March 2018 – here’s some of the stories making the mental health headlines this month

The pressures on the players of the ‘beautiful game’ are huge.  Football is an obscenely wealthy sport and when clubs spend big, fans want results – continuously.

The Guardian reveals how Barcelona’s Andre Gomes , just 24 years of age, is struggling with constant criticism and expectation after his £29m move from Valencia in 2016.

We wish Andre all the best for a positive future and congratulate him for speaking out.  Let’s hope he now gets the support he needs and encourages other players not to suffer in silence.

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The NHS is under fire yet again as Camden CCG is to cut funding to the Focus Homeless Outreach team.  From April 1, the CCG will be providing £219,866 less a year.  That 7 vital support workers will lose their jobs is bad enough, but what will become of the service users?  What horrific impacts could these cuts have on them?

Services such as Focus are particularly crucial given the continuous rise in ‘rough sleeping’ over the last 7 years.  You can get all the shocking facts and figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government report by clicking HERE

As The Guardian reports:  ‘Focus, set up 25 years ago, helps treat the high levels of depression, psychosis and other mental health conditions found in rough sleepers, hostel dwellers and “sofa surfers”, including some asylum seekers and people who have been trafficked. Its budget is being reduced even though it is regarded by NHS, local council and social work bosses in London as a model of good practice of how to reach the kind of group that often shuns traditional NHS services.’

Read the full article HERE

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Reports of suicides and self harm amongst young people are becoming frighteningly regular in the media and there is clearly a massive deficit in relation to access to services.

The BBC has spoken with Sherry Denness who’s just 18 years of age.

Sherry appears to have been continuously failed, beginning with an assessment from CAMHS (Child  & Adolescent Mental Health Services) at the age of 11, when Sherry was sent home labelled as an ‘attention seeker’.

“In many areas it is desperately hard for young people to get the support they need,” says Matt Blow, policy manager at YoungMinds, a UK charity for the well-being and mental health of young people. Every day the charity’s helpline hears from parents who have been waiting months for an appointment for their child and have nowhere to turn, he says.

“Sometimes their children have started to self-harm, become suicidal or dropped out of school during the wait.”

He estimates that only one in four children with mental health problems is currently receiving support from Camhs, but adds there is a postcode lottery, with services far better in some parts of the country than others.” (BBC Online)

You can read Sherry’s full story by clicking HERE

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If it wasn’t for the severity of the subject, we wouldn’t be mentioning Khloe Kardashian.

Trivialising OCD is extremely hurtful to sufferers and isn’t clever or cool.

Neither is advising people on ‘how to look thin’ in pictures.

Khloe you have a responsibility to your followers, particularly your younger ones who will hang on your every word.  Take that responsibility very seriously.

You can read the full story HERE

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