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Overcoming barriers to improve mental-health services in low- and middle-income countries
Despite the publication of high-profile reports and promising activities in several countries, progress in mental health service development has been slow in most low-income and middle income countries. (2007-09-03)
Huge increase in resources for mental disorders required worldwide
Scarcity of resources for mental health, inequity in access to them and inefficiencies in their use have serious consequences, the most direct of which is that people who need care get none. (2007-09-03)
Media needs to improve attitude towards mental health
The mass media must improve the way it reports on mental health issues, concludes the author of a comment which accompanies the Lancet series on global mental health. (2007-09-03)
Self-rating mental health as 'good' predicts positive future mental health
Researchers have found that when a person rates their current mental health as 'positive' despite meeting criteria for a mental health problem, it can predict good mental health in the future, even without treatment. (2018-04-02)
Mental health systems in countries: Where are we now?
More than 85 percent of the world's population lives in 153 low- and middle-income countries, with most of these countries allocating very scare financial resources and grossly inadequate manpower and infrastructure for mental health. (2007-09-03)
Study examines how mentally ill patients' own perceptions affect their well-being
In a recently published Social Psychology Quarterly study, Dr. Amy Kroska, Kent State associate professor of sociology, examined how the stigma of mental illness affects patients who have recently been diagnosed with a mental disorder. (2007-06-28)
Do arthritis treatments provide mental health benefits?
Drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may impact mental health by improving pain and stiffness and by targeting inflammatory processes common to arthritis and depression; however, a recent review of published studies demonstrates that relying on rheumatoid arthritis therapies alone may not meaningfully improve patients' mental health. (2018-06-06)
Many European schools face barriers to providing mental health support to students
In a cross-national study of what European schools are doing to support student mental health and well-being, 47 percent of surveyed schools indicated that mental health provision is a high/essential priority, but more than half did not implement a school policy regarding mental health. (2016-05-04)
A call for action
Every year up to 30 percent of the population worldwide will suffer from some form of mental disorder, and at least two-thirds of those receive inadequate or no treatment, even in countries with the best resources. (2007-09-03)
Apps portray mental health issues as commonplace and easy to manage
A new analysis finds that mental health apps convey two dominant messages: that virtually everyone has some type of mental health problem and that individuals can easily manage those problems by using an app. (2018-07-10)
Mental health inequalities in detection of breast cancer
Women with a mental illness are less likely to be screened for breast cancer, according to University of Leicester psychiatrist. (2014-12-01)
Diabetics with mental disorders at increased risk for diabetic complications
Diabetics with mental disorders do not have as good blood sugar control as diabetics without mental illness and are more likely to suffer diabetes complications than diabetics without mental illness. (2004-12-06)
Breaking the cycle: studies show that improving mental health status helps improve financial status in low-income and middle-income countries
The first paper in the Lancet series on Global Mental Health reviews the negative cycle of interaction between mental ill health and poverty in low-income and middle-income countries (LMIC). (2011-10-16)
Same genes could make us prone to both happiness and depression
Researchers from Oxford and UT Austin suggest that while no gene 'causes' mental ill health, some genes can make people more sensitive to the effects of their environment -- for better and for worse -- leading to both mental ill health and enhanced mental resilience. (2016-07-19)
Research investment failing mental health
More money and effort needs to be directed to understanding the causes and treatment of mental disorders to ensure improvements in the health of the community and the one in five people that experience mental illness in any one year. (2008-10-03)
Gaps in mental health infrastructure for youth identified in many US communities
Mental health facilities that provide outpatient specialty services for youth are a critical element of the mental health care infrastructure, especially for youth who are uninsured or publically insured. (2013-02-12)
The crime of mental illness
Canada needs to change its approach to mentally ill prisoners as correctional facilities worldwide contain a higher percentage of people with mental illness than the general population, states an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2010-05-31)
Positive well-being may protect against depression in people with autism
In an Autism Research study of 36 newly employed adults with autism spectrum disorder who were participating in a supported employment program, positive well-being -- or a sense of happiness and life satisfaction -- was associated with a lower risk of developing depression over 12 months of follow-up. (2019-01-24)
High rates of substance abuse exist among veterans with mental illness
A new study published in the American Journal on Addictions reveals that veterans who suffer from mental health disorders also have high rates of substance use disorders. (2011-04-19)
Mental health: Neglected in the UK
Many mental health wards in the UK are at best counter-therapeutic and at worst unsafe, says an editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2007-07-12)
Mental health disorders rife in post-conflict areas
A new study has found that 58 percent of people displaced following the civil war in Sri Lanka have suffered mental health problems. (2019-04-01)
American Psychiatric Association issues statement on compulsive shopping
There have been a number of erroneous reports in the media indicating that the American Psychiatric Association is planning to add (2003-08-18)
Debt linked to mental health problems
New research, led by the University of Southampton, has shown that people in debt are three times more likely to have a mental health problem than those not in debt. (2013-09-26)
Statement by APA President Allan Tasman, M.D., on the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
The Surgeon General's report is good news to millions of people with mental illnesses, and constitutes a national call to action. (1999-12-12)
Does the ambulance service need more training in mental health issues?
