Peer support in mental health: understanding the evidence base, current challenges, and future opportunities #ActiveIngredientsMH

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In their debut blog, Magenta Simmons and Ellie Brown summarise a recent review on peer support for adults with mental health challenges, and present early findings from their active ingredients review on peer support for youth anxiety and depression.

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Does targeting attention and interpretation patterns reduce symptoms of youth anxiety and depression? #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Alice Potter summarises a Wellcome Trust funded active ingredients review, which looks at how promoting helpful attention and interpretation patterns may reduce anxiety and depression in young people.

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How risky for developing psychosis are ‘At Risk Mental States’ in youths?

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In their debut blog, Martin Rimvall and Pia Jeppesen summarise a recent systematic review and meta-analysis exploring psychosis risk in children and adolescents with an ‘At Risk Mental State’.

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Neurodevelopmental conditions and mental health research: it’s time to #EmbraceComplexity!

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In her debut blog, Suzi Sapiets summarises a review exploring psychological treatment of depression in young people with neurodevelopmental conditions, which finds very limited evidence to help neurodiverse individuals. She also tells us that it’s time to #EmbraceComplexity and encourages people to join the Embracing Complexity Research Network.

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Exploring eating disorders on TikTok – #EDrecovery: helpful or harmful?

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Cara Richardson blogs about a novel study that explores the use of the social media platform TikTok to express experiences of eating disorder recovery.

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Involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation in children and young people: who is at higher risk?

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Alice Wickersham summarises a recent review exploring the clinical and social factors associated with involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation. The review finds that intellectual disability, psychosis, risk of harm to self and/or others, Black ethnicity, and older adolescence were strong predictors of involuntary versus voluntary hospitalisation in children and young people.

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Social media and self-harm in young people: help or hindrance?

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Jess Williams summarises a qualitative study that questions whether removing graphic self-harm content from social media helps or hinders young people.

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Social care research and mental health: what lessons can be shared on #WorldMentalHealthDay2018?

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Mike Clark considers what the fields of social care research and mental heatlh have to share and learn from one-another on #WorldMentalHealthDay.

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Audiovisual distraction for dental anxiety in children?

Patients in the intervention group were shown a brief informational video before receiving their Internet based intervention, in the hope that this would encourage acceptance of the treatment. 

This review of the effectiveness of audiovisual distraction for reducing dental anxiety in children included 9 trials 6 of which were randomised. The findings suggested that audiovisual distraction was helpful in reducing dental anxiety although all the trials were considered to be at high risk of bias.

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Dental anxiety in paediatric patients: Is cognitive behavioural therapy effective?

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This review of cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT) for dental anxiety and dental phobia in children identified 6 RCTs suggesting it therapy produces better anxiety reduction than diverse behavioural management techniques. However the available evidence is of low quality.

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