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  • Why we need more family level policy changes

    In April last year, the “two-finger test” on rape victims was banned by the High Court of Bangladesh stating it had no scientific or legal basis. Rights activists have long been insisting that the “two-finger test” was irrational and tantamount to a second rape of the victim.

  • How to tell if someone is having mental health issues

    I recently noticed my colleague’s change in behaviour over the past year. For the last nine years that I have known her, she was a happy and well-adjusted person whom the other team members looked up to as ‘big sister’.

  • Virtual play to combat mental illness

    Out of the 161 million people of Bangladesh (as of 2015), 16.1 percent of adults and 15.2 percent of five- to 10-year-olds live with mental health issues. Only 0.44 percent of our national budget was allocated for mental health in the same year.

  • Addressing mental health: Lessons from Toronto

    Toronto is a city which wholeheartedly accepts inclusivity, diversity and progressive thought as the foundational norms of its everyday journey. This Canadian cosmopolitan city posits a wide array of multicultural settings—from the famous Danforth-Victoria Park region which houses a high number of Bangladeshi immigrants, to the globally acclaimed financial district in Downtown Toronto.

  • Depression

    Depression could speed up brain aging

    A new UK review finds that those who have depression or anxiety could also show an increased rate of cognitive decline later in life.

  • Eating raw veggies could be more beneficial for mental health: Study

    New research suggests that if you want to boost your mental health, eating raw fruit and vegetables could be more beneficial than cooked, canned and processed options.

  • International Day of Happiness

    International Day of Happiness 2018: How to be happy

    March 20 marks the 2018 International Day of Happiness, which aims to inspire individuals to share happiness with others and create a happier world for all.

  • rates of psychosis

    Paris, London have highest rates of psychosis: study

    Paris and southeast London have the highest rate of people reporting psychotic episodes, said an international study that compared rates of the mental disorder in six countries.

  • How to social skills beneficial

    How social skills could be beneficial to physical and mental health

    New research has been published in the journal Health Communication suggests that boosting the frequency and quality of social interactions could help stave off the negative effects that stress and loneliness can have on physical and mental health.

  • World Mental Health Day 2017

    How to look after your mental health naturally

    Here we round some tips on how we can all take steps each day to boost our mood and look after ourselves mentally.

  • Breaking mental health barriers in the workplace

    Today marks 25 years of celebrating World Mental Health Day. The anniversary is expected to shed some extra light on the day's celebrations, which made it all the more important to choose a theme, as with every year, that would highlight an indispensable concern related to mental health.

  • Woman asks time off for mental health, boss’s reply goes viral

    A couple of weeks back she shared an exchange she'd had with her CEO after she emailed her team to tell them she was taking time off for mental health reasons, Mashable reports. Parker's tweet has since gone viral for all the right reasons.

  • Depression: Let’s talk

    Depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition.

  • People with anxiety may be hard-wired to see world differently

    People with anxiety may not be able to distinguish between neutral and threatening stimuli as well as individuals without this mental health condition, a small study suggests.

  • Here's how to tell a psychopath from a sociopath

    While neither term appears in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the medical handbook used by psychiatrists, psychopaths can be divided into two categories.

  • Social media 'pressuring' mental health

    Teenagers' mental health can be put at risk by constant pressure to post on social media, a study has found.

  • School psychologists and mental health of children and youth

    The concept of school psychologists is not well known in Bangladesh. Although in recent years we have been able to bring the issue of mental health to the fore, making provisions for having psychologists in school is still unchartered territory for us.