A mental health crisis is looming, affecting individuals, communities and economies worldwide. Cambridge researchers are advancing understanding of mental illness and wellbeing – and putting this into practice.

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Remote working is a ‘mixed bag’ for employee wellbeing and productivity, study finds

22 Apr 2022

Adapting remote and hybrid work policies to employees’ specific work-life situations can result in increased well-being and productivity, but many...

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Scientists find that the impact of social media on wellbeing varies across adolescence

28 Mar 2022

Girls and boys might be more vulnerable to the negative effects of social media use at different times during their adolescence, say an international...

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One in three young people say they felt happier during lockdown

22 Feb 2022

One in three young people say their mental health and wellbeing improved during COVID-19 lockdown measures, with potential contributing factors...

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Industry funding potentially compromising gambling addiction research, say experts

15 Feb 2022

Too little research is being conducted into problem gambling – and what research there is, is often funded by the gambling industry rather than by...

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Study reveals high rate of possible undiagnosed autism in people who died by suicide

15 Feb 2022

A significant number of people who died by suicide were likely autistic, but undiagnosed, according to new research that highlights the urgent need...

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Clues to treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder found in recently evolved region of the ‘dark genome’

23 Dec 2021

Scientists investigating the DNA outside our genes - the ‘dark genome’ - have discovered recently evolved regions that code for proteins associated...

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Large-scale genetic study reveals new clues for the shared origins of irritable bowel syndrome and mental health disorders

05 Nov 2021

An international study of more than 50,000 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has revealed that IBS symptoms may be caused by the same...

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A mental health revolution

07 Oct 2021

Cambridge-led computerised cognitive assessments transform early detection and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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Rate of mental disorders among children remained stable in 2021 after previous rise

30 Sep 2021

One in six children in England had a probable mental disorder in 2021 – a similar rate to 2020 but an increase from one in nine in 2017 - according...

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Fighting anxiety with science: exploring the links between self-control and wellbeing

25 Jun 2021

Dr Olivia Remes has spent her career researching mental health and wellbeing. In her new book, The Instant Mood Fix, she brings together the research...

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Study shows brain differences in interpreting physical signals in mental health disorders

22 Jun 2021

Researchers have shown why people with mental health disorders, including anorexia and panic disorders, experience physical signals differently.

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The power of touch

17 Jun 2021

As a major Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition explores human touch through 4,000 years of art, Cambridge researchers explain why this sense is so...

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