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Trigger warnings: more harm than good?

A leading expert believes 'trigger warnings' about the content in books, films and TV shows actually make trauma victims more depressed<p>In the autumn of 2013, a student named Philip Wythe attended a literature class he’d never forget. One of the first books read by his class at Rutgers University, …

Mental health: Pilots to help people find work launched

<b>The government has launched four pilot schemes to help unemployed people with mental health problems find work.</b><p>The voluntary scheme will see some people on Employment and Support Allowance being offered employment support and psychiatric help.<p>The £2m pilots, all in England, will run for six …

Talk therapy 'best for social phobia', study finds

<b>Talking therapy is more effective than pills in treating social anxiety disorder, a study has found.</b><p>Social phobia - one of the most common anxiety disorders - is a persistent fear of social situations.<p>A review of 101 clinical trials found talking therapies were more effective and more long lasting …

A death by suicide every 40 seconds, says WHO

<b>Somebody dies by taking their own life every 40 seconds, according to a significant report by the World Health Organization (WHO).</b><p>It said suicide was a "major public health problem" that was too often shrouded in taboo.<p>The WHO wants to reduce the rate of suicide by 10% by 2020, but warned that just …

Cancer patients with depression 'are being overlooked'

<b>Three-quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need, according to research in the Lancet.</b><p>This "huge unmet need" is partly due to a focus on physical symptoms at the expense of good mental healthcare, researchers say.<p>They argue depression is …

Youth mental health care 'in dark ages', says minister

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1102000/1102262_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649039_ffd7dbad6e70e63c958d51bb6638395b<p><b>Mental health services for young people in England are "stuck in the dark ages" and "not fit for purpose", according to a government minister.</b><p>Norman …

Clegg: Mental health research 'needs boost'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1099000/1099262_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649029_d82041de114764fb9b55949a936a6b6e<p><b>A major push is needed to boost mental health research, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has told the BBC.</b><p>The Deputy Prime Minister said his …

'Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression'

<b>Scientists say a part of the brain, smaller than a pea, triggers the instinctive feeling that something bad is about to happen.</b><p>Writing in the journal PNAS, they suggest the habenula plays a key role in how humans predict, learn from and respond to nasty experiences.<p>And they question whether …

'Eighty new genes linked to schizophrenia'

<b>Scientists have uncovered 80 previously unknown genes which may put people at risk of developing schizophrenia, research in Nature suggests.</b><p>The team says the world's largest genetic study of the disease shows it can have biological causes - putting it on a par with other medical conditions.<p>Led by …

Beds shortage for child mental health patients

<b>NHS England says it does not know how many hospital beds are needed to deal with increasing demand for children's mental health services.</b><p>In an official report, it said too many children were having to travel to access inpatient beds.<p>A leading charity called the review "distressing", highlighting …

'Huge gaps' in mental health care for new mothers

<b>There are "huge gaps" in support and care for the mental health of new mothers by the NHS in England, a parenting charity has said.</b><p>The National Childbirth Trust said one in 10 mothers experienced post-natal depression but too often there was "no care, or very little care".<p>It said just 3% of …

Mental health services cuts 'affecting children'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1086000/1086457_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649029_76260ac6c66085ef206ef56214a29c2e<p><b>Cuts in mental health services for children in England amount to a national crisis with tragic consequences, a charity has said.</b><p>More than half of …

Antidepressant suicide warnings 'may have backfired'

<b>US warnings about the risk of suicide in young people prescribed antidepressant medication may have backfired, research suggests.</b><p>A study, in the British Medical Journal, showed a sudden fall in antidepressant prescriptions and a rise in suicide attempts after media reports of the connection.<p>The …

Patients sectioned 'because of pressure on beds'

<b>Pressure on mental health beds is so severe that some patients are having to be sectioned to secure necessary care, a survey of junior doctors suggests.</b><p>The Royal College of Psychiatrists questioned 576 trainees working in psychiatry across the UK.<p>The college said its findings suggested mental …

Mental health patients forced to travel miles for care

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1074000/1074346_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649030_a6523e36e7c1916ce1b735f92807a34c<p><b>A lack of beds is forcing mental health patients in England to seek treatment in other NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles away, BBC research has</b> …

Child mental health issues 'missed'

<b>Thousands of young people may be "slipping through the net" because adults do not spot the warning signs of mental health problems, experts warn.</b><p>MindEd, a new website, backed by groups including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, is being launched to raise awareness.<p>A survey of …

Mental health cuts cost the NHS millions, charity says

<b>Cuts to mental health care are costing the NHS millions of pounds long-term, a report has said.</b><p>More cases of psychosis and schizophrenia now end up in hospital rather than being treated in the community, it said.<p>Rethink Mental Illness published the report with the London School of Economics.<p>Cuts …

Eating disorders in young men 'are being overlooked'

<b>Young men with an eating disorder are not getting the help and support they need because of a perceptions about a "women's illness", say researchers.</b><p>Men are underdiagnosed and undertreated for anorexia and other eating disorders, despite making up about a quarter of cases, a UK study …

12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

From impassable terrains to unstable political situations to strict visa regulations, there are some places on Earth that are nearly impossible to get into. Fortunately, these adventurous photographers dared to venture into these territories! Even if you can't be there yourself, you can still …

Anxiety | Talking about mental health - Episode 2

'Love hormone' may treat anorexia

<b>A hormone released during childbirth and sex could be used as a treatment for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, scientists suggest.</b><p>Small studies by UK and Korean scientists indicated patients were less likely to fixate on food and body image after a dose of oxytocin.<p>About one in every 150 …

Elephants recognise human voices

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1059000/1059380_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649040_a579cc7aaa2ea2e498cf1bdd8ba40927<p><b>Elephants are able to differentiate between ethnicities and genders, and can tell an adult from a child - all from the sound of a human</b> …

Mental health charities warn cuts 'put lives at risk'

<b>Six mental health organisations in England are warning that NHS cuts are putting lives at risk.</b><p>It comes as figures reveal that early intervention schemes to help young mental health patients have been reduced over the past 12 months.<p>Mental health trusts are being asked to save almost 20% more from …

Eating disorders: Sufferers unaware condition can be 'fatal'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_ni/1054000/1054087_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649039_876f3e6075b826e4f975ba268ae6d06f<p><b>The families of two young people who died from an eating disorder say sufferers do not realise the condition can be fatal.</b><p>It is hard to gauge how …