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October 18, 2012 Prevention can help break the cycle of poor mental health in families (USA)

A review of studies found that children of parents with a mental illness, can benefit from a reduced risk of mental illness and reduced risk of psychological symptoms when support for prevention is introduced. A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies showed that cognitive, behavioural, or psychoeducational interventions reduced the risk of the same mental illness developing in children by 40 per cent. Internalizing symptoms (such as negative emotions in newborns, depressive symptoms and anxiety) were significantly reduced among children in the participating groups compared to the non-participating groups. Externalizing symptoms (such as hyperactivity and aggressiveness) were also reduced, but not by a statistically significant level.

October 4, 2012 New tool highlights policy-maker role in mental health promotion (Australia)

Policy makers can play an important role in promoting mental health for the general and at risk populations. This message is captured in a new guide from the Department of Health for the Government of Victoria in Australia. The guide, aimed at government policy makers, advances a lens that enables users to consider social and environmental determinants of mental health when developing new policies or programs.

October 4, 2012 Moving to better neighbourhoods can increase well-being (USA)

An American study based on the “Moving to Opportunity” demonstration project, found that relocating to a better socio-economic neighbourhood increased the physical and mental well-being of low-income persons, even if their economic status was unchanged.

October 4, 2012 Suicide causes more deaths than car accidents (USA)

The Americal Journal of Public Health of the American Public Health Association (APHA) has published the results of a national study revealing that suicide is now ranked number one as the cause of injury mortality, surpassing motor vehicle accidents, poisoning, falls and homicide.

September 20, 2012 Exercise prevents anxiety and stress post-workout (USA)

Kinesiology researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently published the results of their study showing that exercise has enduring positive effects on anxiety levels even after the workout has finished. Their findings were published in the August online issue of theMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal.

September 20, 2012 Perth Charter for Mental Health Promotion survey (International)

The organizing committee for the 7th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders is developing the Perth Charter for Mental Health Promotion.

September 6, 2012 Long commutes and taking work home can make you sick (Germany)

A recent study from the German Wido Think Tank of Health Insurers found that work/life balance was not happening among German workers, resulting in a 120 per cent increase in sick days since this type of data first starting being collected in 1994.

September 6, 2012 Depression linked to peripheral artery disease (USA)

Researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Centre and the University of California, San Francisco have found an association between depression and an increased risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). They came to this conclusion after studying the data from more than 1,000 men and women with heart disease, who had participated in the Heart and Soul Study for approximately seven years.

September 6, 2012 Poor mental health and lower life expectancy (England)

A large British study published in the July issue of the British Medical Journal found that research subjects who had experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression had a lower life expectancy than people who did not have symptoms of psychological distress.

August 2, 2012 All OECD countries face income-related inequalities in access to health services (OECD)

A new report finds income-related inequalities in use of health services across all OECD countries, with high income individuals more likely to visit a doctor. Health care funding, including public and private health insurance and sharing out-of-pocket expenses for some services), appear to have an impact on inequities. The 19 OECD countries include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.