Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Tag: World Health Organization

Study Explores Service Users’ Views on Diagnostic Criteria

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Researchers investigate service users' lived experiences and their views on mental disorder classifications.

What a Society Designed for Well-Being Looks Like

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From YES! Magazine: "To address the dramatic increase in mental and emotional distress in the U.S., we must move beyond a focus on the...

Europe’s Mental Health Institutions Uniformly Substandard, Says WHO

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From The Guardian: Mental health institutions in Europe are failing to safeguard residents’ human rights, with many described as shocking by experts who have found...

New Resources from the WHO’s QualityRights Initiative

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The challenge to promote the rights of persons with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities and to transform mental health services across the world is colossal. The QualityRights initiative seeks to provide actors everywhere with the tools that they need to become active agents for change.

Air Pollution Linked to Mental Health Problems in Children

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A new study, published in BMJ Open-Access this week, found a significant link between the level of air pollution in a community and the mental health of the children living there. After controlling for socio-economic status and other potential variables, researchers in Sweden discovered a strong association between the concentration of air pollution in a neighborhood and the amount of ‘antipsychotic’ and psychiatric drugs prescribed to children. The link remained strong even at pollution levels well below half of what is considered acceptable by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.