Recent research from England finds that some ethno-racial groups are disproportionately impacted by poverty and common mental health disorders. The article, published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, found that low-income Bangladeshi, Pakistani and African Caribbean individuals experienced a higher burden of common mental health conditions than the White, Irish or Indian individuals studied.
In a report that discusses strategies to boost health promotion efforts for public health, mental health is emphasized as a key public health challenge by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. The authors focus on both national and local health promotion implementation and include an entire chapter on mental health.
Early treatment intervention following psychosis and social support are among factors associated with reducing or preventing subsequent psychotic episodes, according to a recent Australian study.
A new report from the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) highlights the impact of suicide in the United States over an eight-year period. A first of its kind, the CDCP report consolidates the most recent national data available on disparities in mortality, morbidity, behavioural risk factors, health care access, preventive health services, and social determinants of critical health problems in the United States. The report focuses on two of the CDCP’s primary goals: to reduce preventable morbid¬ity and mortality and to eliminate disparities in health between segments of the US population.
Multiple program models and approaches to reducing homelessness and increasing access to housing, especially for those with substance abuse and mental health issues, are explored in a training teleconference archived by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center).
The United States National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality have released a joint report that explores the nature and extent of discrimination faced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in health, education, employment, housing and other areas. The report is based on data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the first nation-wide American study of trans discrimination. The survey comprises data from over 6,450 respondents.
Evidence for the health impacts of different modes of transportation, including reference to mental health issues, are assembled in a resource intended to support transportation planning and environmental assessments in England. The Transport and Health Resource was prepared for the Department of Health and the Department of Transport to aid in the development of local transportation plans throughout England to ensure health issues are effectively addressed.
The British government released its new mental health strategy on February 2, 2011. The strategy’s overarching goal is to mainstream mental health, making it as important as physical health, both in terms of service delivery and how it is valued by individuals.
Family acceptance can be a protective factor for youth mental health, according to an American study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. The study contributes to research about parent and child relationships in the context of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth, who have been previously identified as having a higher risk for poor mental health.
High rates of depression and suicidal thinking among students in a campus health clinic setting identify an important site for screening and intervention, according to a recently published study. Researchers found that the frequency of depression among campus health clinic users was nearly twice as high as rates reported among general campus students.