Traditional South African Healers Use Connection in Suicide Prevention

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Study finds that traditional healers in South Africa, whose services are widely used by the country’s population, perform important suicide prevention work.

‚ÄúMind Your Own Business‚ÄĚ

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Barbara Ehrenreich weighs in on mass-market mindfulness, Silicon Valley, Buddhism- sliced up and commodified.

Big Pharma: The Global Effect

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In this piece for Vision Magazine, Danit Felber details the U.S. pharmaceutical industry's efforts to stomp out foreign competition. "What does this mean practically? A nonprofit...

United Nations Report Calls for Revolution in Mental Health Care

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In a new report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius PŇęras, calls for a move away from the biomedical model and ‚Äúexcessive use of psychotropic medicines.‚ÄĚ

The Empire Dreamt Back: Britain’s Use of Psychoanalysis

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From Aeon: In the early 20th-century Age of Empire, officials in the British Empire sought to better understand their colonial subjects through the use of...

Loneliness as Lethal: Researchers Name Social Isolation a ‚ÄėPublic Health Threat‚Äô

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Researchers present loneliness as a health threat facing a growing number of Americans.

Corporations Want to Cure Depression in the Workplace

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The Ottawa Citizen has published two feature stories exploring a growing collaboration between scientists involved in the US National Institute of Mental Health-funded brain...

‚ÄúStudy Links Mobile Device Addiction to Depression and Anxiety‚ÄĚ

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A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that addictions to mobile devices are linked to anxiety and depression in college students....

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia? What About Black People?

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In many respects it is difficult to fault the report Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, recently published by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)[i]; indeed, as recent posts on Mad in America have observed, there is much to admire in it. Whilst not overtly attacking biomedical interpretations of psychosis, it rightly draws attention to the limitations and problems of this model, and points instead to the importance of contexts of adversity, oppression and abuse in understanding psychosis. But the report makes only scant, fleeting references to the role of cultural differences and the complex relationships that are apparent between such differences and individual experiences of psychosis.

Challenging the Ongoing ICD 10 Revision: How You Can Help

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Mental health policy does not sound exciting. It is - you’ll just have to take my word for it-, but even if you don’t, you might agree with me that it’s crucial. Mental health policy shapes mental health legislation, and mental health legislation shapes issues such as consent, access, equal opportunities and de-institutionalisation, to name but a few. Influencing policy is key to reframing the debate around mental health, and changing the reality on the ground for people with lived experience. With this in mind, here is an introduction to Mental Health Europe’s work on the revisions to ICD 10, and a call to action, for you to get directly involved in this international debate.

Researchers Identify Demographic, Ideological Factors Associated With Refugee Prejudice

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A new analysis finds multiple antecedents of refugee prejudice, including religiousness, conservatism, and education.

Researchers Make Recommendations to Improve FDA Transparency

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Organizations, advocates, scholars, and practitioners had a chance to give feedback regarding FDA processes.

Depression Discrimination More Severe in High Income Countries

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According to a study published in this month’s British Journal of Psychiatry, people diagnosed with depression in high-income countries are more likely to limit...

‚ÄúMedical Research: The Dangers to the Human Subjects‚ÄĚ

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Marcia Angell in the New York Review of Books writes about the inherent conflict in clinical trials between ‚Äúthe search for scientific answers," on one hand, and ‚Äúthe rights and welfare of human subjects,‚ÄĚ on the other.

A Declaration of Interdependence for the Era of the Murphy Bill

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How we think about health, happiness, and self-fulfillment, how they are linked with flawed systems of government has been assigned to the domain of social scientists. The most influential of those are the psychiatrists who have been given the government-mandated power to diagnose, incarcerate and forcibly drug those who are perceived to have a form of mental illness. I believe that such power is arbitrary, unjust and frequently harmful.

Less Than Half of Clinical Trials Comply with Legislation to Accurately Report Results

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A new study finds that sponsors of clinical trials in the EU continue to fail at reporting their results as required by recent legislation.

Researcher Critically Examines Movements for Global Mental Health

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China Mills raises concerns that global mental health movements obscure social determinants of health and naturalize Western mental health concepts.

Experts Concerned That Depression Screening Will Lead to Overdiagnosis

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Behind the U.S. task force recommendation to screen all children and adults for depression.

Case Study of Liberation Approach to International Mental Health Care

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Study in Brazil demonstrates how the exploration of contextual determinants of distress in mental health care can inform therapeutic change.

A Social Psychiatry Manifesto that Takes Social Context Seriously

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A re-visioned approach to social psychiatry aims to understand the broad influence of social life on mental health.

Does Psychotherapy Reproduce or Disrupt Neoliberal Capitalism?

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Researchers explore neoliberal influences on interactions in psychotherapy and question whether the radical potential of psychotherapy can counter prevailing social systems.

Medical Interventions Are Overused Worldwide

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Lack of ‚Äúright care‚ÄĚ causes physical, psychological and financial harm to patients

Mediterranean Diet Improves Mental Health, Study Finds

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A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish has repeatedly been found to improve mental health.

Agency and Activism as Protective Factors for Children in the Gaza Strip

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Researchers recommend a ‚Äėpolitically-informed focus', including activism, when assessing children and designing interventions in areas of chronic political violence.

Speaking, Not Texting, May Prevent Dehumanization in Disagreements

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Researchers found participants were less likely to dehumanize those with whom they disagreed when they heard their voices.