mental health

birds

Just looking at birds may help to keep you happier

The more birds you see on any given afternoon, the less likely you are to be stressed and anxious, according…

cat

Relax, your cat won’t make you mentally ill

Is having a cat bad for your mental health? It’s not as ridiculous a question as it might sound. For…

I couldn’t escape anxiety — then I learned to run from it

Last year I went through a rough patch. I felt constantly anxious and despondent. I struggled to see the point…

Ten ways to care for your mental health

Did you know about a quarter of British adults have a mental health problem every year? Anxiety, stress and depression…

Living near green spaces may help you live longer

People who have access to green spaces live longer, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.…

On genetics Oliver James is on a different planet to the rest of us

In reviews of his brilliant 2002 book The Blank Slate, which railed against the ‘modern denial of human nature’, Steven…

What I wish Stephen Fry understood about mental health

The following letter, addressed to Stephen Fry, is written by Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at the University of…

Study seeks to end guesswork for diagnosing mental illness

Researchers at the University of Georgia have identified several biological markers for mental disorders. The research, published in the American…

Interrupted sleep is worse than a short sleep and its effects are cumulative

A short amount of sleep can be more beneficial than a longer period of interrupted sleep, according to a study…

We are becoming a dementia nation

For years, the signs have not been promising. But there may be the beginnings of hope