Iraqi government forces have regained control of Mosul, but the humanitarian needs of its people are immense, especially when it comes to mental health after the trauma of living under ISIS rule.
The ongoing effort to advance in our understanding of the causes of mental illnesses, as well as to develop and implement effective treatments, services and supports, is a global one. Here we curate some of the most interesting mental health-related news from outside the United States. Learn about the mental health challenges faced by people in some of the most distressed regions in the world, non-Western approaches to treating mental health conditions, and movements to overcome mental illness stigma in far-flung places.
Services for people who are suicidal or self-harming are facing unprecedented demand in England, a BBC Radio 5 live investigation has found. Out of 39 mental health trusts that provided figures for their crisis teams, 27 had seen their workload increase by 70%.
Prof Crick Lund, director of the Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH), told Fin24 the increase in mental health service spending is reflective of a global trend which is seeing increased demand for mental healthcare services over time.
Mental health wards for children and young people in England are struggling to recruit the staff they need, according to a new report published by the Education Policy Institute today. We found that workforce shortages were a particular problem, with one in nine units not meeting the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios.
“The launch of the Australian Equally Well Consensus Statement is a crucial step in bringing people together and we look forward to working alongside our Australian colleagues to improve the physical health of people who experience mental health conditions and addiction.”
England is in the midst of a unique national experiment, the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses. The goal is to eventually create a system of primary care for mental health not just for England but for all of Britain.
HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C infections are more prevalent among patients with severe mental illness than in the general population, according to data published in the Lancet.
Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is announcing funding for 20 full-time mental health workers for Pikangikum First Nation — a remote community struggling with a suicide crisis and pressing mental health needs from about 380 people seeking counselling.
The report, A dramatic deterioration for asylum seekers on Lesbos – based on Médecins Sans Frontières medical data and the testimonies of patients – describes the recent drastic cuts in providing health care on the island, along with reductions in legal aid, and the closure of shelters and other essential services.
The industry that plates up pleasure for patrons at every service is a melting pot of mental and emotional risk factors for staff.
Recent research showed schools that had found those that had ‘wraparound’ support services which provided a multi-agency approach were much better at supporting students’ mental health. That included funding from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for Social Development.
As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able to touch.
Family told members of the nongovernmental National Commission for Child Protection that they shackled their son to prevent him from disturbing the community. They come from a poor family where there is little awareness of mental health conditions. His parents believe he has a spiritual problem and consulted a faith healer but without success.
Blue Whale is widely reported to have started in Russia in 2013, though the first suicide apparently did not happen until two years later. Philipp Budeikin, a Russian national who as of May was 21, has taken credit for creating the “game.” Police arrested him last November, and he has pleaded guilty to inciting the suicides Read more
The landmark Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha in March, 2017. As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able Read more
The number of children and young people seeking help from mental health services has spiked in the wake of recent terror attacks in England, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
It is time to end the imprisonment of mothers and children who seek asylum protection in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central America and other troubled countries.
The number of Danes diagnosed with trauma — and stressor-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) increased substantially following the terrorist attacks carried out by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011.
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) said the Government’s reforms of welfare payments were to blame for the rise, as benefit cuts and sanctions “are having a toxic impact on mental health.”
peer counselors – In Harare and other cities in Zimbabwe, lay health workers known as “community grandmothers” meet with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and trauma. Their meetings take place on wooden park benches outside health clinics.
Helen has just spent 18 months in two women’s prisons. She suffers from anxiety, depression and Asperger’s Syndrome. Helen’s account of her time in prison reveals a shocking lack of special care when it comes to these issues.
Neighborhood-level interventions provide an opportunity to better understand the impact of neighborhoods on health. In 2001, the Welsh Government, United Kingdom, funded Communities First, a program of neighborhood regeneration delivered to the 100 most deprived of the 881 electoral wards in Wales.
Thomas was one of 119 inmates to have committed suicide inside prisons across England and Wales in the year 2016. The figure is the highest since records began in 1978 and is equivalent to one suicide every three days, according to Britain’s Ministry of Justice.
The EU-Turkey deal designed to stem migration and refugee flows to Greece has had a devastating impact on the mental well-being of thousands of women, men, and children trapped on Greek islands since March 2016, Human Rights Watch said today.
China’s 2013 Mental Health Law prohibits admission of involuntary patients unless they pose a danger to themselves or others. The law also prohibits admitting or treating individuals without mental disease as patients.
Humanitarian medical providers in Syria have had to scale up mental health care on an ad-hoc basis to cope with the large number of patients; but many Syrians have not and will not receive adequate or timely care.
Approaches to providing psycho-social support for children, teachers and other school staff, and social and emotional learning for children in protracted conflict situations
A psychosocial approach moves away from focusing on individual clinically based diagnoses to focusing on holistic, broad-based preventative programmes that promote resilience and develop coping strategies across the entire affected group.
A patient-led movement is helping people taking psychiatric medicines to hack their dosing regimens so they can wean themselves off the drugs without any side effects. Now a Dutch website that sells kits to help people do this is about to launch an English-language site, triggering safety concerns among UK regulators and doctors.