The Mental Health Digest (29/10/17)

This week on the digest we hear the heartwarming story of how an ex-footballer was saved from committing suicide. We see how the UK Government doesn’t understand the difference between cost and investment. Then we see how you can easily overcome trauma if you have loads of money. This week’s news continues with a look at how the mental health of Maltese journalists has been affected by the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. And finally, Global News tells us the difference between a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist.

Clarke Carlise says bereaved stranger helped save his life (The Guardian)

The ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle went missing last week and there was serious concern for his safety. Clarke has been vocal about his mental health issues and previously attempted suicide in 2014. I’m relieved to write that he was found alive by a stranger who had been out looking for him. The stranger, who recently lost a family member himself, sat down with Clarke and they shared the burden of pain they were both feeling together. Men talking to each other literally saved a life this week – talking is free.

More than 300,000 UK workers laid off each year due to long-term mental health problems (The Independent)

There seems to be some serious misunderstanding of words in the UK Government at the moment. They seem especially confused with the words ‘Cost’ and ‘Investment’. You see, the Government currently see’s health care as a cost. Whereas it is quite obviously an investment, especially when the news that came out this week showed that poor mental health is costing the UK economy a paltry £99 BILLION a year. That means if they start seeing mental health care as an investment opportunity there is £99bn to be made in the economy. Unfortunately, they don’t see it as an investment so they’re content on trying to reduce the ‘cost’ of mental health care, which is around £12bn a year at the moment.

How a Spanish ‘brain boot camp’ eased the trauma of my bike crash (The Telegraph)

Do you have a mental issue? Do you live in a country which doesn’t care about your mental health? Do you have a spare £4,100 lying around? Great! Then you can solve your mental health issues at this week-long retreat. Go in there on day one as a blubbering wreck and come out 7 days later as a functioning human being. This boot camp is run by real medical professionals and will offer virtually any mental health service you need, which is great. Although due to the price tag it kind of means poor people just have ‘get on with it’, at least they can get help from the state…

When journalists suffer in silence: the mental health risk of media workers (Malta Today)

Psychologists have warned that the risks associated with journalism apply serious pressure to journalist’s mental health. And, that is understandable, especially in Malta where the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated last week. For those that aren’t familiar with her, she played a pivotal role in the release of the ‘Panama Papers‘. Given the substantial risks facing journalists on a daily basis the mental health charity, The Richmond Foundation is educating journalists on how to spot signs of mental health issues and not to disregard them. They have enough risks associated the role, they don’t need anymore.

Psychotherapist vs. psychologist vs. psychiatrist: which one should you choose? (Global News)

Ever wonder what the difference is between the three ps? If you have then this is the perfect article for you. It explains what you should be looking for and what you can expect, and even what kind of cost you can expect. I’ll be honest and say I thought they were all the same, turns out they’re not, who knew. Great article.

That is all the mental health news from around the world summarised this week. And when I say all, I mean the first 5 that caught my attention. If there’s anything you think I’ve missed, feel free to send it over and next week I’ll be back with another roundup. If you don’t like this series then blame life, because I’m just reporting the news, man.


  1. notdonner

    From the years I spent as a co-dependent, in my late twenties and early thirties, struggling with a mentally ill partner, to these days when I am “normal” (in the eye of the beholder), I have gained more empathy to a world full of people harried on all sides. No wonder that there are so many employed members of the 3 “p”s.! Keep up the good work.

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  2. oasischarm

    I’ve heard about how men in our society can have trouble talking about their emotions due to cultural messages. I’m glad these two men were able to be open with each other and that Carlisle’s life was saved.

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