Big story: down with social media?

The evidence around the ill effects of social media and long periods of screen time is not straightforward, writes journalist Juliette Astrup. She looks at the latest research on how young people can make the most of online positives and blot out the dark side of the internet.

Unlocking the mysteries of adolescent mental health

A £35m government-backed research programme into teenage mental health issues has been announced.

Guilt and shame: just another day at the office

Leaving a new baby to return to work is, for many, the toughest part of becoming a parent. Journalist Helen Bird asks how you can help parents to deal with the emotional toll and face the fear of separation.

News in numbers: December/January

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

Keep on moving: new physical activity guidelines

Journalist Jo Waters outlines the update on the physical activity guidelines, and explains the importance of keeping babies and toddlers active.

Anorexia on the rise in pre-teens

Anorexia diagnoses among pre-teen children in the UK and Ireland have risen markedly, a study suggests.

Sweden: Anaemia in early pregnancy is related to increased risk of children’s autism and ADHD

A cohort study looking at more than 500,000 children and their mothers has linked maternal anaemia early in pregnancy with an increased risk of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disability in the child.

England: Summer-born children are more likely to suffer depression in childhood

The youngest children in the school year are 30% more likely to develop depression than their older peers, according to analysis of data from more than a million UK children.

Psychiatrist ‘workforce crisis’ damages CAMHS

A psychiatric ‘workforce crisis’ is most acute in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), according to the latest census from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Suicide and self-harm prevention strategy is launched

A five-year plan to reduce rates of suicide and self-harm has been launched by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

November news in numbers

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

Creature comfort

Our pets make us smile and laugh – but they might also help improve the health of the nation. Should CPs be making greater use of animal-assisted therapy?

England: New parents with mental health problems could be overlooked, says NSPCC

About one in four new parents in England are not seeing a health visitor when their baby turns one, increasing the risk of mental health problems going unnoticed, the NSPCC says.

Big story: more harm than good

Rates of self-harm are rising steeply, especially among young women, but the majority are still not able to access the right medical or psychological care. Can you play a helpful role? Journalist Juliette Astrup investigates.

October news in numbers

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

Netherlands: Aggression and rule-breaking is rarer in children of older parents

Children of older parents tend to have fewer externalising behaviour problems than children of younger parents, a study suggests.

UK: Emotional struggles predict temper tantrums in two-year-olds

Mothers who suffered from stress and anxiety in the antenatal period are more likely to see their child display behavioural problems such as temper tantrums, restlessness and spitefulness, according to a study.

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