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1 in 4 young people are reporting suicidal thoughts. Here’s how to help – CNN

(CNN)In the early days of the pandemic, many people came together to help each other, connecting over socially distant dinners and reaching out for video calls with friends they hadn’t talked to in months.

But this international crisis continues, and Americans are having trouble adjusting to the strain of our new reality.
New psychological data taken during the pandemic shows the nation’s mental health is languishing, according to data reported this week as part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Suicidal ideation is up among young people since last year, with as many as one in four people ages 18 through 24 having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days preceding the survey, according to the report, in which researchers surveyed 5,412 adults in the US between June 24 and 30.
In the general US population, the CDC reported that 11% of adults surveyed had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days before they completed the survey. Among those identifying as Black or Hispanic, the numbers were worse: 19% of Hispanics reported suicidal ideation and 15% of Blacks reported suicidal thoughts.
The results reflect a nation increasingly on edge. The number of Americans reporting anxiety symptoms is three times the number at this same time last year, the CDC said.

The pandemic is a new type of challenge

“Previous events have had a start, middle, an end,” said Vaile Wright, senior director of health care innovation for the American Psychological Association. “People can’t disconnect from this.”
Unlike events such as 9/11 or hurricanes, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just something people watch on the news, limited to a specific time and place. It’s everywhere, and it doesn’t appear to have an end date.
“Nobody is immune to the stress of the pandemic,” Wright said.
Add on the pressures of the economy, the increased scrutiny on racial injustice and the looming specter of the presidential election, and it’s hard for many to feel like things might turn out OK.
The emotional burden is falling more heavily on those who reported having been treated recently for mental or emotional issues, the CDC report stated. In particular, the stress is disproportionately falling on the young.
“We’re consistently hearing that young people are struggling and having a tough time,” she said.

There are ways to seek help

On an individual level, Wright noted that the main pillars of psychological health include eating healthy, staying active, getting enough sleep and maintaining social connections.
“Oftentimes when we’re in stress, it’s hard to come up with a game plan,” she said. “Friends and family play that role.”
But figuring out healthy ways to socialize virtually can require being intentional. Passive thumbing through social media or “doom scrolling” doesn’t constitute meaningful or supportive social interaction, Wright said.
If you’re on social media it’s better to try to directly engage with or respond to others, she said. In particular, if someone you know or love stops engaging, that can be a sign that it’s time to reach out.
“You can say things like ‘I’m worried about you,’ and ask if they’re eating, sleeping and taking care of themselves,” Wright said.
You can encourage them to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor. That process is actually now a little easier during the pandemic, Wright explained, citing APA data that 75% of mental health providers have switched over to telehealth.
“Providers are available, and we know teletherapy to be effective,” she said.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recommends that those needing emotional support related to Covid-19 should call the Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990), or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
And if you’re experiencing a suicidal crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text line by texting HOME to 741741 to get help.
Even if you’re not in crisis, it’s crucial to find ways, albeit often virtually or physically distanced, Wright said, to maintain bonds with others and do what we can to support each other before someone enters into a crisis mode.
Many were doing that well in the spring as the nation entered into the pandemic, she felt. And the nation’s mental health now requires us to recall that same spirit.
“As a community, we need to collectively re-amp up,” Wright said.

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49ers’ camp reporting date now July 28, but hurdles remain – NBC Sports Bay Area

Based simply on stats, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a very good 2019 season.

He completed 69 percent of his passes, threw for nearly 4,000 years, threw 27 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions and guided the 49ers to the best record in the NFC.

But in reality, the 49ers’ offense was built around the running game, and the team relied heavily on its defense on their way to Super Bowl LIV.

At times during the 2019 season, it appeared coach Kyle Shanahan shied away from letting Garoppolo throw the ball, instead calling plays for the 49ers’ multi-pronged running attack.

Earning Shanahan’s trust in big situations is something Garoppolo must improve in, according to former 49ers quarterback Steve Young.

“There’s something about Kyle and him that you felt through the playoffs, a lack of trust,” Young said on KNBR 680 earlier this week (H/T 49ers Webzone). “And whether it was true or just perception, it doesn’t matter, at some level. That’s the number one thing, if I were Jimmy, that I would be focused on is making sure both truth and perceptually, that Kyle trusts me and is willing to put the ball in my hands at any time, at any place, in any form, and continually.”

