Fighting for humane mental health treatment

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. When Faraaz Mahomed surveys the global health landscape, one area jumps out at him, an area where stigma and misinformation maintain a grip, where outdated attitudes hold sway, and where coercion is a routine part of treatment: mental health care. Mahomed, graduating this spring from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s doctor of public health program, has spent the last three years focused on how mental health care is provided around the world, particularly in resource-poor…

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Child mental health services waiting times ‘not good enough’ in Grampian

NHS Grampian’s chief executive has said it is not good enough that some waiting time targets for mental health services for children are not being met. Improvements are said to have been made in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but some children in Moray are waiting up to 29 weeks to be assessed. The health board is redesigning mental health services for children. Amanda Croft told BBC Scotland that ongoing new investment would make a difference. A new facility is expected to open in Aberdeen later this year. Youth mental health report…

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Healthy Food Makes You Happy: Research Shows A Healthy Diet Improves Your Mental Health

Young woman buying fresh red peppers at supermarket. She’s picking peppers from the shelf.GETTY Depression has many origins: genetic, triggered by a specific event or circumstance or lifestyle choices. But it is a disease of the brain, and researchers find that ensuring it receives the proper nutrients is a way to prevent and treat depression. In the future patients experiencing depression may not only be referenced to a therapist, but a nutritionist as well. It has long been understood that fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean, unprocessed proteins are the…

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Beaumont to build new $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn

Beaumont Health is to announce details Monday about its plan to build a new mental health hospital in Dearborn in conjunction with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services. Construction on the $40 million free-standing hospital is to begin in early 2019 on eight acres of vacant land on Oakwood Boulevard near the Southfield Freeway. When it opens, the hospital — Beaumont’s ninth — will have space for 150 beds and will be operated and managed by UHS, which also will be the majority owner. With the addition of the new hospital, Beaumont will double its capacity…

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Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Women, take note. If you are suffering from depression, it may affect your child’s stress and physical well-being throughout life, a new study has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Diabetes, suggested that depressed mothers had higher cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA) — markers of stress and the immune system — levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. “Following mothers and children across the first decade of life, we found that exposure to maternal depression impairs functioning of the child’s immune system…

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Depression in children, treating it can help improve parent’s mental health

The bond between parent and child extends far beyond sharing similar looks or behaviours as a new study suggests that treating depression in teenagers may benefit their parents’ mental health too. The findings suggest that when a teenager’s depression improved through treatment, so did the depression experienced by his or her parents. “Depression is a massive public health concern that will take a variety of approaches to better manage. We believe our study is among the first to evaluate how the emotional health of a child can impact that of…

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Mental and physical health programme for young people rolled out

People living with long-term medical conditions are more likely to experience psychological problems A mental health project for young people with long-term physical conditions is being rolled out across Scotland. Following a trial in Glasgow, it will now be available to schools and youth organisations nationwide. The Ucan project aims to prevent mental health problems arising in adulthood by supporting young people earlier. Figures show that 30% of people with long-term conditions like arthritis and spina bifida have mental health issues. People living with long-term conditions are also more likely…

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Drug-related mental health admissions in NHS hit record high

The annual number of hospital admissions in England with a diagnosis of a drug-related mental or behavioural disorder has reached an all-time high, figures show. There were 82,135 hospital admissions in the year to April 2017 with a primary or secondary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders, according to the NHS figures. That compares with 81,904 over the same period a year earlier and 38,170 in 2006-07. However, the number of admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental and behavioural disorders was down 12% on the previous year, to 7,545.…

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Making the mind stronger: Treat mental insecurities, health will follow

Positive self-esteem is something that gives us the strength to take charge of our lives and feel good about ourselves. The mind plays a disproportionate role in our lives and how it feels can drive how the body ends up feeling. Thus, from borderline personality disorders to depression, there are many disorders that could affect people with low self-esteem. We as doctors do counsel people to think highly of themselves, without bothering about “frivolous aspects” like looks. But man is a social animal and the way people respond and react…

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The surprising benefits that exercise can have on your mental health

Your time working out can have a positive impact on your mental health.JoJo Whilden/AP/The Weinstein Company 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. 16.1 million adults experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year. For many, regular exercise can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, or at least help you deal with them. It can also help you have a stronger immune system and help you sleep better, both of which can positively benefit your mental health. If you’re one of the 40 million American…

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