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WHO elections

Now Is the Moment to Tackle Mental Illness Across the Globe

Dr David Nabarro wrote an opinion piece for Time magazine in which he issued a call for the world to come together to tackle mental illness across the globe 

April 7, 2017

Promoting health through the life course

The ‘rainbow village’ hoping to improve mental health in Kabul

The Kabul authorities are painting houses bright colours in order to give a new lease of life to the area - and improve residents` mental health. The Kabul city administration has taken this aesthetic and run with it, launching a project to paint the exteriors of nearly 2000 houses on the western-facing hills of Kabul. There was a significant uptick in mental health amongst the young of Santa Marta, one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, when a similar campaign was launched. Another village — Kampung Pelangi in Indonesia — has become an Instagram sensation with its transformation into a Rainbow Village

June 18, 2017

Exclusive: Pupils risking their lives as mental health services collapse

The Times Educational Supplement relates the story that some British youngsters are so desperate for mental health support in a system which has almost totally collapsed, that they are going through the motions of suicide to qualify for help

June 2, 2017
Times Educational Supplement, Independent

Why ‘gig health’ matters

Those who make their living in the gig economy, generally working for app-based platforms that match consumer needs with workers who can fulfil them are regarded as being in precarious or contingent employment. Now attention is turning to the health and wellbeing of this fast growing workforce, which numbers about 1.3m in the UK. A recent Italian study indicated those on temporary contracts are more likely to use prescription medication for mental health conditions like depression. Gig workers are not generally eligible for sick pay or compensation from injury. Low pay, low support, high demand mean long hours to make a basic income stoking future physical and mental health issues

May 25, 2017
Financial Times

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health'

Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organizations. The four platforms have a negative effect because they can exacerbate children’s and young people’s body image worries, and worsen bullying, sleep problems and feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness, the participants said

May 19, 2017
The Guardian, BBC

Non communicable diseases

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults suffer from mental illness

Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation`s behavioural ills. The report also said that 15.7 million Americans abuse alcohol and 7.7 million abuse illicit drugs. Despite the growing number of Americans with mental health problems, about a third of those who need help aren`t getting it, said SAMHSA researcher Dr. Beth Han

June 13, 2017

US mental-health agency’s push for basic research has slashed support for clinical trials

Analysis reveals that the number of clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health has fallen by 45% since the agency began to focus on the biological roots of disease. An analysis by Nature suggests that the number of clinical trials funded by the NIMH dropped by 45% between 2009 and 2015. This coincides with the agency’s launch, in 2011, of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) — a framework for research on the mechanisms of mental illness. The NIMH’s roll-out of RDoC included asking researchers to focus more on the biological bases of behaviour — such as brain circuitry and genetics — than on the broader symptoms that clinicians typically use to define and classify mental illness

June 13, 2017

Number of university dropouts due to mental health problems trebles

Data from the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency reveals that a record 1,180 students experience mental health problems and left university early in 2014-2015, the most recent year data is available. It represents a 210% increase from the 380 students who did so in 2009-10. The figures have prompted charities, counsellors and health experts to urge higher education institutions to ensure the right support for students is in place

May 23, 2017
The Guardian

With mental health problems, fitness is tied to reduced risk of death

With the prevalence of mental health issues, people are facing many stressors in their daily lives stimulating feelings of depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. Medication to treat these mental problems is not only expensive but comes with side effects such as weight gain. Researchers found that higher levels of cardiovascular fitness helped people cope better with emotional distress meaning they were less likely to die

May 19, 2017

Mental illness can lead to cardiovascular disease, says a new study

A recent study led by King’s College London researchers shows that people with severe mental illness are at a substantially increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease when compared to the rest of the general population

May 13, 2017
Hindustan Times

Chronic illness in children linked to mental health issues later

A recent report analysed 37 medical studies to find a link between chronic childhood physical illnesses, including asthma, cancer, chronic renal failure, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis and emotional problems later in life. Researchers found that all the children reviewed who had experienced chronic conditions in childhood were at an increased risk of developing depression or anxiety and emotional problems that continued throughout adulthood

May 12, 2017
May 13, 2017
Financial Express
May 12, 2017
Science Daily

Designed by patients: the mental health centre saving the NHS £300,000 a year

Welsh charity Hafal runs a mental health centre in Wales called the Gellinudd Recovery Centre where patients, their families and all stakeholders involved have a say in everything from policy to the décor. The Guardian asks its readers whether co-produced innovations such as this offer a brighter future for mental health care

