Managing demand for social care among adults with intellectual disabilities

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It is clear that adult social care in the United Kingdom (UK), as in many other countries, faces serious challenges, most simply summarised as rising demand from demographic changes and greater pressure on available resources. The interventions to address this will need to be at all levels (national policy and legislation, managing local systems and in individual [read the full story…]

What do dementia stakeholders think about Cognitive Stimulation Therapy?

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A group of students from the UCL MSc in Mental Health Studies summarise a review on dementia stakeholders’ perceptions of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.

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Understanding atypical social reward anticipation in psychopathology

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Francesca Bentivegna summarises a meta-analytic review exploring atypical social reward anticipation as a transdiagnostic characteristic of psychopathology.

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A review of patient and public involvement in realist reviews: further clarity needed in reporting of PPI

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In her debut blog, Isabela Troya reviews a review of reviews (get your head around that!), which reported on how patients and the public have been involved in realist reviews and the impact that this involvement has had.

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Inflammation and depression in young people #ActiveIngredientsMH

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Yara Toenders and Lianne Schmaal consider the links between inflammatory dysregulation and depression in young people, by reviewing a recent study carried out by researchers in the US, and also by presenting the results of their own recent #ActiveIngredientsMH review, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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Mental health: at what cost?

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In their debut Mental Elf blog, Martin Knapp and Gloria Wong summarise a systematic review of cost-of-illness studies, which explores the distribution of the costs between different mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Cost-effective strategies for mental health workplace intervention

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Chris Sampson summarises a review on the cost-effectiveness of mental health workplace interventions, which presents up-to-date evidence on the different things that employers can do to help those in their workforce affected by mental health problems or substance misuse.

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Psychological interventions effective for improving mental health and sleep following complex trauma

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In her debut blog, Delia Ciobotaru explores a network meta-analysis which finds that psychological treatments are effective in reducing PTSD symptoms experienced by people with complex trauma.

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Lived experience in suicide prevention intervention development: review of a decade’s worth of research

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Eleanor Bailey and Jo Robinson explain that most suicide prevention interventions are developed without the involvement of people who have lived experience of suicide. They go on to make a set of recommendations for how future intervention research in suicide prevention is conducted and reported.

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Bored on the ward: service user experiences of activities on acute mental health inpatient wards

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Clair Le Boutillier looks at a recent qualitative review which asks what service users think of activities available on acute mental health inpatient wards.

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