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Mental health conditions in new moms and dads can be spurred by 'super-parent' cultural pressures

Mental health conditions in new moms and dads can be spurred by 'super-parent' cultural pressures | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Mental health experts in the past three decades have emphasized the dangers of post-partum depression for mothers, but a University of Kansas researcher says expanding awareness of several other...
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New research suggests that the pressures of parenting - particularly a tendency to compare themselves with 'super-parents' - can lead to mental health strains.

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Lethal proposal for people with depression unable to work | Ekklesia

Lethal proposal for people with depression unable to work | Ekklesia | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

People in the UK unable to work because of depression may have their benefits stopped if they do not undergo cognitive behavioural therapy, which it is assumed will cure them, a newspaper has reported.

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This particular commentary is perhaps a little extreme - but it highlights the main ways that those who think that cutting benefits to those who aren't in 'treatment' fail to understand what they are talking about. 

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Nature is good for your mental health - Michigan State University Extension

Nature is good for your mental health - Michigan State University Extension | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
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Nature is good for your mental health
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Another well documented benefit of increased outdoor time is increased social interaction.

Via Marilyne Kubath
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Another piece, this time from the Michigan State University, on the multiple benefits of getting outside into nature. This is what our ROWAN group try to do [more here: http://www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/orchard-centre-services/ROWAN.html] -- but it would be good to see more projects in this area.

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Why's this access guide different?

Why's this access guide different? | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Why is Euan's Guide, a disabled access review website and app, capturing attention and support where others have failed?

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We're always keen to hear about digital inclusion - especially when it is grass roots driven! Great project, with a great future ahead of it.

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Seeing GP 'getting more difficult'

Seeing GP 'getting more difficult' | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Getting to see a GP in England is getting more difficult, the official patient survey shows.

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With increasing numbers of GP appointments being mental health related, this trend could have disastrous implications for the wellbeing of people across the UK (although the research here is focused on England).

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Health in Mind's curator insight, July 3, 2014 6:03 AM

With increasing numbers of GP appointments being mental health related, this trend could have disastrous implications for the wellbeing of people across the UK (although the research here is focused on England).

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Is sad really so bad?

Is sad really so bad? | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Cases of depression have grown around the world. But while awareness of the illness has helped lift the stigma it once attracted, have we lost touch with the importance of just feeling sad, asks Mary Kenny.

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In a resurfaced article from 2010, Mary Kenny writes about the ubiquity of depression and whether we might have lost touch with feeling down as a counterpoint to feeling happy. 

 

It celebrates reduced stigma, but worries perhaps that sadness is being pathologized. Thanks to Sociological Imagination for dredging this one up.

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Heads' concern over pupil anxiety

Heads' concern over pupil anxiety | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Four out of five head teachers in England are concerned about pupils in their schools suffering from anxiety disorders, a survey finds.

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Concerns are mounting from head teachers, service providers and the council over the dearth of funding and long waits for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. With 80% of secondary school head teachers concerned about self-harm and frozen spending, how long until we begin to see an improvement?

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6 Mindfulness Habits You're Already Practicing (But May Not Know It)

6 Mindfulness Habits You're Already Practicing (But May Not Know It) | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
"I just can't do it."

The excuses for not engaging in mindfulness are endless -- you either don't know how or worse, you don't have time. You may think that being mindful on a daily basis is something that's more of a pipe dream than a r...
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The Huffington Post - yet again talking about mindfulness and mental health. This time telling us how we are probably already being mindful, and not even realising it.

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Watching what you eat: does mindfulness work for binging and weight loss? - The Mental Elf

Watching what you eat: does mindfulness work for binging and weight loss? - The Mental Elf | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Helen Bould appraises a recent systematic review of mindfulness meditation as an intervention for binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss
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Wondering if mindfulness might help you lose weight? The mental elf report on a meta-study of mindfulness research. Some interesting results, but ultimately the answer seems to be no - or at least, not as much as the online gurus would have you believe.

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What Does 'Wellness' Mean To You?

What Does 'Wellness' Mean To You? | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
A new survey wants to get to the bottom of how women perceive wellness -- and how they use (or don't use!) technology to help them reach their wellness goals.

Conducted by advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness with online research plat...
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New research launching on how women perceive wellness - and it's an interesting question. What does wellness mean to you?

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Channel 4 series featuring mental health social worker wins BAFTA - Community Care

Channel 4 series featuring mental health social worker wins BAFTA - Community Care | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Four-part documentary series 'Bedlam' wins best factual series award
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BAFTAs for mental health documentaries? Now that's something that is nice to hear.

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Horticultural therapy: 'Gardening makes us feel renewed inside' - Telegraph

Horticultural therapy: 'Gardening makes us feel renewed inside' - Telegraph | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Why does coaxing seeds into growth or a fierce pruning session refresh the spirits so? Sue Stuart-Smith examines the value of gardening as therapy
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The telegraph offering a nice read on the renewal possible through gardening. It doesn't mention Men in Sheds or Health in Mind's ROWAN project (see more here: http://www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/orchard-centre-services/ROWAN.html), but gardening as a form of therapy is increasingly being recognised as a way of building self-belief and resilience. 

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How trapeze classes can lift women out of depression

How trapeze classes can lift women out of depression | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Grace Wong: Aerial classes get people active and give them a symbolic boost too – raising them out of their mental health problems and helping them to change their perspective
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Swinging your way to recovery? Guardian article suggests that trapeze classes can help (alongside CBT and other therapies) to lift women out of depression. Most importantly, it is about building physical strength as a way of boosting mental strength.