May 10, 2017

'Macho' players need help fighting mental health issues: Gascoigne

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, who has spent several spells in rehab battling alcohol and drug addiction, called for more help for players dealing with stress-related issues. He said soccer’s macho culture often deterred players who are constantly in the public limelight from seeking help. “You look at the Everton player who has just been sectioned and realise there are lots of people who have got everything but inside they don’t share enough”

May 9, 2017

Se han duplicado las cifras de depresion en Mexico

Mexico saw the number of people suffering from depression or trying to commit suicide jump from 2.2 cases per 100,000 people to 4.7 cases between the years 1990 and 2012, according to WHO statistics. The group of people most at risk were young people between the ages of 15 and 29. Many were women of reproductive age and another major group were older adults. The way society looks at depression is partly to blame, asking sufferers to snap out of it, or make a bigger effort, instead of helping them to overcome the situation with treatment and advice

May 9, 2017

Nearly half of female prisoners have attempted suicide, figures reveal

Figures released by the Prison Reform Trust reveal that 46% of women in prison have tried to take their own lives at some point, compared with six per cent of the general population. It comes after warnings in March that the alarming rise in suicides among female prisoners was linked to inadequate mental health provision and a lack of urgency among prison staff in responding to indications of mental illnesses

May 8, 2017

India Is Facing a Mental Health Crisis – and Its Education System Is Ill Equipped to Handle It...

The Wire discusses the taboo surrounding mental health problems and the unwillingness of most Indian colleges to take up the costs of professional counselling in order to protect India’s highly vulnerable youth

May 7, 2017
The Wire

Suicide - Why '13 Reasons Why' is dangerous

The latest Netflix hit, ’13 Reasons Why’ deals with fictional teenage Hannah Baker’s death by suicide. The narrative is a noble one, but simplistic, ‘be nice to others as you don’t know what they are dealing with.’ Evidence based organizations, with a firm grasp of suicide prevention issues, strongly discourage graphic depictions, or discussions of suicide, because the risk of additional suicides increases when a story describes method, or uses dramatic or graphic headlines or images, or glamourizes the issue in any way

May 4, 2017

Excess smartphone use bad for mental health: Study

Excess use of smartphone and other devices may lead to attention, behaviour and self-regulation problems for adolescents already at risk of mental health issues, a new study warns. Researchers from Duke University followed 151 young adolescents and their daily use of digital technology. The participants were surveyed three times a day for a month were assessed for mental health symptoms 18 months later. Researchers noted adolescents who were already at risk of mental health issues, regardless of digital devices, saw these devices add to their problems

May 3, 2017
Times of India

Branded mad for life, Kerala's mentally ill are being abandoned at institutions by families

The stigma surrounding mental health still persists in India and it can be seen in examples at mental health care institutions in Kerala, where inmates cannot leave even after their treatments are complete in many instances, because their families are unwilling to accept them back, leading to unwelcome overcrowding in these facilities

May 2, 2017
The News Minute

Disability can linger years after mild wartime brain injuries

Military service members who sustain concussions in combat may experience worsening symptoms for several years after their injuries, particularly if they have psychiatric problems, a small U.S. study suggests. The study found that after a concussion, symptoms got worse from one to five years following the injury. This suggests one common assumption guiding concussion treatment, that patients stabilize within a year of injury, may not be accurate, the study authors said

May 1, 2017

Food insecurity can affect your mental health

Food insecurity can affect people’s health beyond the basic levels of nutritional impact, according to a new study. Food insecurity is associated with poorer mental health and special psychosocial stressors across global regions, independent of an individuals’ socioeconomic status

April 27, 2017
Science Daily

Government must boost investment in mental health care

An editorial article in the South China Morning Post called in the government to boost investment in the mental health care system. It called for a substantial increase in recurrent expenditure on psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and social workers to meet the service demand without placing undue stress on the system and meet the needs of an ageing population which is growing in number

April 27, 2017
South China Morning Post

If we want to improve mental health, first we need to tackle poverty

The Guardian welcomes Prince Harry’s recent intervention on the topic of mental health but adds that removing the stigma attached to the illness is not enough and society needs to look at the role of poverty. In the UK the Mental health Foundation say that the poorest fifth of the population are twice as likely to be at risk of mental health problems as those on average incomes, in fact, poverty increases the likelihood of developing mental illness and mental illness increases the likelihood of poverty

