Families holding on: how will they bounce back after Covid?

Young families have been under tremendous pressure from all directions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalist Jo Waters investigates what new parents, babies and toddlers, and parents of young children have been experiencing and asks what support they will need. 

Healthy body image protects against weight gain in teens

A two-year study of 1225 Norwegians in early adolescence found that positive ‘self-rated health’ and self-esteem protected them against weight gain.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Scotland: support people with eating disorders now

That’s the priority recommendation of a national review of services: urgent help for people with eating disorders

England: new mental health hubs for new, expectant or bereaved mothers

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through ‘dedicated hubs’ being set up across the country, NHS England has announced.

Two-thirds of students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

To understand how the pandemic has been affecting students, the Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight polled more than 1000 full-time undergraduate students in March.

Fearfulness in childhood a predictor of later anxiety during Covid

Research has identified early risk factors for developing anxiety during stressful life events in early adulthood. 

Frequent cannabis use by teens linked to drop in IQ

Adolescents who regularly use cannabis may experience a decline in IQ over time, a study in Psychological Medicine has found.

Funding boost for QNI community nurse support line

The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s TalktoUs telephone listening service has received a major funding boost from new charity Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).

Pandemic impact: what about the kids?

Young people are emerging as the pandemic’s collateral damage. Their mental health and education are under strain, and their struggles include anxiety, isolation and poverty. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to support them.

Healthcare apps: it's good to chat

Caroline Palmer on how text messaging healthcare app ChatHealth has come into its own, and how community practitioners can embrace digital too.  

Calls to extend self-harm intervention to primary school children

Three per cent of more than a thousand Melbourne children reported self-harm at age 11 and 12. They had been assessed annually from the age of eight to nine (wave 1) to 11 to 12 years (wave four) . Of those who self-harmed, 64.3% were females and 35.7% were males.

PTSD suicide rates uncovered, and women are most at risk

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly seven times more likely than other women to die by suicide, research has found.

Covid-19 threatens perinatal mental health

More than one in three (36.4%) pregnant women and those who had recently given birth reported clinically significant levels of depression between May and August this year.

News in numbers: January/February 2021

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

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