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Behavioural activation rivals other therapies and medication in the treatment of depression. Peter Miller/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is behavioural activation for depression?

Behavioural activation aims to increase engagement in activities we value, which boosts our chances of deriving pleasure and a sense of achievement from life.
Poor knowledge of mental illness and lack of access to mental health care lead many families in Indonesia to chain mentally ill people in shackles. Reuters/Beawiharta

How can Indonesia free the mentally ill from shackles once and for all?

Thousands of people with mental illness are shackled in Indonesia even though the practice has long been banned. Why does the practice persist and how can we eliminate it once and for all?
Sleep problems can also create a loop of mental illness. Alyssa L. Miller/Flickr

Explainer: what’s the link between insomnia and mental illness?

The relationship between insomnia and mental illness is bidirectional: about 50% of adults with insomnia have a mental health problem; up to 90% of adults with depression have sleep problems.
Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another. olga_murillo/Flickr

When it comes to mental health, like attracts like

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry this week sheds light on the influence of psychiatric disorders on relationships and mating.
Music affords opportunities for emotions and connection like little else. Nicki Varkevisser

Questions to ask your teenager about music and mental health

Most young people rely on music to make them feel better, and have had multiple experiences of this working. But if someone you know is struggling with mental health problems it’s worth having a chat.

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