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Professional football players need to get help for mental health challenges the same way they seek help for a twisted ankle: That's the message of the "Total Wellness" initiative the NFL is using to change professional football's culture when it comes to psychological well-being.

A new NFL playbook: Enhancing mental health

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Why do people buy bread when snow (or inclement weather) is in the forecast? A recent article in Forbes looks at the science behind this phenomenon.

The Science Behind Why People Buy Bread When Snow Is In The Forecast

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The Affordable Care Act made mental health and substance abuse disorder services a standard part of essential health benefits. In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, APA and the APA Practice Organization stressed the need for any replacement to establish and enforce health insurance practice protections for consumers and providers.

Psychologists To Trump: Don't Repeal ACA's Mental Health Coverage

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Technology allows us to work anytime and from anywhere, which leaves many people overworked and over-stressed. APA Fellow Mary Alvord, PhD, offers advice on minimizing work stress in today's always on world in this USA TODAY article. What tips would you add?

Overworked? Join the club. Here's how to handle it

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Congress is expected to vote within the next few weeks on ACA repeal. Please contact your members of Congress to urge them not to repeal the ACA without simultaneously replacing the law with legislation that protects access to comprehensive health care and mental health care.

Tell Congress: Don’t Repeal the ACA without a Replacement

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Want to use your psychological background and training to inform and guide lawmaking? If so, you should consider a job in policy consulting.

APA member Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey leveraged her skills into a chief consultant job for the California State Legislature. Ask her questions about her career path and find out how you too can use your own psychological expertise to land a similar...
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The latest post on the APA Public Interest Directorate's blog, Psychology Benefits Society, explores the ways mindfulness can help lower stress and anxiety.

How Mindfulness Can Lower Your Stress and Anxiety in 2017

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The January issue of American Psychologist focuses on how psychologists can offer critical experience and expertise to strengthen the increasingly common model of coordinated health care, the patient-centered medical home.

Psychology Essential to Achieving Goals of Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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Ever wondered how stress affects your body's physical health? Check out our mind/body interactive health tool to learn how mental health and physical health go hand in hand. (The tool must be viewed on a device that supports Flash.)

Mind/Body Health Interactive

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“You’d be pretty if you lost some weight.” Microaggressions--the brief statements or behaviors that communicate a negative message about a nondominant group--are everyday occurrences for many people. What advice would you add to the suggestions in the article?

Did you really just say that?

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Nope, you're not just imagining it--a new study shows that getting revenge really does make people feel measurably happier.

Turns Out Getting Revenge Really Does Make You Happier -- Science of Us

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Today’s psychology graduate students will graduate with an average debt load of $110,000. Find out what APA is doing to help.

Monitor - December 2016 - 21

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APA 2017 President Antonio Puente, PhD, and Past President Susan McDaniel, PhD, are at the National Multicultural Conference & Summit in Portland, Oregon, which brings together educators, practitioners, researchers, and students in psychology and related fields, to inform and inspire multicultural theory, research, practice, and advocacy. Pictured (l-r) are Puente; Wendy M.K. Peters, PhD;...
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Instagram is the latest social media platform to jump on the mental health bandwagon with its new tool that allows users to anonymously notify Instagram of posts that show signs of possible self-harm or depression. Instagram then sends a message offering different options to get help. What do you think of this trend towards social media platforms offering mental health guidance?

With Its Newest Feature, Instagram Is Making Mental Health A Priority

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There's still time to submit a proposal for the 125th APA Annual Convention taking place Aug. 3-6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Visit the APA website for detailed descriptions of the proposals sought, submission deadlines by category and submission procedures.

Call for 2017 APA Convention proposals

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APA welcomes its new president, Antonio E. Puente, PhD. During his presidency, Antonio E. Puente, PhD, hopes to expand ethnic diversity within the association to further serve the public interest, especially diversity of demographics and thought. He would also like to expand public action (e.g., free health clinics); and improve the military and social justice interface. Read more about Dr....
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2017 APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD

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Dance may promote empathy, stress could reduce the benefits of healthy eating, and a happy spouse may benefit your health. Read about these and other new studies in In Brief, the APA Monitor’s monthly research roundup.

Monitor - December 2016 - 12

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New research suggests that taking a break from Facebook and other social media sites can help boost mental health and alleviate feelings of envy or isolation. Do you think use of social media sites helps or hurts mental health?

Taking A Break From Facebook May Boost Mental Health, Study Finds

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Do you make a list of New Year's resolutions each year, only to give up on them within a few weeks? Here are some tips for helping set--and achieve--attainable goals throughout the year.

Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

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While 2016 was a tough year in some respects, we are very thankful for the collective efforts that led to the 21st Century Cures Act being signed into law. Here is a brief recap of the ways the Cures Act benefits the mental health of all Americans.