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April 20, 2012 SAMHSA report on mental illness and chronic physical disease (USA)

A new study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that mental health issues and physical health issues are linked. The report, “Physical Health Conditions among Adults with Mental Illnesses” used data from SAMHSA’s 2008-2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

April 5, 2012 Yoga relieves some mental health symptoms (USA)

Researchers at three American medical universities have theorized that yoga helps relieve the symptoms of stress-related mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

April 5, 2012 Young adults use social media to create supportive communities (USA)

A new study done for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that transitional youths (between the ages of 18 to 24 years) used social networking sites to create a supportive community for themselves.

March 22, 2012 Meditation can decrease depression in caregivers (USA)

The stress of caring for a loved one with dementia can be a cause of clinical depression. According to UCLA’s Late-Life Depression, Stress and Wellness Research Program, the incidence of depression in family dementia caregivers is almost 50 per cent, and the probability of high emotional distress is twice the average present in the general population. Added to the fact that caregivers themselves are older people, and their ability to cope with stressful situations may be less than that found in younger individuals, there is also an impact on cardiovascular health and subsequent mortality.

March 22, 2012 Government to better market employment programs to persons with mental health conditions (UK)

The UK government recently released their response to the Sayce report – an independent commission charged with making recommendations for system reform to employment programs for persons with disabilities. A full consultation ran from July until October 2011 with 1,400 organizations and individuals responding. The government’s report reflects the responses from these consultations and lays out next steps.

March 8, 2012 Facebook app for personal disasters and emergencies (USA)

On February 23, 2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the winners of a contest they sponsored that challenged software application developers to design a new Facebook app that could be used by people for personal emergency preparedness.

February 23, 2012 Cigarettes and early male cognitive decline (Britain)

British researchers have found that middle-aged male smokers experience a faster decline in cognition and executive function than their non-smoking male counterparts. The good news is that men who had quit smoking for 10 years or more did not experience the same decline.

February 23, 2012 Antidepressants not linked to youth suicide (USA)

Researchers have recently found that the antidepressant fluoxetine did not increase or decrease suicidal behaviour in children, compared to children who were on placebos.

February 9, 2012 Exercise reduces depression for people with chronic illness (USA)

A systematic review and meta-analysis conducted by researchers in the USA reveals that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in patients who have a chronic illness and are experiencing mild to moderate depression.

January 26, 2012 Work performance and co-workers are source of discrimination in workplace (USA)

A national study of individuals with serious mental illness found that work performance and co-workers’ attitudes toward them were two main sources of prejudice and discrimination at work.