Researchers in Australia have conducted a review of papers published between 1998 and 2000, to examine the factors that increase collaboration between specialist mental health services and primary mental health care. This thematic and narrative review included papers that were published in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA and Canada.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent article in the 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.
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.
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.