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#mentalhealth #gonorrhea #antibiotics #sleep

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>> Crisis Hotline Booms

>> Resistant STI Reaches U.S.

>> Sleep Tips

The Med & Mic™ 01.20.23

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Mental Health Crisis Line Gets a Rise in Calls

Since its July 2022 launch, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has received more than 2 million calls, texts, and chat messages. After dialing 988, callers are routed to a counselor with an average response time of 44 seconds. Around 89% of the calls are answered. Some callers hang up before a counselor picks up. There has been a 48% increase in calls, a 263% increase in chats, and a 1,445% increase in texts compared to the help line’s earlier iteration a year ago. The average amount of time counselors spend communicating with callers is nearly 22 minutes. The government has invested $1 billion in the service. (Source: CNN, J. Howard, 1.19.23)

Resistant Gonorrhea

Public health officials have found two cases of gonorrhea that do not respond well to available antibiotics. This is the first instance of resistant gonorrhea in the United States. The strain had been circulating globally and was expected to eventually reach the U.S. A double dose of an existing antibiotic worked in the two cases, but experts are calling for a better approach and new medications. The sexually transmitted bacteria can cause pelvic pain and infertility in women and blindness in newborns. People can be infected without any symptoms and spread it to others. (Source; CNN, B. Goodman, 1.19.23)

Strategies to Help You Sleep

Here are 16 tips to help you sleep and to avoid stressing about not sleeping.

  1. Journal

  2. Plan your schedule for the next day

  3. Listen to a bedtime story

  4. Eat a light snack

  5. Have a warm shower

  6. Rub in some lavender lotion

  7. Stretch or do some gentle yoga

  8. Don’t look at work emails before bed

  9. Dim the lights in your bedroom

  10. Stow your screen

  11. Keep the temperature cool

  12. Add some white noise

  13. Choose lightweight, breathable bedding

  14. Point the clock away from you

  15. Get up if you can’t sleep

  16. Get help

(Source: Parade, E. Laurence, 1.19.23)

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