Are Gene Expression Differences in PTSD Uniquely Related to the Intrusion Symptom Cluster?

Research Paper Title Gene expression differences in PTSD are uniquely related to the intrusion symptom cluster: A transcriptome-wide analysis in military service members. Background Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with wide-spread immune dysregulation; however, little is known about the gene expression differences attributed to each PTSD symptom cluster. This is an important consideration when… Read More

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Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (Young People) Course

I have just completed my Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Young People (SMHFA:YP) course. Launched in 2013, SMHFA:YP was developed to meet the increasing demand for a similar type approach for adults who support or care for young people aged between 11 and 17. SMHFA:YP is a three-part, 14-hour blended course which is designed to… Read More

MHFA England Launches Social Impact Report

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has published its first ever Mental Health Impact Report, sharing 12 years of history, achievements over the year 2018-19, and their plans for the future. The report is a celebration of the whole community’s hard work and passion for improving the nation’s mental health. Some facts from the report:… Read More

Suicide Prevention Projects for German Military Service Personnel

Research Paper Title German research perspectives on suicidality and the rationale for future multinational suicide prevention projects among military service personnel. Abstract As a result of scientific publications indicating that the last two decades have seen an increase in the number of suicides in the US Armed Forces, the topic of suicide in the military… Read More

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Course

I have now completed the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Course. The course takes 12 hours and is often run on two separate days, although sometimes it will be in shorter sessions over two, four or six weeks. It is an interesting course that includes different activities, films, discussions and even some fun and… Read More

Attending the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

Day one of my Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. MHFA is a training programme that teaches members of the public how to help a person: Developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem); Experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem; or In a mental health crisis.

Psychological Problems: Are They Associated with Military Service Later in Life or a Feature of Ageing?

There may be ongoing psychological problems associated with military service later in life; yet as the elderly in the general population also suffer from mental health problems, whether such issues can be attributed to military service or are a feature of ageing remains unclear. Read More