People in England’s poorest towns ‘lose over a decade of good health’, research finds

Cambridge researchers find major health inequalities – as well as a geographic divide – between the most and least deprived English towns. They say that life

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June 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Most young people with increased suicide risk only display ‘mild to moderate’ mental distress – study

Around 70% of young people who report self-harming or suicidal thoughts are within normal or non-clinical range of mental distress.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

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Opinion: Employers should cut hours not people during the pandemic

If the UK emulated short-time working programmes in countries like Germany it would help mitigate the mental health as well as economic crises caused by the coronavirus, argue researchers from the Employment Dosage project.    

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May 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Researchers to track impact of lockdown on alcohol, gambling and pornography use

Is the lockdown leading us to drink more alcohol or spend more time gambling online or watching pornography? Researchers today launch a survey aimed at tracking how our habits have changed in response to our forced isolation.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 12, 2020 ~2 min

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Almost a quarter of adults living under lockdown in the UK have experienced loneliness

One in four adults (24 per cent) in the UK have felt lonely because of coronavirus, according to a longitudinal study that is tracking mental health across the pandemic.

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April 22, 2020 ~4 min

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Opinion: Five ways to beat anxiety and take back control of your life during the COVID-19 pandemic – based on science

Anxiety is tough to deal with at the best of time. It’s even tougher when we’re in the midst of a pandemic that is causing chaos around the globe. Dr Olivia Remes shares her top tips on looking after your mental health during this difficult period.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence to prepare teenagers for adult life

New brain networks come ‘online’ during adolescence, allowing teenagers to develop more complex adult social skills, but potentially putting them at increased risk of mental illness, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Women in STEM: Anna Chaplin

Anna Chaplin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychiatry who studies the association between depression and cardiovascular health in young people. Here, she tells us about teaching herself to code, her department’s support of students, and putting your mental health first. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 9, 2020 ~2 min

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Study identifies brain networks that play crucial role in suicide risk

An international team of researchers has identified key networks within the brain which they say interact to increase the risk that an individual will think about – or attempt – suicide. Writing in Molecular Psychiatry, the researchers say that their review of existing literature highlights how little research has been done into one of the world’s major killers, particularly among the most vulnerable groups.

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Dec. 2, 2019 ~7 min

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Opinion: Depression - men far more at risk than women in deprived areas

Deprivation affects men and women differently, writes Olivia Remes, PhD candidate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, with men more likely to experience depression.

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Nov. 27, 2019 ~5 min

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