MentalHealthThinking


trying to help reduce suffering from mental ill-health





The bottom line:


1. We should seek to prevent mental illness by testing near-zero cost, universal primary interventions

(Notes: 

For public health and third sector; millennials and younger generations just want information. They do not need or want the info buried in big public health programmes - just give them information like the above; via an internet address, a Youtube clip or a sheet of paper.

For employers; ask each employee to complete a 10-minute online 'intro to CBT' (as above). Giving employees awareness of common cognitive distortions may give major subsequent savings of suffering and of work days lost to mental illness.
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2. To enable 1. above, we should increase research on mental health, including on prevention. 




Note (disclaimer)This content is not professional or accredited. Please do not use any content of this site if you feel it may cause harm of any kind. I hereby disclaim any liability for any adverse result arising from the use or application of any content on this site.

Note (no longer updated)The views here date from c.2010-15. Some research references and other comments were added to some documents after this, but from 11/19 this stopped. 


PREVENTION
  • Other possible prevention interventions (pre-conception, pre-natal, parenting certificates, youth, adult).                          (Note: upset warning; includes one that is logical, would massively reduce future human suffering for no loss, and would soon be entirely accepted and normal; a parenting certificate. This could be linked to incentives such as payments if not pregnant or the certificate is passed, or no child-related benefits until the certificate is passed (just like we don't let people drive cars, for others and for their own safety, until they have passed their driving test).)


RESEARCH
HEALTH SERVICES FOR THOSE ALREADY ILL
  • The front-end is only partly working; improving sufferer access to proven and promising treatments.
  • Safe houses (an inpatient or other place to chill, perhaps for 8-48 hours, when problem warning signs are appearing and 'it's all getting too much') are described as very valuable by some sufferers, and may prevent much bigger episodes and lead to much lower use of services.


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    APPENDICES
    • The bargain thesis on psychosis and schizophrenia.                                                                                                            (Note: upset warning; unacceptable to some people. See also https://www.sapiens.org/body/schizophrenia-tangled-roots/)


    Note (disclaimer):This content is not professional or accredited. Please do not use any content of this site if you feel it may cause harm of any kind. I hereby disclaim any liability for any adverse result arising from the use or application of any content on this site.

    Note (no longer updated)The views here date from c.2010-15. Some research references and other comments were added to some documents after this, but from 11/19 this stopped. 


    Note (footnotes): Viewing the documents by 'clicking through' above does not show footnotes. Downloads are available below, which do.


    "People often overestimate what will happen in the next two years and underestimate what will happen in ten." 
    Bill Gates (The Road Ahead, p316)



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