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A new treatment for complicated grief

By the time any of us reaches a certain age, we’ll have encountered losses – some small, some large. It’s just part of the deal. With the wind behind us, we’ll somehow manage not to be overwhelmed by the emotional fall-out; but not everyone is quite so lucky. For some, a significant loss in later…

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Nibbling away at our understanding of PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has historically been linked to return soldiers involved in, or having witnessed, threats to life, usually during the course of war. More recently, however, it has been recognised that people exposed to physically, emotionally or mentally traumatic conditions in childhood may also go on to manifest a similar pattern of…

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The proven benefits of growing old gracefully

  If it’s true you’re as old as you feel, then it would seem, from a recent piece of research, that you’re also as depressed as others think you should feel for your age. New research from the Yale School of Public Health in the USA suggests that older people who see growing old in…

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Get to the art of mental health

There’s nothing more satisfying than allowing that inner child to let rip with a fist full of crayons and a blank sheet of paper. That’s my opinion, anyway. And members of the York community seem to be of a similar mind. They’ve decided to set up a new art and crafts group specifically for people…

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Mental health and the up-coming general election

Last week saw the publication of what has been titled ‘A manifesto for better mental health‘, jointly written by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Rethink Mental Illness and the Centre for Mental Health. That’s a lot of mental health in one paragraph. Hopefully its fruits will be…

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Don’t lose sleep over this…

Having recently shared a twin room with a heavy snorer, I can tell you a thing or two about sleep deprivation. I lasted a total of three nights and, had I sustained the remaining four for which we were booked, I’m convinced I would have gone mad (I paid the extra for a single room)….

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First aid for mental health

I’ve never done a course in first aid, which has always seemed to represent a glaring hole in my CV. You never know, after all, when you might be called upon to apply an emergency tourniquet or, worse still, perform CPR. But now there’s an altogether new species of first aider – the mental health…

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The high price of funding cuts to North London mental health services

A recent review of mental health services in the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS trust suggests that significant community funding cuts may be on the horizon. Local NHS commissioners ordered the review, which was carried out by consultancy group Mental Health Strategies – who found that NHS mental health services across the region were ‘unsustainable’…

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