The Finnish miracle: how the country halved its suicide rate – and saved countless lives
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by Miranda Bryant
3m ago
It is now often known as the ‘world’s happiest country’, but Finland used to have one of the highest suicide rates in the world. From alcohol to antidepressants, here are the changes that made the difference “Now he’s died,” said his mother’s voice down the phone. Instantly, Jaakko Teittinen knew that what he had feared for years had happened: his older brother, Tuomas, had taken his own life. He was 33. In a state of shock, Jaakko left work to join his mother at Linnanmäki, a theme park in Helsinki, where she was spending the day with Tuomas’s two children, who lived in foster care and had no ..read more
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Peter McGuffin obituary
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by Michael Owen
5d ago
Researcher who established the value of genetics for understanding psychiatric conditions Peter McGuffin, who has died aged 74, showed the importance of trying to establish how genetic and non-genetic factors act together to predispose people to psychiatric disorders: so-called gene-environment interplay. He was also one of the first to see the potential of the DNA revolution for understanding psychiatric disorders, and his work laid the foundations for the application of genomics to psychiatry. It used to be assumed that depression could be divided into two forms: one the result of adverse ci ..read more
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How can I overcome the fear that my depression makes me a bad parent? | Ask Annalisa Barbieri
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by Annalisa Barbieri
1w ago
Like all mothers who worry about ‘passing something on’, your thoughtfulness and awareness will help make a difference • Every week Annalisa Barbieri addresses a family-related problem sent in by a reader I am in my 30s and married with two young children. Since adolescence I have had periods of depression and of feeling suicidal. Throughout these times I’ve remained relatively functional – studied, worked in a very stressful job, and looked after myself. However, I always have this sense of just not knowing how to be happy. I’ve been on antidepressants several times and I see a therapist ..read more
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Antidepressant use higher for women around breakups than men – study
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by Tobi Thomas
2w ago
Women may find it harder to adjust to relationship splits later in life, according to Danish study, with men more likely to re-partner Women are more likely to use antidepressants following the breakdown of a relationship compared with men later in life, researchers have found. The observational study, funded by the European Research Council and Academy of Finland, looked at 228,644 Finnish residents aged 50 to 70 between 1996 and 2018, who had all experienced a relationship breakup, divorce or bereavement between 2000 and 2014 ..read more
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‘The worst I’ve known it’: the struggle to get vital medicines in the UK
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by Rachel Hall
1M ago
Four people with conditions that require consistent medication explain how the shortages have affected their wellbeing NHS medicines shortage putting people at risk, pharmacists warn Analysis: why is UK being hit by medicine supply shortages? More people in the UK are struggling to access vital medicines than ever before, exacerbating conditions from epilepsy to the menopause. Here, four people share how the shortages have affected their health and wellbeing ..read more
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Absenteeism: children need support, not sanctions | Letter
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by Guardian Staff
1M ago
Children who are persistently absent from school need more understanding and help to return to the classroom, argues one reader As a teacher and lawyer who has represented children at special educational needs tribunals, but chiefly as a parent with children who have experienced mental health crises, it is hard not to feel disempowered by the lack of appropriate support given to children who are in crisis and therefore struggling to go to school (Government to fund school ‘attendance mentors’ in worst-hit areas of England, 5 January). In older children, poor attendance is often linked to depre ..read more
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‘She was sharp as a tack but daft as a brush’: friends and colleagues remember the genius of the Royle Family’s Caroline Aherne
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by Simon Hattenstone
2M ago
Shy, intelligent, prone to a drink and generous to a fault. The people closest to the star remember a comedy legend hounded by the press and wracked by depression Ricky Tomlinson will never forget the first time he met Caroline Aherne. “I was at the Royal Television Society awards with my wife, Rita. She asked me to get something from the buffet. I walked across to the table and bumped into a young girl standing in front of me. She turned around to look at me and went, ‘Oh, you’re my dad, aren’t you?’” Did she say anything else? “No. I went back to the table and said to Rita, ‘I think that poo ..read more
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A moment that changed me: I stopped speaking at 19 – and found my artistic voice
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by Henn Kim
2M ago
I was mute for two years because I couldn’t convey my emotions. It helped me discover a new way to express myself As a teenager living near Busan, South Korea, I felt that the everyday noises around me were like a battlefield. When I was 17, I started wearing headphones to escape. I was 19 when I decided to stop speaking. People never listened anyway ..read more
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Experts call for fewer antidepressants to be prescribed in UK
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by Tobi Thomas Health and inequalities correspondent
2M ago
Open letter to government from experts and politicians says rising usage ‘is a clear example of over-medicalisation’ Medical experts and politicians have called for the amount of antidepressants being prescribed to people across the UK to be reduced in an open letter to the government. The letter coincides with the launch of the all-party parliamentary group Beyond Pills, which aims to reduce what it calls the UK healthcare system’s over-reliance on prescription medication ..read more
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Time Still Turns the Pages review – sensitive account of the cycle of trauma
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by Phuong Le
3M ago
A depressed teacher recalls and investigates childhood abuses in this profound and perceptive drama from Hong Kong director Nick Cheuk Grappling with the still taboo issue of Hong Kongers’ mental health struggles, Nick Cheuk’s stirring drama contemplates a debilitating cycle of trauma. Startled by the discovery of a suicide note written by an anonymous student, high school teacher Mr Cheng (Lo Chun-yip) is taken back to a painful past marred by parental abuse and academic pressure. As Cheng flips through a diary penned by a young boy named Eli (Sean Wong Tsz-lok), the latter’s quiet sufferings ..read more
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