Pre-school play at age 3 lowers mental health risk at 7

Research in Child Psychiatry and Human Development has found that pre-school children who play well with others tend to have better mental health when older.

Integrative literature review of the current literature on coping as a phenomenon: with particular reference to mothering with a mental illness

Diana Skibniewski-Woods appraises the evidence on how mothers can cope with perinatal mental health problems.

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.

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.

Families holding on: how will they bounce back after Covid?

Young families have been under tremendous pressure from all directions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalist Jo Waters investigates what new parents, babies and toddlers, and parents of young children have been experiencing and asks what support they will need. 

Healthy body image protects against weight gain in teens

A two-year study of 1225 Norwegians in early adolescence found that positive ‘self-rated health’ and self-esteem protected them against weight gain.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Caring during Covid: half of workforce are ‘overwhelmed’

In a survey asking about the impact of Covid on their work, 49.3% of health and social care workers said they felt overwhelmed by increased pressures, 46.1% felt impacted but not significantly – and only 4.6% said that their service had not been impacted or had been stepped down.

Staff need support to deal with mental health challenges

Unite has called for action, including full consultation with unions, to deal with the mental health challenges faced by staff due to the pandemic.

Scotland: support people with eating disorders now

That’s the priority recommendation of a national review of services: urgent help for people with eating disorders

England: new mental health hubs for new, expectant or bereaved mothers

Thousands of new, expectant or bereaved mothers will receive help and support for mental health problems through ‘dedicated hubs’ being set up across the country, NHS England has announced.

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