• new analysis has found that as many as 1 in 8 people who survive a heart attack will develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, PTSD symptoms seem to increase the risk of having a second heart attack.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to reduce the number of suicides among U.S. veterans by taking advantage of video conferencing capabilities between patients and doctors. The thought is that communicating in this manner will lessen the stigma that some veterans feel when seeking treatment.
  • Despite tough economic times, overall happiness in life is not tied to how much money you make, according to a study from the University of California, Berkeley. Rather, say researchers, happiness is more related to how much a person is respected and admired by those around them
  • Researchers are seeking more information about incidents of domestic violence that end in death and are focusing on the state of perpetrators’ mental health. Depression, substance abuse, and issues with obsession and possession are just some of the risk factors associated with perpetrators of domestic abuse, according to research.
  • A coalition of interfaith leaders fasted for 23 hours as a way to protest solitary confinement in prisons, which they call a “harmful, costly, and ineffective practice” that can “degrade mental health.”

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

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