In a new series of articles published in The Lancet, researchers highlight the importance of mental health care of parents during pregnancy and after childbirth.
More than 10% of women in high-income countries experience prenatal and postnatal mental health disorders.
Louise Howard, professor of Women's Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London in the UK, and lead author of one of The Lancet papers, says: “For many parents, the arrival of a child is a challenging time. The stigma around [pre] and postnatal mental illnesses can prevent people from getting the help they need.” (Medical News Today)
• Free relationship counselling for parents to rescue marriages
New parents will be given relationship counselling by health visitors under government plans to instil “basic concepts such as love, compassion and trust” and prevent marriage breakdown, Iain Duncan Smith has said. (Telegraph.co.uk)
• Deciding whether to disclose mental disorders at work
While celebrities and others who have publicized their mental health problems have to some extent reduced the stigma, that is not true in the place people spend most of their waking hours — on the job.
“We’re seeing changes in the broader culture, but we’re not seeing it in the workplace,” said Mary Killeen, a senior research associate at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.
In one recent study of 600 people with disabilities, roughly half involving mental health, about a quarter of the respondents said they received negative responses to revealing their problems — such as not being promoted, being treated differently or being bullied. (The New York Times)
• Unabomber's brother makes plea for better mental health services
David Kaczynski told dozens of social workers, attorneys, law enforcement agents and others at the Collin County Mental Health Symposium on Thursday how he turned in the “Unabomber,” his own brother. Making sure mentally ill people get treatment is important because their problems are not just a public health issue but also a public safety issue, Kaczynski told attendees.
“What makes me sad is that my brother’s case adds to the stigma,” he said. (Dallas Morning News)
• Counseling proves most effective in meaningful weight loss
In a meta-analysis, patients who received counseling achieved a maximum weight loss of about 14lbs compared with a top weight loss of about 4lbs for those who did not participate in these programs. (Diabetes In Control)
• Bad news about sitting: It may harm workers' mental health
New research demonstrates that sitting for longer than 6 hours a day at work not only carries a physical toll, but may also increase risks of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. (Association for Psychological Science)
• Opinion: Is therapy just a really expensive best friend?
Therapy. The most expensive best friend you can buy. I laughed because I've had my socks knocked off by how many people around me are dropping a couple of hundred dollars every week to have someone listen to their mundane problems . . . Look out, not in. (WA Today)