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Centre for Mental Health sets out five key priorities for next Government ahead of 2017 General Election

Article Taken directly from Centre for Mental Health www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk The next UK Government should make mental health a priority and focus on tackling some of the biggest inequalities in our society, Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sarah Hughes said today. Launching the Centre’s briefing on Priorities for the next Parliament, Sarah Hughes said: “The…

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The Collins Foundation 2 years on..

So it’s been over 2 years since the website launched and the foundation found it’s place online. It’s been a long and arduous journey at times to make things happen but proud of the work that’s been done so far. The overriding message that I aim for is to get people talking about their mental…

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More than 1,000 schools given a mental health ‘point of contact’

Source – Schools Week www.schoolsweek.co.uk Jess Staufenberg More than a thousand schools will be given a “point of contact” mental health expert in the face of rising anxiety and depression among pupils. An ongoing pilot linking experts in child and adolescent mental health services (CAHMS) to schools will now grow to five times it size since it…

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The Collins Foundation Meets – I Roll Up My Sleeves.

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn and his wife Amy. Glenn formed the organisation called I Roll Up My Sleeves which is an alternative format to business networking meetings. The organisation works with charity and community projects combining networking with getting stuck in physically working on projects installing a poly tunnel for…

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Number of young seeking help for anxiety rises

Source – BBC News Online The number of young people in the UK seeking help for anxiety has increased sharply, a children’s charity has said. The NSPCC’s Childline counselled 11,706 young people for anxiety in 2015-16 – a 35% rise from the 8,642 in 2014-15. Children as young as eight have contacted the charity, with…

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Mental health champion for UK schools axed after criticising government

Source – The Guardian Online The government has dropped its mental health champion for schools after she publicly criticised current education policies, in particular the testing regime, which she claims is detrimental to children’s mental health. Natasha Devon was appointed by the government last August to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma surrounding young people’s mental health, as part of a wider £1.25bn drive to improve care.

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Young gay and bisexual men ‘six times more likely to attempt suicide than older men’, research finds

Source – Siobhan Fenton, The Independent Young gay and bisexual men are six times more likely to attempt suicide than older men, new research has suggested. The study, conducted by the London School of Tropical Medicine and funded by LGBT charity Stonewall, is based on analysis of 5,799 men living in the UK and has revealed a stark generational divide in the experiences of gay and bisexual men. It found that gay or bisexual men under the age of 26 are twice as likely to suffer from depression or anxiety and six times as likely to have attempted suicide or self-harm as men over the age of 45.

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Dramas and soaps ‘aid public understanding of mental health issues’

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, says media portrayals act as a lifeline, directing people to help. Soap operas and news reports about mental health can play a valuable role in increasing understanding of depression, anxiety and schizophrenia, and in encouraging people with problems to seek help, research has suggested. The mental health charity Mind organised a survey of more than 2,000 people, which found that half of the respondents who had seen a storyline involving a character with mental health problems said it had helped their understanding of the issues.

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Mental health badge launched for Girl Guides – Awesome News!

Source – BBC Girl Guides across the UK will be able to take a new badge in mental well-being and resilience from early April. The badge, “Think Resilient”, follows research showing nearly half of young women aged 17 to 21 in the UK have needed help with a mental health issue. Guides themselves helped design the programme which will be delivered by young women.

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