The Sochi Winter Olympics are here! As spectators cheer for their country, athletes gear up to face the culmination of years of preparation. For them, a split second can mean the difference between winning a medal or being left off the podium; and the desire to succeed for one’s self, family, team and country is enormous. Additionally, some athletes may be coping with the diagnosis of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression. To help athletes prepare for competitions, cope with performance anxiety, function well as part of a team and cultivate resiliency, many countries employ sports psychologists.
Health ministers from G8 countries are vowing to find a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025.
On Thursday, November 14, 2013, millions of people worldwide wore blue in honor of World Diabetes Day, an awareness campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to the escalating health threat of diabetes across the globe.
Americans are marking the anniversary of a key piece of legislation that drastically changed the way the U.S. health system addressed mental illness. It was 50 years ago – Oct. 31, 1963 – that President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act. Kennedy’s legislation focused on community-based care for patients experiencing a mental illness as opposed to institutionalization.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, mental health organizations across the globe will celebrate World Mental Health Day. Led by the World Federation of Mental Health, World Mental Health Day is supported by the World Health Organization as an important day to raise awareness and advocate for better care for those with mental health issues worldwide.
Activists, researchers, clinicians, and policy makers came together on September 10 for World Suicide Prevention Day, calling attention to the growing prevalence of suicidal behaviour around the world.
In response to numerous requests from health care providers, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new clinical protocols and guidelines on treating the mental health consequences of trauma and loss.
A stressful work environment has been associated with a 25 per cent increased risk of developing heart conditions, however new research shows that a healthy lifestyle outside of work may mitigate its effects.
The federal government in Australia has invested in a public awareness campaign aimed at suicide prevention for men. “Man Therapy” introduces humour to the topic of men’s mental health through advertisements on television, radio, print, social media and online.