Rhitu Chatterjee

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How the current COVID surge is hurting learning and kids' mental health

Monday, January 10, 2022

Thousands of schools around the country have once again shifted to remote learning as COVID cases rise. It's taking a huge toll on children.


Kids are back in school — and struggling with mental health issues

Friday, January 07, 2022

This school year was supposed to bring a return to normalcy. But the stress of transitioning back to in-person learning and the ever-changing pandemic has caused a surge in mental health needs.


This pandemic winter looks a lot like last year's, but vaccines are saving lives

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Daily totals of new coronavirus infections are higher than this past summer's wave, with infection numbers increasing quickly in the Northeast.


There's a surge of mental health issues for kids back for in-school learning

Thursday, December 23, 2021

A few months after kids returned to classrooms for in-person learning, educators and health care providers are overwhelmed with the number of kids struggling with behavioral and mental health issues.


COVID sent last year's U.S. death rate soaring, especially among people of color

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Americans' life expectancy declined by nearly two years in 2020 compared to the year before, primarily because of COVID-19. The drop in life expectancy was bigger for men, and for Blacks and Latinos.


The Biden administration is launching a new phone number for mental health crises

Monday, December 20, 2021

The Biden administration is putting a quarter of a billion dollars into a new national suicide prevention line. But some say that's not enough to build the infrastructure that's needed.


New COVID-19 variant, Omicron, sparking concern with its speed and reinfection rate

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The World Health Organization has designated a new coronavirus variant a "variant of concern" due to its large number of mutations. The strain has been named Omicron.


Hit hard by COVID, Native Americans come together to protect families and elders

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Indigenous Americans suffer disproportionate effects of COVID, including the mental health impact. But a collective mindset has helped them find creative solutions to buffering the stress.


Why people with mental illness are at higher risk of COVID

Monday, November 22, 2021

Federal health officials have been urging adults with psychiatric conditions to get a booster shot to increase their COVID protection. It turns out being mentally ill puts you at higher risk.


Why COVID poses a greater risk to people with a mental health diagnosis

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The CDC has added mental illness as a risk factor to qualify for a booster. Those with a mental health diagnosis are at a higher risk of getting infected, being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19.


U.S. pregnancy-related deaths have doubled in the last 30 years

Monday, November 15, 2021

The latest report card from the March of Dimes finds that preterm birth rates increased for Black and Native people. It also finds that the rate of maternal mortality has doubled in the past 30 years.


American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately affected by the pandemic

Friday, October 29, 2021

A Harvard-NPR poll finds American Indians and Alaska Natives were hit by the pandemic's emotional toll the worst. Native researchers say tribal groups have responded with resilience and strength.


Sitting too much drags down your mental health. Here's how to get moving

Saturday, October 16, 2021

A lot of us have been sitting too much, and it's hard on us mentally as well as physically. Research shows breaking up that couch or desk time with short stints of movement can help lift your mood.


COVID deaths leave thousands of U.S. kids grieving parents or primary caregivers

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Roughly 175,000 children in the U.S. have lost one or both parents or a grandparent caregiver to COVID-19, according to a new study. The majority come from racial and ethnic minority groups.


We Know Students Are Struggling With Their Mental Health. Here's How You Can Help

Friday, September 17, 2021

Experts say taking care of your own wellbeing first will allow you to help your kids and students. You should also listen to their concerns and teach them tools to manage their anxieties.


For Many There That Day, The Attacks On 9/11 Have Had Lasting Mental Health Impacts

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Survivors, witnesses and recovery workers of the attacks on the World Trade Center experience increased rates of mental illnesses like PTSD and depression from trauma, according to researchers.


As Schools Reopen, Child Psychiatrists Expect To See A Surge Of Kids Who Need Help

Monday, August 30, 2021

Many kids are feeling anxious about returning to school. Mental health providers say that kids with past trauma and pre-existing mental illness are the most vulnerable.


Children's Mental Health Gets Millions In Funding From The Biden Administration

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Biden administration has announced nearly $85 million in funding for youth mental health awareness, training, and treatment.


More Americans Are Reaching Out For Mental Health Support — But Can't Get It

Monday, August 23, 2021

The pandemic has made people more open to seeking help, a new survey finds, but cost and difficulty in finding a mental health care provider are still big obstacles.


Why Sweat Is A Human Superpower

Friday, July 30, 2021

Sweat is an "evolutionary marvel," says Sarah Everts, the author of The Joy of Sweat. In her new book, Everts delves into the science of perspiration and how this trait has enabled humans to thrive.