As universities advocate for 'zero suicide' frameworks, it is important for university leaders to work at suicide awareness, prevention and response, and to reinforce a culture of compassion.
Mental health researchers based at Queen's University in Canada and Oxford University in the U.K. are helping universities take the lead in developing improved student mental health care.
Treatment needs to focus on fewer antidepressants, more lithium and supportive group education.
A review has suggested giving patients who are detained in hospital the right to appeal decisions about their treatment. Sadly, this may never happen.
Undergraduate students need a learning community that meets throughout their degrees for workshops and community-building. Such a post-secondary ‘homeroom’ could multiply positive connections.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has become a go to for clinicians treating symptoms of schizophrenia. Recent studies suggest that this is a mistake.
People who attempt suicide can access medical care at their clinics but psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers are not part of the primary health care setting.
In South Africa one of the biggest barriers to suicide prevention is that psychiatric and substance use services are often not integrated.
Architecture can affect behaviour and the choices we make. The brief is out for a centre to replace the Don Dale facility, but word is, it's 'a disgrace'. We can do much better.
Many women are not getting the right kind of attention.
The 94 people with mental health disorders who died after they were moved from the Life Esidemeni facility and put into inadequate care shows the poor state of mental health care in South Africa.
A doctor has been convicted of abusing vulnerable women in his care – because a court finally decided to listen to their stories.
In developing countries mental health care generally takes a backseat when it comes to allocating resources.
A growing body of research literature suggests time spent gardening is as good for the gardener as it is for the garden.
Forgiveness, as we have seen in the aftermath of the Charleston killings, is a hallmark of the Black Church. But what psychic toll do these acts of forgiveness exact?
A proposal to re-direct a billion dollars of funding from acute hospital mental health services to the community risks causing a major destabilisation of the public mental health system.
The health service has a long history both of abuse and the failure to do anything about it.