Should schools use peer mentoring for mental health? New review highlights how little we know

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Lucinda Powell summarises a review which finds little evidence to support the use of peer mentoring in schools to improve mental wellbeing.

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The 4M model for promoting student mental health: mindfulness, movement, meaning and moderator-based interventions

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In her debut blog, Snigdha Dutta explores the 4M model for promoting university student mental health, explored by a recent systematic review which suggests that a combination of mindfulness, movement, meaning, and moderator-based interventions may help.

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Virtual reality for mental health: are there any freely available apps that show promise?

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Imogen Bell summarises a recent review of virtual reality experiences as tools to support mental health therapy, which finds some freely available applications that may show promise for mental health.

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Age at onset of mental disorders: global meta-analysis provides data for targeting effective interventions

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Dona Matthews summarises a comprehensive global meta-analysis that presents our best current knowledge on the age of onset of various mental disorders. This review has major implications for our mental health promotion and prevention efforts.

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NHS-recommended e-therapies for depression, anxiety and stress: promising but limited

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Natalie Berry summarises a meta-analysis which finds a limited body of research exists to support the use of NHS e-therapies for depression, anxiety and stress.

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New Wellcome report on #WorkplaceMentalHealth

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Andy Bell looks at a new report from the Wellcome Trust entitled: Putting science to work – Understanding what works for workplace mental health.

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Meditation and mindfulness can help us and harm us, but how common are adverse events?

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Edel McGlanaghy critiques a systematic review which finds that meditation may lead to adverse events, particularly psychiatric adverse events.

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Stigma and discrimination in people at risk of psychosis

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Dave Steele explores a systematic review which finds that people who are at risk of psychosis are likely to experience stigma and discrimination.

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Stress and mental wellbeing among PhD students: what are the predictors and how can we help?

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Tayla McCloud reviews a recent paper which finds that imposter syndrome might be at the heart of both poor wellbeing and high stress levels in PhD students.

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Probiotics and prebiotics for youth anxiety #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Kathrin Cohen Kadosh appraises a recent systematic review relating to her own Wellcome Trust funded research on better gut microbiome and how increasing levels of probiotics and prebiotics may help prevent and treat anxiety in young people.

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