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October 14, 2010 WFMH releases report on mental health and chronic illnesses (International)

A new report by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) was released for World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2010. The theme of this year’s report was an extension of last year’s theme of “integration of care,” focusing on the relationship between mental health disorders and chronic illnesses.

October 14, 2010 Removing policy barriers to integrated care in England (UK)

A recently released briefing paper, prepared by the Nuffield Trust for Research and Policy Studies in Health Services, examines how local clinicians and managers are working together to develop closer service integration and less fragmented care for patients in the United Kingdom. The paper focuses on what is facilitating or impeding change, as well as setting out proposals for policy-makers in order to enable more rapid progress towards developing better coordinated services.

October 14, 2010 Study finds that psychological violence during pregnancy contributes to postnatal depression (Brazil)

A study published in the Lancet concludes that psychological intimate partner violence is strongly associated with postnatal depression, independent of physical or sexual abuse. The finding has significant policy and program implications, given that the focus is often placed on prevention of physical violence, rather than psychological violence.

September 30, 2010 New justice/mental health online discussion forum (USA)

The United States Council of State Governments’ Justice Center has launched a new online discussion forum on justice and mental health issues. The forum, funded in part by the US Department of Justice, is intended for mental health care providers, justice services staff, police officers and policy-makers. The forum is designed to facilitate exchange of ideas about the design and implementation of criminal justice/mental health initiatives. The forum offers the opportunity to ask questions of experts in the field, discuss programs and strategies with peers, and read about current issues and challenges facing other programs across the US. To access the forum, visit

September 30, 2010 Study finds rising rates of dementia and related costs (UK)

An estimated 0.5 percent of the world’s population lives with dementia, according to the World Alzheimer Report, published annually by the UK-based group Alzheimer’s Disease International.

September 16, 2010 Study finds young Black women face increased risk of self-harm (UK)

A UK-based study reveals higher rates of self-harm among young Black women when compared with those of White and South Asian background. The study analyzed incidences of self-harm among three ethno-racial groups — White, South Asian and Black African-Caribbean — at six emergency departments in Manchester, Derby and Oxford. The research contributes to knowledge about the impacts of racialization and gender on mental health.

September 16, 2010 Better diets associated with fewer mood and anxiety disorders (Australia)

Better diet quality is associated with lower prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders among women in Australia, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

September 16, 2010 WHO survey finds lower earnings for people with serious mental illness (International)

A recent study, using the World Health Organization (WHO) mental health survey, found that people with serious mental illness had lower earnings than other workers.

September 2, 2010 OWHN releases webinar on use of antidepressants in pregnancy

A new webinar from the Ontario Women’s Health Network (OWHN) explores available evidence to answer the question: do pregnant women benefit from taking antidepressants? Although not approved for use during pregnancy by Health Canada or the United States Food and Drug Administration, antidepressants are increasingly being used to treat depression in pregnancy. Recent research has focused on increased risk to infants, leading to conflicting advice on the use of some types of antidepressants. While some studies suggest avoiding the use of antidepressants throughout pregnancy, others recommend use of medications to avoid harm to mother and infant due to untreated depression. See the webinar “Antidepressants in Pregnancy: Is There Evidence of Benefit?” October 29, 2009, available at

September 2, 2010 DSM-V narrows the range of normal behaviour (USA)

The effect of stigma in the context of the new DSM-V is examined in a recent article in the Journal of Mental Health. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is widely used in North America to classify mental disorders, and is currently in its fourth edition. The DSM-V, which will replace the current edition, will be published in May 2013.