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How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

Patients diagnosed with a mental health issue are referred to the friendship bench where they are met by a trained community counsellor who offers them counseling. Counsellors are trained to use local terms that patients feel comfortable with, such as Kuvhura pfungwa _(opening the mind), _kusimudzira (uplifting) and kusimbisa (to strengthen).

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

One in 5 people hospitalized for a heart attack or chest pain develop major depression — about four times the rate in the general population. One in 3 stroke survivors become depressed, along with up to half of those who undergo heart bypass surgery. Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients.

July 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
A bit of existentialism for what ails you

A bit of existentialism for what ails you

By Brendan Canavan, Senior Lecturer in Marketing University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Forget about mindfulness and clean eating – at a time when we appear to be experiencing rising levels of anxiety, narcissism and unhappiness, existentialism may be the philosophy to adopt to improve your mental well-being. Existentialist philosophy explores what it means to be human, […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

By Niall McCrae, Lecturer in Mental Health, King’s College London, London, UK For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame. My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

From the World Health Organization: Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Initiative seeks to combat health care worker ‘burn out’

Initiative seeks to combat health care worker ‘burn out’

Effort Seeks to address Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Among Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Care Workers From the National Academy of Medicine: In response to alarming evidence of high rates of depression and suicide among U.S. health care workers, the National Academy of Medicine is launching a wide-ranging “action collaborative” of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

By Christine Vestal Stateline AUBURN, Washington — When Misty Jones looks back on her drug-using years, she sees a pattern. Since she was 18, she’s been having babies, using drugs, losing custody of her babies, and trying to quit drugs so she can get them back. Now 36 and in recovery from heroin addiction for […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alone and Aging: Creating a safety net for isolated seniors

Alone and Aging: Creating a safety net for isolated seniors

By Sharon Jayson Kaiser Health News Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do, but like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most. Krantzman, of Austin, Texas, is among a growing number of seniors who find […]

November 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Clinics help keep people with serious mental illness out of ER

Clinics help keep people with serious mental illness out of ER

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News SAN ANTONIO— Yolanda Solar has battled a life-threatening disease for more than three decades. The disease nearly killed her last summer, and Solar, a 73-year-old grandmother, was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. When Solar was discharged one week later, she received bad news: She would have to wait […]

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