Fearfulness in childhood a predictor of later anxiety during Covid

Research has identified early risk factors for developing anxiety during stressful life events in early adulthood. 

Frequent cannabis use by teens linked to drop in IQ

Adolescents who regularly use cannabis may experience a decline in IQ over time, a study in Psychological Medicine has found.

Funding boost for QNI community nurse support line

The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s TalktoUs telephone listening service has received a major funding boost from new charity Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA).

Pandemic impact: what about the kids?

Young people are emerging as the pandemic’s collateral damage. Their mental health and education are under strain, and their struggles include anxiety, isolation and poverty. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to support them.

Healthcare apps: it's good to chat

Caroline Palmer on how text messaging healthcare app ChatHealth has come into its own, and how community practitioners can embrace digital too.  

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.

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. 

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

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