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May 5, 2011 Anti-inflammatories reduce the effectiveness of antidepressants (USA)

According to researchers from Rockefeller University, anti-inflammatory medications such as acetyl salicyclic acid, ibuprofen and naproxen, inhibit the therapeutic effects of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

May 5, 2011 Australia learns from mental health system transformation in Scotland (Australia)

A new Australian report reveals that a complete transformation took place in Scotland’s mental health system between 1999 and 2009. The report, written by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, a collaborative centre between the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, identifies the factors contributing to the transformation, the conditions that fostered it, and their applicability to the Australian context.

May 5, 2011 Primary care and suicide prevention (USA)

In the U.S., forty-five percent of the 32,000 Americans who commit suicide have visited their primary care provider within one month of their death. Ninety percent of those people had been diagnosed with a mental health or substance abuse disorder, or both.

April 21, 2011 Anti-depressants associated with increase in atherosclerosis in men (USA)

Preliminary results of an observational study using more than 500 twins has found that middle-aged men taking anti-depressants show five percent more atherosclerosis in the carotid artery than their twin who was not taking mood-altering medication. The results, which have yet to be peer-reviewed, were presented at the American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans this spring.

April 21, 2011 Healthy communities must address racism (USA)

A new report reveals that race and place matter a lot when it comes to physical and mental health, and wellbeing. The report “Why Race and Place Matter: Impacting Health through a Focus on Race and Place,” builds on earlier work on place-based solutions, and directly explores the role that race and ethnicity play in building healthy communities. This work comes from a joint initiative between PolicyLink, a US-based research and advocacy institute focused on issues of economic and social equity, and the California Endowment.

April 21, 2011 Five policy actions can reduce mental health problems during economic crises (WHO)

A recent World Health Organization paper reaffirms the connection between economic activity and mental health: when the economy falters, poor mental health and mental illness increase.

April 21, 2011 Personal recovery concept used to develop successful program evaluation (Israel)

A recent article in theĀ Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciencesdiscusses a new way of using the concept of recovery in clinical settings to assess the success of mental health services. The article details the difference between traditional (clinical) approaches to recovery and personal recovery, as defined by individuals with mental health issues.

April 21, 2011 New toolkit for responding to high-profile incidents involving persons with serious mental illnesses (USA)

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the Council of State Governments Justice Centre has released a new document“Responding to a High-Profile Tragic Incident Involving a Person with a Serious Mental Illness: a Toolkit for State Mental Health Commissioners”. This toolkit is written for individuals working in the mental health field who are often called upon by the media and public to comment after a high-profile crisis involving individuals with mental health conditions.

April 7, 2011 Circles of Support are not effective as a supported employment intervention (USA)

Circles of Support have not been found to be effective in assisting job seekers registered in supported employment programs with job retention, finds a recent study from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.

April 7, 2011 The impact of health and health behaviours on educational outcomes in high-income countries (Europe)

The question of whether better health leads to a better education in the context of high-income countries is explored in a systematic review by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are studied as a part of child and adolescent health conditions, and are often associated with health-related behaviours.