Whose Safety is it Anyway? Service user and carer involvement in mental health care safety #MHNR2018

nicole-mason-19736-unsplash

Alison Faulkner takes a recent study as the starting point for an exploration of mental health care safety, service user and carer involvement, raising concerns, risk, harm, power, relationships and much more.

[read the full story...]

Social media: good and bad experiences and the impact on depression

robin-worrall-749755-unsplash

Sarah Hetrick publishes her debut blog on a recent US cross-sectional study that looks at the association between positive and negative social media experiences and symptoms of depression.

[read the full story...]

The US opioid crisis: quantifying the impact

Prescription opioids

Emma Wincup examines a recent US cross-sectional study that measures the burden of opioid-related mortality in the United States, which suggests that opioids (prescribed and illicit) could kill nearly half a million people across America over the next decade.

[read the full story...]

Polypharmacy for major depression: is practice evidence-based?

joshua-coleman-623077-unsplash

Jessica Bone reports on a recent cross-sectional study that looks at the clinical correlates of augmentation/combination treatment strategies in major depressive disorder.

[read the full story...]

Cyberbullying: comparatively rare, not especially damaging or pernicious

student-1397451_1280

Shirley Reynolds reports on a recent population-based cross-sectional study that surveyed 1 in 5 of all 15 year olds in England, to ask them about bullying, cyberbullying and adolescent well-being.

[read the full story...]

Investigating the link between loneliness and sleep quality in young people

6837914844_2ec2ee4ddc_o

Ahmed Al-Shihabi and Farhana Mann report on a recent twin study that explores the links between loneliness and sleep quality in young adults.

[read the full story...]

Mental health expenditure associated with higher quality care and better service user experience

bank-note-209104_1280

Kwame McKensie publishes his debut Mental Elf blog on a recent cross-sectional study, which explores the relationship between national mental health expenditure and quality of care in longer-term psychiatric and social care facilities in Europe.

This is the fourth in a new series of Mental Elf blogs produced in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry.

[read the full story...]

Tobacco smoking, cognition and first episode psychosis: time for a rethink?

42633638_21844f3143_b

Marcus Munafo appraises a recent cross sectional study of tobacco smoking and its association with cognition in first episode psychosis patients.

[read the full story...]

Is there still a digital divide in mental health?

15115777092_31c07f2fd2_k

Lisa Marzano writes her debut elf blog on a recent cross-sectional survey of Internet use in people with psychosis and depression, which explores the extent of the digital divide in mental health.

[read the full story...]

Trauma and psychotic symptoms: clear association, but do we really understand why?

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-18-00-25

#UCLJournalClub students worked collaboratively on this blog, which appraises and summarises a recent cross sectional study looking at the psychological mechanisms that mediate effects between trauma and psychotic symptoms.

[read the full story...]