Bringing you some recent mental health news items that may be of interest.  Please do share the articles with anyone you feel may benefit from reading them  – thank you.

  • Our first read comes from Sky News covering the lack of adquate protection for victims of domestic abuse.

Anyone who’s been a victim of any kind of abuse will understand the depth of pyschological  trauma involved.  If you, or someone you know, is, or has been a victim, please seek support from one of the many support groups or charities including Women’s Aid (for women & children) or Mankind (for men)

  • The Guardian online recently covered something rarely talked about or even acknowledged – that men, as well as women, can suffer from post natal depression.  A 2015 survey by the National Childbirth Trust identified that 1 in 3 fathers had concerns about their mental wellbeing.

If you’re a man who’s struggling with becoming a dad, then check out the Father’s Reaching Out website for support and information.

  • Pulse reports on the failures of CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) highlighted in a BBC Panorama programme ‘Kids In Crisis’ aired on 24 September 2018.

‘Speaking to BBC’s Panorama  … , Dr Jon Goldin, vice chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty, said: ‘I have colleagues working all over the country who are extremely dedicated, extremely committed doing excellent work. The trouble is the services are very stretched, we’re not meeting the need so in that sense it’s not fit for purpose.” Source: Pulse Online taken from BBC Panorama.

Given the severity of mental health illness amongst our young people, it is shocking that psychological illness has to develop to a critical level before support and help can be obtained.

”The BBC revealed a leaked letter telling staff at Waltham Forest CAMHS in January that they could no longer treat everybody who needed help, apart from the most severe cases, including psychosis and serious self harm.” Source: Pulse online taken from BBC Panorama

  • The NHS (following a report by The Guardian) is reporting an increase in deliberate overdoses in young people, with data obtained from a study by University of Nottingham researchers, funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research.

”Just under 2% of the young people studied had experienced poisoning events over the study period. The study says about 3 out of every 5 incidents (66.5%) were deliberate overdoses.

Rates have increased in recent years, with greater increases in young women and girls compared with young men and boys.” (Source: Reproduced from NHS website)

You can read the full report via the British Journal of General Practice

If you’re a child or young person experiencing mental ill health, or know a child who is, there are many charities and groups who can help with information and possibly support, including Young Minds

And finally,

  • There’s plenty of publicity surrounding mental health generally, but not too much focus on the older generations who often suffer in silence.  If you are a pensioner who’s feeling depressed, anxious or suicidal, or you know someone who is, then it’s important to reach out for help and support.  Besides speaking to your GP, try websites such as Age UK who may be able to offer you guidance.

 

Remember, if you’re struggling to cope, please reach out for help.  Your GP and local support groups may be able to help you, alongside larger organisations such as the Samaritans.

 

It’s time to stop the silence

 

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