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…

Although 46% of Americans experience a mental illness or substance abuse disorder in their lifetime, strong public stigma around the 2 issues persists. This has made reforms to improve treatment, like those under the Affordable Care Act and the Wellstone-Domenici parity law…

For many outside Africa, the continent’s name may evoke poverty, conflict and disease. A 5-year-old viral Instagram account called Everyday Africa is challenging those notions with images of daily life in vibrant and culturally diverse African nations. Co-founder Austin…

Ghanaians with mental illness often are sent to prayer camps to heal because their families cannot afford clinical care. The camps have stayed open and unregulated despite years of criticism for their inhumane methods, such as restraining and caging patients.   Ghana’s…

Mass fainting among female factory workers in Cambodia has led officials to blame exhaustion, malnutrition and unhealthy working conditions. However, a new study published in Transcultural Psychiatry finds that the fainting is a symptom of psychological trauma, a legacy of…