How has the coronavirus pandemic influenced rates of depressive symptoms in pregnant women?

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Lucy Purnell summarises a recent cross-sectional study from China, which explores perinatal depression in women during the 2019 coronavirus pandemic.

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A coached mobile app platform for depression and anxiety in primary care

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Last week, a group of people with lived experience of mental health problems, researchers and clinicians participated in a half-day online blogging workshop. Here’s the blog we wrote together, which summarises a recent US trial of a coached mobile app platform for the treatment of depression and anxiety in primary care.

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GP management of self-harm: low confidence and need for further training

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In her debut blog, Laura Culshaw summarises a recent systematic review exploring the attitudes, knowledge and behaviours of GPs in managing self-harm in primary care.

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Older people who self-harm: the added complication of comorbidities

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In her debut blog, Pooja Saini summarises a recent qualitative study that explored access to care for older adults who self-harm. The blog contains some excellent recommendations for primary care professionals and policy-makers.

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“I mean, what is depression?” How GPs distinguish between emotional distress and depressive disorder

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Linda Gask reviews a recent qualitative exploration of UK general practitioners’ perceptions of distinctions between emotional distress and depression.

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Cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness: is there a right intervention?

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A group of Masters Students from the University of Glasgow Global Mental Health MSc write about the Primrose trial, which looked at the clinical and cost-effectiveness of an intervention for reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness.

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Higher doses of antidepressants “not optimal”, according to new review

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Jonathon Tomlinson considers his options as a GP supporting people with depression and complex needs, after reading a new systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis, which suggests that higher doses of antidepressants bring maximum side effects with only marginal gains.

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Serious about suicide prevention? Invest in primary care #SuicidePreventionPC

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André Tomlin summarises a new report out today by Centre for Mental Health and Samaritans: “Strengthening the frontline: Investing in primary care for effective suicide prevention”.

Follow the discussions on Twitter using the #SuicidePreventionPC hashtag.

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Physical health inequalities in primary care

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Andy Bell from Centre for Mental Health and the Equally Well UK collaborative, calls for action in response to the Public Health England briefing on severe mental illness and physical health inequalities.

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