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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.

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.