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Understanding the causes of perinatal mental illness by working with those who’ve lived through it

24 Jun 2016

Professor Ian Jones is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Director at the National Centre for Mental Health. He conducts his research at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics. In this week’s blog he tells us about work he is doing to involve more women in research and why.

Professor Ian Jones

More than 1 in 10 women experience an episode of mental illness in pregnancy or following childbirth. Perinatal mental illness can be severe and have significant implications for women, their families and wider society. Suicide is a leading cause of maternal death and a recent report has estimated that the economic costs to society of the women each year who experience maternal mental illness is in excess of £8 billion. This is through the impact of illness on the women, but even more through the impact on the next generation. [...]

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Why do scientists use social media?

21 Nov 2013

Networking tool, forum for debate, a way to reach people you wouldn’t ordinarily … reasons for using social media such as blogs and Twitter are many and various. Researchers are probably used to hearing how they ‘should’ be using social media, but some have probably heard just as many scare stories about wasted time or tweet-based slip-ups. So what’s in it for scientists? We asked three researchers to explain what they get out of using social media: so you can hear straight from the horse’s mouth.

Suzi Gage is a PhD student at the University of Bristol looking at relationship between drug use and mental health. She writes a blog called Sifting the Evidence for The Guardian’s science blog network.

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