Many Bhutanese refugees in the US suffer from a mysterious mental health disorder. More than 100 older Bhutanese refugees in the Pittsburgh area are afflicted with the form of depression that falls outside typical diagnoses—and typical treatments don’t work. Psychologist…

A culture of silence enveloping mental health and physicians discourages many from seeking care, even though the high-stakes field often leads to burnout and depression. An estimated 400 physicians take their lives every year in the US alone. To break the silence, several…

A movement to tackle the persistent stigma that follows people suffering from mental illness is gaining traction, driven by sufferers themselves “coming out.” They’re casting off pseudonyms on blog posts, and tagging Tweets with hashtags like #imnotashamed and #sicknotweak…

A Lancet global mental health analysis—part of a series—reports that training of traditional healers and health system changes are critical to address China and India’s growing burden of untreated mental disorders.

People with treatment-resistant depression might find relief from psilocybin, a hallucinogenic chemical in mushrooms, according to a small study by researchers at Imperial College London and published in Lancet Psychiatry. Data from a 3-month follow-up of patients have…

Desperate and hopeless after 2 years of drought, Indian farmers are facing decimated crops and deep debt. The devastation has contributed to an epidemic of suicides among farmers who see no way out of the crisis. In the western state of Maharashtra, 3,228 farmers killed…

Societal pressure pushes people to stay up late and appears to curtail sleep more than wake times, a new study shows. A team of University of Michigan researchers used data on sleep patterns collected from an app to quantify, globally, how age, sunrise, and sunset affect…

It isn’t the dark, nor the cold, driving a rash of suicides in the Arctic, explains reporter Rebecca Hersher … because spring, just when things begin to thaw and brighten, is actually the “suicide season.” In a Q&A following Hersher’s recent piece, she describes the…

What if honing a sense of resilience and optimism, and having a purposeful life are as important to public health as preventing heart disease and Alzheimer's? With a $21 million initial investment in a new Center for Health and Happiness, Harvard University intends to…

As unprecedented numbers of refugees continue to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, a small cadre of mental health providers is struggling to help traumatized migrants. With scarce time and resources, NGO-based therapists are often limited to helping refugees manage…