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Landmark study finds causal link between nature walks and stress reduction

This report by Rich Haridy is published in New Atlas. It begins: “We all know a good, long walk in nature can be relaxing, but a landmark new study from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development offers some…
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Why women are being given boxing gloves and ballet shoes instead of antidepressants

Subtitled “With one in five people taking pills for their mental health, doctors are turning to alternative methods – with help from Sport England”, this report from Miranda has been published in the Daily Telegraph. It begins: “It’s long been known…
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Healing Depression without Medication: A Psychiatrist’s Guide to Balancing Mind, Body, and Soul

This book has been written by psychiatrist Dr. Jodie Skillicorn . The publishers say: “An effective, evidence-based guide for preventing, treating, and overcoming depression–without drugs. Antidepressants–the first line in our standard of care for treating depression–may not be much more effective…
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Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for Improving Mental Health?

This article has been written by Amy Biancolli and published by Mad in America. It begins: “Those in the psychiatric profession are accustomed to talking about dose-response in terms of prescribed treatment — so many sessions per week, so many milligrams…
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NHS could give therapy before anti-depressants, under new guidelines

The BBC reports : “People in England with mild depression should first be offered behavioural therapy or group exercise instead of medication, according to new advice. The clinical watchdog [the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)] also recommends mindfulness and meditation…
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‘My doctor prescribed rambling for lockdown anxiety’

Angie Brown reports for BBC Scotland: “An Edinburgh widower who was struggling with mental health issues due to the isolation of lockdown has walked 2,000 miles in a year after his doctor prescribed that he join the Ramblers. Jim Snodgrass, 84,…
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Dr. Chris and Dr Xand Investigate … mental health.

In this 29 minute video report for the BBC: “Dr Chris and Dr Xand Van Tulleken investigate what mental health is and why things can sometimes go wrong. They’ll uncover the science behind some of the most common triggers for mental…
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Social media damages teenagers’ mental health, report says

Cristina Criddle reports for the BBC: “Teenagers’ mental health is being damaged by heavy social media use, a report has found. Research from the Education Policy Institute and The Prince’s Trust said wellbeing and self-esteem were similar in all children of…
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The Truth About … Improving Your Mental Health

This 57 minute video from the BBC ranges across a variety of subjects, including heartbeat control, diet and the gut-to-brain vagal nerve connection, exercise, passive vs active engagement with social media, loneliness, social prescribing, insomnia and more. The programme producers say:…
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