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Ban Calls For Improved Care For Schizophrenia On World Mental Health Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia “Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring ‘a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Friday] as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for…

Global Agenda Must Integrate Mental Health

Washington Post: Global agenda must include mental health Annie Sovcik, director of the Washington office of the Center for Victims of Torture “Access to mental health and psychosocial support must be an integral part of the global health agenda. … Global leaders recently convened in Washington to advance the Global…

Children Are Main Victims Of War, UNICEF Reports

VOA News: UNICEF Says Children Main Victims of War “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports children are the main victims of war, with many suffering mental stress that will last a lifetime…” (Schlein, 9/23).

WHO Calls For Action To Improve Suicide Prevention Efforts Worldwide

News outlets report on the WHO’s first-ever report (.pdf) on suicide, released on Thursday. Agence France-Presse: One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: WHO “One person commits suicide every 40 seconds — more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disaster — with the highest toll among the…

HCWs Need Additional Information On How To Manage Stress During Ebola Response

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: For Health Workers on Ebola’s Front Lines, Stress Management is Crucial John Liebhardt, a digital librarian with the HRH Global Resource Center at IntraHealth International, says more information must be disseminated on how health care workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa can manage the stress…

USAID Psychosocial Counselors Support Grieving Communities Affected By Ebola

USAID’s “Impact”: On the Frontlines of the Ebola Response: an Inside Look at a Program to Help the Grieving USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) discusses the challenges that psychosocial counselors face when interacting with grieving communities affected by Ebola (8/18).

U.K. PM Cameron To Launch World’s Largest Dementia, Brain Disorders Study

Financial Times: David Cameron launches world’s biggest dementia study “The world’s biggest study of dementia will be unveiled by David Cameron on Thursday as part of a push worth more than £100 million [$136 million] to accelerate research into Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders…” (Ward, 6/18).

GlobalPost Examines Cambodia’s Mental Health Crisis

GlobalPost: Cambodia suffers from an appalling mental health crisis “…In 2012, in a first attempt to define the scope of Cambodia’s mental health crisis, the Royal University of Phnom Penh interviewed 2,600 people. More than 27 percent showed acute anxiety, and 16.7 percent suffered from depression. … [However,] mental health…

Treatment Of Malnutrition In Conflict, Disaster Situations Must Consider PTSD

The Guardian: Malnutrition in conflict: the psychological cause Stephanie Duvergé, Action Against Hunger psychologist in the Central African Republic (CAR) “Treating malnutrition in humanitarian crises, such as conflict and natural disaster, is far more complex than simply curing disease and providing children with therapeutic foods. Often, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]…