Group support psychotherapy as a depression treatment in Uganda

The SEEK-GSP programme provides a comprehensive HIV care model in rural areas.

Dr Ethel Nakimuli-Mpungu at Makerere University in Uganda works toward making therapy more culturally appropriate, particularly for people living with HIV and depression. She has developed a highly cost-effective group support psychotherapy programme that can be delivered by lay health workers and which has been shown to dramatically reduce depression symptoms and improve adherence to anti-viral medication in those affected. […]

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How sleep may be key to antisocial behaviour in young people

Better sleep could be encouraged by better sleep hygiene - for example, limiting screen use in the evening.

Sleep is vital to our health and yet remains understudied in young people and especially in its links to behaviours. Professor Alexander Vazsonyi at the University of Kentucky is focused on highlighting the role of sleep in problem behaviours in adolescents. His work on sleep unearths some important influences on deviant behaviour but also points to ways that young people […]

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Meltdown Moments: When the emotions of perinatal mums are out of control

The cover of the book Meltdown Moments

Entry into motherhood can be a testing period in any woman’s life. Sleepless nights and the responsibility for a tiny person are all the more difficult for women living with psychiatric conditions. Associate Professor Anne Sved Williams, an academic psychiatrist at the University of Adelaide, is researching the treatment of mothers affected by mental ill-health and their infants. She has […]

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Collaboration between specialist and primary health services in psychiatry: Development and implementation of the Pomor model to Arkhangelsk County, Russia

Historically, mental health problems have been met with reactions of stigma and discrimination. Due in large part to widespread campaigns to reduce this, attitudes are changing and mental health issues are finally being given the attention and investment they deserve. That said, there are still several issues related to care that need to be addressed. Dr Tore Sørlie and colleagues […]

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Homelessness in Western Society: The Dark Side of The Moon

Homelessness in Western Society: The Dark Side of The Moon

Homelessness is becoming a relevant phenomenon in western nations despite improvements across economic and healthcare indices over the last decades. Dr Fabrizia Faustinella, Associate Professor at Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, has crafted a compelling documentary on homelessness exploring both its causes and consequences and giving a voice to those living on the streets. The documentary, entitled […]

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Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI) provides positive outcomes for those in lower socioeconomic environments

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy research outreach

The western world today demands a great deal from its inhabitants, both physically and mentally. The prevalence of mental health problems is high, and none more so than those in low socioeconomic status, with financial hardship recognised as a root cause for life stress and anxiety. Although trained in both eastern and western based mindfulness techniques, Karma Jiga applies the […]

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