April 25, 2017
The Guardian

Research busts myth of tribals’ mental health

A study by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) found a prevalence of somatic symptoms, psychological and physical ailments and a lower quality of life for the indigenous peoples in the Araku Valley of the Vizag district

April 24, 2017
Times of India

As Public Attention Turns To Mental Health, Let’s Not Forget Women And Girls

About one in five women in the UK have a mental health problem, compared to one in eight men. Men remain far more likely to die by suicide, but there is a worrying increase in mental health issues with women, up 8.3% in a single year, and the number now stands at its highest rate in England in over a decade

April 24, 2017
Huffington Post

Queen’s ‘pride’ over princes’ mental health drive

The Queen has backed the decision by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry to speak out about their mental health, expressing her pride at the campaign they have spearheaded with the Duchess of Cambridge. Their Heads Together scheme, tackling the stigma around mental health and encouraging others to speak more freely about their struggles, was the official charity of the London Marathon last weekend

April 23, 2017
The Times

Will my medical expenses get paid if I become suicidal?

The African press looks at the state of medical insurance with regard to mental health services and reveals that expenses for treatment run out swiftly and many are put off by the mounting costs, leading to many in acute need of support being at extra risk of self-harm or suicide

April 20, 2017
Bhekisisa.org, AllAfrica.com

Prince William warns 'stiff upper lip' can damage mental health

Prince William has warned that British men who ‘keep a stiff upper lip’ are bottling up their emotions and this is detrimental to mental health. The two princes, and William’s wife Kate, are spearheading a campaign called Heads Together which encourages people to open up about mental illness and seek help

April 18, 2017

Britain's Prince Harry sought counseling more than a decade after mother's death

Britain’s Prince Harry sought counselling in his late twenties to help deal with the grief of losing his mother more than a decade earlier, he told the Telegraph newspaper. Harry revealed he had come close to a complete breakdown on several occasions after shutting down his emotions, impacting both his work and his personal life

April 17, 2017

Mentally ill accessing less U.S. health care

More than 8 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress and they are less likely to access healthcare services than other people, a new U.S. study says

April 17, 2017

People's review calls for independent inquiry into 'overwhelmed' mental health system

A review into mental healthcare in New Zealand has found that the system is at such a breaking point that a full-scale independent inquiry is needed

April 16, 2017
TV New Zealand

Heart attacks, suicides kill more CRPF than Naxal operations

Heart attacks, depression and suicides have killed more CRPF troops, over 24 times more, than have operations and ambushes in Naxal violence hit areas over the last two years. Five CRPF men were killed in 2015, 31 in 2016 and thirteen so far this year in the three left-wing extremist affected states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

Inconsistent healthcare across India with gaps due to stigma and service holes

According to the National Mental Health Survey, conducted by NIMHANS Bangalore, it was reported that despite three out of four people experiencing severe mental disorders, there are huge gaps in treatment. This has been reported due to the stigma associated with mental disorders and nearly 80% of those with mental disorders had not received any treatment despite being ill for over 12 months

April 11, 2017
Daily O

Act before workers break down

Common factors behind workplace-related depression include stress and burnout, including poor work organization, excessive workloads, job insecurity, sexual harassment and lack of support from higher management 

April 9, 2017
The Star Malaysia

Depression highest among those with chronic diseases

Kenyans who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, cancer and arthritis are two times more likely to also suffer from depression than those without those diseases. If undetected this aggravates the sickness. It also generates increased economic costs to society in terms of lost productivity and increased cost of seeking treatment. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change and human rights abuse

April 8, 2017

Scandinavia's Sami struggle with suicide, worsened by climate change

Scandinavia’s Sami, an arctic indigenous population, are struggling with high suicide rates but the impact of global warming is worsening the problem. The traditional way of life herding reindeer is under pressure as rising temperatures threaten the size of the herds and cause financial woes

April 7, 2017

We can no longer afford to ignore India’s mental health crisis

In 1990 suicide in India was not among the top killers of Indians, now it is. Some 20% of the Indian population will suffer some form of mental illness in the next few years yet only 10% of them will receive treatment. By 2030, mental illness will reduce economic growth in India and China by $11 trillion, it needs addressing

