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May 2019

Scientists discover dozens of previously unknown genes linked to serious mental illnesses

Queensland scientists have identified 70 previously unknown genes linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which could ultimately lead to better treatments for patients.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-14/mental-illness-genetics-research-genetic-testing/1110844

It's time to end the stigma around mental health in the workplace

By 2030, it is predicted that mental health problems will be the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Currently, untreated mental health problems account for 13% of the total global burden of disease and, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.  The majority of people spend one-third of their adult life at work. That’s a significant amount of time in which a large number of people are likely to experience a spectrum of mental health issues.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/05/its-time-to-end-the-stigma-around-mental-health-in-the-workplace/

Personal stories of mental illness can help others on the road to recovery

Inspirational stories of how people have overcome their struggles with mental illness can help others on the road to recovery, a study by researchers at The University of Nottingham has found.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-05-personal-stories-mental-illness-road.html

Borderline personality disorder – a response to trauma

People with borderline personality disorder are often treated as if they have a personality flaw, rather than mental health issues stemming from trauma. These mental health researchers say it’s time we change the disorder’s name.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/we-need-to-treat-borderline-personality-disorder-for-what-it-really-is-a-response-to-trauma

Report: 73% of Independent Musicians Suffer Mental Illness Symptoms

A new study found 73% of independent musicians reported suffering from mental illness symptoms in the past, while only 19% felt the music industry provides healthy working conditions. Record Union, a Swedish-based digital platform that surveyed nearly 1,500 indie musicians March 21 - Apr 2, Billboard reported May 7, 2019.

https://loudwire.com/musicians-mental-illness-report/

Make others aware they are cared about. Ask "are you okay?"

Guest blogger Domenique reflects on coping with her friend's suicide - from feeling confused and guilty, to campaigning for mental health awareness and pledging to treat everyone with kindness.

https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/posts/im-never-quick-to-judge

GPs call to support longer mental health consultations.

The RACGP has implored both sides of politics to ‘properly support’ general practice as the frontline of mental health care. Many GPs believe it is ‘completely unreasonable’ to limit mental health discussions with patients to 40 minutes or less, and are calling for government recognition of longer consultations.

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/racgp/calls-to-support-longer-mental-health-consultation

Broccoli sprout compound may restore brain chemistry imbalance linked to schizophrenia

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say their results advance the hope that supplementing with broccoli sprout extract, which contains high levels of the chemical sulforaphane, may someday provide a way to lower the doses of traditional antipsychotic medicines needed to manage schizophrenia symptoms, thus reducing unwanted side effects of the medicines.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190508093733.htm

Schizophrenia Treatments Could be Tested and Personalized Using Patients’ Blood

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a way to screen treatments for schizophrenia on single cells from a patient’s blood sample, which could speed up drug discovery and help to personalize treatments for people with the condition.

https://labiotech.eu/medical/schizophrenia-personalized-drug-cambridge/


March 2019

Researchers count the ways children are abused in bid to uncover economic cost.

A study examining the links between various forms of child abuse — from emotional and physical abuse to sexual assault and neglect — hopes to uncover patterns of offending as well as the financial cost to the community. Welfare advocates hope the findings will force the government to invest in prevention measures. 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-11/child-abuse-study-financial-cost/10883284

Genetic research is the wrong way to make sense of ADHD. 

As we struggle to understand conditions such as ADHD, genetics can provide a tempting answer. But looking for genetic triggers raises as many problems as it solves.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/genetics-disorders-research

Online therapies can improve mental health, and there are no barriers to accessing them. 

Some studies have found online therapy to be as effective in reducing symptoms as therapy delivered face-to-face by a clinician. 

https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/opinion/online-therapies-can-improve-mental-health-and-there-are-no-barriers-accessing

Could daydreaming be the path to greater creativity and mental health?

https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/could-daydreaming-be-the-path-to-greater-creativity-and-mental-health-20190313-p513rl.html

People with mental health injuries can take three times as long to return to work than those affected by a physical injury. 

https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/people-with-mental-health-injuries-take-three-times-as-long-to-return-to-work-20190313-p513wn.html

February 2019

How domestic violence affects women’s mental health

Women who have experience domestic violence or abuse are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance abuse and thoughts of suicide.

https://theconversation.com/how-domestic-violence-affects-womens-mental-health-104926

‘Smiling depression’: it’s possible to be depressed while appearing happy – here’s why that’s particularly dangerous.

The term ‘smiling depression’ – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Some may question, however, whether this is actually a real, pathological condition. 

https://theconversation.com/smiling-depression-its-possible-to-be-depressed-while-appearing-happy-heres-why-thats-particularly-dangerous-110928

Art psychotherapy can help people explore themselves through museum exhibits.

“You feel like you are a real person working on your own personal goals rather than just a patient going through treatment…” 

 https://theconversation.com/art-psychotherapy-can-help-people-explore-themselves-through-museum-exhibits-107387

Let’s stop blaming ourselves for stigmatising mental health.

Having stigma is not something that should make us feel ashamed or guilty. Nor should we worsen feelings of guilt, or shame.

https://theconversation.com/lets-stop-blaming-ourselves-for-stigmatizing-mental-health-109700

It’s despair, not depression, that’s responsible for Indigenous suicide.

“In too many cases, the causes of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is not mental illness, but despair caused by the history of dispossession combined with the social and economic conditions in which Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples live.”

https://theconversation.com/its-despair-not-depression-thats-responsible-for-indigenous-suicide-108497

Denying transgender identity has serious impact on mental health. 

“Sticks and stones may break my bones – but words will never hurt me,” goes the playground rhyme. But the adage is only half right, according to research on transgender mental health. Words can hurt. 

https://theconversation.com/denying-transgender-identity-has-serious-impact-on-mental-health-108152

New research reveals how the marriage equality debate damaged LGBT Australians’ mental health. 

