News in numbers: May/June 2020

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

Mental health charities offer support to frontline

Mind, Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and the Royal Foundation (of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) have launched a mental health support service for frontline and key workers.

Scotland: £1m funding for perinatal mental health

New annual funding of up to £1m will be made available to charities from this August, to help the mental wellbeing of new families. 

The ‘profound’ impact on mental health from Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic could have a ‘profound’ and ‘pervasive’ impact on global mental health, now and in the future, warn a total of 24 leading experts on mental health, including neuroscientists, psychologists and public health experts.

Wales: funding doubled for ‘whole school’ mental health projects

The Welsh Government has doubled the funding available to local authorities and local health boards to support the mental health of children and young people.

Intensive care babies have greater risk of mental health problems

Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have a higher risk of mental health issues later, regardless of birthweight.

Pregnant with fear

Catriona Jones, Claire Marshall, Colin Martin and Julie Jomeen discuss a clinical pathway for women with fear of childbirth.

Sweden: Anaemia in early pregnancy is related to increased risk of children’s autism and ADHD

A cohort study looking at more than 500,000 children and their mothers has linked maternal anaemia early in pregnancy with an increased risk of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disability in the child.

England: Summer-born children are more likely to suffer depression in childhood

The youngest children in the school year are 30% more likely to develop depression than their older peers, according to analysis of data from more than a million UK children.

Psychiatrist ‘workforce crisis’ damages CAMHS

A psychiatric ‘workforce crisis’ is most acute in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), according to the latest census from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Suicide and self-harm prevention strategy is launched

A five-year plan to reduce rates of suicide and self-harm has been launched by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

November news in numbers

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

Creature comfort

Our pets make us smile and laugh – but they might also help improve the health of the nation. Should CPs be making greater use of animal-assisted therapy?

England: New parents with mental health problems could be overlooked, says NSPCC

About one in four new parents in England are not seeing a health visitor when their baby turns one, increasing the risk of mental health problems going unnoticed, the NSPCC says.

Big story: more harm than good

Rates of self-harm are rising steeply, especially among young women, but the majority are still not able to access the right medical or psychological care. Can you play a helpful role? Journalist Juliette Astrup investigates.

October news in numbers

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

Netherlands: Aggression and rule-breaking is rarer in children of older parents

Children of older parents tend to have fewer externalising behaviour problems than children of younger parents, a study suggests.

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