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Failures of antidepressants for bipolar disorder

A new study demonstrates how antidepressants administered to people suffering with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder led to continuing depression and mood cycling.

Op-Ed: Homophobic attitudes tell us a lot about a person

Rome - The Kim Davis fiasco has brought the anti-gay marriage camp back into the spotlight recently, even to the point of dragging two GOP candidates into the fracas. But what does this homophobic attitude tell us about these people?

Too many drugs given to people with learning difficulties

London - A new review of drugs policy has found that people with learning difficulties have been over-prescribed medications. This includes psychiatric drugs without any recorded diagnosis.

Tobacco smoking may damage mental health

London - Tobacco smoking may play a direct role in triggering the symptoms of schizophrenia, a new medical research paper suggests.

Study suggests higher mortality rates among depressed patients

Seville - Scientists in Europe have presented a study linking together depression and the likelihood that an individual will suffer heart failure.

Childhood bullying leads to long-term mental health problems

Coventry - Bullying of school children by other children carries long-term effects and, in many cases, it can lead to mental health problems. These health effects can remain with the children into adulthood. This is according to a new U.S. / U.K. study.

Mental Health Commission of Canada gets 10 more years

Toronto - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has had its mandate renewed by the Federal Government. The organization has outlined its plans for the future.

Study: Psychedelics improve mental health, reduce suicide risk

Baltimore - Despite the fact that psychedelic substances are classified as illegal in many countries, a large new study has found that lifetime use of them is associated with lower levels of psychological distress and suicidal tendencies.

Op-Ed: What is normal?

Edinburgh - What is normal? I’m not sure but if there is such a thing then I have to imagine that anyone who doesn’t fall into that category is unique and that is much better than being normal.

Mental readiness strategies revealed for Canadian police Special

Toronto - This week delegates from across Canada gathered in Mississauga, Ontario to share perspectives, learn from best practices and develop strategies to improve psychological health and safety in police organizations.

Review: 'The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times' Special

As the stigma of mental health is being lifted, books like 'The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times' by Barbara Taylor are important to understand how the fairly recent past treatment of the mentally ill has shaped our thinking.

Student loans linked to depression and high levels of stress

Columbia - In the first national study of its kind, researchers have found that the heavy burden of student loans is causing serious mental health issues in America's young adult population.

Review: Drama brings dementia to another place in new Toronto production Special

Toronto - “When I add up the balance sheet of my life,” says Juliana (Tamsin Kelsey), a seemingly confident neurologist, in “The Other Place”, “the numbers say I'm happy.” But things are never as they look in this fresh depiction of mental illness.

'A Reason' — indie sleeper film of the year Special

A Reason is an independent film written and directed by Dominique Schilling and produced by Caroline Risberg (Risberg Schilling Productions).

New online mental health toolkit

Psychologists and web designers have got together to produce an online tool that allows people to evaluate their own mental health. The new concept is called Lantern.

Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival coming in Toronto

Toronto - The first and largest mental health film festival in the world, Rendezvous with Madness (RWM), returns to the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto from November 10th to 15th, 2014 for its 22nd edition.

Low mental health budget means long wait for UK patients

Only 1.4 percent of the UK's public health budgets are spent on mental health, according to a recent report by mental health charity Mind.

Link between physical and mental health

Researchers have shown how a muscle gene associated with the metabolite kynurenine, which can cross the blood-brain barrier, relieves symptoms of depression in exercising mice.

Revealing the genetics of schizophrenia

Three independent genetic studies suggests that schizophrenia is a group of heritable disorders associated with distinct clinical syndromes.

Would you want to know if you will get dementia? Special

If you had an incurable neurological disorder, would you want to know? This global study found that three out of four respondents said “yes”, even if there was no cure.

Op-Ed: Youth and mental illness: A cohesive strategy is needed

In celebration of this year’s International Youth Day observed on Tuesday, August 12, mental health was rightfully placed at the forefront of discussions.

Genetic causes of schizophrenia are 'considerable'

The number of known genetic variants linked with schizophrenia has more than tripled, following a massive genome-wide association study.

Broad Institute's groundbreaking announcement on psychiatric research Commissioned

On Tuesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. ET the Broad Institute and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research delivered a groundbreaking announcement about psychiatric research research.

One in three Alzheimer's cases is 'preventable'

New research from the University of Cambridge argues that one in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable.

Op-Ed: Many factors contributed to Rodger's massacre

Santa Barbara - Whenever a mass murder occurs in America, the tragedy is politicized before the bodies of the victims reach the morgue. Instantly the cause of the massacre is simplified, by wrongfully placing the blame on a single entity.

Canadians' mental health records shared with FBI, border patrol

Toronto - Canadian police departments have been sharing mental health information of Canadians by uploading it to a database that the FBI and U.S. Customs has access to, which has been used to deny entry by border control agents.

Op-Ed: It’s not about the police, but how they are trained

Fullerton - The jury in the Kelly Thomas case in delivered a verdict of not guilty. As you may recall, the central issue was the responsibility for the death of Thomas.

Disturbed sleep and nightmares may point to psychotic disorders

New research has warned that nightmares and disturbed sleep patterns in children may be an early warning sign of psychotic disorders in later life.

Genetic complexities of schizophrenia revealed

Two new studies provide insight into the genetics of schizophrenia and the results show once again how complex the condition is.

Canadian initiatives to support mental health

Toronto - Grand Challenges Canada, an organization funded by the government of Canada has announced it is to fund three key initiatives relating to global mental health issues.
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square
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People with mental and psychosocial disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in developin...
People with mental and psychosocial disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in developing countries. Even though development actors have pledged to focus their work on the most vulnerable in a community, many programmes continue to ignore and exclude this vulnerable group.
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square Casey
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Jeff Moat, President of Partners for Mental Health
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Cover of book, "Henry's Demons"
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A walk on a path by the lagoon can soothe the mind and relieve stress.
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square
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Not Myself Today-wall of moods at Toronto's Dundas Square
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Cloth embroidered by a schizophrenia sufferer

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