Youth online discussion forums: how do young people support each other and what do they talk about?

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Masters students from the ICH Child and Adolescent Mental Health course explore a recent qualitative study into how young people use the Kooth online discussion forum for emotional and mental health issues.

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Perinatal mental health problems in fathers are common and legitimate, but we need better ways to reach and help them

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André Tomlin explores a recent qualitative study of fathers’ views and experiences of their own perinatal mental health, and also shares his own lived experience of postnatal depression and anxiety.

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Peer support for physical health improvement: recovering ‘stolen years’?

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Lucy Simons discusses whether peer support interventions can help to provide physical health improvements for people living with severe mental illness.

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How do young adults with diabetes or mental health problems engage with online health information?

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Sarah Knowles explores a qualitative study of young adults’ perspectives on producing and consuming user-generated content about diabetes and mental health.

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The Two Pots? Experiences of peer workers within mental health services

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Sarah Carr examines a literature review on peer workers’ perceptions and experiences to the implementation of peer worker roles in mental health services, and finds some familiar themes.

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Self-stigma interventions for people with schizophrenia

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Laura Hemming explores a recent narrative review and meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions for self-stigma in people with a schizophrenia-spectrum diagnosis.

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Mental health crisis care: clinical and cost effectiveness of models of care

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Caroline Leah publishes her debut blog on crisis care for people with mental health issues, which concludes that better quality evidence is needed to support the overall effectiveness of crisis care interventions.

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People, community and healthcare transformation

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Alison Turner reviews a new report from the Health Foundation and Nesta, which investigates how people and communities can be mobilised to improve health and healthcare.

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Social participation interventions for mental health: do they work?

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In this blog, Ian Cummins looks at a study, which seeks to examine the effectiveness of particular forms of intervention that focus on social participation for adults with mental health problems.

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Peer-led self-management for mental health: impressive programme, not so sure about the research

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Lucy Simons and Chris Sampson appraise a recent evaluation of peer-led self-management training for people with severe mental illness.

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