mental health

Mental health awareness may do more harm than good

In recent years there has been a huge obsession with children’s mental health. Frequently the public is told that youngsters…

Playing tennis ‘improves mood, mental health and fitness’

A new survey by the Local Tennis Leagues shows that its members have experienced a range of health benefits since…

Not just a Hollywood film plot – psychiatric patients are being institutionalised for profit

A recent exposé showed what seems to amount to unethical practice in accepting referral fees by psychiatrists. One stated he…

Food supplements ‘could be used in early treatment of psychosis’

Nutrients found in food may help reduce the symptoms of psychotic illness, when used in the early stages of treatment,…

Depressed people have lower levels of arginine, study finds

People with major depressive disorder (MDD) have reduced arginine levels, according to a new study by the University of Eastern…

Pets improve your mental health, new study suggests

It is estimated that there are 10 million cats and 11.5 million dogs kept as pets in the UK –…

New type of antidepressant shows promise in trials

Scientists at the University of Bath have developed a new type of antidepressant that could be developed as an alternative…

We shouldn’t teach children about mental health

Is it necessary for children as young as eight to understand mental health? I’m not convinced, having worked with children…

Is too much sugar causing anxiety in men?

Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, according to new research…

Workplace stress is costing British companies a fortune

Workplace stress and poor working mental health is costing British companies a fortune. Stuttering productivity, extended absence and falling staff…

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Depression, a disease of the mind? Actually our immune system could be the culprit

When the journalist Bryony Gordon wrote about her struggle with depression she was taken aback by her readers’ reaction. In…

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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…

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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…