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Neil Lennon has helped launch a new football mental health project to encourage middle-aged men to open up. The Hibernian head coach, who has previously spoken out about his own struggles with depression, kicked off The Changing Room initiative at Easter Road. The two-year pilot project – between mental health…
A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part…
Fresh insights into changes in the brain linked to depression could pave the way for new treatments, according to scientists. Their study also sheds light on why a particular category of antidepressant drugs stops working in some people, researchers believe. Experts at the University of Edinburgh have pinpointed a key…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed arrangements for delivery of Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service, beyond April this year. The current contractor, Contact (Northern Ireland), had decided not to accept the offer of extension after March 2018 and with PHA unable to source a suitable alternative provider,…
NICE says that online and mobile programme Deprexis could help adults with depression get faster access to care and it should be tested out in NHS services. Around 200 people in England could benefit from free access to this digital therapy after NICE recommended that it is trialled in specialist…
A man attempted suicide after losing a court fight over the care of his daughter following the death of his estranged partner, a judge has been told. Two Court of Appeal judges had ruled that the girl, now eight, should be brought up by her late mother's best friend. The…
A move by Google that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, an expert has warned. Google has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to offer US users the chance to take a self-assessment to see whether…
Inadequate sleep at night leads to poor memory and increases the risk of depression, anxiety and stress, according to research revealed today. A study found that those who got less than five hours a night found it difficult to function effectively during the day – with people forgetting to carry…
The founder of a pioneering service believed to be the first of its type in the UK dedicated to tackling men’s mental health issues says similar schemes nationwide would “help save the NHS millions.” Andy Matthews established a support group for men with mental health problems in 2014 at KIM…
Work is the "main factor" causing poor mental health among men, a charity has said. Many men work in industries where a "macho culture" exists which may prevent them from opening up about their feelings, mental health charity Mind said. The charity raised concerns that many men do not feel…
There is an "urgent need" for more funding for mental health care for expectant and new mothers, leading midwives have said. The comments from the Royal College of Midwives come after a report claims services across the UK are "under resourced". Researchers wrote the report following an online petition which…
The number of prescriptions handed out for anti-depressants is at an all-time high, figures show. Prescriptions for the drugs across England rose by 3.7 million items in 2016, from 61 million to 64.7 million, according to data from NHS Digital. The number of anti-depressant prescriptions has more than doubled in…
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