England: Bullied children are at greater risk of depression

A mix of genetic and environmental factors could put some people at greater risk of depression if they are bullied as children, says a study in JAMA Network Open.

What do you see?

Negative body image is an issue for children and adults alike. What’s the impact, and how can you help? Journalist Anna Scott reports.

USA: Napping associated with a host of benefits for older children

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection between midday naps in older children and greater happiness, self-control, academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems.

An early start

More babies are being born extremely premature. While these babies can often face health and developmental issues, their families can also be affected by anxiety and depression. So it’s vital that CPs offer support. Journalist and mum of twins born prematurely Linsey Wynton reports.

UK: New framework for training in infant mental health

A new competencies framework has been launched to help practitioners working with children from birth to two years to identify gaps in their training.

UK: New guide on childhood trauma published

Three charities have produced a new guide on childhood adversity and trauma for professionals working with children.

Wales: Cardiff offers bikes on prescription in UK first

Two GP practices in Cardiff have launched a pilot project prescribing patients with a six-month membership to a bike share scheme, in a bid to tackle heart disease.

July/August news in numbers

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

A postive note

Research is now exploring the link beween singing and better health more rigorously, says journalist Rima Evans. 

Any questions?

Having access to, and understanding, quality health information is vital for life, yet too many adults are still missing out. Journalist Erin Dean asks, what’s going on?

Norway: gaming could affect girls’ but not boys’ social skills

A study from Norway looking at how playing video games affects social skills has found differences based on age and gender.

Great Britain: lack of mental health support in schools is a ‘destructive situation’

Four in five teachers report seeing more mental health problems among students, says a survey of more than 8600 teachers, school leaders and support staff from across the UK.

Time for a screen break?

Concerns have been raised that digital devices are now a fundamental part of so many children’s lives, but are there mixed messages around the impact on young people? And how can you help parents navigate the advice? Journalist Georgina Fuller reports.

We need to talk about death

How can you best support families who are in the sad position of mourning a child or a parent? Journalist Linsey Wynton reports.

Big story: mindful from the start?

With mindfulness exercises set to be among techniques taught in a government-led trial across primary schools, journalist Juliette Astrup asks about the growing interest in mindfulness and how it can help support children’s wellbeing.

USA: adversity in early life disrupts gut microbes linked to brain function

A study has linked disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome, triggered by early-life adversity, with emotional health. 

Scotland: £50M more for perinatal mental health services

More than £50m is to help improve access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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