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December 10, 2014
Medical News Today
Could laughing gas be used to treat severe depression?
Washington University School of Medicine reported the findings of a small study into the effects of laughing gas on severe, treatment-resistant depression in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Two-thirds of patients reported improved symptoms after treatment with laughing gas in a survey that examined items like sadness, feelings of guilt, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and insomnia. more...
November 18, 2014
Psychologists say police not being monitored for work-related mental health issues
Police who can no longer cope with trauma and stress should have access to high status desk jobs to combat mental illness and prevent suicides, psychologists say. more...
December 15, 2014
NSW Mental Health Commission: major strategic plan for mental health released
Fay Jackson, Deputy Commissioner of NSW MHC, Premier Mike Baird, Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell, and Health Minister Jillian Skinner today launched a radical, all-of-government approach. $115 million extra funding over the next three years, will target early intervention for children and families, but also aim to get people with chronic mental illnesses back into the community. more...
Dec. 11, 2014
Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings
In the article, “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms,” Vanderbilt Uni researchers, Metzl and MacLeish analyzed the past 40 yrs data. Less than 5% were perpetrated by people diagnosed with MI. Those with MI were 60-120% more likely than the average person to be victims of violent crime. more...
December 12, 2014
How to promote better mental health at your workplace...by a lawyer who picks up the pieces
... most people who came to see me for legal advice about problems they were dealing with at work were suffering some degree of trauma. Or anxiety. Or depression. Sometimes worse. more...