May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Drug Topics Journal, Drug Topics May 2021, Volume 165, Issue 5

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health burden resulting from the public health crisis is becoming more and more apparent.

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health burden resulting from the public health crisis is becoming more and more apparent.

Social isolation amid widespread lockdowns, coupled with fear and anxiety over becoming infected by the SARS- CoV-2 virus, have undoubtedly affected the mental well-being of many individuals. In fact, the results of a recent study published in Psychiatry Research showed increased levels of clinical depression symptoms and a reduction in overall well-being among young adults during the lockdown. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and our cover story dives into how pharmacists can address the mental health burden in their patients and communities. From specialized training and medication management to simply checking in on patients’ mental welfare when they visit the pharmacy, opportunities exist for pharmacists across health care settings. Read our story on page 10 to learn more.

It is also important for pharmacists to take care of their own mental health during these times. Tune in to our Medical World News® broadcast to catch our new “Wellbeing Checkup” segment for tips and tricks from peers and experts on how to practice self-care and prevent burnout. Visit www.mjhlifesciences.com/news-network to watch the program.

Additionally, as more Americans become eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, pharmacists undoubtedly will be asked questions regarding the vaccines’ safety profiles. Pharmacists should arm themselves with the knowledge to properly educate vaccine-hesitant patients. Turn to page 24 for an overview of the current safety data for each available vaccine and what is known about the adverse effects.

You’ll also find in this issue great insights into digital health tools for diabetes, management of rheumatoid arthritis, and integrating pharmacists into the stroke care team. Check back to drugtopics.com for the latest pharmacy news, including expert interviews, podcasts, and conference coverage.

Thank you for reading.

Mike Hennessy Sr

Chairman and Founder of MJH Life Sciences