In a fresh push to end FGM by 2030, WHO launched a new tool today that calculates the cost of the practice, marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN News reports.  

Researchers have published the first genomic study of schizophrenia in an African population, helping create a fuller picture of the disease’s impact. The the study found several gene-damaging mutations are more common in people with the condition.   The findings match up…

Ghana has one of the most exemplary universal health care insurance systems in Africa—yet mental health care has languished amid stubborn stigma.   The WHO estimates that just 2% of the 2.75 million Ghanaians in need receive mental health care at medical facilities.   To…

Overwhelming stress. Discrimination. Bullying and harassment.  

The shuttering of many US psychiatric hospitals has coincided with a surge in mentally ill detainees in correctional facilities, making them a key market for psychiatric drugs.   Drug companies have wooed correctional officials with free lunches and flooded facilities with…

A Los Angeles Times investigation into California’s psychiatric facilities revealed 100+ preventable deaths in the past decade and a mental health system fraught with opaque record-keeping, breakdowns in care, and families kept in the dark.     No single agency tracks…

Ketamine has already been deployed to fight depression—now scientists have made a case for it as a treatment for excessive drinking, which is tough to treat with current methods.  Study participants given just one dose of Special K, which can cause hallucinations,…

Sierra Leone’s history of civil war and Ebola has contributed to widespread mental health problems. 10% of the country’s population experiences them. With just 2 practicing psychiatrists in the country, 99% go untreated. International NGOs haven’t provided sustainable…

California’s Kern County sheriff’s office has the state’s highest inmate suicide rate.  To combat this, officers routinely lock inmates in suicide watch isolation. Here, they could spend hours or days in tiny booths without toilets, fountains, or a mattress. They’re given…

Liberians are demanding better mental health services a decade after devastating civil wars—and later Ebola—created an extraordinary need for services. Benjamin Harris, one of the only psychiatrists in Liberia, found that 70% of students he interviewed had witnessed people…