Boston (Massachusetts) [US], February 21 (ANI): A recent survey on college students sheds light on the surge in prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people, and now reaching its highest levels.
The study of nearly 33,000 college students across the country reveals the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people continues to increase, now reaching its highest levels, a sign of the mounting stress factors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, political unrest, and systemic racism and inequality.
“Half of the students in fall 2020 screened positive for depression and/or anxiety,” said Sarah Ketchen Lipson, a Boston University mental health researcher and a co-principal investigator of the nationwide survey published on February 11, 2021, which was administered online during the fall 2020 semester through the Healthy Minds Network.
The survey further reveals that 83 per cent of students said their mental health had negatively impacted their academic performance within the past month, and that two-thirds of college students are struggling with loneliness and feeling isolated–an all-time high prevalence that reflects the toll of the pandemic and the social distancing necessary to control it.
Lipson, a BU School of Public Health assistant professor of health law, policy, and management, said the survey’s findings underscore the need for university teaching staff and faculty to put mechanisms in place that can accommodate students’ mental health needs.
“Faculty need to be flexible with deadlines and remind students that their talent is not solely demonstrated by their ability to get a top grade during one challenging semester,” Lipson said.
She added that instructors can protect students’ mental health by having class assignments due at 5 pm, rather than midnight or 9 am, times that Lipson said can encourage students to go to bed later and lose valuable sleep to meet those deadlines.
Especially in smaller classroom settings, where a student’s absence may be more noticeable than in larger lectures, instructors who notice someone missing classes should reach out to that student directly to ask how they are doing.
“Even in larger classes, where 1:1 outreach is more difficult, instructors can send class-wide emails reinforcing the idea that they care about their students not just as learners but as people, and circulating information about campus resources for mental health and wellness,” Lipson said.
And, crucially, she said, instructors must bear in mind that the burden of mental health is not the same across all student demographics. “Students of colour and low-income students are more likely to be grieving the loss of a loved one due to COVID,” Lipson said. They are also “more likely to be facing financial stress.” All of these factors can negatively impact mental health and academic performance in “profound ways,” she said.
At a higher level within colleges and universities, Lipson said, administrators should focus on providing students with mental health services that emphasise prevention, coping, and resilience. The fall 2020 survey data revealed a significant “treatment gap,” meaning that many students who screen positive for depression or anxiety are not receiving mental health services.
“Often students will only seek help when they find themselves in a mental health crisis, requiring more urgent resources,” Lipson said. “But how can we create systems to foster wellness before they reach that point?” She has a suggestion: “All students should receive mental health education, ideally as part of the required curriculum.”
It’s also important to note, she said, that rising mental health challenges are not unique to the college setting–instead, the survey findings are consistent with a broader trend of declining mental health in adolescents and young adults. “I think mental health is getting worse [across the US population], and on top of that we are now gathering more data on these trends than ever before,” Lipson said. “We know mental health stigma is going down, and that’s one of the biggest reasons we are able to collect better data. People are being more open, having more dialogue about it, and we’re able to better identify that people are struggling.”
The worsening mental health of Americans, more broadly, Lipson said, could be due to a confluence of factors: the pandemic, the impact of social media, and shifting societal values that are becoming more extrinsically motivated (a successful career, making more money, getting more followers and likes), rather than intrinsically motivated (being a good member of the community).
The crushing weight of historic financial pressures is an added burden. “Student debt is so stressful,” Lipson said. “You’re more predisposed to experiencing anxiety the more debt you have. And research indicates that suicidality is directly connected to financial well-being.”
With more than 22 million young people enrolled in US colleges and universities, “and with the traditional college years of life coinciding with the age of onset for lifetime mental illnesses,” Lipson stresses that higher education is a crucial setting where prevention and treatment can make a difference.
One potential bright spot from the survey was that the stigma around mental health continues to fade. The results reveal that 94 per cent of students say that they wouldn’t judge someone for seeking out help for mental health, which Lipson said is an indicator that also correlates with those students being likely to seek out help themselves during a personal crisis (although, paradoxically, almost half of the students say they perceive that others may think more poorly of them if they did seek help).
“We’re harsher on ourselves and more critical of ourselves than we are with other people–we call that perceived versus personal stigma,” Lipson said. “Students need to realise, your peers are not judging you.” (ANI)
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Bhoomi Pednekar celebrates 6 years of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar on Saturday celebrated the six-year anniversary of her debut movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, which released back in 2015.
The ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ actor was catapulted to stardom with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ (DLKH), in which she played the role of an overweight girl who stands up for her rights.
Bhumi believes that her debut film, directed by Sharat Katariya, was a milestone moment that paved her path to glory.
She was recently shooting in Rishikesh for her next movie ‘Badhaai Do,’ in the same house where ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ was shot. Overwhelmed by the coincidence, she took to Instagram and shared a video.
She captioned the post as, “A trip down memory lane, as I visit the place where it all started 🙂 #6yearsofdumlagakehaisha #gratitude #livingthedream.”
Bhumi added, “Thank you @yrf @sharatkatariya #ManeeshSharma @shanoosharmarahihai for making my dream come true. @ayushmannk for always being my Hero No. 1 in every way possible.”
In the video, the actor said, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha is truly a milestone moment of my life and I can’t imagine how my career would have shaped up without it. I was extremely fortunate to get this film and everyone knows how hard I worked to deliver this role.”
“It was such a coincidence that I shot at the same location again for Badhaai Do. The house which was my first ever location, for my first film was used for Badhaai Do. I was so nostalgic. What were the chances that after 6 years, I would be at the same place!” she added.
She further said, “I was super nostalgic that I was actually at the locations where I shot DLKH. I was actually standing at the same spot where I gave my first shot ever in life as an actor. I remember we had done about 11 takes for this and I was so nervous. That is where Bhumi the actor was born.”
