Children’s mental health services face postcode lottery, warns new report

Children in need of ‘low-level’ mental health services – vital preventative and early intervention services for problems such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders are facing a postcode lottery. So found an investigation by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Australia: self-poisoning in children doubles in 10 years

The number of Australian children intentionally poisoning themselves with drugs such as paracetamol and antidepressants has doubled in the past decade, say scientists.

UK: PTSD strikes one in 13 youngsters

One in 13 young people in the UK have had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before reaching the age of 18, new research suggests.

News in numbers: April

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

England: 370 schools to take part in new mental health trials

Hundreds of children are taking part in one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing.

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.

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