a wellbeing society

The Medicalization of Childhood Behaviors Does More Harm than Good

This article by Samantha Lilly has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “In a new article for a leading Brazilian sociology journal,  Fernando Freitas  and Luciana  Jaramillo Caruso de Azevedo argue that psychiatry and psychology are medicalizing the normal parts of…
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Why ‘green’ prescriptions for gardening and walking in the woods could soon be common for the NHS

Tom Bawden reports for inews: “Gardening, walking in the woods, or some other dose of nature, could soon be commonly prescribed as a treatment on the NHS after  a major study found  that “green prescriptions” can work wonders for our mental and physical health. Green…
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From therapeutic landscape to therapeutic ‘sensescape’ experiences with nature? A scoping review

This scoping review has been published in Wellbeing, Space and Society. The abstract says: “The therapeutic landscapes literature has evolved considerably since the concept was first proposed to understand how experiences of health and wellbeing unfold and develop through physical, social and…
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Rethinking healthy eating in light of the gut microbiome

The importance of a good diet to mental health and wellbeing is well-established. This paper – published in Cell Host & Microbiome – looks at role played by the gut microbiome and reviews the evidence as to what makes for a…
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And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America

This article by Leah Harris has been published by Mad in America. It begins: “On November 29, New York City Mayor Eric Adams  announced  his administration’s 11-point  legislative agenda , which seeks to enforce an expanded interpretation of the state’s existing mental hygiene laws…
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The helpful delusion: Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

This article by Prof. Justin Garson has been published in Aeon magazine. It begins: “Most people thought my dad lived alone. He didn’t. He lived with God and the French actress Catherine Deneuve. They were outside of him but somehow projected…
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Most people on antidepressants don’t need them: time to wean them off

This leader-article comes from The Economist. It begins: “Almost 35 years ago American drug regulators approved Prozac, the first in a series of blockbuster antidepressants known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Prozac and its cousins were lauded by patients and…
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As a suicidologist and someone who has experienced chronic suicidality since age 9, I want to offer some insights that mainstream prevention orgs don’t often share.

This twitter thread from Dr. E. Krebbs is well worth reading: It's #WorldSuicidePreventionDay !As a suicidologist and someone who has experienced chronic suicidality since age 9, I want to offer some insights that mainstream prevention orgs don't often share. 🧵— E…
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The Universe, Life and Everything…: Dialogues on our changing understanding of reality

Co-written by Sarah Durston and Ton Baggerman (with other contributors), this book has relevance to the creation of a well-being society and some of the changes in cultural values and perspectives that are needed for this. The publishers say: “Our current…
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