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News in numbers: May/June 2020

22 May 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

33,992 visits were made to needle and syringe exchange schemes in Northern Ireland during 2018-19, thus helping stop the spread of infection from drug-related litter and sharing of equipment 

5042 cases of mumps were recorded in England in 2019, compared with 1066 in 2018 – the highest since 2009. Pre-lockdown, PHE said the rise – largely from outbreaks in universities and colleges – was set to continue in 2020

£3.1m has been pledged by the government to help children affected by abuse at home in the lockdown. The funding will be given to councils, charities, and police and crime commissioners in England and Wales

83% of young people under 25 in the UK with a history of mental health needs said the Covid-19 pandemic had made their mental health worse. 26% of those accessing support were not able to access it then, a survey, from 20 to 25 March found. 72% were helped by face-to-face calls with friends and watching TV. 60% said exercise helped their mental health and 59% said learning new skills


References:

BBC. Coronavirus: Lockdown exit must take domestic abuse rise into account - May. See: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52453372 (accessed 29 April).

BBC. Mumps cases hit decade high in England. See: bbc.co.uk/news/health-51493496 (accessed 29 April).

Public Health Agency. (2020) Needle exchanges helping to stop spread of infection. See: publichealth.hscni.net/news/needle-exchanges-helping-stop-spread-infection (accessed 1 April 2020).

PHE. Mumps outbreaks across England. See: gov.uk/government/news/mumps-outbreaks-across-england (accessed 29 April).

Young Minds. (2020) youngminds.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/coronavirus-having-major-impact-on-young-people-with-mental-health-needs-new-survey/ (accessed 29 April).

 

 

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