Lack of wealth may increase our risk of dementia

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent cohort study of the individual and area-based socioeconomic factors associated with dementia incidence in England.

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Preventing mental illness, at long last

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Peter Byrne, the Public Mental Health lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, welcomes a new BMA report entitled: “Tackling the Causes – promoting public mental health and investing in prevention”.

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Police killings and the mental health of black Americans

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Ian Cummins provides the context and perspective to consider the implications of a population-based, quasi-experimental study of police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans.

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Is income inequality damaging our mental health?

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Andy Bell from Centre for Mental Health writes his debut elf blog on a systematic review of income inequality and depression, which explores the associations between the two, but also the likely causes of these associations.

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Tackling loneliness in people with mental health problems

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Timothy Matthews reflects on a scoping review from last year entitled: A life less lonely – the state of the art in interventions to reduce loneliness in people with mental health problems.

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Jobs for the girls? Intergenerational care and gender inequality in Europe

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Martin Stevens discusses research on gender inequality and intergenerational patterns of care in Europe and reveals possible potential implications for current social care reform.

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“Healthcare commissioning has the potential to tackle inequalities” according to briefing

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Introduction This briefing has been prepared for clinical commissioners, commissioning managers, and everyone who works with multi-ethnic populations. It combines the findings from the Sheffield Hallam University project “Evidence and Ethnicity in Commissioning (EEiC) with other research, and practical experience. The aim of the Briefing is to demonstrate how health organisations can improve commissioning for [read the full story…]