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Helping People with Psychosis Feel Less Distressed May Help Reduce the Risk of Self-harm

Mental Health Self-harm Suicide

New research shows that by lessening the severity and impact of persecutory symptoms of psychosis, it may be possible to reduce the likelihood of someone with psychosis having thoughts of suicide or harming themselves.

Ground-breaking Treatment Offers New Hope for Patients with Persecutory Delusions

Delusions Mental Health Psychological therapy

Feeling Safe is a new treatment programme for persecutory delusions, which promises a step change in the treatment of severe mental health problems.

Oxford Course on Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analysis: 4-6 October 2021

Course

This 3 day course, led by Professor Andrea Cipriani, will feature an engaging programme of lectures, hands-on tutorials, group discussions and supervised statistical sessions on systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Depressive Symptoms and Risky Behaviours Among Adolescents in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

Child and adolescent Depression Mental Health

New meta-analysis, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, shows adolescents with depressive symptoms were more likely to engage in risky behaviours compared with non-depressed adolescents.

Adolescent Mental Health and Development in the Digital World

Anxiety Awards Child and adolescent Depression Early intervention Mental Health Self-harm

A new project has been awarded funding from the UKRI £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK.

£24m Investment into Adolescent Mental Health to Enable Young People to Flourish

Awards Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health

UKRI have announced a major £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK. One of the projects being funded is led by Professor Kam Bhui in the Department of Psychiatry, it will bring together diverse creative-arts, digital and health experts to investigate how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can affect adolescents' mental health.

£36 Million Boost for AI Technologies to Revolutionise NHS Care

Awards Mental Health

An Oxford project using artificial intelligence to develop digital triage tools for mental health clinicians (CHRONOS) is one of 38 projects supported by the second wave of the NHS AI Lab's AI in Health and Care Award.

Treating Needle Fears May Reduce COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Rates by 10%

COVID-19 Mental Health

A new large-scale study shows that a quarter of the UK adult population screens positive for a potential injection phobia. These individuals were twice as likely to report that they were COVID-19 vaccine hesitant – they would put off getting vaccinated or never get the jab.

Professor Christopher Fairburn Awarded OBE for Services to Psychological Treatments and the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Awards

Emeritus Professor Christopher Fairburn founded the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (CREDO) at Oxford in 1986 and has continued pioneering work into the treatment of eating disorders and into psychological treatments themselves. This has resulted in major changes to clinical practice worldwide.

New Head of the Department of Psychiatry – Professor Belinda Lennox

Professor Belinda Lennox has been welcomed to the role of Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and will take over leadership in October 2021.

Childhood Family Income and Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Misuse and Violent Crime Arrests

Mental Health

New research from the University of Oxford, University of Helsinki and University of Eastern Finland, shows that low childhood family income does not increase later risks of psychiatric disorders and antisocial behaviours. The research is based on the Finnish population and is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

End-of-Life Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Mental Health

The first national UK survey focused on those bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic is published in Palliative Medicine. The survey findings inform important recommendations for service delivery of individualised, compassionate end-of-life care during a pandemic.

Reducing Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health Systems

Mental Health

Senior leaders in the NHS and public sector mental health care report on progress to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental health systems as pledged through the Synergi Collaborative Centre's work.

Living and Dying with COVID-19: An Ethical Perspective is Vital

COVID-19

World-leading researchers from the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Collaborative consider - how we should evaluate decisions made during the covid-19 pandemic and the future response to pandemic threats.

Prioritising Wellbeing of Health and Social Care Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Mental Health

The first paper to give voice to health and social care professionals providing end of life care during the pandemic is published in Palliative Medicine, led by researchers at the Universities of Oxford, Liverpool and Sheffield.

Childhood Abdominal Pain May Be Linked to Disordered Eating in Teenagers

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Early intervention Mental Health

New research shows that people who suffer from recurrent abdominal pain in childhood may be more likely to have disordered eating as teenagers.

Messaging Focused on Personal Rather Than Collective Benefits is More Effective for COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19

The largest ever study of COVID-19 vaccine messaging shows that emphasising the personal benefits of vaccination may be the most effective way to persuade people who are sceptical about the jab.

Future-Proofing Mental Health

COVID-19 Early intervention Mental Health

UK academics are calling for targets for mental health research in order to meet the healthcare challenges of the next decade. Published today in Journal of Mental Health, researchers set out four overarching goals that will speed up implementation of mental health research and give a clear direction for researchers and funders to focus their efforts when it comes to better understanding the treatment of mental health.

Children and Adolescents’ Mental Health: One Year On

COVID-19 Child and adolescent Mental Health

Parents and carers reported that behavioural, emotional and attentional difficulties in their children changed considerably throughout the past year, increasing in times of national lockdown and decreasing as restrictions eased and schools reopened, according to the latest Co-SPACE (COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents, and Children in Epidemics) study, led by experts at the University of Oxford.

Oxford Course on Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses - 16-18 June 2021

Course

This online course is specifically designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health professionals, mental health pharmacists and neuroscientists with an interest in evidence synthesis and evidence-based practice, although it is open to all.

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