Should European cities be going green for our mental health?

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Eleana Frisira summarises a recent scoping review on the impact that green spaces can have on the mental health of people living in urban settings.

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Mental health services for medical students: are specialist university-based student mental health services the answer?

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Penelope Stavrou summarises a recent study on mental health services for medical students, which evaluates a clinical student mental health service in Cambridge.

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Transgender discrimination and stigma: links to anxiety and depression

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Emily Day summarises a recent study exploring the effects that transgender discrimination and stigma can have on the mental health of trans people, and what strategies individuals use to cope.

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Poverty causes mental illness and vice versa: how can we end this vicious cycle?

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Andy Bell summarises a new international report that presents the causal links and mechanisms of action between poverty, anxiety and depression.

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Problematic smartphone use: what are the consequences for teens and their screens?

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Lucinda Powell explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis which finds that problematic smartphone use in young people is associated with poorer mental health.

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A coached mobile app platform for depression and anxiety in primary care

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Last week, a group of people with lived experience of mental health problems, researchers and clinicians participated in a half-day online blogging workshop. Here’s the blog we wrote together, which summarises a recent US trial of a coached mobile app platform for the treatment of depression and anxiety in primary care.

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Can yoga help treat depression in people with other mental health problems?

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Briana Applewhite summarises a recent systematic review about the effects of yoga on depression symptoms in people with mental disorders.

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Community navigators may help alleviate loneliness in people with anxiety or depression

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Martin Webber summarises promising results from a feasibility trial of community navigators for people with depression or anxiety using secondary mental health services.

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LSD: can psychedelics treat mental illness?

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Anya Borissova summarises a recent systematic review which brings together all of the randomised controlled trials of LSD as a treatment for mental illnesses, including alcohol and heroin dependency, depression and anxiety.

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Play in the pandemic

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Helen Dodd summarises a recent rapid review of the impact of quarantine and restricted environments on children’s play and health outcomes.

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