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Picture Mental Health and Resilience @MHChat: Friday 15 May 2015 Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) @MHChat

Picture Mental Health and Resilience @MHChat  Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week all day Friday 15 May 2015 @MHChat + Wednesday (13 May 2015) at 8:00 PM British Summer Time / 3:00 PM Eastern Time Click…

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Election Special: 2015 Manifestos and Mental Health, the Parties Compared.

As the main parties publish their promises about how they would govern if handed power next month, mental health has emerged as a bigger talking point than in any previous election….

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Are Some People More Mindful Than Others?

I once had a psychologist colleague who was extremely interested in the practice of Mindfulness. He bought all the books, deployed it in his clinical work and developed his own disciplined…

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Psychiatry is More Complex than Either its Proponents or its Critics Seem Able to Admit

Jeffrey Lieberman is angry with the New York Times. The eminent psychiatrist (until recently president of American psychiatry’s professional body the APA) last week fired off an astonishing broadside against…

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Sir Robert Francis Review Report – An opinion piece by Dr. Kim Holt at Patients First

When Jeremy Hunt announced in June 2014, that there would be an independent review into whistleblowing , I felt down beat about it. Others were more positive, but my instinct…

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What’s Trending? #Happiness

12 Habits of Happy People 10 Steps to Finding Happiness 8 Foods That Boost Your Happiness Unlocking The Mysteries of Happiness 5 Secrets to Find Happiness 13 Things Destroying Your…

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Hearing Voices: A Special Twitter Chat @MHChat

    What do we know about hearing voices?’ – A Special  Twitter Chat @MHChat with Durham University’s @hearingvoice Public perception is that hearing voices when no one is speaking…

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Reading Oliver James on CBT

The Daily Mail has run an interview with Oliver James, a media psychologist who recently made an appearance at a conference organised to challenge the dominance of CBT. In the Mail…

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Picture Mental Health & Ill Health: Celebrating the World Mental Health Day @MHChat

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, @MHChat together with Wellcome Trust (@wellcometrust) and Mosaic Science (@mosaicscience) invite you to Picture Mental Health and Illness Health and to challenge Stigma. Just snap a photo and share, or share…

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Exploring “Normality” & Stigma in a Diverse World – A special Chat @MHChat with Wellcome Trust & Mosaic Science

Because of the stigma associated with mental health, people with symptoms of mental ill health are often reluctant to seek help, as they are afraid of being labelled as “mental…

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Does Mental Illness Exist?

The question that makes up the title of this post is one of the most controversial in the field of mental health. It has been in the air again recently…

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Exploring the experiences of Mental Health and Illness

There is abundant evidence that stigma of mental ill health is a primary barrier to seeking and receiving adequate care and to achieving better life opportunities for individuals living with…

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Debating Diagnosis and DSM-5

The new ‘psychiatry bible’ DSM-5 has come under a lot of fire since it’s recent launch. One vociferous critic is Duke University’s Professor Allen Frances, himself a renowned psychiatrist who helped…

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The Clinician’s Illusion: A Powerful Source of Bias Three Decades On.

30 years ago, two statistically minded psychologists published a brief but elegant paper describing a phenomenon they called “the clinician’s illusion”. Patricia and Jacob Cohen were a highly distinguished academic…

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Twitter, Empathy, Relationship and Correlates

Social media and Twitter are increasingly used for personal and professional purposes. However, it is not clear whether and how social media may affect mentalisation, relationships, and empathy. Therefore, given…

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Creativity and Mental Health

Below are the details of the next Twitter chat @MHChat.

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Dealing with Stress & Burnout? – By Claudia Megele

What is Burnout? Burnout is a ‘psychological syndrome in response to chronic interpersonal stressors on the job’ (Maslach, Schaufeli, & Leiter, 2001). Therefore, to avoid burnout it is important to…