Nearly nine out of ten people who experience a mental health issue say they face stigma and discrimination as a result, according to Time to Change, an anti-stigma campaign run by leading mental health charities in England. To address this issue, Time to Change is hosting its second edition of Time to Talk Day on February 5, 2015. The initiative aims to get teachers, students and parents talking about mental health in order to reduce stigma in British schools.
As the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws nearer and, the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) enters its final stages of drafting, there is a growing appeal for the inclusion of mental health.
Last week Nature published a special edition on depression, asking why the burden is so great, how science is helping, where today’s research is headed and what the future may hold.
According to a report on household hunger in Canada, four million Canadians, including more than one million children, has experienced some level of food insecurity. That represents about 13 per cent of all households in the country.
Mental health has far reaching effects and touches virtually every one in some way.
To help raise awareness of mental health issues, the World Health Organization observes World Mental Health Day every year on October 10.
“Mental Health Matters” is the slogan and theme for this year’s International Youth Day, an annual awareness day held by the United Nations to draw attention to social issues related to youth. This year’s theme is meant to raise awareness about youth with mental health issues and help reduce stigma.
Positive life events often lead to a short-term improvement in well-being that eventually subsides. However, researchers have discovered that when people move to greener areas, their mental health improves immediately and the effects don’t subside, but last for years. Additionally, individuals living in greener urban areas show fewer signs of depression and anxiety.
A recent study by the University of California, Los Angeles in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has demonstrated a link between depression and premature death in adults 65 and older with diabetes. The same effect was not found for diabetic older adults without depression or for younger people.
Jillian Peterson, PhD, conducted a study on 142 offenders with a serious mental illness in the United States who committed 429 crimes. The study looked specifically at three major types of mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and asked participants to provide a criminal history and mental health symptoms for the past 15 years.
The tragic shooting at Ford Hood, Texas highlights the prevalence of mental health issues amongst military veterans and the need for a comprehensive, integrated and evidence-informed mental health strategy for members of the armed forces.