The 31-year-old actor feels that she clearly told the industry that she meant business as an actor with her first movie. She said, “DLKH gave me an identity as an actress and enabled me to tell the world that I was different, I was hungry, I was ambitious, and that I would take incredible risks to carve my legacy in the Hindi film industry. Today, when I look back at my debut, I’m filled with gratitude towards everyone who ensured that I do my best.”
Crediting the entire team of her first film for inculcating confidence in her as an artist, she said, “Right from Shanoo, Adi sir, Maneesh Sharma, Sharat Katariya and even Ayushmann – everyone believed in me and that gave me so much confidence to go out there and present myself as an artist. DLKH is and will always be a film from which I harness confidence to take on more risks, to experiment constantly and present myself new on-screen every single time.”
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, a critically acclaimed movie, received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
The movie also featured Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa in lead roles. (ANI)
Sofia Vergara raises temperature with throwback photo from 90s
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Colombian-American actor and model Sofia Vergara, heated up Instagram with a throwback picture from the ’90s, which she shared recently.
The ‘Modern Family’ alum recently took to her Instagram handle and shared the picture of her sporting a tiny black string bikini in Miami.
The picture captioned, “#tbt Miami #the 90’s,” proved to be a big hit among her 21.1 million followers. It received more than 280,000 likes.
Vergara is no stranger to strutting her stuff online.
She recently shared several more throwback bikini snaps in late January, donning a white bikini top, a diamond choker and dangling silver earrings. (ANI)
New Superman movie for DC and Warner Bros. to be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to write the script for the feature reboot of Superman, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams.
According to Variety, the new Superman film, which is still in its very early development stages, will also be produced by Hannah Minghella. Presently no director is attached to the project and the search for an actor to portray Kal-El / Superman on the big screen has not yet started.
In a statement, Coates said, “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honour. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates is no stranger to the superhero realm, as he has previously written the Marvel comic book series for ‘Captain America’ and ‘Black Panther’.
Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group said, “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world. We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
News of Coates’ attachment to the superhero project comes amid a number of recent Hollywood projects and adaptations of the author’s work.
‘Between the World and Me’ was adapted into an HBO film which debuted last November, while ‘The Water Dancer’ is getting a big-screen adaptation from a producing team that includes Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, though this is the first DC feature known to be in development under Abrams’ expansive WarnerMedia deal, he has several DC series in the works for streaming service HBO Max, including Justice League Dark and Constantine. (ANI)
Kevin Hart, John Hamburg re-team for Netflix comedy ‘Me Time’
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): American stand-up comic and actor Kevin Hart has once again teamed up with John Hamburg, for a comedy set up at Netflix. Hamburg has previously written the 2018 hit comedy ‘Night School’ for the comedian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘Get Hard’ star will also be producing it with Bryan Smiley, under the duo’s HartBeat Productions, and Lauren Hennessey will be the executive producer. John Hamburg, best known for writing ‘Meet the Parents’ and directing ‘Along Came Polly’, will direct and produce the Netflix comedy along with scripting for it.
The story will focus on a stay-at-home dad who finds himself with some “me time”, for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects with his former best friend for a wild weekend that nearly upends his life.
The project falls under Hart’s recent deal with Netflix which calls for the actor to star and produce at least four features, while also establishing a first-look deal. The goal is to shoot the project later this year.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Hart is prepping to shoot Lionsgate’s high-profile video game adaptation Borderlands and recently wrapped Sony’s action-comedy Man from Toronto opposite Woody Harrelson. (ANI)
SARA ALI KHAN VISITS AJMER SHARIF WITH AMRITA SINGH
AJMER: Sara Ali Khan on Friday paid a visit to holy place Ajmer Sharif Dargah and wished her fans ‘Jumma Mubarak’. The ‘Kedarnath’ actress, who was accompanied by her mother and actress Amrita Singh, took to Instagram and posted pictures from their visit. Sara and her doting mother were seen twinning in green traditional ensembles. In the pictures, the ‘Love Aaj Kal’ actress can be seen sporting designer olive green suit salwar and a matching face mask. Amrita is also seen wearing a similar coloured outfit. The duo can be seen with their heads covered as they wear a holy turmeric yellow dupatta around their necks. Sara captioned the post as, “Jumma Mubarak”.
‘MUMBAI SAGA’ TRAILER HAS GUNS, GANGSTERS AND GORE
NEW DELHI: After a long wait, the trailer of John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Mumbai Saga’ has finally dropped, and it’s all about guns, gangsters, and gore. The three-minute-long trailer of the Sanjay Gupta directorial features high octane action scenes from the lead actors of the film, who appear to be at loggerheads with each other. While John portrays a gangster who aspires to rule Bombay, Emraan plays a cop who wants to kill John and win the prize money of Rs 10 crore. Sharing the trailer on his Instagram handle, John quoted his dialogue from the movie in the caption and wrote, “Bandook toh sirf shauk ke liye rakhta hoon, darrane ke liye naam hi kaafi hai – Amartya Rao. Presenting the trailer of saga of the year! #MumbaiSaga Trailer out now. Film in cinemas on 19 March 2021.”
The earlier released teaser of the film introduced John as a gangster who “rose from the streets of Bombay to rule Mumbai” while Emraan as a cop who “rose from the ghettos of Bombay to stop Amartya Rao”.
Set in the 1980s and 1990s, ‘Mumbai Saga’ also stars Suniel Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Kajal Aggarwal, Prateik Babbar, and Gulshan Grover among others. Earlier scheduled to hit theatres on 19 June 2020, ‘Mumbai Saga’ has been produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta, and Sangeeta Ahir. The highly-anticipated gangster drama is now all set to hit the big screens on 19 March this year.
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