Despite Garoppolo’s impressive numbers, the 49ers attempted the fourth-fewest passing attempts (478) last season while running the ball the second-most (498) of any team in the league.

The 49ers should be able to get back to the Super Bowl with the same gameplan, but they might need Shanahan to trust Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter, just like Feb. 2 against the Chiefs. Shanahan put the ball in Garoppolo’s hands late, and the quarterback overthrew Emmanuel Sanders. Kansas City eventually overcame a 10-point deficit to stun the 49ers.

“That’s the thing that this season is really about, to me, is Kyle and Jimmy, and Jimmy earning Kyle’s trust,” Young said. “And Kyle might say, ‘I trust him 100 percent.’ I don’t doubt that. The perception is another piece of the puzzle, and we want to see that out in the play calling and in key moments.”

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If the 49ers are going to get over the hump and bring home another Lombardi Trophy, they need Garoppolo to take the next step towards superstardom. They also need him to make sure his coach trusts him in big moments.

If Garoppolo is unable to do that, the 49ers won’t achieve their goal and Shanahan might have to look for a new quarterback.

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Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases – CNN

(CNN)Only two US states are reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week — Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A rise was reported in a staggering 36 states, including Florida, which some experts have cautioned could be the next epicenter for infections.
Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases Saturday, a single-day record since the start of the pandemic. The number rivals that of New York’s peak in daily cases in early April.
While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s surge in cases in the past week was the result of a “test dump,” officials there and across the US have also warned of an increase in cases among younger groups.
That’s all as the US broke another record, reporting the highest number of new cases in a single day Friday with at least 40,173 new infections.
The daunting numbers could be the tip of the iceberg: A survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the total number of coronavirus infections across the US could actually be six to 24 times greater than reported.
As cases spike, US travelers are “unlikely” to be allowed into the European Union as the bloc begins opening up to international travel, several EU diplomats told CNN.
Officials in parts of the US are now trying to reel in the spread of the virus — which many experts have said is spiraling out of control — by making pleas to the country’s young population to keep their distance, urging the use of face masks and halting their reopening plans.
The US has now hit more than 2.5 million infections and at least 125,539 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Where new cases are on the rise

The 36 states reporting a rise in cases are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Cases are tracking steady in Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Virginia.

States hit pause on reopening

At least 12 states halted or rolled back their reopening plans in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday he’s hitting the pause button on the state’s reopening plan due to rising cases. Some counties were preparing to enter the fourth phase of reopening, “which would essentially mean no restrictions,” the governor’s office said in a statement.
“Phase 4 would mean a return to normal activity, and we can’t do that now,” the statement said. “This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also announced last week he’d pause any further phases to reopen the state.
“I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”
A day later, Abbott also said he was closing bars and limiting restaurant capacity.
Arizona’s governor has also announced that the state’s reopening is on pause as a result of a major spike in cases.
“We expect that our numbers will be worse next week and the week following,” Gov. Doug Ducey said.

Pleas to young groups

In recent days, officials across the US have reported a rise in cases among younger groups. In Mississippi, officials pointed to fraternity parties as one of the drivers behind the state’s cases.
“There is a sense that a lot of young people, well you’re young so you feel a little bit more invincible but, respectfully, often that can be a selfish mindset,” Newsom said.
In Florida, Gov. DeSantis said while the median age for those infected with the virus in March was in the 60s, in the past two to three weeks it’s dropped to people in their early 30s.
The governor urged younger groups to be vigilant, saying while they may not be at risk for serious complications, they can pass the virus on to someone who is. The state’s community transmission, he said, is “being driven by that 18 to 35-year-old group.”
“You have a responsibility to be careful if you’re in contact with somebody who is more vulnerable,” he said. “We’ve been stressing avoiding the three Cs which are: closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby and close-contact settings, such as close-range conversations.”
In addition to potentially spreading the virus to older people and those with compromised immune systems, family physician Dr. Jen Caudle said, young people face their own risks and it’s important they not consider it “a walk in the park.” She’s had young patients suffer strokes, and others who’ve experienced shortness of breath, fatigue or loss of smell and taste long after their recovery, she said.
“Just because young people tend to fare better doesn’t mean that they always do,” she said. “It’s really important that we wear our masks, that we social distance. Especially in places where Covid is increasing, it’s honestly best to stay home.”

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