Helping new parents: 'I think my husband has postantal depression'

Alison Lewis on how the PANDAS Foundation can help start a conversation with those parents deeply affected by childbirth. 

Fifth of adolescents have suicidal thoughts or anxiety

A global study has found that around one in five young people aged 12 to 17 experience thoughts of suicide or anxiety.

Is mental health the new pandemic?

Covid-19 has put unprecedented pressures on the mental health of millions of people in the UK – including young people, new mothers and healthcare professionals. Journalist Jo Waters looks at the impact, now and moving forward, plus what’s needed to help.

Half of 16- to 24-year-olds have felt lonely during the pandemic

Young people aged 16 to 24 are more than twice as likely (50.8%) to have experienced ‘loneliness lockdown’ as those aged 55 to 69 (24.1%), revealed a survey of more than 5200 adults in Great Britain.

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. 

Guilt and shame: just another day at the office

Leaving a new baby to return to work is, for many, the toughest part of becoming a parent. Journalist Helen Bird asks how you can help parents to deal with the emotional toll and face the fear of separation.

News in numbers: December/January

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

Keep on moving: new physical activity guidelines

Journalist Jo Waters outlines the update on the physical activity guidelines, and explains the importance of keeping babies and toddlers active.

Anorexia on the rise in pre-teens

Anorexia diagnoses among pre-teen children in the UK and Ireland have risen markedly, a study suggests.

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?

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