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Also in EASY: data sets on mental health
7 October 2019
The World Federation for Mental Health has issued October 10 as World Mental Health Day. This day annually focuses on paying attention to mental health issues. The WFMH aims to raise awareness among the general public, increasing knowledge about psychological problems and combating prejudice and encouraging people to seek information and/or help. EASY contains several data sets on mental health, with which additional and new research can be done.
For example in the dataset “Psychisch Gezien: Landelijk panel van mensen met psychische aandoeningen“. Data was collected in the context of the “Psychisch Gezien”-panel launched by the Trimbos Institute in 2010: a large, national panel by and for people with mental disorders. The aim of the panel is to gain more insight into the social functioning and the care and living situation of people with persistent mental disorders. In addition, the intention is to give the people who have to deal with these problems a clearer voice in social debates about mental health care. The panel’s mission is to acquire sound knowledge about the care and living situation and social integration of people with a persistent mental illness in the Netherlands.
The dataset “Trimbos-instituut (1996-1999) NEMESIS-1 Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study-1” contains the data of a population study into the mental health status of the Dutch population aged 18 to 64 between 1996 and 1999. The study provides insight into the presence (prevalence) and the occurrence (incidence) of mental disorders and their risk factors; the course of mental disorders; functioning with mental disorders; absenteeism due to mental and somatic disorders and the use of care.
The dataset “Dietary patterns and mental health after myocardial infarction” was the basis for a study that examined the cross-sections of dietary patterns with two indicators of mental health, depressive symptoms and optimism, in a sample of patients with a history of a heart attack (MI). The results of the study showed that healthy dietary patterns have a positive relationship with optimism and a negative relationship with depressive symptoms. The consumption of fruit and vegetables in particular appears to be related to better mental health in patients with a history of a heart attacks.