More than 100,000 Canadians are diagnosed with an eating disorder every year.
The mortality rate of people with eating disorders is six times higher than the general population, and they are five times more likely to attempt suicide. However, few people seek treatment.
Only about 10% of people with a gambling problem ever seek treatment.
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Treatment has a high success rate. Getting problem gamblers in the door – and getting them to complete a full course of therapy – is another matter.
Many young sports bettors think they’re knowledgeable enough to ‘beat the system.’
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In the past, typical clients tended to be retirees living on fixed incomes who played slots and card games.
Involuntary treatment for homeless people aims to help – but also raises ethical debates.
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New York City’s plan has garnered the most attention – and criticism – but several cities are expanding their own intervention programs.
Changing your eating, exercising, socialising and engagement with nature can help treat depression. Now mental health professionals have some guidelines to shape treatment around lifestyle therapies.
In deep brain stimulation, electrodes – the pale white lines – are implanted into a patient’s brain and connected to a battery in a person’s chest.
Deep brain stimulation and trasncranial magnetic stimulation treat mental illness by sending electrical currents into parts of the brain. Every new patient provides researchers with a wealth of information. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
You might have heard of EMDR therapy recently after Prince Harry said he’s been using it.
Set in a mental health facility, Wakefield shows the advantages of television over feature film, giving scope to explore mental health stories without resorting to caricatures.
Virtual reality can create immersive simulations of real environments.
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VR treatment can overcome many of the challenges of traditional therapy.
Significant reform of youth mental health care in Canada is needed to address the high rates of mental illness in young people.
High rates of youth mental illness show the urgent need for accessible, affordable and research-backed mental health care. It’s crucial to include young people’s voices in shaping these resources.
Many peoples’ mental health worsened during the pandemic – but many didn’t seek support or treatment.
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During the first lockdown, the number of people seeking help for depression, anxiety and self-harm dropped by up to 48% in some cases.
‘Ecotherapy’ might be one promising form of mental health treatment.
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Proponents of ecotherapy say getting back to nature can improve our mental health, wellbeing, and self-esteem.
Nurses from Cefn Coed Hospital walk across the grounds.
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A portrait of Cefn Coed Hospital, which operated in Wales between 1932-2018, provides unique insight into life at a mental hospital.
Museum objects can evoke powerful emotions.
More than just home to artworks or historical artefacts, museums and galleries can help people reflect on their own health issues.
Neuroscience can help incarcerated brains.
Hollywood pushes a fantasy version of what neuroscience can do in the courtroom. But the field does have real benefits to offer, right now: solid evidence on what would improve prisons.
Easy to access, hard to prove.
If apps aren’t proven to make users’ mental health better they could end up making it worse.
While nutrient supplementation can have a role in treating certain psychiatric disorders, all kinds of nutrients should, in the first instance, be consumed as part of a balanced wholefood diet.
A growing body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and the protective value of healthy diets – along with select nutritional supplements as required – for maintaining and promoting mental health.
Scott Morrison’s comments may have sparked ire in some corners, but there’s good research supporting his statement.
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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has said that a job is a “prescription” for a young person with mental health issues. What does the research on employment and mental health show?
It’s not all isolation and cyber-bullying: technology offers access to communication and therapies that could help sufferers of mental illness.