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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]…

Syria Faces Mental Health Crisis Amid War

Foreign Policy: A Tidal Wave of Trauma Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “…The World Health Organization estimates that three to four percent of people affected by an emergency (like the war in Syria) will develop severe mental health disorders, such as psychosis or severe depression. ……

Move Mental Health Up On Global Health, Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Global Health Must Include Mental Health Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free The Children “…Mental health challenges are a significant barrier to economic and social development around the world. Resources and expertise are extremely limited, creating a huge gap between the need and the ability to treat.…

Blog Examines Public Health Impacts Of Mental Health Disorders In Africa

Global Health Africa: Responding to the Needs of the Vulnerable: The State of Mental Health Care in Africa Diana Kingsbury, an instructor at Kent State University and a blog contributor, discusses the impacts of mental health and substance use disorders on public health systems in Africa (5/18).