Covid Causing A Global Mental Health Crisis, Warns Red Cross

1 in 2 people suffering anxiety, depression during Covid.

By Samantha Walravens

As 2020 drags on and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, the number of people reporting mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress, has skyrocketed.

According to recent data, symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders have more than tripled among U.S. adults compared to this time last year—with women and Black and Latinx communities most acutely impacted. 

And in a study released today, on World Mental Health Day, by the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR), over half — 51 percent — of respondents surveyed across seven countries reported that the global health crisis has negatively impacted their mental health.

The data are disturbing, but

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Facing Disaster After Disaster, the American Red Cross C.E.O. Stays Optimistic

It helped me in my career. There were 50 women and 1,900 men. I had a great education there, but what it really also taught me was what it felt like to be the only woman in the room. I don’t remember taking any classes where there were other women. So you learn how to hold your own, because you have no choice.

What did you learn from the corporate world that you’ve been able to apply to your work at the Red Cross?

What is really profoundly different at a nonprofit is that you really have to not only lead with your head, you have to lead with your heart. If you explain the changes you are making through the lens of the mission, people will do anything for you. But they need to know, and understand, how their actions are going to impact the mission.

At AT&T I’d

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Blue Cross NC, Wake Forest Baptist form another health-care partnership | Local News

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have formed their second health insurance network to serve the Triad.

Blue Cross said it will offer, starting in January, what it is marketing as Blue High Performance network.

The network provides members with access to a comprehensive set of doctors, hospitals and specialists, while lowering costs for employers.

The insurer estimates the network will provide cost savings of up to 13% compared with its preferred provider organization network.

“Blue HPN is another example of how Blue Cross NC is committed to making health care better, simpler and more affordable with great providers like Wake Forest Baptist Health,” said Steve Crist, vice president of major accounts at Blue Cross NC.

Wake Forest Baptist already is part of Blue Cross NC’s value-based care model, Blue Premier, which holds health systems and Blue Cross NC jointly accountable for better

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Independence Blue Cross and Signify Health Launch CommunityLink(TM) Network | News

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and Signify Health announce the launch of CommunityLink™, a network of community-based organizations designed to break down the traditional barriers between social and clinical care and improve health outcomes for people who need help with non-medical services (such as help with food, housing, transportation, financial support, etc.) in the Philadelphia region.


Independence Registered Nurse Health Coaches, Signify Health social care coordinators, and local community-based organizations are now all connected via the CommunityLink network and are able to coordinate on behalf of Independence Medicare Advantage members and other people throughout the region for non-medical services. Starting in 2021, clinicians and other health care providers will be able to use CommunityLink to refer patients as well.

To date, the CommunityLink network consists of the following organizations: Project HOME (Helen Brown Community Center, Honickman Learning Center and Stephen Klein Wellness Center)

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How Allina, Blue Cross define the ‘value-based’ trend sweeping health care

The idea of new deal is that Allina Health will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.

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The idea of new deal is that Allina Health will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.

A new deal between Allina Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota may be a long-promised fix to incentives in health care that create higher costs without making people better.

In health care jargon, the fix is called value-based care, a term that’s close to meaningless to an industry outsider.

The idea is that Allina will get a significant amount of its revenue based on how well it keeps 130,000 members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota healthier, as opposed to the volume of services provided.


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The leaders of Allina and Blue Cross “have been envisioning a

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At 7.7% CAGR, Health and Fitness club Market Size Poised to Cross USD 87.64 billion by 2026

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Sep 24, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware, the 2019-2026 report on Global Health and Fitness club Market explores the essential factors of Smart Reefer Container industry covering current scenario, market demand information, coverage of active companies and segmentation forecasts.

Health and Fitness club provide people, access to controlled environmental condition space and services focused on health and fitness in exchange of a fee. Presently, various attractive membership fees offered by fitness and health clubs, increasing spending on advertisement and marketing, are helping the fitness and health clubs to attract mass segment. Rising awareness among people to avail healthy lifestyle and increasing number of lifestyle-oriented diseases are some major forces, contributing towards the growth of the health and fitness club market globally. Global Health and Fitness club Market is valued approximately at USD 87.64 billion in

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Effects of Gun Laws Cross State Borders, New Study Suggests | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Strong gun laws may be negated by more permissive laws in neighboring states, a new study reports.

It found that weaker gun laws appear to increase gun deaths in adjoining states. The finding could support policymakers looking to strengthen gun laws in their state, according to authors of the study published online Sept. 14 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

For the study, more than 578,000 U.S. gun deaths from 2000 to 2017 were analyzed, along with state gun laws.

“Although stronger state gun policies were associated with decreased firearm deaths, the presence of permissive neighboring states undermined this protective effect,” said lead investigator Bisakha Sen, of the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For each weaker gun law in a neighboring state, rates in the state

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Fitness App Market Size, Share to Cross USD 15.96 billion By 2026 – Industry News

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Sep 21, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware According to Market Study Report, Fitness App Market provides a comprehensive analysis of the Fitness App market segments, including their dynamics, size, growth, competitive landscape, and emerging opportunities of industry. This report also provides market landscape and market share information in the Fitness App market.

The Global fitness app market size is anticipated to reach over USD 15.96 billion by 2026, according to a new study published by The market research report. In 2019, the fitness and activity tracking segment dominated the market, in terms of revenue. North America is expected to be the leading contributor to the global fitness app industry during the forecast period.

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A significant increase in the obese population, changing lifestyles, and increasing health

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Anthem Blue Cross Lumenos HSA Health Plans

What you need to know about the Anthem Blue Cross Lumenos HSA plans, and Health Savings Accounts.

Anthem Blue Cross Lumenos HSA plans offer you a way to pay less for insurance, reduce taxes, access high quality health benefits, and save for future medical expenses with a Health Savings Account (HSA). HSA plans work with higher deductible health plans that reduce monthly insurance costs. Instead of paying insurance companies for benefits that often times aren’t used, you pay less each month and can make tax deductible contributions into an HSA that can be used for medical expenses or earn interest Tax-Free until you retire (2010 contribution maximums are $3,050 for individuals or $5,950 for families).

Increasingly, individuals and families are considering Lumenos health insurance policies with higher deductibles than traditional policies. Sometimes, employers are asking their employees to enroll in these plans, either as an option or the only health … Read More

Fitness Cross Trainer Review: The Vision Fitness Elite X6100 HR


There’s no denying that the fitness cross trainer is the hottest selling piece of exercise equipment on the market today. With their busy, modern lifestyles, most people don’t have the time to travel to a gym to work out. Recognising that staying fit is important, many have elected to work out at home, in private and at their own pace. These machines are a good choice for these people, because they provide a total body workout that maximises the time spent working out. Here’s a brief review of one we like quite a bit: the Vision Fitness Elite X6100 HR

Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Key Features:

The X6100 is a terrific value in a full-featured elliptical. With a durable, heavy-duty ECB-Plus™ motor-operated resistance system that delivers smooth, fluid operation and changes on demand with just the push of a button. We also like the easy to … Read More