A map of England’s community mental health interventions: are we meeting people’s needs?

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In her debut blog, Elena Opie considers a study that aimed to map community mental health interventions related to policy and practice for improving adult mental health in England.

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Digital youth mental health interventions: will the evidence ever catch up?

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Robbie Fraser summarises an overview of systematic reviews, which finds that computerised CBT for anxiety and depression remains the best evidenced digital mental health intervention for young people.

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School based humanistic counselling: a little better than pastoral care, but more expensive

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In her debut blog, Annie Stevenson reports on an RCT finding that school-based humanistic counselling reduces psychological distress, but is not cost-effective.

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Stratified care versus stepped care for depression: which is more effective?

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Sarah Watts reviews a cluster randomised clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of stratified care compared to stepped care for depression, which has implications for IAPT services.

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Internet-based psychotherapy may be cost-effective for anxiety and depression

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Ally Canaway blogs a systematic review which finds evidence of internet-based psychological interventions being cost-effective for depression and anxiety.

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The Care Ecosystem: telephone support to help people with dementia and their carers

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A UCL MSc group of students review a US randomised controlled trial of the ‘Care Ecosystem’; collaborative care for dementia delivered by telephone and internet, which suggests improvements in quality of life and caregiver well-being, and reductions in health service use.

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Are apps for depression and anxiety worth the money?

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Andres Fonseca summarises a recent RCT which finds that apps for depression and anxiety in an IAPT service can be effective and cost effective.

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Mental health: at what cost?

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In their debut Mental Elf blog, Martin Knapp and Gloria Wong summarise a systematic review of cost-of-illness studies, which explores the distribution of the costs between different mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions.

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We can safely deliver therapy to suicidal inpatients, but we still don’t know if it works

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John Baker reviews a pilot randomised controlled trial of cognitive-behavioural suicide prevention therapy for mental health inpatients, which found that the therapy was acceptable and feasible to deliver.

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