Ruth Elliot, Senior Lecturer in the department of Mental Health and Learning Disability at the University of Huddersfield, has published an article discussing the need for a national 'Mental Health Pathway' to enable paramedics to provide the appropriate care for people who present mental health issues. (2013-08-01)
14 percent of global disease burden due to mental disorders
An estimated 14 percent of the global burden of disease is due to neuropsychiatric disorders. (2007-09-03)
Ethnic identity expressed in clothing is good for adolescents' mental health
Young people who dress according to the customs of their own ethnic group are less likely to have subsequent mental health problems than those who don't, suggests research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2008-04-14)
Report advocates improved police training
A new report released yesterday by the Mental Health Commission of Canada identifies ways to improve the mental health training and education that police personnel receive. (2014-08-29)
A national mental health policy for Uganda
In another installment of the PLOS Medicine series on Global Mental Health Practice, Joshua Ssebunnya from the Butabika National Referral and Teaching Mental Hospital in Kampala and colleagues describe their work developing a national mental health policy for Uganda. (2012-10-02)
Reports of mental health disability increase in US
The prevalence of self-reported mental health disabilities increased in the US among non-elderly adults during the last decade, according to a study by Ramin Mojtabai, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2011-09-23)
Study examines counseling experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals
Transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) individuals often encounter discrimination that may compel them to seek mental health services, but some mental health practitioners are inadequately prepared to work with TGNC clients. (2017-09-18)
Stopping smoking linked to improved mental health
Quitting smoking is associated with an improvement in mental health in comparison with continuing to smoke, suggests a study published on bmj.com today. (2014-02-13)
Financial Strain Is Major Cause Of Psychiatric Illness
The prevalence of the most common mental disorders, anxiety and depression, has been shown to be consistently associated with financial strain and unemployment, independent of occupational social class, find Dr Scott Weich from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and Professor Glyn Lewis from the University of Wales. (1998-07-10)
More than half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mental illness
Fifty-one percent of all opioid medications distributed in the US each year are prescribed to adults with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. (2017-06-27)
Recognising mental illness in young people could prevent suicides
Recognising mental illness in young people and dealing with it appropriately could help prevent suicides, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-07-11)
Most suicidal adolescents receive follow-up care after ER visits
New research, presented Friday, Oct. 1, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, looks at what happens to the 30 percent of suicidal adolescents who are discharged from the emergency department and whether they go on to access additional mental health services. (2010-10-01)
Ethnic inequalities in mental health care prompt call for review
Individual ethnic groups use psychiatric and mental health services in Scotland very differently, a study suggests. (2013-07-15)
Mentally ill have higher odds of developing brain, lung cancers
Men and women with mental disorders have higher odds of being diagnosed with brain tumors and lung cancer and they develop these cancers at younger ages than individuals without mental illness. (2004-10-08)
Missed opportunities to help smokers with mental illness
Although smoking prevalence has declined in the United Kingdom over recent decades, it has changed little among people with mental health disorders, remaining substantially higher than the national average. (2013-03-27)
Study finds mental health needs of older adults substantially underserved
Individuals aged 65 and older are unlikely to receive needed mental health treatment in the United States, according to a recent national study by researchers at Texas A&M University. (2004-11-23)
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