Stress and anxiety: the price of lockdown

In the first study to look at people’s coping styles during lockdown (17 to 26 April 2020), researchers confirmed that health anxieties were heightened, and those in vulnerable groups were more distressed as a result.

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.

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.

UK: Emotional struggles predict temper tantrums in two-year-olds

Mothers who suffered from stress and anxiety in the antenatal period are more likely to see their child display behavioural problems such as temper tantrums, restlessness and spitefulness, according to a study.

Great Britain: Racist incidents rise for overseas nurses since Brexit vote

Overseas nurses are experiencing higher levels of discrimination, including racist incidents, and are more likely to consider leaving the NHS since the EU referendum in 2016, a new report has found.

England: Bullied children are at greater risk of depression

A mix of genetic and environmental factors could put some people at greater risk of depression if they are bullied as children, says a study in JAMA Network Open.

What do you see?

Negative body image is an issue for children and adults alike. What’s the impact, and how can you help? Journalist Anna Scott reports.

USA: Napping associated with a host of benefits for older children

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection between midday naps in older children and greater happiness, self-control, academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems.

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