Tackling loneliness in people with mental health problems

florian-perennes-396212-unsplash

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.

[read the full story...]

Loneliness in psychosis and related psychological and social factors

iz-zy-140216-unsplash

Jingyi Wang publishes her debut blog on a recent systematic review of loneliness in psychosis, which shows that the relationship between loneliness and psychosis remains poorly understood due to a lack of high quality studies.

[read the full story...]

Pets are mostly good for our mental health

tucker-good-589776-unsplash

Kirsten Lawson considers the findings of a recent narrative review and synthesis, which looks at the power of support from pets and companion animals for people living with mental health problems.

[read the full story...]

The apples and oranges of social relationships: what are we measuring and how?

2492945625_7ac8126b4d_o

Farhana Mann presents a helpful summary of a number of different tools that have been used in the study of social relationships, as they relate to health and social service use and cardiovascular outcomes.

[read the full story...]

Is email good for your health?

7658165122_d832884270_k

Epica the Dog and her human friends from the Equator Publication School sniff out a novel study about the effectiveness of email-based exercises in promoting psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyle.

[read the full story...]

What is the sociodemographic recipe for happiness?

shutterstock_120580759

Mark Horowitz summarises a recent study that investigates the impact that socio-economic gradients have on mental well-being. He finds to his surprise that the relationship between socio-economic characteristics and low mental well-being is not the inverse of the relationship with high mental well-being.

[read the full story...]

Social determinants of mental health: how our societies are making us mentally unwell and what we can do about it

shutterstock_210938179

Mark Horowitz summarises the new WHO and UCL Institute of Health Equity (Michael Marmot) report and research paper on social determinants of mental health. He concludes that it’s time to focus on the root causes of mental distress, namely poverty, unemployment, poor education and social isolation.

[read the full story...]

AMSTEL study finds that loneliness increases the risk of death in older men, but social isolation does not

shutterstock_73137517

Some of the older elves in the woodland don’t join in with our social activities as much as they used to. The younger elves call them ‘cranky’ and laugh at them sitting alone in their tree houses. Personally I worry that they might be feeling lonely and I doubt that shutting themselves away from the [read the full story…]