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Mental health and society

What price student mental health?

Posted on 9 May 2017 by Dr Ben Hannigan

In Wales prescription medicines are free. In England the situation is different, with each prescribed item now costing £8.60. Exemptions can be claimed, including by people aged 60 or over, under 16, or those between 16-18 and in full-time education. Exemptions also exist for people with certain medical conditions, for people on low incomes, for
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Mental health and society

Mental incapacity is not a legal incapacity to vote

Posted on 3 May 2017 by Dr Lucy Series

This first appeared on The Small Places blog It’s that time again… …Yep, there’s a general election coming atcha!  Don’t know who to vote for? Don’t understand the options? Struggling to fathom the reasonably foreseeable consequences of your vote in this politically volatile time? Worried you can’t retain all the information about which party wants which
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Adult mental health, anxiety, Diagnosis, treatments and well-being, genetics

Stress in early life – the impact on mental illness

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Anna Moon

You’re under threat. Your brain reacts instantly. Like a runner at the start line of a race, it springs into action as if the threat was a gunshot. The hypothalamus gets the ball rolling, sending chemicals to the pituitary gland. The pituitary spills out hormones to a second gland, called the adrenal gland. Adrenaline and
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Adult mental health

The immune system and the brain: complement or casualty?

Posted on 12 April 2017 by Laura Westacott

For a long time it has been assumed that the sole purpose of the immune system is to defend the body against infection. However, research is now showing that your immune system is doing much more than this. In fact, it is doing some extremely clever multitasking. These non-immune duties are important for the healthy
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