Although Australia has now achieved marriage equality, the topics of sexuality and gender identity continue to spark heated – and often discriminatory – public debates.

https://theconversation.com/new-research-reveals-how-the-marriage-equality-debate-damaged-lgbt-australians-mental-health-110277

How physical activity in Australian schools can help prevent depression in young people.

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental heath problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. It’s the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide.

https://theconversation.com/how-physical-activity-in-australian-schools-can-help-prevent-depression-in-young-people-107889

Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother’s main support, they need help.

In Australia, screening mothers for mental illness before and after birth is standard, but fathers are not routinely assessed at any point. The idea new fathers cold also have mental health issues related to the birth may seem odd. But there is increasing evidence men experience postnatal mental health and adjustment issues that deserve attention. 

https://theconversation.com/men-get-postnatal-depression-too-and-as-the-mothers-main-support-they-need-help-108256 

‘Traditional masculinity’ and mental health: Experts call for gendered approach to treatment.

‘Australia’s peak body for psychologists says it will consider developing new practice guideline for psychologists working with boys and men after the American Psychological Association announced its own set of guideline for the group last month.’

https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2019-02-05/mens-mental-health-masculinity-gendered-psychology-guidelines/10768294

Regional residents must his crisis point before they can access support, advocate says.

“Some of them have to actually attempt suicide before anything can be done”. A mental health advocate in regional NSW says some residents cannot access help until they have hit rock bottom, and is calling for an overhaul of services.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-16/mental-health-advocate-calls-for-proactive-support-services/10716842

WA Parliament turns away from Indigenous youth suicide, despite coroner’s urgent plea.

“The tragic individual events were shaped by the crushing effects of intergenerational trauma and poverty upon entire communities.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-02/wa-parliament-turns-away-from-kimberley-youth-suicides/10861250

New app uses real-life stories from Indigenous kids to help others deal with bullying.

A group of Northern Territory youth workers, aboriginal broadcasters and health researchers have launched a new digital resource to help Indigenous young people deal with teasing and bullying.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-27/new-anti-bullying-resource-for-aboriginal-kids/10845924

People living with acute mental illness forced to wait up to eight years for NT public housing. 

“We really need to see a national plan with the Commonwealth and all states and territories working out what the demand will be in the future for social and affordable housing.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-25/public-housing-list-thousands-mental-health-territory/10847984

Victoria’s mental health royal commission to focus on prevention, early intervention.

More than 8,000 Victorians have made online submissions to help shape the terms of reference for the state’s Royal Commission into Mental Health. 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-24/victorian-royal-commission-mental-health-terms-reference/10843050

January 2019

Links to personality trait

A range of various mental illnesses, such as depression, substance abuse, and psychosis, are linked to the same personality trait, research suggests.

http://sciencenordic.com/single-personality-trait-foundation-almost-all-mental-illness-study

ASMR – an autonomous sensory meridian response

An unconventional youtube trend may play a role in addressing mental illness:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/weird-youtube-trend-could-be-mental-health-solution-says-expert-20181110-p50f74.html

Genetic study of eating disorders could pave way for new treatment

In this article researchers explore whether genes and early eating habits may trigger “disordered” eating later in life.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/25/genetic-study-eating-disorders-treatment

Climate change has an unexpected impact on mental health

We are all (well, mostly) aware that climate change is having a significant impact on temperatures and climate around the world. But can it impact on mental health? This study explores the possibility.

https://www.inverse.com/article/52036-climate-change-mental-health-study

If you feel thankful, write it down

Engaging regularly with a sense of gratitude may positively impact your mental health.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/24/678232331/if-you-feel-thankful-write-it-down-its-good-for-your-health

Teen marijuana use and schizophrenia

A mouse study has suggested that teen marijuana use may be linked to inflammation associated with schizophrenia and other illnesses.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6504885/Teen-marijuana-use-trigger-inflammation-linked-schizophrenia-mental-illness-study-finds.html

US gun violence in 2018

Gun violence in the United States often seems strange, if not bizarre, to many people outside the US. Here are three articles that offer different perspectives on gun violence and the connection to mental illness and politics.

https://theconversation.com/us-gun-violence-in-2018-3-essential-reads-108233

Disability, thoughts of suicide and Australian men

It’s a difficult subject, but men in Australia are much more at risk of having suicidal thoughts than women; now, new research looks at what this means for Australian men with a disability.

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/disability-thoughts-of-suicide-and-australian-men

Therapy dogs for mental illness and in prisons

Therapy dogs are an interesting and often effective support mechanism for people with mental illness. This article looks at the relationship between having such dogs and self harm of people in prison.

https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/report-shows-that-therapy-dogs-may-reduce-risk-of-self-harm-in-prisoners

https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/therapy-dogs-should-be-more-widely-available-prisons

Mental health of Nauru detainee 

In this article, doctors suggest that the mental health of a detainee on Nauru is deteriorating fast:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/23/condition-of-nauru-man-with-mental-health-problems-rapidly-deteriorating

Increasing confidence of pharmacy students caring for suicide risk patients

Confidence and attitudes of pharmacy students towards suicidal crises:Health care professionals, including pharmacists, have the potential to recognise and assist those at risk of suicide. The primary aim of this study was to assess the impact of utilising people with a lived experience of mental illness as simulated patients on final year pharmacy students’ attitudes toward and confidence in caring for people at risk of suicide after first receiving Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00127-018-1582-2?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst&utm_source=ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst&utm_medium=email&utm_content=AA_en_06082018&ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst_20180831


Mental Health News 2018