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…

Citing deplorable or non-existent mental health care in much of the world, the World Bank and WHO are launching a campaign, including hundreds of doctors, aid groups and government officials, to prioritize mental health on the global health agenda.

Traditional schizophrenia treatment regimens help with symptoms like delusions, paranoia and auditory hallucinations, but don’t address social anxiety, blunted emotion and lack of motivation. Therapy often isn’t frequent enough to keep patients on track. The dilemma…

Despite overwhelming evidence that mental illness poses an enormous disease burden, mental disorders and addiction are treated very differently than other health problems. A World Bank Group and WHO event aims to address the disparities and make mental health a central…

Thousands of Cambodian refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge genocide ended up in Lowell, Massachusetts needing care for a range of issues—but found western health care intimidating. Instead of expecting traumatized patients to adapt to the sterile exam rooms that reminded them…

As awareness grows about the importance of emotional wellbeing, the power of mindfulness to build resilience is handing public health a powerful tool to help people thrive despite adversity, explains Christina Bethell, a Population, Family and Reproductive Health professor…

A map by MetricMap drives it home: America’s prisons have replaced its public mental health system. A rise in mass incarceration in the 1970s coincided with the collapse of mental health facilities, a time when many psychiatric facilities were defunded because of abuse and…

A sleep deprivation study didn’t just confirm what we know—lack of sleep is bad—it showed that 6 hours of sleep a night, over time, is far too little. In a study published this month in the journal Sleep, subjects were deprived (or not deprived) of sleep to varying degrees…

It’s long been recognized that people with severe mental illnesses have a greater risk of premature death than those without. It’s also known the culprit is often a treatable chronic disease. A lack of regular medical care is frequently the reason. And when they do get…

As scientists amass evidence that social isolation changes the human genome in profound, long-lasting ways, loneliness is increasingly seen as a serious public health hazard. Damage caused by genetic changes from loneliness appears comparable to the injuries to health from…