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Mental Health America of Montana



Mental Health News and Research from Montana and throughout the country


July 23rd 2013



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Outgoing people lead happier lives

Research from the University of Southampton has shown that young adults, who are more outgoing or more emotionally stable, are happier in later life than their more introverted or less emotionally stable peers.

In the study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, Dr Catharine Gale from the Medical Research Council’s Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton and a team from the University of Edinburgh and University College London, examined the effects of neuroticism and extraversion at ages 16 and 26 years on mental wellbeing and life satisfaction at age 60 to 64 and explored the mediating roles of psychological and physical health.

They found that personality dispositions by the time of early adulthood have an enduring influence on well-being decades later.

Dr Gale, Reader in Epidemiology, comments: “Few studies have examined the long-term influence of personality traits in youth on happiness and life satisfaction later in life. We found that extroversion in youth had direct, positive effects on wellbeing and life satisfaction in later life. Neuroticism, in contrast, had a negative impact, largely because it tends to make people more susceptible to feelings of anxiety and depression and to physical health problems. ”

The study examined data on 4,583 people who are members of the National Survey for Health and Development, conducted by the Medical Research Council. All were born in 1946; they completed a short personality inventory at age 16, and again at age 26.

Extroversion was assessed by questions about their sociability, energy, and activity orientation. Neuroticism was assessed by questions about their emotional stability, mood, and distractibility.

The full article can be found on the University of Southampton website.


Not In Our State: 2013 Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault

The MSU VOICE Center announces the

2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault, a two-day conference to take place on August 12-13, 2013


Register for free now here


For more info visit NIOS site


Featured Items

Study: No link between mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors

However, a new study that draws upon more than 30 years of research in the Republic of Seychelles reports that there is no association between pre-natal mercury exposure and autism-like behaviors.



Read the full study at The PubMed site

Teen eating disorders increase suicide risk

Is binge eating a tell-tale sign of suicidal thoughts? According to a new study of African American girls, by Dr. Rashelle Musci and colleagues from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in the US, those who experience depressive and anxious symptoms are often dissatisfied with their bodies and more likely to display binge eating behaviors.


Entire article available on Springer

To Savor the Flavor, Perform a Short Ritual First

Birthday celebrations often follow a formula, including off-key singing, making a birthday wish while blowing out candles, and the ceremonial cutting of the birthday cake. New research suggests that this ritual not only makes the experience more memorable, but might also improve the taste of the cake.



Read more on the Psych Science website

Overnights Away From Home Affect Children’s Attachments

Babies have an innate biological need to be attached to caregivers, usually their parents. But what happens when babies spend a night or more per week away from a primary caregiver, as increasingly happens in cases where the parents share custody, but do not live together?


Read more on NewsWise

Latest groups and events in around Montana supported by MHA

Support Group: Bipolar


Presented by: Mental Health America of MT


When and where:

MHA of MT is offering a free support group for people with bipolar disorder. The group is conducted over the phone and is run by a peer with bipolar disorder.


New group starts July 11th 2013 - Register Now !


For more info contact Mental Health America of Montana at 406-587-7774

Montana Warmline is seeking volunteers!


Are you a mental health consumer looking to help your peers?


Mental Health America is looking for consumers interested in taking shifts on the Warm Line and blog!


For more information about qualifications, training, and scheduling please contact us at

1-877-927-6642 Or email us now !


Do you have an event or volunteer opportunity to promote?

Contact us to promote it with a Podcast or web link.

Call (406) 587-7774 or E-mail for info›


Clinical Trials Across the Country


In a clinical trial (also called an interventional study), participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants' behavior, for example, diet.


Sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


For info visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health website (link).




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