GEORGETOWN, GUYANA—At 10 a.m. on June 22, 2017, the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric Ward was bustling. Inside, people waited on wooden benches lined up like church pews, fanning themselves from the heavy air and stifling violent, gurgling coughs. Every now and then,…

Excessive screen time is linked to shocking spikes in depression and suicide in teen girls—but limiting it to 2 hours a day poses no mental health risks, according to an analysis combining US CDC data and 2 surveys of American teens’ thoughts.

Of the 52,000 displaced Malians residing in Mbera Refugee Camp in neighboring Mauritania, only about 200 have received treatment for mental illness from the 1 on-site psychologist.   The serious mental health care gap for refugees is mainly due to lack of funding and…

The hundreds of shoes stretched out across New Zealand signify lives lost to suicide in the country, which carries the developed world’s highest suicide rates, according to reports by the BBC and The Guardian.  

Rural men are killing themselves at a greater rate than urban men, and new research in the American Journal of Public Health suggests why: greater access to guns.

What are the limits on human compassion?That’s a question that Paul Slovic, a psychologist at the University of Oregon, has studied for years. And the answer is partly why human catastrophes—like the fact that 65.3 million people have been displaced from their homes…

All suicides are preventable: That is the bedrock belief of Zero Suicide, an approach that began as an attempt to reduce suicides in mental health systems in Detroit. Its practices center on making care accessible and restricting access to means of suicide.Now some large…

Last year, an outbreak of Candida auris—a fungus first detected in 2009—forced the closure of a British hospital’s ICU after repeated efforts to “deep clean” the department and eradicate the fungus failed.  

Breathing disorders that disrupt sleep may contribute to developing Alzheimer’s, according to new studies. Presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London on Tuesday, 3 studies from Wheaton College researchers found connections between disorders…

Zimbabwe’s Friendship Bench Project offers an example for filling the gap in mental health care in the US: peer counseling.   In Harare and other cities, “community grandmothers”—lay health workers trained in problem-solving therapy—meet with people on wooden park benches…