Befriending interventions: are they effective?


#UCLJournalClub students appraise a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of befriending interventions for people with a variety of health conditions including mental illness.

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Staff views on digital self-management of severe mental illness


Laura Hemming presents a recent qualitative study of staff views on the use of the Internet and smartphones for digital self-management of severe mental health problems.

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Personal well-being networks for severe mental illness: the importance of being social


The University College London Mental Health Masters students summarise a recent exploratory study on personal well-being networks, social capital and severe mental illness.

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People with severe mental illness die younger and things are getting worse


Judith Harrison publishes her debut blog on a recent cohort study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which shows that the “mortality gap” is increasing for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Severe mental illness in offspring may not be linked to smoking during pregnancy


Andrew Jones considers a recent cohort study that looks into the associations between maternal smoking during pregnancy and severe mental illness in offspring.

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Mental health expenditure associated with higher quality care and better service user experience


Kwame McKensie publishes his debut Mental Elf blog on a recent cross-sectional study, which explores the relationship between national mental health expenditure and quality of care in longer-term psychiatric and social care facilities in Europe.

This is the fourth in a new series of Mental Elf blogs produced in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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A crisis map: charting the topography of home treatment


Derek Tracy and Lisa Lloyd look back over the last 17 years of mental health crisis care and consider the findings of a new survey of Crisis Resolution Teams in England.

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The role of pets in supporting people living with mental distress

Cat for Alison Faulkner blog

Alison Faulkner (and her cats) delight in a recent qualitative study looking at the impact pets can have on the everyday lives of people diagnosed with a long-term mental health condition.

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


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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Nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness: do we need more dieticians?


Elena Marcus considers a brand new systematic review, which evaluates the impact of nutrition interventions for people with severe mental illness.

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