mental health

New Study Assesses Mental Health of Medical Students

In this study conducted by Rael D. Strous of the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center at Tel Aviv University in Israel, the mental health of medical students was assessed using self-reports.

Strous asked 110 first-year and fifth-year medical students to write a one-page synopsis of their own mental state. He encouraged them to base their diagnoses on the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, and evaluated the responses for similarities and trends.

How to…promote mental wellbeing

This resource has been designed for people and agencies wanting to actively promote and improve the mental wellbeing of their community.

This project has been led by the Public Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) of the UK Public Health Association (UKPHA) with part-funding from the Department of Health.

It is not intended to be a comprehensive mental wellbeing resource, which would need to encompass population level and socio-economic policy, instead it focuses on community level activity.

Commissioning for wellbeing and population mental health

A leadership briefing for the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector from the National Mental Health Development Unit.

Using a public health approach that identifies root causes of poor mental health, this brief aims to provide cost-effective evidence based interventions and approaches to promote wellbeing.

Improving the experience of care for people using adult NHS mental health services

NICE have published clinical guidance offering evidence-based advice on ensuring a good experience of care for people who use adult NHS mental health services.

A quality standard has also been published, describing high-quality care for adults using mental health services in the NHS in England.

The arts, identity and belonging: A longitudinal study

Arts & Health, Society for the Arts in Healthcare

The aim of the research was to elicit and understand how people told their stories of their involvement with a community arts programme promoting mental health. Using a narrative approach, the research included interviews with 11 participants who were interviewed up to three times over a one-year period. The data were subject to a narrative analysis, incorporating thematic, event and relational analysis. Partial individual narratives from four participants are presented. Findings reveal that the project facilitated new personal, social and occupational opportunities for participants.

Arts, mental health and social inclusion

Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (CAHHM), University of Durham

This article considers how an evidence base may be found for the effectiveness of using arts in mental health care services. It looks at what arts in health work brings to the promotion of social inclusion and summarises current issues in the field. It calls for arts in health workers to share their practice and undertake research as a preliminary to evaluation. It outlines the contextual factors that appear to have a bearing on the successful development of arts in mental health services.

Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Arts: developing the evidence base.

Anglia Ruskin University, University of Central Lancashire

This report draws together the research carried out for the study Mental health, social inclusion and arts: developing the evidence base. The study was commissioned by the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Health following publication of the report Mental Health and Social Exclusion by the Social Exclusion Unit. The aims of the study were to identify appropriate indicators and measures of mental health and social inclusion outcomes, and to develop and implement an evaluation framework based on those indicators and measures.

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