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Study identifies mental health disparities in rural schools

Proportionally fewer rural public schools have the ability to get kids diagnosed with mental health issues than their urban counterparts, according to a study led by WSU researchers.

A Native voice in their care

WSU Spokane’s Center for Native American Health addresses longstanding health disparities in Native American and Alaska Native communities, where higher rates of chronic illness and shorter lifespans are the norm.

Teens with COVID‑19 knowledge reported better well‑being

A pandemic survey found that adolescents who answered more COVID‑19 test questions correctly also reported lower stress, anxiety and depression as well as lower loneliness and fear of missing out, or FOMO.

Highly emotional people drawn to cats for stress relief programs

Cats are often left out of university-based animal assisted interventions to reduce stress, but new research shows many people want and would benefit from feline interactions.

New student mental health services launch Oct. 10

ProtoCall+ gives students easy access to mental health professionals, self‑help tools, and other forms of mental health support. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free for all students.

WSU Family Medicine Residency Center unveiled

University leaders, health care personnel, and community members gathered for the unveiling of the future home of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s new Family Medicine Residency program within Pullman Regional Hospital.