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Canada Is Using AI to Study ‘Suicide-Related Behaviour’ on Social Media

This month the Canadian government is launching a pilot programme to research and predict suicide rates in the country using artificial intelligence. The pilot will mine Canadians’ social media posts “in order to identify patterns associated with users who discuss suicide-related behaviour,” according to a recently published contract document. Read More >>

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We’re About to Find Out If Mental Health Apps Really Work

Australia's largest ever clinical trial into the effectiveness of mental health apps - specifically for preventing depression in adolescents - just received a big chunk of funding. Read More >>

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Psychologists Think Google Probably Shouldn’t Be Your Therapist

A few weeks ago, Google announced that it had teamed up with a mental health advocacy group to take a stab at addressing the epidemic of depression. People who type the words “clinical depression” into Google search via mobile in the US are now presented automatically with a link to a screening questionnaire to assess their depression. The assertion that Google has the answer to everything just got taken to a whole new level. Read More >>

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Is Playing an Evil Clown Harmful to Your Mental Health?

With their fanciful costumes and comedic personas, clowns seem like the epitome of joy. But these figures of fun also provoke a horrified response and have even inspired their own phobia. Although it’s not officially recognised in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 categorisation of disorders, coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, is one of the most commonly known phobias in the public perception. It’s easy to see why clowns are sometimes viewed as icons of fear. Permanent, frozen smiles and uncanny, mask-like makeup inspire nightmarish visions. Read More >>

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Help Research How Video Games Impact Your Mental Health

The broader medical community doesn't take games all that seriously. But there's evidence that shows games can help you relax, reduce stress, and help depression and anxiety. Now, you can help further that research and get games taken a little more seriously — and get healthier, more mentally fulfilling games to boot. Read More >>

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Spotify Now Gives Students A Free Subscription To A Mental Health App

If you've got a Spotify Premium For Students subscription, you now get a freebie: a subscription to meditation, mindfulness and happiness app Headspace. Read More >>

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DARPA’s Brain Chips Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

How did a Massachusetts woman end up with a four electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a controversial, cutting-edge brain chip technology that could one day treat everything from major depressive disorder to hand cramps? How did we get to deep brain stimulation and where do we go from here? Read More >>

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‘Cat Parasite’ Could Be To Blame for People Suffering from Rage Disorder 

A new study has shown that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), associated with bursts of overblown aggression, are twice as likely as healthy people to have Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite, famously carried by cats, has been shown to mess with the neurochemistry of mice. Could it be doing the same to us? Read More >>

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A Report Claims Depression Could Alter Your DNA

It turns out that depression might not just be changing people mentally. According to a report put together by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG) it could also be leaving a mark on your DNA. Read More >>

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Would You Let an App Monitor Your Mental Health?

Fitness and health tracking apps and devices are so trendy that fashion designers are set to make a killing on sparkly bracelet cases for them. We like the idea of gadgets telling us when we haven't exercised enough, or when we need to sleep more. But what about an app to track mental health? Read More >>

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Doctors Sketch Out Potential Blood Test for Depression

A new test for depression has been uncovered by researchers, who think it's possible to find physical traces of the signs of mental ill health in the blood. Read More >>

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Chin Up! Blue Monday is Actually a Load of Bollocks

Yes, it's cold out. Yes, it's dark out. Yes, it's the first day after the glorious respite from week-long drudgery that is the weekend. But to brand this particular January day as the so-called annual "Blue Monday"? Please don't buy into this -- it's lining pockets and profiting off your right to be moody on any day you damn well please. Read More >>

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Asda’s Mental Patient Costume and Tesco’s Gay Best Friend Inflatable: Harmless Fun or Hateful Hype?

Yesterday, supermarket giant Asda came under fire from mental health groups when it came to light that, alongside back to school essentials, its George clothing line's website was also selling a "Mental Patient" Halloween fancy dress costume. Read More >>

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You’d Be Crazy Not to Buy This Straitjacketed Wine

Picking out the right bottle of wine to take to a dinner party is too often a tough task, so many people go with the pick-the-pretty-label approach. And of course, you want to send the right message. With Vino Loco, that message is loud and clear: You crazy. Read More >>

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Science: Stop Stalking Your Ex on Facebook, It’s Damaging Your Health

Basically the whole point of Facebook is to be able to stalk old "friends", people from your school and your ex-partners to see how they're doing, and hopefully see that they're doing much, much worse than you. But, apparently, tracking your ex is actually doing you mental harm, and you should stop it, now. Read More >>