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Zimbabwe is pioneering a groundbreaking mental health programme with stunning results – and the rest of the world is taking note.
Death by suicide is a serious public health issue. It’s tragic and heartbreaking. Suicide is a particularly difficult issue for those who have survived attempting suicide and are frightened of what they will do if they ever confront such a situation again; loved ones of those who have attempted suicide and those who have died by suicide; and lots of people whose worldview has been shaken by the death by suicide of a celebrity whom they greatly admired and wished they could be like.
But suicide is still relatively infrequent and most importantly, predicting the time and place of the next suicide is almost impossible from known risk factors. In hindsight, loved ones and mental health professionals agonize over what signs they missed and if there was something they could have done to prevent such loss. But predicting the future, as well as where and how to intervene is so much more difficult.
Individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia differ greatly from one another. Researchers have demonstrated that very few identical brain differences are shared amongst different patients. Therefore, insights based on research at the group level (i.e. in the ‘average’ patient) say little about the individual.
Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to public health in modern times, and the mental health effects are no less concerning.
As the US opioid epidemic continues to grow, the need to find safe, effective, nonaddictive, nonopioid strategies for managing pain is increasingly urgent, say experts.
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