California Mental Health Helpline supports the advancement of research as well as the increased coverage of mental health issues in the news and local events. We strive to keep this stream of updates available to those who wish to keep up and learn more about personal experiences in the field as well. We also hope this information is able to inspire, inform and help readers.

For additional resources, please contact California Mental Health Helpline online or at 855-559-3923.

Understanding the role of genetics in developing schizophrenia

Understanding the role of genetics in developing schizophrenia

For long, it has been one of the biggest challenges to cure medical disorders like schizophrenia due to the paucity of information, restricting them to only alleviating the symptoms of the problem. Therefore, scientists have been lately focusing a lot on finding the biological and genetic risk factors of schizophrenia and other complicated mental disorders to ensure effective treatment by identifying the target areas. Read more

Recurring head injuries in contact sports may prove costly for players’ mental health

Recurring head injuries in contact sports may prove costly for players’ mental health

The ardent football fans are waiting with bated breath for the commencement of the National Football League (NFL) in Mar. 2018 and wish earnestly for their favourite team to win the tournament. On the other hand, some  people are anxious to see their favourites players play safe and make it to the end of the season unharmed. These include the player’s parents, spouses, children and all dear ones. Despite being a source of entertainment and livelihood, sports can turn into a game of life and death. As a result, the relatives and loved ones of the football players keep biting their nails every time they go out to play due to the constant danger of taking another deadly hit to their head. Read more

Charity using MDMA for PTSD treatment receives $4m from Bitcoin investor

Charity using MDMA for PTSD treatment receives $4m from Bitcoin investor

Ever since German chemist Anton Köllisch synthesized it in 1912, to control abnormal bleeding,  3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine or MDMA has come a long way. Commonly abused in dance parties, concerts and music festivals since 1970-80s, MDMA is now classified as a Schedule I substance due to its high potential for abuse with no medicinal use. The drug, also popularly known as Molly or ecstasy is categorized as a hallucinogen along with LSD and other drugs. The 2016 annual survey of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on teen drug use reported that 2.7 percent of 12th graders, 1.8 percent of 10th graders, and one percent of 8th graders were past year MDMA users with males living in the city being the highest consumers. Read more

Music helpful in reducing symptoms of postpartum depression in new mothers, says study

Music helpful in reducing symptoms of postpartum depression in new mothers, says study

Music has the magical powers to heal pain, mend a broken soul, change the mood and transcend the soul from one realm to another. Listening to tunes and beats of music can be soothing for the nerves, releasing stress and stimulating the body. Moreover, music helps a person in recuperating from the torments of life. Given the above advantages of music, it has been viewed as one of the effective remedial measures for people suffering chronic diseases, especially psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety disorders. Read more

Study suggests definite link between parents’ behavior and suicidal thoughts in teens

Study suggests definite link between parents’ behavior and suicidal thoughts in teens

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers, but it is still difficult to predict exactly what may trigger the suicidal thoughts. Often factors such as an existing mental illness, loneliness, bullying, exposure to violence or trauma, inability to cope with stress or a family history of suicide are cited as some of the leading causes, but the basic parental behavior is often left ignored. Read more