Two recent documents published in Australia explore the impacts of social determinants and public policy on mental health.
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on international development stakeholders to focus their attention on mental health.
An individualized, community-integrated approach can help people with serious mental illness maintain healthy changes in diet and physical activity, according to a study published in the Community Mental Health Journal.
Experiences of child sexual abuse may have impacts on adult mental health and must be considered by the mental health sector, according to the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU) in the United Kingdom. To help address this issue, the NMHDU has developed materials and tools to better integrate an awareness of issues related to child sexual abuse into mental health services.
Mental health stakeholders are invited to inform the development of a Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) process initiated by the American-based Adler Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE). The MHIA tool builds on previous Adler ISE work, including “From Awareness to Action,” a 2010 conference about the social determinants of mental health. The MHIA tool will focus directly on the mental health impacts of policy.
The challenges, opportunities and promising practices associated with programs that integrate substance abuse services into primary care are detailed in a new American report released by the Treatment Research Institute (TRI).
A free cultural competency guidebook and assessment tool for peer-led mental health programs and self-help groups is now available. The tool is designed to support groups in identifying both the ways in which they are already responding to culturally diverse peers and areas for improvement. The resources also enable groups to create action plans to enhance cultural competency in five areas: administration, policies and guidelines; peer providers and group leaders; services and supports; program and group environment; and communication and language capacity. The guidebook and assessment tool are also designed to apply to traditional mental health and rehabilitation programs.
Physical activity is associated with lower levels of depression when it is perceived as leisure rather than workplace activity, according to a recent study in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The study involved the examination of self-reported physical activity levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety of 40,401 Norwegians. Physical and social data were also collected to relate other factors to the levels of activity and the risk of depression and anxiety.
The Ontario government is expanding the MedsCheck program to increase the number of people who can access consultations with their local pharmacist to ensure they are using their medications safely and effectively.
Eating skills and nutritional status of those with dementia can improve with training, according to a recent study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.