The links between social deprivation and mental health problems in immigrants and non-immigrants

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Rudo Dube writes about an Australian study of socially fragmented neighbourhoods and psychological distress among immigrants and non-immigrants in Australia.

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Suicide in women: laws that discriminate against women may explain higher rates in low and middle income countries

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Grace Crowley summarises a study which suggests that policy makers working to reduce women’s suicide in low- and middle-income countries should target laws discriminating against women.

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Art therapy groups: many mental health patients are keen, but access remains limited

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Lorna Collins reviews a cross-sectional study exploring the views and preferences of mental health service users about art therapy groups and treatment.

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Do experiences of loneliness differ across the lifespan?

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Gemma Wilson-Menzfeld and Alison Osborne review a nationally representative US survey which finds that loneliness affects people of all ages; particularly young adults, people in middle age, and also very old age.

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Racism, vicarious racism and mental health: how can we support those affected?

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Liesbeth Tip, Jingni Ma and Christina McClure review a recent cross-sectional study exploring vicarious racism, vigilance and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. They present their own personal accounts of racist attacks, their reflections about the usefulness of bystander interventions, and their determination to work together to help people feel safer and more included in society.

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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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Alexithymia and suicide, violence, and dual harm in male prisoners

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Ross Nedoma reviews a recent cross-sectional study examining the links between alexithymia and suicide, violence or dual harm among male prisoners in the UK.

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Supporting the mental health of refugees: further evidence highlights the need for cultural awareness and competence

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Zuva Dengu reviews a German cross-sectional representative study exploring the psychological distress of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other countries, which focuses on the individual and contextual risk factors and potential consequences for integration of refugees into German society.

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Self-stigma and depression amongst sexual minorities: can mindfulness help?

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Brendan Dunlop summarises a recent Chinese cross-sectional study, which looks at how mindfulness may be useful in reducing self-stigma and depressive symptoms in lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

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Do suicide awareness campaigns reduce stigma and increase help-seeking?

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Cara Richardson reviews a Dutch study exploring the impact of a suicide prevention awareness campaign on stigma, taboo and attitudes towards professional help-seeking.

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