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Are we forgetting about other mental health illnesses?

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The current political climate means that mental health awareness is at the forefront more than ever. Mental Health Awareness week often sees posts such as “It’s ok not to be ok” and “Remember – you are loved” in their droves across social media platforms. Whilst this increased awareness is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, acceptance and understanding appears to be weighted heavily towards awareness and acceptance of “common”… Read More »Are we forgetting about other mental health illnesses?

University

Universities should provide Mental Health “clarity” to parents of students

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Universities are being urges to provide a much clearer process on whether parents will be contacted if their students face a mental health crisis. Following concerns over a recent spike in suicides by students at university, some universities are asking students whether they would like to opt-in to having their parents contacted in the event of an emergency. The University of Bristol has recently introduced an “opt-in” system, which allows… Read More »Universities should provide Mental Health “clarity” to parents of students

Running

Study shows different types of exercise affect the brain in different ways

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A new study has shown for the first time that low intensity and high intensity exercises impact the brain differently. Twenty-five male athletes underwent incremental treadmill tests for 30 minutes of both low and high intensity on separate days. Before and after exercising, researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (Rs-FMRI) to examine the connectivity of different brain regions, and the athletes also completed a self-reported questionnaire to measure positive and negative mood. … Read More »Study shows different types of exercise affect the brain in different ways

Stormont

Crowds gather at Stormont (Northern Ireland Parliament) to call for better Mental Health services

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Over 200 people gathered at Stormont in Northern Ireland over the weekend to petition for better mental health services in the nation. There is currently a severe mental health crisis in Northern Ireland, with over 300 people taking their life in 2013 – up from 73 in 1970. In January, young people gathered at a rally in Belfast City Centre to call for better support for young people suffering with… Read More »Crowds gather at Stormont (Northern Ireland Parliament) to call for better Mental Health services