Despite including basic questions on disabilities, the current tools used in most camps for registration of Internally Displaced Persons are not able to properly identify persons with different types of impairments.
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.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorders (MDD) owing to the uncertainty of their legal situation, and prolonged exposure to darkness (Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD), can all affect refugees’ mental health.
In recent months, new data have appeared that potentially illuminate how these risks, and the various experiences of migration, play out in the human brain. They highlight the importance of developing effective clinical interventions to help combat growing social stressors.
The National Mental Health Commission calls for all mental health services to increase their effort towards eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint.
According to mental health charity Mind’s survey found 42 percent of staff have thought about resigning over workplace stress, and 14 percent have done so. But it’s not just workers who are suffering – poor mental health is costing employers, too.
I’m told money has recently been invested in transforming what was a dark and foreboding reception into an area that is bright and welcoming.
Last month, evidence presented by teachers across the country revealed concerns that children as young as four were suffering from mental health problems such as panic attacks, eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
To address depression in the country, the Government of Rwanda created a Mental Health Division with the mandate to implement the Mental Health Policy in line with the Health Sector Strategic Plan and the National Health Policy.
On Tuesday, the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a colloquium on the state of mental health in South Africa and the issues raised by the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Its purpose was to derive a multifaceted, scholarly understanding of the state of mental healthcare.
Children in Hong Kong are becoming increasingly stressed out, overworked and unhappy, and the situation is taking its toll on overburdened psychiatric services.
Contrary to the usual belief that the tribal population lives a more or less stress-free life and are immune to psychiatric illnesses, a recent study found prevalence of ailments and low quality of life among the tribals in the Araku Valley of Vizag district.
How do you fix mental health problems in a country where half of all girls are married by the age of 18?
Child marriages in Mozambique affect 1 in 2 girls, with 56% of women married before the age of 18 and 21% by the age of 15. The consequences include adolescent pregnancy, persistent poverty and hunger, loss of education, and high maternal mortality.
A damning new report is calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into mental health services in New Zealand. The crowd-funded study found 93 per cent of both users and workers found mental health services lacking.
Speaking up and seeking help early will assist those living with depression to get better, return to their normal activities and prevent life-long mental disability, said Dr Majid al- Abdulla, consultant psychiatrist and deputy chair of HMC’ Mental Health Services.
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) launched India’s first mental health awareness campaign and website dedicated to young people, It’s Ok To Talk, through a series of talks and a multimedia exhibition in partnership with Instagram.
Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Evidence and the experience of rights-holders now tells us that the dominant biomedical narrative of depression as a “burden” on individuals and societies is shortsighted and insufficient for developing appropriate responses in policy and in practice.
Scientists are studying a host of symptoms now known collectively as post-Ebola syndrome. Symptoms include loss of eyesight, joint pain and fatigue, as well as mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
Six-year-old Mustafa suffers nightmares, cries at the sound of airplanes and occasionally wets himself, symptoms that worsened last year when an explosion in Mosul killed his cousin and wounded his father before his eyes.
While online therapy is viewed with some scepticism in the UK, in Finland the service, Mental Health Hub, is used by every hospital district in the country.
Rape survivors are being left behind along with millions of other people who lack access to quality mental health care, chronically underfunded all over the world.
While those with serious mental health conditions who are accused in criminal trials may be accepted as not criminally responsible for their actions, the greater public isn’t so forgiving.
The UN on Monday urged Indonesia to prioritize investments in primary health care, address mental health issues and scale up reproductive services.
A business delegation from Finland visited Namibia last week to explore potential collaboration in the health sector and one of their findings is that there is a great need to provide more facilities for people with mental health problems.
The Swedish word uppgivenhetssyndrom sounds like what it is: a syndrome in which kids have given up on life.
As the bill got a nod from the majority in Lok Sabha, India rubbed shoulders with many others countries that had previously stopped seeing suicide as a criminal offence.
Princess Diana and Winston Churchill’s mental health experiences to be used to teach children how to cope with ‘the black dog’
They are hoping to trial the scheme in around 135 schools, with children as young as eight being taught mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
More employers are open to offering job opportunities to persons recovering from mental health conditions, said a train-and-place centre for such persons in Singapore.
Hospital bosses have also stated there has been a notable rise of children self-harming by overdosing on prescribed drugs found in households rather than recreational drugs.