Clydach Peer Support Group

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION? If so, we would like to invite you to come along to Clydach's Peer Support Group. The group will meet weekly to share experiences, provide mutual support and gain information and advice on how to manage the symptoms in a confidential setting. WHERE: Cwmclydach Development Centre, Clydach Road, Tonypandy, CF40 2BD WHEN: Every Tuesday 1.00pm to 3.00pm For more information please contact: Sara Davies on 01443 424350 Corrina Ashford: 01443 439279

BBC News 19 February 2015 - Suicide in men 'highest since 2001'

The proportion of men taking their own lives in the UK has reached its highest level for more than a decade, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics data shows 19 in every 100,000 deaths in men were down to suicide in 2013. Overall there were 6,233 suicides in men and women over the age of 15 in 2013 - 4% higher than the previous year. The legacy of the recession is one explanation for the rise. Overall suicide rates had been falling consistently from 15.6 per 100,000 deaths in 1981 to 10.6 per 100,000 in 2007. "Since 2007, the female rate stayed relatively constant while the male rate increased significantly," the ONS report states. In 2013, 78% of suicides were in men. The most vulnerable age group were those aged between 45 and 59, however, the rates have been increasing in all age groups except in the under thirties. The report added that research suggested that "the recent recession in the UK could be an influencing factor in the increase in suicides" and that "areas with greater rises in unemployment had also experienced higher rises in male suicides". 'Shocking' Marjorie Wallace, the chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, commented: "It is really shocking that men who are or could be in their prime of life should feel driven to such a state of hopelessness and despair for the future that they are taking their own lives. "SANE's own research shows that many suicides could be prevented, if people were able to talk more openly about their feelings and felt able to seek therapy or other help. "Our concern is the number of suicides which are preventable and the fact that when people with mental illness hit crisis point, there are no available beds or units and they are sent home from A&E and left to suffer in silence." Joe Ferns, from the Samaritans, said: "The news is sadly not surprising to us given the context of a challenging economic environment and the social impact that brings. "We need to see a greater focus at local and regional levels on the co-ordination and prioritisation of suicide prevention activity especially in areas with high socio-economic deprivation."

Anti Stigma Ad Campaign

Journeys is committed to raising public awareness about depression. In the spirit of this cause, our new advertising campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with depression and mental illness by challenging the belief that mental illness is not a disease.


Is antidepressant research coming to an end?

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Coffee really is a quick-fix

Caffeine is commonly used to give an energy boost when you are tired, but need to keep going.  However, new research published in the Journal Neuropsychopharmacology has found that you only get a boost if you use caffeine sparingly.

Is mental illness becoming fashionable?

Increasing numbers of people are choosing to be diagnosed as having bipolar depression according to a report in the Daily Mail. Reporting on an article in the official journal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists by Dr Diana Chan and Dr Lester Sireling, the article links the desire to be diagnosed as bipolar with high profile celebrities talking about their experiences of bipolar.

More "real" people please

Anti-stigma campaigns have often turned to celebrities to try to raise awareness of mental illness.  In our celebrity-obsessed culture, people may be more likely to take notice of a celeb with experience of mental illness.  But this approach has never been risk free.  Celebrities often come with their own agendas - a book to sell, a new movie or a music tour, or (even worse) some unpleasant behaviour (such as beating up a partner or watching kiddie porn) that needs excusing.  While celebrities' symptoms may be shared with others with mental illness, their socio-economic

The stigma dilemma

The big failing of Mental illness anti stigma campaigns is that they fail to recognise that there are, in fact, two distinct and diametrically opposed forms of stigma. 

Exercise in green space promotes mental health

Just 5 minutes exercise in "green space" such as a park or nature trail is sufficient to boost mental health, and is particularly beneficial for young people and people affected by mental illness according to a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal

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