Power to the people: practitioners, patients and power

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Rob Allison explores a recent qualitative study of dependence and resistance in community mental health care, which looks at negotiations of user participation between mental health staff and service users.

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Genetics of depression: risk factors and protective factors

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Marcus Munafò reports on a new genome-wide association study that identifies 44 risk variants and helps us to further refine the genetic architecture of major depressive disorder.

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Body dissatisfaction in men. The Body Project: More Than Muscles RCT

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Sarah McDonald brings us her monthly round-up of eating disorders research, focusing this month on a randomised controlled trial of The Body Project: More Than Muscles for body dissatisfaction in men.

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Brief, intensive and concentrated CBT for anxiety disorders in children

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Simon Brett summarises a recent systematic review of brief, intensive and concentrated cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety disorders in children, which finds some promising results for this more focused approach to care.

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Suicide-related internet searches following the release of 13 Reasons Why

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Angharad de Cates, Alys Cole-King and Stan Kutcher explore a quasi-experimental examination of internet search results, which suggests that the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has both increased suicide awareness while unintentionally increasing suicidal ideation.

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Mental health apps for young people: an evidence-free zone?

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Natalie Nelissen from mHabitat publishes her debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of mental health apps for young people, which highlights the current dearth of reliable research to support the efficacy and safety of mobile apps.

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Novel Psychoactive Substances: bridging the knowledge gap

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Derek Tracy takes a first look at the Novel Psychoactive Substances in the UK Project; an NIHR-funded empirical and conceptual review that recommends research priorities in the field.

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Physical activity and depression: new review confirms high levels of sedentary behaviour

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Tayla McCloud summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, which found that more than two-thirds of people with depression did not comply with the recommendation of 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

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Mindfulness in schools: what next?

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Jennifer Hanratty summarises the recent Campbell review on mindfulness-based interventions for improving cognition, academic achievement, behaviour and socioemotional functioning in schools. She considers what school leaders, researchers and policy makers should do next, considering the current uncertainty around mindfulness in schools.

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People with severe mental illness die younger and things are getting worse

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Judith Harrison publishes her debut blog on a recent cohort study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which shows that the “mortality gap” is increasing for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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