Mapping maternal mental health services

Dr Alain Gregoire of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance calls for an end to the postcode lottery and the roll-out of perinatal mental health units across the UK.

Depression in mothers impacts child’s IQ

A mother’s depression negatively impacts her child’s cognitive development, a study has found.

Wales: make children’s mental health a national priority, says assembly committee

Schools need preventative measures to support children’s mental health, a new report from the Welsh Assembly has found.

Arguing parents cause lasting emotional damage to children

Conflict between parents can impact on their children’s emotional processing, new research shows. 

England: Unite calls for more school nurses to improve mental health

‘Enforceable targets’ for school nurses must be included in the government’s green paper on children and young people’s mental health provision.

The mental health dividend

Stephanie Waddell of the Early Intervention Foundation says proactive schemes in schools will help vulnerable children, prevent problems in later life and benefit society.

Silent sadness: the truth about paternal PND

Postnatal depression in fathers and the effects on childhood development need urgent attention as too many men are suffering in silence, says health visitor Helen Knapman.

Childhood gambling: betting with their future

New figures reveal the shocking extent of gambling among children. Journalist Phil Harris asks if we need to be more vigilant.

England: animation to help support women with eating disorders

A training animation to help midwives and health visitors support pregnant women and new mothers with eating disorders has been launched.

Global: gaming addiction recognised as a disorder by WHO

Addiction to playing computer games will be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the WHO.

England: call for schools to help children manage social media

Schools should play a larger role in preparing children for social media’s emotional demands as they move into secondary school, England’s children’s commissioner says.

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