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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.

December 23, 2010 WHO report focuses attention on mental health and international development (International)

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on international development stakeholders to focus their attention on mental health.

December 9, 2010 In SHAPE program helps people with mental illness sustain healthy lifestyles (USA)

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.

November 25, 2010 UK agency integrates mental health support for survivors of child sexual abuse (UK)

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.

November 25, 2010 Adler Institute invites feedback on mental health impact assessment process (USA)

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.

November 25, 2010 White paper discusses integrating substance abuse treatment into primary care (USA)

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).

November 11, 2010 Resources available for assessing cultural competence in peer-run organizations (USA)

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.

November 11, 2010 Leisure-time physical activity associated with lower levels of depression (Norway)

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.