Unprecedented times: pregnancy and mental health in the era of COVID-19

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Siobhan D’Almeida explores a recent paper which finds that pregnant individuals experienced high levels of anxiety and depression during COVID-19.

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To stay on antipsychotics or not to stay on antipsychotics? A longstanding question with an update

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Joe Pierre considers a recent network meta-analysis on continuing, reducing, switching, or stopping antipsychotics in individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders who are clinically stable.

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How do prelingually deaf people with schizophrenia experience hallucinations?

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Charlotte Huggett and Sophie Paul explore an important review looking at the content and modality of hallucinations in prelingually deaf people with schizophrenia.

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Talking to young people about online safety: the who, what, when and how

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In his debut blog, Luke Bayliss explores a Delphi study that will help mental health practitioners to converse with young people about their online activities and impact on mental health.

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Ask about alcohol use in adults affected by divorce, bereavement or illness

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Sally Adams considers a recent Finnish longitudinal study, which examines heavy alcohol consumption before and after negative life events in late mid-life.

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Psychiatric Advance Directives: more effective when facilitated by peer workers, according to French RCT

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Rob Allison considers a French randomised controlled trial, which provides support for the use of peer worker–facilitated psychiatric advance directives to prevent compulsory rehospitalisation in people with severe mental illness.

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Money talks: stakeholder perspectives on the design of a combined money and mental health intervention

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In her debut blog, Annie Irvine summarises a qualitative study which explores service user and staff views of a combined money advice and psychological therapy service within IAPT.

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A human rights approach to integrating HIV and substance misuse services

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou summarise a recent paper on integrating HIV and substance misuse services, which draws on a person-centred approach that is grounded in human rights.

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Apps to support the mental health of young people: flashy and available versus evidence-based and hidden?

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Belinda Platt highlights a new review of mental health apps for young people, which finds there are many apps which seem appealing to young people but have no evidence-base, but only a handful of apps with a sound evidence-base which are available to young people.

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Is High Intensity Interval Training a HIIT for psychiatric inpatients?

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Suzy Ker and Garry Tew consider a qualitative study exploring patient, carer and staff perspectives on implementing High Intensity Interval Training for service users in inpatient mental health settings.

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