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  • World Health Organization announces launch of new global database of mental health resources
  • Survey of drug use by high schoolers shows surprising results
  • A blood test that predicts suicide?
  • Australian Psychological Society: Workplace stress increasing depression
  • Drug abuse among medical residents on the rise
  • 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health condition each year
  • Therapists in high demand during holiday season
  • Dementia will affect 135 million worldwide by 2050, report warns
  • Study: Women employees suffer more in workplaces with gender inequality
  • Teen suicide: Prevention is contagious, too
  • An HR professional's personal insight into substance abuse at work
  • Mental health care inspires action after Newtown

  • World Health Organization announces launch of new global database of mental health resources
    World Health Organization
    The World Health Organization has announced the launch of MINDbank, a vast database of resources covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights, & development in 160 different countries. Resources include national mental health policies, strategies and laws, health and mental health service standards, key World Health Organization and United Nations reports and much more. MiNDbank is the only single point globally to access all comprehensive information related to mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development.
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    Survey of drug use by high schoolers shows surprising results
    National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc.
    After alcohol and marijuana, what mood-altering substance is the next most popular among U.S. high school students? You might reasonably suspect prescription pain relievers or prescription stimulants. But in a 2012 survey of drug use in the past year by ninth- to 12th-graders, synthetic marijuana took third place. "Synthetic marijuana" refers to a group of products that consist of dried herbs or other plant material that has been sprayed or soaked with chemicals. The structures of the chemicals mimic those of the psychoactive substances in marijuana (cannabinoids). They come from a laboratory rather than a natural source, so they are classified as designer drugs. Synthetic cannabinoids are frequently more powerful than natural ones, with a wider range of physical and mental effects — some of which can be deadly.
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    A blood test that predicts suicide?
    By Dorothy L. Tengler
    Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death for Americans. In 2010, someone in the United States died by suicide every 13.7 minutes. Alexander Niculescu, a psychiatrist at Indiana University in Indianapolis, has been looking for biological signs of suicide risk in an effort to prevent these tragedies. Because of the brain's complexity and inaccessibility, he has focused on molecular signs, such as biomarkers. Niculescu and colleagues recently identified six such biomarkers in the blood that may identify people at risk of committing suicide.
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    Australian Psychological Society: Workplace stress increasing depression
    The Sydney Morning Herald
    One in seven Australians admits to experiencing severe to extremely severe depressive symptoms with almost half citing job-related issues as a source of the stress, according to the Australian Psychological Society.
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    Drug abuse among medical residents on the rise
    Medical Daily
    A research team led by Dr. David O. Warner from the Mayo Clinic found that anesthesiology residents were at risk of developing a substance use disorder due to the accessibility of potent drugs such as opioids administered intravenously. "To our knowledge, this report provides the first comprehensive description of the epidemiology and outcomes of SUD for any in-training physician specialty group, showing that the incidence of SUD has increased over the study period and that relapse rates are not improving," the authors stated.
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    1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health condition each year
    Benefits Canada
    Statistics reported by The Conference Board of Canada are staggering: 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health condition every year, and brain illnesses such as depression and anxiety are top drivers for both short-term disability and long-term disability. The six most common mental health conditions afflicting the working-age populations cost the economy about $20.7 billion in lost labor in 2012.
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    Therapists in high demand during holiday season
    MarketWatch
    While there's no national data on the phenomenon, many therapists say the holidays are by far their busiest time of year — a pattern that's even more pronounced of late. Some of this, of course, is because the season simply stresses people out. The weather is another big factor. Some 5% to 8% of the population has Winter Seasonal Affective Disorder.
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    Dementia will affect 135 million worldwide by 2050, report warns
    Reuters via CBS News
    Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said recently. Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer's Disease International showed a 17 percent increase in the number of people with the incurable mind-robbing condition compared with 2010, and warned that by 2050 more than 70 percent of dementia sufferers will be living in poorer countries.
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    Study: Women employees suffer more in workplaces with gender inequality
    By Tim Stroud
    According to a recent study, female employees have a higher incidence of psychological distress than their male colleagues in workplaces where there are more men than women. The study monitored the psychological distress and well-being levels of 715 workers, taking into account the gender ratios within each specific workplace. The research begs the question: Would workplaces with a higher level of gender inequality benefit from an employee assistance program/plan?
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    Teen suicide: Prevention is contagious, too
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Teen suicide in the U.S. continues at high rates, but the stories of lives saved often don't make headlines — and prevention experts are encouraged about progress in that direction. Between 1950 and 1990, the teen suicide rate in the United States nearly quadrupled. It declined somewhat through the early 2000s, but it has since plateaued and remains about triple the rate of 1950.
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    An HR professional's personal insight into substance abuse at work
    The CIPD
    The anonymous author writes, "As a former HR director with large global companies, I've had a lot of experience dealing with employees affected by substance misuse. It's more relevant for me because I was a high functioning alcoholic for many years, at times drinking over a bottle of spirits a day. As a result, I had serious health problems and was hospitalised on several occasions because of it. So I understand the difficulties that employees face."
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    Mental health care inspires action after Newtown
    msnbc
    There was a flurry of activity on mental health recently as officials tried to make good on their promise to act after the Newtown school massacre. Vice President Joe Biden announced that the White House would devote $100 million to increasing access to mental health services, funding community health centers and services in rural areas. Rep. Tim Murphy, a Pennsylvania Republican, unveiled a bill that would increase outpatient care, rural access and funding for mental health research, among other proposals.
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