Here’s what you need to know about Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5

By Martin Finucane Globe Staff ,Updated June 27, 2022, 2:18 p.m. Experts are raising concerns about the rise of the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, saying they expect more people to catch cases of COVID-19 in the days ahead. Could the COVID-19 pandemic worsen? Here’s what you need to know: BA.4 and BA.5 are on the rise […]

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade’s right to abortion

By Jim Puzzanghera Globe Staff,Updated June 24, 2022, 7:24 p.m. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, ending the constitutional right to an abortion that had existed for nearly 50 years and plunging an already fractured nation into a divisive new political battle with major implications for the health […]

It’s Pride Month. Here’s what you need to know

By Ayana Archie and Brandon Griggs, CNN Updated 8:14 AM ET, Wed June 1, 2022 (CNN)June is Pride Month, when the world’s LGBTQ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. Pride gatherings are rooted in the arduous history of minority groups who have struggled for decades to overcome prejudice and be accepted for who […]

Monument honoring Black Civil War unit rededicated

By Philip Marcelo | AP June 1, 2022 at 3:13 p.m. EDT Civil War reenactor Larry Harris, of Philadelphia, right, marches past the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial, left, that commemorates the famed Civil War unit made up of Black soldiers, during re-dedication ceremonies of the memorial on the Boston Common, Wednesday, June 1, […]

Massachusetts communities to give out 2M rapid antigen COVID-19 tests

At-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File) SOURCE: David Dermer Share Updated: 11:36 AM EDT Jun 13, 2022 BOSTON — More than 2 million rapid antigen COVID-19 tests will soon be in the hands of Massachusetts residents, the Baker administration said Monday. The tests will be given […]

What to say to kids about school shootings to ease their stress

Nineteen children and two adults were killed during the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Parents are struggling to cope with the loss and with how to explain it to their children.Allison Dinner/AFP via Getty Images If you have school-age children, chances are they’ve already talked to their classmates about the school shooting […]

A child trauma expert explains how parents can support kids in Uvalde and elsewhere

People mourn outside of the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images May 25, 20222:25 PM ET The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is deeply traumatic for survivors, their families, and the faculty and staff at the […]

Carter Post veterans: We’ve been overlooked in Mattapan Sq. rehab

By Seth Daniel, News EditorMay 12, 2022 Carter Post Commander Marydith Tuitt says that plans to reconfigure Mattapan Square have been ongoing without any warning given to her historic veterans’ organization. It’s hard to miss the Sgt. William E. Carter American Legion Post 16 on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square with its large, newly […]

Mental Health Reset 2022: Striving for Stability

Get grounded with a daily routine, reconnect with others and restore emotional balance. Who wasn’t glad to say goodbye to 2020? The tumultuous year challenged every aspect of our mental (and physical) health. And 2021 hasn’t been much different. Depression, anxiety, unstable moods, social isolation and existential fear shattered our peace and wore everyone down. Now that […]

How You Can Break the Stigma During Mental Health Awareness Month

may is mental health month

(National Law Review) It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and you will see a lot of social media posts about breaking the stigma this month and raising awareness for mental health issues and that’s great, but this isn’t that post. 1 in 5 people will experience some sort of mental health issue (I don’t like calling […]

Study examines alarming upward trend in Black youth suicide

Study examines alarming upward trend in Black youth suicide

Researchers have known for the last few years that Black children ages 5 to 12 are twice as likely to die by suicide than white children, but for the first time, a team of investigators is trying to help. Using information from two national databases, researchers including Dr. Arielle Sheftall, a principal investigator at the […]

In the news: Cyril Ubiem

In the news Cyril Ubiem

Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center President and CEO Stan McLaren is proud to announce the arrival of Dr. Cyril Ubiem as a member of its leadership team as the senior vice president of programs and services. In this newly established role, he will be responsible for directing its Behavioral Health Department. His primary goal will […]