It’s Not Just TikTok: Warnings All Social Media Has Mental Health Risks

Bloomberg covers warnings from an advocacy group that says that despite TikTok’s focus on mental health and safety risks, all other social media platforms also pose a risk. Meanwhile, the stars of the hit series “Ted Lasso” visited the White House to promote mental health care.

Bloomberg: Not Just TikTok, All Social Media Platforms Have Risks: Transparency Group

The national security and mental health risks posed by TikTok are shared by other social media platforms, according to an advocacy group, which is calling on Congress to also hold US companies accountable before TikTok’s chief executive officer makes high-profile statements might. (Edgerton, 3/20)

AP: “Ted Lasso” visits the White House promoting mental health care

Fictional soccer coach Ted Lasso used a visit to the White House Monday to encourage people, even in politically divided Washington, to check in regularly with friends, family and co-workers to “ask how they’re doing and to listen, Yours sincerely,” comedian Jason Sudeikis, who plays the title character — an American who coaches a soccer team in London — and other cast members met with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden to talk about how mental health is helping contributes to general well-being. (Superville and Miller, 3/20)

Reuters: Law schools are trying to send text messages to monitor students’ mental health

As evidence mounts that law students suffer from outsized mental health problems, some law schools are experimenting with a new tactic to identify struggling students and get them help. At least five law schools in the US have launched a service originally designed for medical schools called Early Alert, which sends a text message a week to students asking them to rate their opinions on a particular topic. (Sloan, 3/20)

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Houston Chronicle: COVID underscores ‘urgent’ mental health needs of Latino migrants: study

According to a new study from Rice University, pandemic hardships such as poverty, poor living and working conditions, and limited access to health care have highlighted the urgent need to address the mental health needs of undocumented Latino immigrants. (Romero, 3/20)

KHN: Mental health care via video fills gaps in rural nursing homes

Bette Helm was glad to have someone to talk to about her insomnia. Helm lives in a nursing home in this central Iowa town of about 7,500 people, which has few mental health services. On a recent morning, she had an appointment with a psychiatric nurse in Austin, Texas, about 800 miles away. They spoke via video, with Helm using an iPad she held on her lap while sitting in her bed. (Leys, 3/21)

The Washington Post published video of Irvo Otieno’s death in a Virginia hospital –

The Washington Post: Video shows Virginia MPs piling on Irvo Otieno before his death

According to new video showing the encounter that led to the 28-year-old, up to 10 deputy sheriffs and medical personnel from Central State Hospital in Virginia can be seen lying on top of a bound Irvo N. Otieno for about 11 minutes stack until he stops moving – death of the old black man. The hospital’s surveillance video, which has no audio, shows Otieno’s final moments on March 6, from the moment Henrico County Sheriff’s Deputy dragged him handcuffed and shackled into a hospital admissions room to the 11 minutes in which they pin Otieno to the ground, up until the moment they release Otieno’s limp body at around 4:40 p.m. (Rizzo, Vozzella and Oakford, 3/20)

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