Raw fruit and vegetable intake good for mental health, says study

Raw fruit and vegetable intake good for mental health, says study

A healthy and nutritious diet, including raw fruits and vegetables, is known to prevent various physical ailments, but one may wonder whether it can also benefit one’s mental health. Now, a recent research by the Department of Psychology in University of Otago, New Zealand, puts all such doubts to rest and says that consuming raw fruits and vegetables can help improve one’s mental health and provide relief from the symptoms of an existing mental illness. Continue reading

Driver with history of mental illness kills 10 in Canada

Driver with history of mental illness kills 10 in Canada

The gruesome killing of 10 innocent people in broad daylight has sent the Toronto city in a state of shock and grief. Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old student at Toronto’s Seneca College, killed 10 people and injured 15 others after driving his rental van into a crowd of pedestrians at Yonge Street, north of downtown Toronto, on April 23, 2018. Out of those injured, four are reported to be critical. Though the motive of the incident remains unknown, Minassian has been identified as someone with a history of mental illness. The police is investigating the matter further. Continue reading

Suspect involved in Tennessee Waffle House shootout has mental health issues

Suspect involved in Tennessee Waffle House shootout has mental health issues

A barely clothed man, wearing nothing but a green jacket, approached Waffle House restaurant in Antioch on Sunday and used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle to kill two people outside the restaurant. He then went inside the building and continued firing, killing two more and injuring few others till a patron, James Shaw Jr., was able to wrestle the weapon away from the gunman. Continue reading

Losing a loved one during pregnancy may affect child’s mental health, finds study

Losing a loved one during pregnancy may affect child’s mental health, finds study

The grief related to the death of a loved one often remains at the back of one’s mind for a long time, and it can go on to affect one’s mental health. But for expectant mothers, the high stress level due to the death of a close relative may have an effect on the next generation, according to researchers from the Stanford University who tried to examine the impact of the loss on the mental health of a child in later stages of life. Continue reading

Anti-epileptic drugs taken by expecting mothers may affect babies’ cognitive health, finds study

Anti-epileptic drugs taken by expecting mothers may affect babies’ cognitive health, finds study

The medications an expectant mother takes during her gestation can have a prolonged effect on the emotional well-being of the child. Now, a study has found that children born to mothers treated with anti-epileptic drugs during that phase score poorly in subjects like math, science and language in elementary school. Published recently in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, the research corroborates earlier studies conducted to test the impact of sodium valproate in children exposed to its medicinal effects prior to birth. Continue reading

Kentucky to introduce bill to hire more mental health professionals in schools

Kentucky to introduce bill to hire more mental health professionals in schools

The deadly school shooting in Marshall County that killed two students and wounded more than a dozen on Jan. 23, 2018, prompted Kentucky lawmakers to propose a new bill with an eye on providing mental health services to students in Frankfort. Under House Bill 604, schools will have to recruit more mental health professionals to provide better mental health services to the students. Already cleared by the House Budget Committee, early in the week, the bill will now be presented in the House floor for debate. Continue reading

Mental health patients sent to far-off treatment facilities less likely to recover

Mental health patients sent to far-off treatment facilities less likely to recover

A high number of mental health patients in England are treated at medical facilities located at a great distance from their homes. And the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed concern over this rising trend, saying that sending these individuals to such far-off facilities decreases their chance of recovery by limiting their contact with their family and friends. This in turn leaves them in isolation and ends their contact with the local services. Continue reading

America’s mental health system needs overhauling

America’s mental health system needs overhauling

Mental disorders have become a bigger health concern than expected. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in six adults in the United States live with a mental illness. The rate of the availability of inpatient psychiatric-treatment beds in the U.S. fell by about 97 percent during 1955-2016. Further, there has been a 77.4 percent reduction in the number of beds for both inpatient and 24-hour residential treatment from 1970 to 2014. While the numbers are concerning, they also expose the need for more and better mental health facilities. Continue reading

New online initiative may help first responders overcome PTSD

New online initiative may help first responders overcome PTSD

A former firefighter is working on an effective therapeutic approach to help first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mike Clelland, who had suffered from PTSD, is collaborating with a team of local researchers to initiate an online program, E-Home Heroes. The program has a mechanism that allows the users to send immediate text during a crisis. Continue reading

Iowa lawmakers propose bill to improve access to mental health treatment

Iowa lawmakers propose bill to improve access to mental health treatment

Iowa lawmakers have come up with a new legislation intended to expand people’s access to mental health services in the state. The bill proposes to establish six new access centers, allowing “24/7, no eject, no reject secure facilities” for people battling mental health problems. The six centers would be built in a way that every Iowan can access the facility within 90 minutes. Continue reading