Being part of something bigger: can neighbourhood identification protect against self-harm?

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Florian Walter reviews a recent cross-sectional study which investigates whether neighbourhood identification can buffer against the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage on self-harm.

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Mapping the links between leisure activities and health outcomes: the Multilevel Leisure Mechanism Framework

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Alice Potter summarises a narrative review and multi-level theoretical framework of mechanisms of action on how leisure activities affect health.

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Volunteering in later life: good for our physical health, but more evidence needed on mental health

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Sophie Large summarises a recent Campbell Systematic Review, which explores the impact of volunteering on the physical and mental health of older volunteers.

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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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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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A review of Dementia Friendly Communities in England

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Remco Tuijt writes his debut blog and summarises a recent scoping study on dementia friendly communities in England: what they are and what they want to achieve.

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Can museums help prevent dementia?

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Dafni Katsampa and Derek Tracy get all cultured and summarise a retrospective cohort study of museum attendance and dementia incidence, which suggests that cultural engagement may help protect us from cognitive decline.

The research is led by Daisy Fancourt who heads up the new MARCH Network which is launching later this month.

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