Life after injury: physical, psychological and social impact

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Dafni Katsampa explores a qualitative study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands, which finds that experiencing an injury from a traumatic event like a serious road traffic accident, can impact on physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

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Patients’ experience of ketamine treatment for depression: the ‘Ketamine and me’ project

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In her debut blog, Harmony Jiang reviews a recent qualitative study exploring patients’ experience and response to ketamine treatment for depression.

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Antidepressants for youth depression: Cochrane review confirms they should not be the first port of call

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Susannah Murphy summarises a new Cochrane review and network meta-analysis, which provides the best evidence to date about new generation antidepressants for depression in children and adolescents.

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Risk factors for suicide in prison

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In her debut blog, Alice Dawson summarises an updated systematic review on risk factors for suicide in prison. The strongest risk factors identified were suicidal ideation, previous suicide attempt, history of self-harm, single-cell occupancy, and current psychiatric diagnosis.

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Music therapy for depression: I want more…reliable research

The key difference between music therapy and music medicine is the presence of a trained music therapist. Both are becoming more accepted as treatments for mental health problems.

Jessica Bone summarises a recent meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials examining the effects of music therapy and music medicine on depressive symptoms.

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New Wellcome report on #WorkplaceMentalHealth

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Andy Bell looks at a new report from the Wellcome Trust entitled: Putting science to work – Understanding what works for workplace mental health.

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Loneliness in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic: All the lonely people, where [in Canada] do they all come from?

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Heather McClelland reviews a recent study which explores who is most likely to experience loneliness in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Loneliness linked to mid-life depression: can tackling loneliness help prevent depression in older people?

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A group of students from the UCL MSc in Mental Health Studies summarise a study on the association between loneliness and depression among older adults.

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Antidepressant discontinuation and continuation: new Cochrane review finds miasma of confound

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Adele Framer, Founder of SurvivingAntidepressants.org, explores a recent Cochrane review on antidepressant discontinuation versus continuation for adults with depression or anxiety, which highlights huge uncertainty in the science about antidepressant withdrawal.

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Meditation and mindfulness can help us and harm us, but how common are adverse events?

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Edel McGlanaghy critiques a systematic review which finds that meditation may lead to adverse events, particularly psychiatric adverse events.

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