Integrated care for the physical health of people with severe mental illness: no easy answers


Liz Hughes summarises a recent rapid review on integrated care to address the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness.

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Media coverage of mental illness has increased significantly in recent years


Ed Sykes from the Science Media Centre considers a recent study of changes in newspaper coverage of mental illness from 2008 to 2014 in England.

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Jonny Benjamin: Social media and schizophrenia – my story


Jonny Benjamin shares his personal story of using social media to manage his own mental health.

The award-winning mental health campaigner has been an inspiration to many, through his frank and hugely informative YouTube channel. His films cover everything from recovery to poetry.

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Self-stigma interventions for people with schizophrenia

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Laura Hemming explores a recent narrative review and meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions for self-stigma in people with a schizophrenia-spectrum diagnosis.

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Tackling mental-health-related stigma: a narrative review of anti-stigma interventions


Suzanne Dash considers the findings of a recent narrative review in The Lancet, which brought together the evidence for effective interventions to reduce mental-health-related stigma and discrimination.

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Mental health literacy: can it be taught to teenagers?


Jasmin Wertz reports on a recent Canadian cluster RCT, which studies the impact of a mental health curriculum for high school students on knowledge and stigma.

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Stigma increases psychological distress in people with intellectual disabilities


David Steele reports on a recent cross-sectional study, which found that stigma was linked with increased psychological distress and poorer quality of life in people with intellectual disabilities.

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Should we stigmatise smokers?


Andrew Jones on a recent systematic review that brings together quantitative and qualitative research about the positive and negative impact of tobacco cessation campaigns and measures. The review concludes that stigmatising of smoking can lead to unintended consequences, such as increased stress, social isolation and smoking relapse.

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How can we reduce mental health stigma and discrimination?


David Steele summarises a recent systematic review that found small to medium long-term effects from anti-stigma interventions with very little research coming from low income countries.

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Review finds no link between stigma and intention to use mental health services in military personnel


David Steele reports on a literature review that found no link between anticipated stigma and intention to seek help in military personnel with mental health problems.

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