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…

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…