Set of test tubes

The mental health field is constantly changing. One major driver of these changes is the ever-evolving state of research on such topics as neuroscience, pharmacology, social psychology, the relationship between physical and mental health, substance use, and the social determinants of health (race, gender, class, national origin). Research and the endless search for evidence-based practices is at the heart of mental health, but sifting through the vast amounts being published is a daunting task. Nevertheless, we believe a public interest is served by giving readers a sampling of some of the current ideas, and controversies, in the area of mental health research.

Using improv to enhance confidence, combat stigma that surrounds mental health disorders

When it comes to improving the quality of life for people with mental health and substance use disorders, improvisational comedy is no joke. Just ask Rutgers School of Public Health student Mark Lee, who teaches vulnerable populations to gain confidence, communicate better, be spontaneous and trust others through improvisational exercises.

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