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February 24, 2011 2011 CDCP health disparities report highlights suicide (USA)

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.

February 24, 2011 SAMHSA-hosted presentation examines housing, homelessness and social inclusion (USA)

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).

February 24, 2011 National transgender discrimination report reveals mental health disparities (USA)

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.

February 10, 2011 Transportation and health resource released (UK)

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.

February 10, 2011 UK releases new mental health strategy (UK)

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.

January 27, 2011 Family acceptance is a protective factor for LGBT youth (USA)

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.

January 27, 2011 High rates of depression and suicidal thoughts among students accessing campus health care (USA)

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.

January 13, 2011 Relationship found between pregnancy and mental health concerns of veterans (USA)

The relationship between pregnancy and mental health concerns for women veterans is explored in a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health. The researchers focus on the experiences of American women veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are enrolled in the government-based Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system.

January 13, 2011 Mental health predicts future risk of mental illness (USA)

A recent study shows a predictive relationship between a change in one’s level of mental health and the risk of mental illness. The authors analyzed data from the 1995 and 2005 Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) surveys, including the responses of 1723 adults regarding their positive mental health (a combination of feeling good and functioning well in life) and whether they had experienced a mental health disorder (major depressive episode, panic or generalized anxiety disorder) over the past 12 months.

December 23, 2010 New mental health documents from Australia (Australia)

Two recent documents published in Australia explore the impacts of social determinants and public policy on mental health.