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June 30, 2011 UNITY publishes violence fact sheets (USA)

The experience with and/or fear of violence has been linked to chronic illness, mental illness, and learning ability. The Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY), which operates out of the Prevention Institute in California, has recently published fact sheets outlining key information on these relationships.

June 30, 2011 African American men less likely to suffer from depression when they feel

A study done at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that African American men who have a feeling of control over their lives experience better mental health and are less likely to suffer from depression. This feeling of “perceived mastery” is a predictor of positive mental health and protects against depressive symptoms.

June 16, 2011 Updated eating disorders resource (USA)

Guidelines for detecting and managing eating disorders have been updated and released by the Academy for Eating Disorders, a USA-based professional association of international eating disorders specialists. The guidelines are designed to help primary care clinicians recognize signs and symptoms, and to initiate evidence-based assessment and care for patients with eating disorders.

June 16, 2011 Updated version of Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment (MWIA) toolkit available (UK)

An updated version of the Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment Toolkit – an impact assessment tool that enables users to consider how programs and policies will impact on the mental well-being of the general and priority populations – is now available. The toolkit has been updated to reflect new UK government policy, international evidence and the National MWIA capacity-building program.

June 2, 2011 Disability rights convention receives 100th ratification (UN)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has received its 100th ratification. In May, Colombia joined other countries in supporting greater access, backed by the signatories’ legal systems, for persons with disabilities to participate fully in their communities, including the political process and health and education services.

June 2, 2011 Improvements in work conditions lead to improved mental health (Australia)

A study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that improving three specific working conditions results in corresponding improvements in depression and anxiety in employees.

June 2, 2011 Link between risky driving, anxiety and depression (Australia)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has found that young drivers who experience depression and anxiety are more likely to partake in risks on the road. Researchers from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety led the study, and the results have been published in the international journal Injury Prevention.

May 19, 2011 Encouraging food access through land and transportation policy (USA)

A recent report from the Food Access and Transportation in South Los Angeles Project highlights key recommendations around transportation and land-use policy to help residents gain greater access to grocery stores and farmers’ markets. These recommendations may prove useful to other low-income urban areas with little access to healthy food.

May 19, 2011 After a suicide: A toolkit for schools (USA)

A toolkit is now available to help guide a school’s actions following the aftermath of suicide or other deaths in the school community. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre (SPRC) have created the toolkit based on the principles that:

May 5, 2011 Cell phone use and mental health (Sweden)

A Swedish study has found that expectations around constant availability for communication are associated with mental health outcomes such as stress, sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression among young adults. The study group consisted of 4156 young adults aged 20-24 years who responded to a baseline questionnaire and a follow up survey after one year.