New Parents Are Struggling With Mental Health

Depression and new parentsA poll which was carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed that two in five new parents experience a mental health issue during or after pregnancy with their first child.

Despite this, less than half (46%) considered seeking help with a quarter of respondents saying it’s because they were too scared to do so. Worryingly, these findings confirm that there is still a stigma attached to mental health and it’s preventing people from seeking out potentially life-saving support.

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Social Media May Be Making You Unhappy

social media and depressionFor most of us, it’s unlikely that a day goes by where we don’t check our social media pages. Although this seems like a perfectly harmless way to pass the time, researchers are now warning that social media distorts our perception of reality and that we’d actually be much happier without it.

As the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are increasingly being blamed for the rising rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders amongst it’s audiences, more research is being done to determine whether or not social media can really be blamed for this.

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Councils Spend Just One Percent Of Their Budget On Mental Health

mental health and government Data obtained by the charity, Mind has revealed that councils in England are spending on average, just 1% of their public health budgets on tacking mental health problems. More worryingly, some have even suggested that they don’t intend on spending any money on mental health whatsoever.

Following the results of the survey, Mind has estimated that just under £40 million will be spent by local authorities on mental health in 2015-16. Although this may sound like a lot of money, when compared to funding on other health issues, it’s miniscule.

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Study Finds Link Between TV and Depression

b2ap3_thumbnail_depression2_20151123-142906_1.jpgResearchers at the University of Toledo have found that binge-watching television is linked with higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

For the duration of the study, participants were asked to make a note of how much television they watched each night and how they felt afterwards. Just under 80% admitted to watching two or more hours of television per night and after spending a couple of hours in front of the box, the subjects reported lower mood, anxiety and stress.

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Promises From Alcohol Companies to Help Tackle Problem Drinking Have Failed

alcohol abuse and regulationAn independent report has claimed that the four-year responsibility deal between the government and the drinks industry has not only failed, but it has actually harmed public health as well. It also states that promises have been broken and that too little is being done to reduce serious problems such as underage drinking.

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Research Highlights Link Between Depression and Alcohol

alcohol and depression Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK and following the publication of new research, Alcohol Concern has reinforced the complex relationship between the condition and excessive alcohol consumption.

A number of clinical research studies have showed that over a long period of time, excessive alcohol consumption can cause depressive symptoms. Regular drinking disrupts the brain’s chemical responses which alters the way it operates due to lower levels of serotonin being produced.

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The Most Shocking Statistics On Alcohol In The UK

b2ap3_thumbnail_binging_20151119-122652_1.jpgAs the cost of alcohol on society reaches a whopping £21billion, this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week is aiming to get people thinking about how it affects individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Here we highlight some of the most shocking statistics about how alcohol abuse is affecting the UK.

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Alcohol Advertising Creates Underage Drinkers

teen drinkingA study has found that under-18s are an incredible five times more likely to buy alcohol after seeing it advertised on television and 36% more likely to drink it after reading about it in a magazine.

The results of the Boston University study have caused health professionals to speak out about this ‘major health problem’ and urge that it needs to be addressed once and for all. With Britain experiencing one of the highest rates of underage drinking in Europe, the researchers confirmed:

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Schools Have To Call 999 For Help With Mental Health Issues

police and mental healthHead teachers across the UK have revealed that thanks to service shortages they are being forced to call 999 to get treatment for pupils who are suffering from mental health problems. As well as this, some schools are even being asked to pay for services for troubled pupils that should be provided by the NHS or social services.

Teachers, heads and bodies representing counsellors and therapists have all complained of significant problems when it comes to securing support for pupils’ mental health problems and special education needs.

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Forty Percent Of British Men Have Considered Suicide

Depression and SuicideResearch carried out by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) has found that an unbelievable 40% of British men aged between 18 and 45 have considered taking their own lives at some point.

Of those, a similar proportion said that they did not discuss these thoughts with anyone else which confirms concerns that men feel that they can’t open up about how they’re feeling to others. The most common reasons men give for not discussing their problems reinforce the norms of what society thinks it is to be a man - they’re not to talk about their feelings or make those around them worry.

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Study Finds Link Between Brain Activity And Anorexia

anorexia and brain researchA study has suggested that differences in brain activity may be an underlying cause of some of the unhealthy eating patterns that people with anorexia nervosa develop.