April 5, 2017
The Quint

Scientists find common antibiotic could prevent or treat PTSD

A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists. The antibiotic works because it blocks certain proteins outside nerve cells, called matrix enzymes, which our brains need to form memories 

April 4, 2017
April 5, 2017
Business Standard

Experts urge huge expansion of online therapy for mental illness

A massive and growing mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies, specialists said. With resources tight and the global mental health system only serving about 10% of patients even now, the web is the only option for significant extra treatment capacity 

April 3, 2017

Promoting mental well-being ensures sustainable development

A mentally healthy citizen is able to study, form relationships and engage in work that contributes towards the economic growth of the community and nation. The direct consequence of this is poverty reduction. Poverty is linked to worse health outcomes so a more virtuous circle begins 

April 1, 2017
Star Kenya

New Mental Healthcare Bill decriminalises suicide attempt

The new Mental Healthcare Bill passed by the Lok Sabha decriminalises suicide attempts and bans the use of electric shock therapy for treating children with mental illness. The bill also gives an opportunity to a person to give advanced directions on the kind of treatment they would want in the event they were diagnosed with a mental illness in the future  

March 29, 2017
Hindustan Times, First Post
March 28, 2017
India Today

What is Mental Healthcare Bill?

The Indian parliament passed a Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalizes suicide attempts by mentally ill people and provides services for people with mental illnesses

March 28, 2017
Indian Express, India.com
March 27, 2017
Hindustan Times

Every 40 seconds a person commits suicide in world

A Rawalpindi conference on mental health was told that over 800,000 people die of suicide every year around the globe and 75% of those occur in low or middle income countries such as Pakistan. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among ages 15-29 and most alarmingly there is a death from suicide every 40 seconds

March 28, 2017
The News Pakistan

Physicians rank high in suicide cases, experts lament

Physicians in Nigeria have been known to rank high in suicide cases. Most doctors are stressed and depressed because of workload and poor remuneration, family expectation and friends. Many are going through a lot but they hardly have time to attend to their own health and often simply continue to just about manage until they reach breaking point

March 25, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

Steady Fall in Suicides Offers Glimmer of Hope in Japan

Fewer Japanese people are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world’s highest suicide rates. The number of cases in 2016, 21,897, is the lowest number since 1994

March 23, 2017

Stigma attached to mental disorders leading to high mental morbidity in India: Experts

More than 100m people in India (over 10% of the population) suffer from mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, but society’s views about these disorders are clouded by misconceptions and stigma, which in turn leads to high mental morbidity in India

March 22, 2017
New Kerala
March 21, 2017
India Blooms

UnitedHealth sued for denying coverage for eating disorders

UnitedHealth Group has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. health insurer of denying coverage for medically necessary treatment of eating disorders

March 21, 2017

BSF losing more men to lifestyle diseases, mental illness than operations: Director General KK S...

More Border Security Force personnel are dying of mental illnesses and lifestyle diseases than in the line of duty, BSF Director General, KF Sharma said on Tuesday. As a consequence of the study the force is taking some remedial measures to control lifestyle disease by including yoga in the daily routine and changing the dietary

March 21, 2017
Times of India

Venezuela's spiralling mental healthcare crisis

Al Jazeera reports on Venezuela’s economic strife and how the healthcare system is left struggling to cope with the nation’s growing mental health crisis

March 20, 2017

Migrant mental health crumbles in Greece: rights groups

Refugees and migrants stuck in Greek camps, including children as young as nine, are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with endless misery international charities report. MSF and Save the Children said ‘anxiety, depression and aggression were on the rise as a direct result of the deal the EU struck with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees’

March 16, 2017

The GOP health plan may disrupt mental health care for those who need it the most

The GOP health care plan may disrupt mental health care for those who need it the most, because the U.S. States would then have to decide whether to cover the mental health costs for Medicaid recipients or not

March 15, 2017
Vox, NBC News

People with dementia 'failed' by deprivation of liberty law

People with dementia and learning difficulties are being detained in care without checks due to a failing law, the UK Law Commission has reported. Services cannot cope, deadlines were routinely breached and the system should be replaced

March 13, 2017

Social media making users feel isolated

A new study suggests that addiction to social media is increasingly leaving users socially isolated, despite spending hours chatting to friends on these platforms. Experts are suggesting a simple solution – go out more often and spend time with real people

