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Challenges in mental health

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We’re examining mental health from a different angle on “Take Care” this week. When we think about mental health, we often think about anxiety, stress, depression and the like. And we’ve covered many of those topics on this show. This time, we wanted to instead look at different situations and specific populations that deal with challenges in mental health. They’re not all that uncommon, but they may not always be part of the dialogue around mental health.

First, cancer and mental health. What kind of specific challenges are present before, during and after treatment? We ask this question and others of Dr. Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald, a research scientist at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

Social media is still a fairly new communication method and one that seems to grow with every passing moment. Jacqueline Nesi, a research fellow in psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, joins us to describe how social media affects our mental health -- for better or for worse.

Our next guest published “Inmate Mental Health and the Pains of Imprisonment” and has been studying the field for some time. We expand the discussion with Timothy Edgemon, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia.

And for the latest in health, where mental health fits in to the platforms of presidential candidates as we approach the 2020 election. More with journalist Alicia Ault.

Tune in Sunday, June 30 at 7 p.m. and again friday, July 5 at 1 p.m. on WRVO.