Health Stigma, Powerful Memories And Ebola, A Year Later

12 Sep

ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week.

This week, we launched two major projects on Healthy Living that we’re extremely proud of. After a summer of reporting, editor Anna Almendrala released her three-part series on Ebola’s legacy in America, including maps, graphs and narratives from nurses on the hospital front lines.

The week also saw the launch of a HuffPost original project spearheaded by editor Lindsay Holmes. ShameOver focuses on the stigma surrounding men’s mental health, and why it’s so important for men to speak openly about suicide, mental illness and emotional well-being. We hope that our readers will join us in this initiative by submitting their stories to strongertogether@huffingtonpost.com. 

Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, watch and love this week?

1. What Men Really Think About Mental Health Stigma — The Huffington Post

Real men speak out about why the stigma surrounding men’s mental health needs to end.

Being silent doesn’t mean you’re being strong. Oftentimes, being strong is being willing to not be okay and convince other people that that’s okay.


2. A Prescription For More Black Doctors — New York Times Magazine

Xavier University is accomplishing what no other school in the nation is doing effectively: taking low-income black students who attended poor schools and turning them into doctors. 

Johnson’s high school did not even offer the basic high school courses, like physics, that are needed to succeed in a typical pre-med program. ‘I wanted to be a doctor,’ he said. ‘But I did not even know what the periodic table was.’


3. Post-Ebola America: How We’re Still Responding To The Outbreak, One Year Later — The Huffington Post

This three-part series investigates how U.S. hospitals are defending themselves against future outbreaks and why nurses feel unprepared for the “next Ebola.” 

I cannot compare this past year to any part of my life. And I pray to God that this one will not repeat. 


4. Middle Management: The Worst of Both Worlds — Science Of Us

Managers and supervisors are more likely to suffer from depression than CEOs or lower-level workers.

They’re often stuck implementing strategies they didn’t come up with and making sure their direct reports fall in line, which in practice usually means they have to put up with whining and complaining from both sides of the office hierarchy.


5. Conviction of Things Not Seen: The Uniquely American Myth of Satanic Cults — Pacific Standard

Unfounded hysteria about Satanic cults in the ’80s and ’90s relied on reductive narratives and pseudo psychology to explain evil in the world.

Part of the appeal of Satanic ritual abuse was that when someone we knew molested a child after our protection efforts had failed, it was easier to escape guilt by blaming it on an evil Satanist who was part of a cunning and highly organized group.


6. Can You Tell If A Baby Will Grow Up To Be A Psychopath? — The Huffington Post

Babies who were more interested in a red ball than a human face had higher levels of callous unemotional traits, such as limited empathy and lack of guilt, later in childhood, according to a new study.

Callous unemotional behaviors in children are known to be associated with an increased emotional burden on families as well as later criminality and antisocial behavior.


7. How Companies Make Millions Off Lead-Poisoned, Poor Blacks — The Washington Post

In Baltimore, victims of lead poisoning, many of whom are cognitively disabled, are being preyed upon by companies offering quick cash in exchange for selling off their structured settlements. 

Settlement purchasing companies, she said, pester her with phone calls and letters. Just the other day, Rose said she opened the mailbox and there was a letter from Access Funding. It promised her fast money. All Rose had to do was pick up the phone and call.


8. Warm Memories Can Dampen Hatred of Outsiders — Pacific Standard

New research found that recalling memories of loving, personal relationships modified study participants’ aggressive thoughts and behaviors. 

Participants exposed to a secure attachment were less likely to support military and aggressive measures against ISIS members. 

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