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August 5, 2010 Integrating mental health into primary health care in Zambia

Zambia underwent health reforms in 1991 but mental health is still a low priority in the healthcare system, according to a study in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems. Mental health services are fragmented and the budget allocated to mental health services is small (0.4 percent of the total health budget). The study explored health providers’ views about mental health integration into primary care in Zambia. Surveys were conducted with 111 health service providers in primary care centres, in both rural and urban settings.

August 5, 2010 Public health perspectives on women's mental health (USA)

A new book published by Springer explores women’s mental health from a range of public health perspectives. Clinicians, researchers, academics and advocates explore issues related to current challenges in mental health: effective treatment and prevention, equal access, improved service delivery, and stronger public policy.

August 5, 2010 Experiences of diabetes for low-income Canadians

A recently published study from York University explores how living on a low income affects patients’ self-management of type 2 diabetes. The results are based on semi-structured interviews with 60 participants from four community health centres in a large Canadian city.

July 22, 2010 SAMHSA launches mental health awareness campaign for ethno-racial communities (USA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Ad Council, has launched a national public service advertising campaign to promote mental health recovery among American youth in ethno-racial communities. The campaign encourages young adults to open up about mental health issues and seeks to promote social change around the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. The campaign includes materials for Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Native American, Chinese American and African American communities.

July 22, 2010 Diabetes medication adherence better among people with schizophrenia (USA)

People who have schizophrenia may be more likely to take their oral hypoglycemia medication than people who do not have schizophrenia, according to new research published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin. Researchers used health system data from the Department of Veterans Affairs to compare adherence to oral hypoglycemia medications for diabetes among 11,454 patients with schizophrenia and 10,560 patients with diabetes who did not have schizophrenia.

July 8, 2010 New resource features community-based health equity profiles (USA)

The Prevention Institute, a US-based health promotion organization, has launched a new resource called Communities Taking Action: Profiles of Health Equity. The interactive resource features an easy-to-use online map with profiles of 62 American community-based initiatives that promote health equity. The profiles offer models of community-, institutional-, governance- and policy-level interventions that can play a role in building healthy and more equitable communities.

The Communities Taking Action interactive resource is available at www.preventioninstitute.org.

July 8, 2010 Green exercise improves mental health (UK)

Physical activity in the presence of nature (green exercise) provides immediate mental health benefits for mood and self-esteem, according to a review article from the UK. The multi-study analysis assessed the impact of green exercise on mood and self-esteem to determine the most effective dose.

June 10, 2010 Toolkits for evidence-based practices available from SAMHSA

Five toolkits that promote the use of evidence-based practices in mental health services are available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and its Centre for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The toolkits, known as Evidence-Based Practice KITs (which stands for Knowledge Informing Transformation), are part of the administration’s science-to-services strategy.