Body weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function: Higher BMI is linked to decreased cerebral blood flow, which is associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness – Science Daily – 2020-08-05

As a person’s weight goes up, all regions of the brain go down in activity and blood flow, according to a new brain imaging study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. One of the largest studies linking obesity with brain dysfunction, scientists analyzed over 35,000 functional neuroimaging scans using single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) from … Read more

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid – CTV News – 2020-08-06

Karyn Keith says she isn’t asking for much. All she wants is the same support she’d receive if she was out of a job because of the pandemic, rather than unable to work because of her disabilities. The 44-year-old mother in Brampton, Ont., said she lives with constant pain and fatigue from multiple chronic conditions, … Read more

Saskatchewan inmate files human rights complaint over mental health – Global News – 2020-07-31

The death of her brother weighs on Prairie Crowe’s mind. Nicholas Dinardo is alive, but behind bars. The 28-year-old Indigenous man has attempted suicide multiple times and spent long stints in isolation, she says, including more than 200 days while he was in remand before his current five-year sentence for aggravated assault, assault with a … Read more

Having Realistic Expectations Could Make You Happier Than Being Over-Optimistic – The British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-28

There are fairly good arguments for optimism and pessimism both. Optimists, who see the best in everything, are likely to have a sunnier disposition; pessimists, on the other hand, would argue that their negative expectations never leave them disappointed when the worst actually happens. But in the end, it might be realists who win out. … Read more

Researchers Assume White Americans Are More Representative Of Humankind Than Other Groups, According To Analysis Of Psychology Paper Titles – The British Psychological Society Research Digest – 2020-07-29

It’s well-known that psychology has a problem with generalisability. Studies overwhelmingly involve “WEIRD” participants: those who are western and educated, from industrialised, rich and democratic societies. And while there is increasing recognition that other populations need better representation in research, many psychologists still often draw sweeping conclusions about humanity based on results from a narrow … Read more

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates – Science Daily – 2020-07-27

Naturally occurring lithium in public drinking water may have an anti-suicidal effect — according to a new study from Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. Published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the study collated research from around the world and found that … Read more

Man remains stuck in a forensic mental health system some say is biased against Black people – CBC News – 2020-07-27

Five years ago, 20-year-old Mark Waweru, then a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and a budding hip hop artist, had his first psychotic episode. It’s a night that changed the course of his life and left him locked in the forensic mental health system in Ontario for more than four years — … Read more

Hamilton police chief open to other agencies responding to mental health, addictions calls – CBC News – 2020-07-25

After weeks of public outcry for police reform, Hamliton’s police chief says, despite some reservations, he’s open to allowing community agencies to respond to service calls related to mental health and addictions issues. Those comments came during a Hamilton Police Services Board meeting on Thursday, about 90 minutes after Black Lives Matter activists painted “DEFUND … Read more