Calls to extend self-harm intervention to primary school children

Three per cent of more than a thousand Melbourne children reported self-harm at age 11 and 12. They had been assessed annually from the age of eight to nine (wave 1) to 11 to 12 years (wave four) . Of those who self-harmed, 64.3% were females and 35.7% were males.

PTSD suicide rates uncovered, and women are most at risk

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly seven times more likely than other women to die by suicide, research has found.

Covid-19 threatens perinatal mental health

More than one in three (36.4%) pregnant women and those who had recently given birth reported clinically significant levels of depression between May and August this year.

News in numbers: January/February 2021

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News in numbers: November/December 2020

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Self-harm risk is higher in early pubescents

Those who experience puberty earlier than their peers have a higher risk of self-harm in adolescence, reveals research published in Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences.

Mental health impact of pandemics on healthcare staff

Researchers have looked at how treating patients in past pandemics affected the mental health of frontline staff.

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.

News in numbers: February 2020

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

Scotland: mental illness top cause of millions of staff sick days

Poor mental health is one of the main reasons NHS staff are on sick leave in Scotland, new figures reveal.

Wales: six ways to stop suicide among young people

Public Health Wales (PHW) has highlighted six key ways to prevent deaths by suicide among children and young people.

Young people are saving the world - but is it good for them?

Should we be encouraged by the new wave of passionate young health campaigners, or have adults just let them down? And what can you do to help? Journalist Jo Waters reports.

Big story: down with social media?

The evidence around the ill effects of social media and long periods of screen time is not straightforward, writes journalist Juliette Astrup. She looks at the latest research on how young people can make the most of online positives and blot out the dark side of the internet.

Unlocking the mysteries of adolescent mental health

A £35m government-backed research programme into teenage mental health issues has been announced.

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