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June 19, 2014 Green space: nature’s best pick-me-up

green spacePositive 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.

June 5, 2014 Depression can lead to early death in older adults with diabetes

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.

May 22, 2014 New study finds mental illness not usually linked to crime

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.

April 10, 2014 Mental health issues among military veterans: tragedy at Fort Hood

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.

March 27, 2014 Loneliness: its effect on health and strategies to overcome it

Loneliness isn’t a new phenomenon. Many have experienced it at some point in their lives as a particularly negative state. Not only does loneliness affect individuals’ well-being, recent research from the University of Chicago shows that it also affects physical health. Dr. John Cacioppo, a psychology professor and lead author of the new study, said that loneliness in old age may increase the risk of premature death by up to 14 percent; almost as much as poverty. Extreme loneliness is twice as detrimental to life expectancy as obesity.

March 13, 2014 How CMHA is addressing stigma around mental health issues

A British systematic review, published in Psychological Medicine in February 2014,  shows that stigma around mental health is still a problem and prevents many people from accessing much-needed mental health services. According to the study, approximately one in four people have mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and bipolar disorder. However, the study found that in Europe and the United States, 75 per cent of individuals with mental health concerns don’t seek or receive treatment, which often results in poor outcomes.

March 13, 2014 Outdoor physical activity: a natural mood-booster

Ontario ForestWith spring just around the corner, there’s no better time to start being active outdoors. A growing body of evidence shows that outdoor physical activity not only improves mood and enhances well-being, but relieves stress and improves memory.

February 13, 2014 Mental Health just as important for athletes as physical fitness and training

olympicsThe 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.

December 19, 2013 G8 health ministers commit to dementia cure by 2025

Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.NetHealth ministers from G8 countries are vowing to find a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025.

November 21, 2013 World Diabetes Day draws attention to vulnerable populations

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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.