Mental health stigma in schools: helping young people access support

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Lucinda Powell considers a recent systematic review of qualitative evidence on stigma related to targeted school-based mental health interventions. The review provides some interesting findings and useful strategies, given the recent UK government announcement that they are backing plans to make specialist mental health provision available in schools.

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Has Time to Change made it time to talk?

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Aileen O’Brien publishes her debut blog on a recent study that explored the relationship between anti-stigma programme awareness, disclosure comfort and intended help-seeking regarding a mental health problem.

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Mental health stigma and pathways to care in psychosis

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Raphael Underwood on a recent systematic review of mental health-related stigma and pathways to care for people at risk of psychotic disorders or experiencing first-episode psychosis.

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Help-seeking for eating disorders: barriers and facilitators

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Sarah McDonald considers a systematic review that explores the perceived barriers and facilitators towards help-seeking for eating disorders.

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Anti-stigma programmes should target personal attitudes towards mental health #TimeToTalk

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Today is #TimeToTalk Day, so we’ve asked Kirsten Lawson to consider a brand new systematic review out today, which explores the association between mental health-related stigma and active help-seeking.

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Suicide prevention at suicide hotspots

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David Steele talks us through a systematic review and meta-analysis, which found that commonly used interventions are effective at preventing completed suicides at suicide hotspots.

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Review finds no link between stigma and intention to use mental health services in military personnel

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David Steele reports on a literature review that found no link between anticipated stigma and intention to seek help in military personnel with mental health problems.

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Men’s mental health and attitudes to seeking help: an online survey

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Laurence Palfreyman summarises a recent survey of masculinity, alexithymia & fear of intimacy as predictors of UK men’s attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help.

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Family experiences of help seeking in first episode psychosis

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Andrew Shepherd explores the complex issue of families seeking help for first episode psychosis, investigated by researchers in a recent family narrative study, which concludes that help seeking attempts are often derailed by complex family responses to illness.

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Improving mental health literacy in the classroom: new HeadStrong RCT

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Lisa Burscheidt reports on an RCT of the Headspace mental health literacy intervention and the impact it has on the mental health literacy, stigma, help-seeking and mental health of a group of young people in Australia.

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