A suicide attempt caught on video in Uganda’s capital has ignited conversation about barriers to mental health treatment. A country of over 37 million people, Uganda has only 32 licensed psychiatrists and just 1 national mental health hospital. This insufficient capacity—…

An event at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will explore the many dimensions to eating disorders, including their biological roots, risk factors, treatment options and legislation. Panelists include S. Bryn Austin, a professor at the Chan School and Alison…

A week after Hillary Clinton announced her mental health care plan, Clinton adviser and Indiana University sociologist Bernice Pescosolido spoke to Pacific Standard about the proposal and Americans’ attitudes toward mental health issues. Pescosolido touts the proposal’s…

There are a lot of open questions about how and why humans get prion diseases where misfolded proteins leave the brain riddled with holes, like a sponge. Historically, researchers studying a tribe in the highlands of Papua New Guinea attributed a strange wasting disease…

India faces fast-rising suicide rates are among the world’s highest. The Numbers (from the Global Burden of Disease study):

Meager efforts by the global health community to address mental health in developing countries continues to be a huge failure, with up to 90% of people in some developing countries lacking access to the most basic mental health care.

Our noses and eyes may reveal early signs of the most common type of dementia afflicting over 5 million Americans, according to research presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016. 4 new studies represent "a positive step forward to…

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…