News in numbers: December

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

Wales: earlier mental health support in schools

Pupils will receive earlier mental health support in schools to prevent more serious problems in later life.

On the edge

The suicide rate in the UK may be going down, but three times more men than women took their own life last year. Journalist Sarah Campbell asks what’s going on and how you can make a difference.

Wales: ‘whole school’ plan to reform mental health support

The Welsh Government has embarked on a ‘whole school’ approach in the reform of mental health support for young people.

UK: sixfold increase in children’s mental health problems

Mental health problems in children and young people have soared across the UK.

Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

Spotlight on sight loss

Low vision or blindness can significantly affect a child’s learning progress and mental health. Journalist Anna Scott takes a closer look at how community practitioners can help families live with visual impairment.

Conference one-to-one: how are you, dad?

International campaigner for fathers’ mental health Mark Williams shares his story of coming through depression following the birth of his son, and how this experience inspired his fight to raise awareness and bring about change.

Great Britain: children attracted to those of same gender are twice as likely to self-harm

Almost a quarter (22%) of girls aged 14 have self-harmed in the past year, according to a new report by The Children’s Society.

News in numbers: November

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

Scotland: Government promises 250 new school nurses

As touched on last issue, funding for 250 extra school nurses has been promised to improve mental health provision in Scotland. As part of her Programme for Government, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said £250m would be spent improving mental health services over the next five years.

‘Austerity is not over,’ says Unite

In response to the chancellor’s budget speech, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says there is still the ‘horror’ to come of billions of pounds slashed from public spending.
 

Australia: poor body image rises along with children’s hormones

Children as young as eight are vulnerable to poor body image as hormone levels rise with the onset of puberty, new research has found.

England: self-harm hospitalisations in girls double since 1997

The number of girls under 18 treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS Digital figures.

England: first NHS gaming addiction clinic is announced

A London hospital is to launch the first NHS funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults.

Canada: don't overlook anger during postpartum

Women in the postpartum period should be screened for anger as well as depression and anxiety, new research from the University of British Columbia suggests.

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