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Games inspire workplace workouts

Games inspire workplace workouts | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Lawyers in leg warmers, health workers doing circuits in the hospital car park and supermarket staff having a go at javelin throwing - it's not just the elite athletes gearing up for Glasgow 2014.

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With the Commonwealth Games descending on Glasgow (kicking off today!) and visiting Edinburgh too, it's great to see the sporting inspiration spreading - especially since exercise is excellent for your mental health!

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Schizophrenia: the most misunderstood mental illness?

Schizophrenia: the most misunderstood mental illness? | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, when most people think about schizophrenia, those thoughts don’t tend to be overly positive. That’s not just a hunch. When my charity, Rethink Mental Illness, Googled the phrase ‘schizophrenics should...’ when researching a potential campaign, we were so distressed by the results, we decided to drop the idea completely. I won’t go into details, but what we found confirmed our worst suspicions.
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I guess the real question is, can you ever 'look like a schizophrenic'? Those who have experienced psychosis and live with schizophrenia every day are diverse and don't fit one 'type' of person - which is why we're glad Johnny Benjamin is still breaking down barriers and fighting stigma.

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Depression in business leaders

Depression in business leaders | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

The former chairman of HBOS, Lord Stevenson, says that, despite having made many big business decisions, the only really brave decision he has taken was telling people about his depression.

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Lord Stevenson shares his experience of depression - despite feeling that there was no 'trigger'. It is always good to see business leaders talking about their experiences and engaging in the wider conversation about how we approach mental wellbeing in the workplace.

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Family-abuse children 'unprotected'

Family-abuse children 'unprotected' | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

"Alarming gaps" in knowledge about abuse within families mean "substantial numbers" of children are not adequately protected, England's deputy children's commissioner Sue Berelowitz has said.


Via marsdentherapy
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Worrying omissions from research on childhood abuse according to BBC report - since most research and services focus on adult survivors. 

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marsdentherapy's curator insight, July 3, 2014 3:39 AM

The study, carried out for the Office of the Children's Commissioner by researchers at Middlesex University, found "glaring omissions" in what was known about abuse in family environments.

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Giving advice to help beat depression

Giving advice to help beat depression | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

The NHS in Liverpool is trying a different approach to help patients who are distressed or on the verge of depression.

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This is a really interesting new trial - looking at giving people who are attending GP surgeries access to practical support, as well as medical support, in order to help with housing and finance. It is not dissimilar to a lot of the work our support workers do - and great to see it becoming more widely accessible. 

 

If you're interested in any of our support services, find out more here: http://www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/SARS.html

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A puff of logic

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A pleasure shared THAT cannabis and schizophrenia are linked is widely accepted. Several studies suggest the drug can set off short-term psychotic episodes in those...
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The Economist report new research on the link between schizophrenia and cannabis use. It is usually suggested that cannabis can exacerbate schizophrenia, but what about the opposite hypothesis? Are those with a risk of developing schizophrenia more likely to try cannabis? 

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Mental health services 'a car crash'

Mental health services 'a car crash' | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Mental health services in England are "a car crash" and the health secretary is not taking the problems seriously, according to the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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The outgoing RCPsych president has suggested that mental health services are in crisis and that Jeremy Hunt has not prioritised mental health provision. 

 

The crux of the piece is less about this squabble and more about the struggle for service providers to cope with the increasing demands on their services as funding tightens and resources to cope with the demand shrink.

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How to support a civil servant with mental health difficulties

How to support a civil servant with mental health difficulties | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
With 30% of employees experiencing mental health issues each year, it pays to know how to help, says Judith Smith
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Nice piece on supporting civil servants and the challenges of being a manager. It isn't perhaps news that being supportive as a manager is difficult when you don't know how to approach mental health issues. It recommends a booklet called Small Change Big Difference which you can find here: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/SmallChangeBigDifference_tcm6-35346.pdf

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Suicide alert 'may have backfired'

Suicide alert 'may have backfired' | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

US warnings about the risk of suicide in young people prescribed antidepressant medication may have backfired, research suggests.

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A sad story today from the BBC on how drug communication can have unfortunate consequences. There is a very measured response from medical researchers and doctors, but is the real problem here the way that the media jumped on a small risk instead of a significant benefit? Not an easy issue, but one in need of careful consideration.

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Five year high for Samaritans calls

Five year high for Samaritans calls | Mental Health News | Scoop.it

Money worries are blamed as a key cause of suicidal feelings as the Samaritans in Wales report their highest number of calls for five years.

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The Samaritans in Wales are seeing a surge in calls, with the charity highlighting that a key factor has been job security fears and benefit cuts. Interesting that the number of people using email and text to access the services has grown. If you need them, they are there 24/7 on 08457 909090.

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French women use colouring books to help relieve stress and anxiety

French women use colouring books to help relieve stress and anxiety | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Usually associated with play-schools and toy boxes, colouring books have a found a new fan-base in France, where women have taken up colouring to help ease their stress and anxiety.
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In an interesting turn of events, French editions of colouring books with 'anti-stress' in the title sell increasing numbers of copies as a therapeutic aid. For some, it can be a calming, meditative experience.

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Mental health training helps reduce stigma in Fire Service

Mental health training helps reduce stigma in Fire Service | Mental Health News | Scoop.it
Mental health awareness and promotion training in the Fire Service can help tackle the issue of heightened risk of stress, according to new research.
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Great to hear that Mental Health First Aid training is having positive effects on the Fire Service. It is an important and interesting training that should be more widely taken - as important as physical first aid, perhaps. 

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