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Category Archives: Mental Health

Your child’s mental health matters – Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The third annual one. In 2015 Place2Be launched the first Children’s Mental Health Week to shine light on the rarely discussed subject. This year Place2Be are highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Treatment for children with mental health problems is sporadic and difficult to obtain. Children often find…
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Troubled children at risk from mental health proposals, warn therapists

Children at risk from mental health therapists. Therapists have warned Ministers that young people with the most serious mental health problems will be harmed by flawed government plans to boost services in schools for troubled children. A green paper has been prepared outlining proposals to improve mental health services in schools, however, according to the…
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Perinatal Depression: 1 in 4 pregnant women suffering

There is more awareness of postnatal depression, but have you heard of perinatal depression? The definition of perinatal depression is mental health issues experienced during pregnancy and up to a year following the birth of a baby. So, you have probably heard of more specific prenatal and postnatal depression. Prenatal referring to before birth and…
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Mental Health in the UK – suicide rate falls

Mental health in the UK has been at the forefront of the news for much of the year. Official figures reveal suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest fall in 20 years. This is great news for mental health in the UK. But, it cannot be ignored that the rates are still very…
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Concerns over restraint of mental health patients

New NHS data raises concerns over the restraint of mental health patients. Young women and black people are significantly more likely to be restrained on mental health wards compared to other patients. We are very alarmed to hear this news. As stated by MIND, Mental Health Charity, the emotional damage of restraint of mental health…
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Our children are attempting suicide to get help

Children attempting suicide. Not a sentence that anyone wishes to read. In the UK, it is fair to say that we are in a Mental Health Crisis. Access to services to help is difficult and takes time. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, has said pupils as young as 13 years old feel they need to…
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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – Mental Health in the workplace

This year the theme for the day in Mental Health in the Workplace. Wow! Huge topic to tackle I think. Recently I kept a diary for one week about my own Mental Health and whether I was “Surviving or Thriving”.  A lot of that was focused on my job and whether the day had been…
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Mental Health Crisis

Entire regions of England left without beds for children with mental health problems. Mental Health Crisis. As the mental health crisis in the UK deepens a new report highlights more worrying news. Whole regions of England left without any specialist inpatient mental health beds for children on 3 separate occasions last year. Child and Adolescent…
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Govt plans could lead to reduced Autism Diagnoses

During the course of my job I receive a lot of enquiries from parents who feel that they are being failed by their GP and by their local Mental Health Trust because they are not able to access appropriate investigation for a child they suspect may suffer from Autism. I am asked the same question…
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Instagram has worst effect on young people’s mental health

According to a recent survey of almost 1,500 teens and young adults, Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and well-being. The #StatusofMind survey found that Instagram got points for self-expression and self-identity but it was also associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the “fear of missing…
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