The realities of addiction: alcoholism

In the first of a new series on addiction, journalist John Windell looks at alcohol dependency, its symptoms, how to get treatment, and what you can do to help.

Now it makes sense: ADHD and Autism in adulthood

Growing numbers of adults are being diagnosed with autism or ADHD. Journalist Anna Scott asks, what’s the impact and how can you help?

News in numbers: May/June 2022

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

Psychological distress higher in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors are more likely to experience psychological distress than adults with no history of cancer, a study has found.

Link between stammering and anxiety found for some children and young people

Children and adolescents who stammer report elevated symptoms of anxiety compared with non-stammering peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

Lonely teenagers more likely to have poor educational outcomes

A study examining loneliness in adolescence found those affected were more likely to achieve poor educational outcomes.

Northern Ireland: improving mental health services for young people

Health minister Robin Swann has published an updated ‘Still Waiting’ action plan, alongside its third annual progress report.

Why culture counts

Alis Rasul looks into a recent evaluation of how the mental health of BAME Muslim families can be supported when health visitors deliver a culturally sensitive early intervention parenting programme.

School attendance could play crucial role in mental health support

Researchers found that children and young people with a neurodevelopmental disorder (ADHD and autism spectrum disorder), mental disorder, or who self-harm are more likely to miss school than their peers.

Children from ethnic minorities more affected by self-harming

A study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health has found minority ethnic children and teenagers account for proportionately more A&E visits after self-harming than white children.

Could early adulthood depression lead to dementia?

A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests depression in early adulthood could be a risk factor for cognitive impairment, including dementia, in later life.

News in numbers: September/October 2021

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

The early warning signs of self harm

Researchers have identified two distinct subgroups among young people who self-harm, with risk factors showing as early as age five. It may therefore be possible to predict which individuals are most at risk of self-harm up to a decade ahead of time.

Northern Ireland: update on mental health action plan and care networks

Health minister Robin Swann reports that ‘substantial progress’ has been made in the 12 months since the Northern Ireland Mental Health Action Plan was published.

Scotland: £8m to support worker wellbeing after Covid

The Scottish Government has increased its wellbeing support budget this year by £3m to help its health and social care workforce recover from the pandemic.

England: workforce burnout at emergency levels, says committee

A report by the Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) suggests that the future functioning of services is at grave risk, and calls for an overhaul of workforce planning.

The pandemic could have a lasting impact on young people’s mental health, warns charity

A poll of more than 4000 eight- to 24-year-olds across the UK suggests the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people could still be worsening a year after the pandemic started.