An NHS mental health drive backed by the Sussexes and the Cambridges has begun dishing out tailored 'mind plans' based on a five-question quiz. Relaxing your muscles and mind, trying tai chi and keeping a 'mood diary' are among wide-ranging advice offered to most people. But particularly concerning responses will prompt a separate alert urging some to visit a GP or make use of free NHS psychological therapy service. The so-called Fab Four of Harry, Meghan, William and Kate have reunited to front Public Health England's Every Mind Matters campaign, which aims to overhaul how Britons cope with mental health problems. Take the test for yourself below The Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex (pictured) have thrown their weight behind a new NHS and Public Health England mental health drive Davina McCall, Bradley Wiggins and Gillian Anderson are among the celebrities who will feature alongside the Royals in a television advert of the new resource tonight. But the online … [Read more...] about Take the mental health test promoted by Princes Harry, William, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton that tells you if you need to seek help from your GP
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Niko Cheng was ready to die in August. The 22-year-old nursing student and her fellow protesters known as “fighters” for their willingness to confront police in Hong Kong, had decided to make their last stand on 31 August. Exhausted and weary after months of protesting, she had floated the idea of throwing herself at police and forcing them to fire on her. The other protesters talked her out of it. Still, she expected to be arrested or badly hurt. But on the day of the march, Cheng was hit by a water cannon and forced to leave early. In the weeks afterward, instead of relief, she only felt a sense of malaise. When she lost her wallet, including her ID card, her first thought was that it didn’t matter. “I had zero motivation to do anything. I just thought it was all useless, meaningless,” she said. “That’s when I realised I need to get my normal life back.” As political unrest continues to roil Hong Kong, public health experts say a … [Read more...] about ‘Society is suffering’: Hong Kong protests spark mental health crisis
For decades it was an issue shrouded in secrecy and shame, something to be feared, ignored or ridiculed. Today, mental health is rarely out of the headlines. But we have reached a critical point: continuing to ‘raise awareness’ of mental health — the goal of recent public campaigns — has become a double-edged sword. Indeed, so ‘aware’ are people, we risk driving more and more of them to seek help when they don’t actually have a mental illness. Freddie Flintoff and Nadiya Hussain (pictured) are featured in the film to promote the Every Mind Matters campaign. It is being narrated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex GP surgeries and mental health services — as my colleagues and I know only too well — are being inundated with people struggling to cope with everyday difficulties that can make all of us feel sad, anxious or low. So what we need to do now is concentrate on enabling people to help … [Read more...] about DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: Life is tough – but we can ALL learn to help ourselves to better mental health
Eight months ago, a group of us put our concerns into a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. It became an instant bestseller, depleting bookstores within days. We thus discovered that our endeavours resonated with the public. While we keep within the letter of the Goldwater rule – which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures without a personal examination and without consent – there is still a lot that mental health professionals can tell before the public reaches awareness. These come from observations of a person’s patterns of responses, of media appearances over time, and from reports of those close to him. Indeed, we know far more about Trump in this regard than many, if not most, of our patients. Nevertheless, the personal health of a public figure is her private affair – until, that is, it becomes a threat to public health. To make a diagnosis one needs all the relevant … [Read more...] about Trump is now dangerous – that makes his mental health a matter of public interest
Screaming sirens, overcrowding, traffic; life in the city isn’t always relaxing. These stressors aren’t simply inconvenient or irritating, though; research has suggested that urban living has a significant impact on mental health. One meta-analysis found that those living in cities were 21% more likely to experience an anxiety disorder – mood disorders were even higher, at 39%. People who grew up in a city are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia as those who grew up in the countryside, with a 2005 study suggesting this link may even be causal. Urban stressors appear to have a biological impact, too. A 2011 study from the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg found that city living was associated with greater stress responses in both the amygdala and the cingulate cortex – areas linked to emotional regulation, depression and anxiety. This increased activation, the research team said, could have a “lasting effect”, … [Read more...] about Could bad buildings damage your mental health?