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Quit playing games with my… head? Online therapeutic games for LGBTQ+ youth #MindTech2019

Will Koehler writes his debut Mental Elf blog on an exploratory study about how LGBT youth use the internet in relation to their mental health.

Follow #MindTech2019 on Twitter today to hear more from the lead author Mathijs Lucassen about this and other recent digital mental health research.

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5 December 2019, 6:00 am

What are the sticking points? NASSS framework for technology adoption in healthcare #MindTech2019

Imogen Bell summarises Trish Greenhalgh’s paper on her recent NASSS framework (Nonadoption, Abandonment, Scale-up, Spread, and Sustainability), which is aimed at improving the success of digital health interventions in healthcare.

Follow #MindTech2019 on Thursday 5th December on Twitter for more on this and other digital mental health related discussions.

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4 December 2019, 6:00 am

“Mens sana in corpore sano”: outdoor activities can shape the body and mind

Francesca Bentivegna and Dafni Katsampa summarise a recent mixed methods study, which looks at the mental health benefits of purposeful activities in public green spaces in urban and semi-urban neighbourhoods.

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28 November 2019, 6:00 am

Involuntary admission for psychiatric care: a review of clinical and social risk factors

Alice Wickersham summarises a new systematic review and meta-analysis on the clinical and social risk factors for involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation, which has been published today in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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22 November 2019, 6:00 am

Social prescribing: we’re doing it more and more, but is there evidence that it works?

Stella Tsoli and Dafni Katsampa summarise a recent systematic review on the impact of social prescribing on service users, which suggests that social prescribing leads to improvements in health and wellbeing, health-related behaviours, self-concepts, feelings, social contacts and day-to-day functioning.

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21 November 2019, 6:00 am

Too much TV is associated with decline in verbal memory

Sarah Gregory summarises findings from a large dataset analysis which explores the relationship between watching television and later cognitive decline.

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20 November 2019, 6:00 am

The Trial: pharmacotherapy versus psychotherapy for schizophrenia – how do trials compare?

Keith Laws looks at a systematic review of patient and study characteristics, which asks: are randomised controlled trials on pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for positive symptoms of schizophrenia comparable?

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19 November 2019, 6:00 am

Poor insight in psychosis predicts higher mental healthcare service use

In Joseph Lam’s debut blog he explores a recent research paper which uses an electronic dataset to investigate the relationship between insight and service use in first episode psychosis.

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18 November 2019, 6:00 am

Long-term outcomes of childhood sexual abuse #ISTSS2019

Raphael Underwood summarises a recent umbrella review (a synthesis of meta-analyses), which aimed to evaluate the current literature regarding childhood sexual abuse and long-term outcomes (psychosocial outcomes, psychiatric diagnoses and physical health outcomes).

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15 November 2019, 6:00 am

PTSD: the current picture #ISTSS2019

Jon Bisson summarises an expert review written by Richard Bryant on post-traumatic stress disorder, which covers the current definitions of PTSD, its known prevalence and risk factors, the main models to explain the disorder, and evidence-supported treatments.

Readers who want to know more should follow the live coverage of the 35th annual International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference, taking place in Boston this week. The Twitter hashtag is #ISTSS2019.

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13 November 2019, 6:00 am