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UKCP daily news digest: Channel 4 asks is there enough mental health support for black men?

Publication date: April 4, 2018 Author: By Gem Sofianos

Good Morning – its Gem Sofianos with today’s mental health stories you shouldn’t miss.

Top Story: Is there enough mental health support for black men?

According to research black adult men are 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder and black people are 4 times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

In the first of a series of films Channel 4 explores why black men are more likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, and if there is enough support available for them before they reach the point of crisis.

In the film UKCP psychotherapist Baffour Ababio, who is part of the NAFSIYAT Intercultural Therapy Centre, talks about the wider problems and the ‘extreme’ treatment black men receive once they enter psychiatric services. Watch it here.


Warning on the impact of overworking on academic mental health

Two new ‘worrying’ studies have led to fresh calls to tackle the ‘crisis’ of overwork and poor mental health in academia, according to the Times Higher Education.

US academics conduced a global survey which found ‘that postgraduate students were more than six times more likely to experience depression or anxiety compared with the general population, with female researchers being worst affected’.

Whilst a study of more than 5,500 staff in Norwegian universities found that ‘academics reported higher levels of workaholism than their administrative colleagues’ and are ‘most prone to workaholism in society as a whole’. The study also found that this was more likely to impact on the lives of  young and female academics.


Greener neighbourhoods can help prevent mental health problems

Greener neighbourhoods can have a ‘protective effect’ on depression, a new study has found.

The study published in The Lancet Planetary Health, found that women, people under the age of 60 and those living in poorer areas are more likely to benefit from green environments such as parks and other green local areas.

‘The results point to the benefits of well designed green environments on mental health,’ the authors of the report said.


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