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Autism linked to 'male hormones'

Autism linked to 'male hormones' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"A fascinating first step."  It seems like science is building a grand staircase towards a better understanding of Autism - there have been a lot of 'first step' papers in the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see where they take us..

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Brooding, which is known among cognitive scientists as morbid rumination, is a mental state familiar to most of us, in which we can’t seem to stop chewing over the ways in which things are wrong with ourselves and our lives. This broken-record fretting is not healthy or helpful. It can be a precursor to depression and is disproportionately common among city dwellers compared with people living outside urban areas, studies show.

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Carolyn Barber's curator insight, July 31, 3:53 AM

Brooding, which is known among cognitive scientists as morbid rumination, is a mental state familiar to most of us, in which we can’t seem to stop chewing over the ways in which things are wrong with ourselves and our lives. This broken-record fretting is not healthy or helpful. It can be a precursor to depression and is disproportionately common among city dwellers compared with people living outside urban areas, studies show.

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The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested

The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

The research behind the hype.

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"the fact that meditation [including mindfulness-based versions] was primarily designed not to make us happier, but to destroy our sense of individual self – who we feel and think we are most of the time – is often overlooked in the science and media stories about it, which focus almost exclusively on the benefits practitioners can expect."

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A&E is no place for suicidal patients – so why do so many end up there?

A&E is no place for suicidal patients – so why do so many end up there? | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
People come to emergency departments like mine because they don’t know where else to go but the demand is overwhelming and we are not set up to cope
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‘Sometimes the irony of the situation cannot be missed: in one cubicle is a patient so sick they are fighting for their life and in the next is another wanting to give up theirs"

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Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise'

Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.
Kevin Friery's insight:

This is an interesting study but... if it is 'just as helpful' as anti-depressants it also begs the question of where the value lies in this medication approach. I am not remotely anti-meds but we need a better understanding of their role in the treatment and prophylaxis of depression.

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LifeHappens - Fred Rust's curator insight, April 22, 3:30 AM

Now there is clear evidence that mindfulness-based therapy has a comparable result as anti-depression medicines. However, with mindfulness people avoid the negative add-on effects of the chemical pills. Besides using the self recovering natural power of the body, this is likely to be a bigger advantage. 

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Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?

Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves? | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Men are much more at risk of suicide than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.
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"We think that most people who die by suicide have a mental illness but less than 5% of people with a mental illness take their own lives."

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Edwin Mee: Serving British soldier 'raped and molested young female recruits' on three military bases

Edwin Mee: Serving British soldier 'raped and molested young female recruits' on three military bases | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Edwin Mee, 45, is accused of targeting 11 victims, aged between 15 and 25, on bases in Cheam, Surrey and Croydon, south London
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Imagine how the victims are further traumatised when they see him responding like this.....

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Drowned author Stephen Foster failed by NHS trusts

Drowned author Stephen Foster failed by NHS trusts | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A critically acclaimed author who drowned three days after he was discharged from hospital and told to seek counselling was "let down" by the NHS, a report finds.
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Tragic. But many other suicidal people have similar experiences. 

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I didn't care if I died - Thomas

I didn't care if I died - Thomas | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Ex-Wales captain Gareth Thomas was close to suicide after his wife left him following his decision to reveal he was gay.
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"It is difficult for people to realise what is on the mind of someone who wants to die. For me, I had so much pride, but so much hatred for what I was."

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Mental health work scheme piloted

Mental health work scheme piloted | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Kevin Friery's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:10 AM

"The Department for Work and Pensions said treatment would not be mandatory in the pilot scheme but that remained an "idea" for the future."  Mandatory counselling and/or psychotherapy.  Unethical, impossible and I hope no therapist would touch it with a bargepole.

 
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Yo! Sushi boss who beat depression

Yo! Sushi boss who beat depression | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"I look back on myself full of admiration. I'm not sure how I did it, but I did, I climbed back out."

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How Twitter voted #survivorprivilege off the island

How Twitter voted #survivorprivilege off the island | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
George Will, the tribe has spoken.
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Calling out #survivorprivilege 

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250 cyclists on cross-country trek for suicide awareness

250 cyclists on cross-country trek for suicide awareness | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
250 cyclists are taking on a 200km journey across the country today in aid of suicide awareness - among them is Celebrity chef Derry Clarke.
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"We all experience crisis in our lives - it's part of our shared humanity.

The important thing is not go get stuck there - to seek help"

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New Doubts About Role of Serotonin in Depression

New Doubts About Role of Serotonin in Depression | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

The common belief that depression is linked to low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin is again being questioned by top psychiatrists. 

 

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The 'ugly truth' about Body Dysmorphic Disorder - BBC News

The 'ugly truth' about Body Dysmorphic Disorder - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Body dysmorphic disorder is a significant but poorly recognised mental health problem for which cosmetic surgery is not the cure
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I have met so many people over the years who are affected by this.

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'Building a friendship with the man who saved my life' - BBC News

'Building a friendship with the man who saved my life' - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge with the intention of taking his own life, but a chance meeting with a stranger encouraged him not to.
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"I think the link between sexuality and mental illness is an important issue and one we have to really tackle."

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Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health | Letter

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health | Letter | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics condemn government plans and call on Labour and other parties to denounce anti-therapeutic practices

 

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That is an impressive list of signatories, to which I would gladly add my name 

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Mental health and the death of the "headclutcher" picture

Mental health and the death of the "headclutcher" picture | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A campaign backed by Stephen Fry has been launched to try and change media portrayals of mental health. But what is wrong with the ones currently used?
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An interesting read and a good initiative.

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Southern Health NHS Trust secure hospital 'unfit', says CQC

Southern Health NHS Trust secure hospital 'unfit', says CQC | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A secure hospital building is "unfit for use" and poses a danger to suicidal patients, according to a Care Quality Commission report.
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"In common with some other mental health and community health trusts, Southern Health is struggling to recruit good staff." Blame it on the staff, never on the management.

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'Skype plan' for mental health care

'Skype plan' for mental health care | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Jaw dropping. Remember this when the general election comes around - the Tories have done everything they can to sell off the NHS  

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Norwalk 'spiritual healer' convicted of sexually assaulting client

Norwalk 'spiritual healer' convicted of sexually assaulting client | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A Victorville man who identified himself as a "spiritual healer" was convicted of sexual assault Tuesday.
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Felix had advertised in Spanish newspapers that he was a "spiritual healer" who could solve women's love issues, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. 

 
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Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill'

Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Atheism as a mental illmess? And how exaclty do the doctors square this with their medical ethics?  Barbarians.

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Gloucestershire child neglect couple not sentenced after overdosing

Gloucestershire child neglect couple not sentenced after overdosing | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A couple who admitted neglecting their nine children have their sentencing delayed after taking an overdose.
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A tragedy at every level. 

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Autism linked to 'male hormones'

Autism linked to 'male hormones' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Kevin Friery's insight:

"A fascinating first step."  It seems like science is building a grand staircase towards a better understanding of Autism - there have been a lot of 'first step' papers in the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see where they take us..

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