Too young to cope? Helping teenage parents

Health visitor Julie Davidson describes techniques for working with often resistant teenage parents to make a real difference to the outcomes of young families.

Pushed to the brink: a rise in suicide?

The Covid pandemic is sparking fears of a rise in suicide and suicidal behaviour. Journalist Jo Waters asks who are the groups most at risk and how can CPs best support them.

England: HVs fear vulnerable families left at risk due to redeployment

Health visitors have expressed concerns that the needs of children are being missed due to redeployment and increased caseloads during Covid-19.

England: children and adults with learning disabilities still dying prematurely

People with learning disabilities in England are not only dying prematurely, but from treatable causes of death, reveals the latest annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme.

Homelessness: crisis round the corner?

Lockdown, compounded by a deep economic slump, threatens to push thousands of people into homelessness. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores this shifting landscape and asks what happens next.

Adolescents from deprived communities show gene regulation differences

Young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and danger display differences in the epigenome – the proteins and chemical compounds 
that regulate the activity of their genes.

One in four adults in the UK experience 'food insecurity'

Around 25% of UK adults have struggled during the pandemic to access food they can afford, leaving them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition.

Parents fail to stop children’s centre closures

Campaigners fighting the closure of 19 children’s centres in Buckinghamshire have lost their High Court battle – clearing the way for the county council to replace 35 children’s centres with 16 family centres.

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.

Drug-poisoning deaths reach record levels

Deaths from drug poisoning have reached their highest ever levels in Wales, up by 78% over 10 years, according to a new report by Public Health Wales (PHW).

Dentists warn that teething products risk infants’ health

Parents should be on their guard when using teething powders, pills and gels, the British Dental Association (BDA) has warned.

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.

Ireland: Second-hand smoke linked to increased risk of child obesity

The children of women who do not smoke are less likely to become overweight or obese, report researchers from University College Cork.

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.

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