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  • 6Dec

    New mental health support for mothers

    NHS England has published information about mental health services for mothers, their families and people who care for them. Perinatal mental health problems are those which occur during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child. Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women, and covers a wide range of…

  • 28Nov

    Community mental health survey 2018

    Read the results of CQC’s latest survey which looked at the experiences of people receiving community mental health services. Results from the 2018 community mental health survey, compared with results from previous years, showed declines across several areas. This includes people’s perceptions of: seeing someone from NHS mental health services often enough being involved in agreeing…

  • 28Nov

    Mapping the influences on young people’s mental health

    The Health Foundation recently convened a series of workshops using a complex adaptive systems approach to explore influences on young people’s mental health. In this article, they spoke to Yannis Munro, Mental Health Advisor at The Prince’s Trust, who was involved in this work, about how the process is helping to map the web of connected issues which…

  • 18Oct

    New mental health campaign launched across the Midlands

    Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults in the Midlands to look after their mental health as they do their physical health, through its new Every Mind Matters campaign. The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage…

  • 11Oct

    How children and young people’s mental wellbeing is related to their reading and writing experiences

    This report explores the relationship between children’s mental wellbeing and their attitudes and behaviours towards reading and writing. It is based on findings from the National Literacy Trust’s eighth Annual Literacy Survey of 49,047 children and young people aged 8 to 18 in the UK. The link between literacy and health has been evidenced quite well, with studies indicating…

  • 4Oct

    Decision-making and mental capacity

    NICE guideline [NG108] Published date: October 2018 This guideline covers decision-making in people 16 years and over who may lack capacity now or in the future. It aims to help health and social care practitioners support people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so. It also helps practitioners to keep people…

  • 30Aug

    Mental health therapists in GP practices could be the norm

    Health chiefs have drawn up new guidance to encourage doctors to place mental health therapists in practice surgeries – bringing more mental and physical health services under one roof. These new therapists will be integrated into primary care teams and focus on common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, particularly where this occurs in patients…

  • 5Jul

    Libraries launch Reading Well for mental health

    “The best KPI for measuring Reading Well is messy shelves!” On Tuesday 5 June, The Reading Agency marked the launch of the brand new Reading Well for mental health booklist with an exciting event at the Wellcome Trust in London. Guest speakers from all aspects of the programme gave us their unique perspectives on the scheme. There was an excellent turnout…

  • 17May

    Blog: Becoming a citizen ambassador for mental health

    Excerpts from a blog by Sally Dack, Citizen Ambassador, Surrey Heartlands. As one of seven citizen ambassadors for Surrey Heartlands, mother-of-two Sally Dack talks about her professional and personal experiences and what she hopes to achieve. If you break a leg, getting the right services and support is usually straightforward. But if you have a broken spirit,…

  • 15Mar

    NIHR Research on severe mental illness

    Forward Thinking – National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) research on support for people with severe mental illness Severe mental illness (SMI) affects somewhere between one in one hundred and one in two hundred adults. People with severe mental illness, like schizophrenia, psychosis or bipolar disorder, often experience poorer health and, as a result, die…

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