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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.

October 24, 2013 U.S. celebrates 50th anniversary of Community Mental Health Act

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.

October 10, 2013 World Mental Health Day draws attention to mental health and older adults

world-mental-health-day-resizeOn 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.

September 26, 2013 UK report warns mental health services require preparation as needs increase

Starting Today CoverA new report by the Mental Health Foundation warns that the current UK health system will soon be unable to cope with the growing number of people with a mental health condition.

September 12, 2013 World Suicide Prevention Day encourages hope and resiliency

WorldSuicidePreventionDay_imageActivists, 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.

August 22, 2013 WHO releases guidance on mental health care after trauma

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.

June 14, 2013 Work stress, lifestyle and coronary artery disease (Europe)

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.

June 14, 2013 Man Therapy campaign (Australia)

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.

May 30, 2013 DSM-5 released amidst controversy

The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been officially released amidst major controversy. It is an update on the previous 1994 classification of mental illnesses. The fifth edition of the Manual, intended as a guide to assist clinicians diagnose and treat mental disorders, has received much criticism from the medical community and public alike.

May 30, 2013 Mental Health Action Plan final draft (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) presented a final draft of a “Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2020″ at the World Health Assembly which took place in Geneva from May 20-28, 2013. The draft plan, in consultation with Member States, follows the adopted resolution of May 2012 to consider a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors at the country level to address the global burden of mental disorders.