The study, which took place in New York found that those who had been hospitalised for the disorder activated unique areas of their brains when making decisions between various foods. In order to test this, the researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) which tracks blood flow in the brain. They did this on a group of women who had recently been hospitalised for anorexia and compared it to another group of healthy women.

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Ireland Plans To Decriminalise Drugs For Personal Use

drug abuse in IrelandEarlier this week it was announced that Ireland is set to decriminalise small amounts of drugs which are intended for personal use. Heroin, cocaine and cannabis are all included and from next year, drug users will also be able to inject themselves in specially designated rooms in Dublin.

It has been made clear that it will still be a crime to profit from either the sale or distribution of illegal drugs but that drug takers will no longer be criminalised for their actions.

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New Mental Health Campaign Gets High Profile Support

mental healthFormer mental health minister, Norman Lamb, Conservative MP, Andrew Mitchell and former Labour spin doctor, Alistair Campbell have launched a new campaign which is calling for an increase in funding for mental health services in England.

The campaign also highlights the lack of access to treatment that many face, with an incredible three out of four mentally ill children receiving no treatment at all. Highlighting the seriousness of this issue, currently, life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years lower than that of the general population.

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Stress At Work Can Take 33 Years Off Your Life

stress and anxietyWhether you’re being over-worked, have strict deadlines to meet or have a difficult boss, it’s not unusual to feel under pressure at work. In fact, nearly 40% of all work-related illnesses in the UK stem from stress.

New, more worrying figures published last week reveal that this very stress could be shaving more than three decades off our life expectancy as well. The American study also suggests that the amount of life lost due to stress varies significantly for people of different races, education levels and genders.

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The Difference Between Sadness And Depression

depression and sadness Depression has become a huge issue in the UK. In fact, along with mixed anxiety, it’s the most common mental disorder in Britain. It’s therefore hardly surprising that in recent years, a huge amount of time, effort and funding has gone into raising awareness about it and making people more aware of the symptoms.

Despite this, it can still be difficult to tell the difference between general sadness and depression which can create huge problems. Some people think they’re just a bit down in the dumps and end up neglecting a serious condition that requires medical attention whereas others are seeking treatment for what is actually a normal emotional state.

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The Most Dangerous Places To Drink In Britain

alcohol abuse and dangerNew figures which have been released by Labour MP, Liam Byrne have revealed the most dangerous places in Britain to drink alcohol and the popular stag and hen destination, Blackpool has topped the list.

Over the last year alone, hospitals in the area dealt with 1,720 admissions as a result of drinking - which is the equivalent of five per day. Second on the list is Stoke-on-Trent which sees 82.5 per 100,000 admissions to medical facilities because of drinking.

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Postnatal Depression Affects One Quarter Of New Mothers

b2ap3_thumbnail_mother_20151106-101911_1.jpgAlthough there is absolutely no doubt that welcoming a new baby into the world is one of the happiest times of any parent’s life, such a life-changing event combined with a lack of sleep and unpredictable hormones means that is can also be one of the most difficult.

Highlighting just how much of an impact this can have, a new study has found that over half of new mums will experience mild ‘baby blues’ whilst more seriously, almost a quarter will suffer from postnatal depression.

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Mental Health Detentions In England Rises By 10 Percent

Mental health and treatmentOver the past 12 months there have been 58,000 mental health detentions under the Mental Health Act in England - a 10% rise compared to the year before.

Under the Mental Health Act, anyone with a mental health disorder can be admitted to hospital against their wishes for treatment, which is something doctors are being forced to do in order to find patients a hospital bed.

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Why Britain Faces Mental Health Bed Shortages

mental health treatmentNot a week goes by where there isn’t a media report detailing the mental health crisis that Britain is facing and how a lack of beds and funding means that people can’t even receive treatment for it.

At the beginning of the summer, an inquiry took place and looked into why there is such a shortage of beds available and what needs to be done about this. The independent commission report concluded that contrary to popular belief, it’s not bed closures that are causing these issues - it’s delayed discharges and poor community provision.

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Middle Aged Drinkers Risk Dementia

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcoholic-brain.jpgThe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has warned that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption for those in middle-age.

The warning is aimed particularly at those aged between 40 and 64 as this is the group that is most vulnerable to dementia, disability and fragility. The watchdog is also calling for better warnings that not only highlight the dangers of drinking, but also encourage people to reduce the amount they drink as much as possible.

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