March 12, 2017

Adults who were preemies may face more mental health risks

Adults who were born prematurely at a very low birth weight may be more likely to experience mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, a recent study indicated

March 10, 2017

Depression may be biggest cause of lost productivity with sinus problems

A new study has been published which suggests that depression is the biggest source of lost productivity, along with chronic sinus problems, and this might cause sufferers to miss work or school

March 10, 2017

Obamacare repeal seen as weakening mental health protections

The Medicaid aspects on Obamacare repeal are prompting concern from four Republican senators who are concerned about the prospect of reduced access to mental health and addiction services

March 8, 2017

Trump’s New Travel Ban Could Hinder Research On HIV And Mental Health

President Trump’s temporary travel ban has had consequences for a scientist at Harvard Medical School, who has been seeking to collaborate with Iranian academics on HIV/AIDs research. Another at Columbia Law School’s human rights clinic, wanted to study the impact of armed conflict on the mental health of people in Yemen

March 7, 2017
Huffington Post

Young people 'fear stigma' if they ask for mental-health help

Over three quarters of young people say there is ‘a stigma’ to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggest

March 1, 2017

Drug and mental health admissions highest for a decade

More patients are being admitted to hospital in England for drug-related mental health issues or poisoning than at any time in the past ten years. Official figures reveal 15,074 cases of people in hospital with illicit drug poisoning in 2015-16, up 51% on 10 years earlier. Mental health issues had drugs as a cause in 81,904 cases, according to the same report

February 28, 2017

Health systems

Exit interview: NOW’s O’Neill on GOP health policy and maternal deaths

Terry O’Neill, outgoing head of the U.S. National Organization for Women said ‘there is a connection between increasing maternal mortality in the USA and GOP policies under consideration in the U.S. Congress. The United States has the worst maternal death rate in the developing world and research suggests health-related complications — including diabetes and hypertension as well as mental health and substance abuse — are major contributing factors. These outcomes will worsen if Congress succeeds in scaling back Medicaid, which funds half of all births in the U.S., defunding Planned Parenthood and allowing states to opt out of Obamacare`s essential health benefit requirement that include maternity and mental health services’

June 18, 2017
USA Today

Refugees suffer disease outbreaks in Tanzania

An outbreak of diseases has struck Tanzanian camps housing refugees fleeing strife in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some 184 new arrivals composed of 99 Burundian and 85 Congolese asylum seekers have entered the East African country in the past week as the crises in their countries peak. According to the agency the top five medical conditions at the Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee camps are malaria, skin infections, upper respiratory tract infection, HIV and mental disorder

June 15, 2017
CajNews Africa

Our so-called 'universal' healthcare: the well waste money and the poor get sicker

Amy Corderoy writes about health inequality in Australia, and points out that only two out of every 10 people with a condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can expect to make it to the average Australian life expectancy, she is also concerned about the difference between city and country, where the further out you go the more likely you are to die an avoidable death. And even if you don’t have an obvious risk factor such as a mental illness, there is one clear way of predicting your chances of living a longer or shorter life: your income. When researchers divide Australians into five income groupings, they find a steady increase in the rate of deaths as they move from the very richest to the very poorest

June 10, 2017
The Guardian

Africa: Nothing Short of a 'Sea Change' Will End Years of Gross Neglect in Mental Health Care - ...

Citing decades of neglect in mental health care, a United Nations human rights expert denounced "biomedical gatekeepers" who perpetuate stigma and urged States and psychiatrists to act with courage to reform a "crisis-hit system built on outdated attitudes." "We need little short of a revolution in mental health care to end decades of neglect, abuse and violence," Dainius Pūras, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health said after presenting his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Turning to the underlying causes of these imbalances delaying the transition to rights-based care, he said that the dominance of the biomedical model, with its overdependence on medication, and the "biased" use of evidence, contaminates knowledge about mental health

June 6, 2017

Communicable diseases

Japan's Bid to Stop 'Death by Overwork' Seen Falling Short

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe promised to change the way Japan works, including cutting the notoriously long hours that can lead to illness and death (karoshi). A plan expected to become law does not go far enough, according to economists. Work issues were a contributing factor in more than 2,000 suicides in 2015, according to a labour ministry white paper. Currently, overtime limits can be waived by mutual consent between employer and worker

April 13, 2017