News in numbers: February

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

Research: psychological support for rapid response staff

Fiona Finlay, Anna Baverstock and Jackie MacCallam considered the need for coping strategies by rapid response teams following the death of a child.

UK: postnatal depression risk far higher in mothers of boys

The odds of developing postnatal depression (PND) increased by up to 79% when mothers had baby boys rather than girls.

NHS pledge to focus on young people’s health

Children and young people’s health has been set out as a priority in NHS England’s new long-term plan published Monday 7th January. It will see the introduction of a new transformation programme over the next decade.  

Mental health support for new fathers

Partners of expectant and new mothers who are unwell with mental health issues will be offered support and mental health checks, NHS England has announced.

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.

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.

Northern Ireland: children’s rights harmed by failing public services

Systemic failures in education, poverty and mental health have been highlighted by Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland commissioner for children and young people.

OCD: the unwelcome takeover

There is far more to obsessive compulsive disorder than straightening ornaments and checking light switches. Thankfully, awareness is growing. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Expectation of pain is reality for children

A University of California study, published in Psychosomatic Medicine, saw researchers apply thermal heat to 20 healthy children, 20 with anxiety disorders and 23 adults, asking them to rate the levels of pain.

Higher A&E admissions for children from households with health issues

A new study has found that emergency hospital admissions are more likely for children growing up in homes where an adult has a mental health disorder or an alcohol misuse issue.

Scotland: calls to action on mums' mental health

The Scottish Lib Dems are calling for action after the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) revealed that half of health boards in Scotland have no specialist services for pregnant women and new mothers.

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