From The Guardian: Violent video games, the sharing of indecent images on mobile phones, and other types of digital communications, are harming young people’s mental health, MPs warned on Wednesday, amid evidence of big increases in self-harm and serious psychological problems among the under-18s. Cyberbullying and websites advocating anorexia and self-harm are also posing a danger to the mental wellbeing of children and young people, the Commons health select committee says in its report.
• Men react worse than women to a cancer diagnosis
From The Times: Men react worse than women when they are told that they have cancer, but with counselling they recover faster than women emotionally, according to research by the charity Tenovus.
Claudia McVie, Chief Executive of Tenovus, said: “It’s understandable that many men try to maintain a stiff upper lip when they’re affected by cancer, but our research shows that talking problems through with a trained professional can make an enormous difference to their quality of life. There’s no shame in accepting a helping hand to make life a bit easier.”
• Mental health services for Aboriginal Australians inadequate, inappropriate
From ABC Australia: Mental health services for Aboriginal Australians are "both inadequate and inappropriate", and immediate changes are needed to address growing rates of suicide, depression and other mental health issues among Indigenous youth, a new report says.
• Troubled kids in Chile
From Fox News Latino: One in five children and teenagers in Chile shows signs of some mental health problem, a statistic that represents a risk to the country's development, according to the authors of a report released Monday.
“These are extremely critical figures,” public health expert Elisa Ansoleaga told Efe, referring to the findings of “Right to Mental Health: Forgotten Childhood.”
• Just in case you need an app to tell you how you feel
From IBNLive: A new smartphone app can analyse your speech and use it to gain information about your mental health, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Maryland in US showed that certain vocal features change as patients' feelings of depression worsen.