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How a Facebook page helped young Londoner cope with depression, anxiety

How a Facebook page helped young Londoner cope with depression, anxiety

London, News, Social media
As early as 13 years old, Mhairi Potts-Wyatt from London had already contemplated taking her own life. She didn’t even know that was called ‘suicide’ at the time, nor did she understand she was battling depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But somehow, Potts-Wyatt made it to 21 years old. And she has a Facebook page to thank for it. The Artidote is a social media community founded on Facebook in 2015 by Jovanny Ferreyra. With close to two million followers, the page, as its name suggests, uses art as a means of healing and improving mental health. Each post features a piece of artwork coupled with a quote either from followers, someone anonymous, or a famous personality. Potts-Wyatt, who is in the process of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, jo

How London’s football fans are fighting back against depression

Health, Sport
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50.  But can football forums provide an avenue for men to talk about their mental health? It has almost become a cliché, comparing football to a religion. Stadiums are built bigger than the largest cathedrals, and still fill each week. Fans, like pilgrims, travel thousands of miles to see their teams play. And many clubs, overwhelmed by requests to scatter ashes, have been forced to build memorial gardens, to prevent damage to their playing surface. While this comparison maybe somewhat tenuous, football is clearly more than a game to many of its followers. According to the UK charity, The Mental Health Foundation, football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. I
Virtual reality eases depression, finds UCL

Virtual reality eases depression, finds UCL

DontUse, Health, Tech
Immersive virtual reality headsets could help people with depression to become more compassionate towards themselves, new research has found. Scientists from University College London and ICREA-University in Barcelona tested the therapy on 15 patients with depression. Following the virtual reality therapy, four experienced a clinically significant drop in depressive severity a month after the therapy began. A further five reported a reduction in symptoms. The 15 patients with depression used a headset to virtually interact with a crying child. The more compassion the patient shows to the child, the quicker they stop crying. This trains the patient to express empathy and compassion. In the press release, study lead Professor Chris Brewin explained. “By comforting the child and th

Depression: when doctors become the patient

Health, Student
Doctors rate higher levels of depression and suicide than other professions - so why do those who work with mental illness on a daily basis find it so hard to recognise the symptoms in themselves? Reporter: Brendan Westhoff Sub editors: Ed Lauder, Kait Borsay Stress levels and the mental health of doctors over the past few decades, has increased, according to recent studies. A 2013 study in Australia, by mental health programme, Beyond Blue, surveyed more than 14,000 doctors and medical students. It showed doctors reported higher rate of depression and suicide compared to other professions and the general population. Online medical resource, Medscape, states that doctors are twice as likely to kill themselves than the general population. Are these statistics really a surpri