Art and mental health on Instagram

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Lorna Collins summarises a study looking at the impact of artwork posted on Instagram. She considers how art can promote mental health awareness, and the impact that sharing can have on the artist.

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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: who is hesitant and why? #OxfordMentalHealth

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Nikki Nabavi summarises findings from a recent survey, which suggests that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is relatively evenly spread across the population, and that willingness to take a vaccine is closely bound to recognition of the collective importance.

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Lockdown loneliness: who is lonely before and during the pandemic?

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Aggelos Stamos reviews a recent cohort study led by the team behind the UCL COVID-19 Social Study on the predictors of loneliness before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Conspiracy theories and coronavirus: one in four people “endorse unequivocally false ideas about the pandemic”

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Ian Cummins considers the findings of a survey study published in May 2020 on coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, mistrust, and compliance with government guidelines in England.

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Quarantine: infection prevention, but at what cost for mental health?

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As the COVID-19 lockdown enters its second week in the UK, Matthew Iveson and Andrew McIntosh consider the psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it.

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Population-based approaches to improving mental health: a view from the USA

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David Gunnell writes his debut elf blog on a recent review of population-based approaches to mental health. He calls for joined-up strategies across Government Departments to prevent mental illness and improve population mental health.

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School based obesity prevention for 6 and 7 year olds

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Alison Tonkin writes her debut elf blog on the WAVES study: a cluster randomised controlled trial looking at the effectiveness of a childhood obesity prevention programme delivered through schools, targeting 6 and 7 year olds.

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Prescription drug misuse in women: US review inconclusive

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Rob Poole writes his debut elf blog on a recent systematic review of trends in prescription drug misuse among women, which finds a mixed and complex picture with few conclusive findings.

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Peer influence and risk taking behaviour during adolescence

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Emily Stapley explores a recent article by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on avoiding social risk in adolescence, which argues that the social risk of being rejected by peers outweighs other potentially negative outcomes of decisions.

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