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Older people with mental health problems are seen as "second class citizens", a charity has said. The NHS in England is "failing"older patients with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, according to a new report from Age UK. The charity said that not enough older people with common…
"I have met many parents who have lost a child to suicide," explains Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group. "They are looking for explanations, they often want to help protect other young people, they are dealing…
A new study by the Mental Welfare Commission found many positive aspects of care and support for people with severe and enduring mental ill health in Scotland who were in touch with community mental health services. Most people interviewed were satisfied with their care and treatment, saw local mental health…
There has been widespread welcome of a new report from the Alzheimer’s Society which aims to tackle issues surrounding dementia in rural areas of Wales. ‘Dementia in Rural Wales’, which was launched at the Royal Welsh Show, calculates that of the 45,000 people with dementia in Wales, 38 per cent…
Loneliness among older men is becoming a "major public health challenge", a charity has said. Age UK said around half a million men over the age of 65 in England who have a long-term health problem are lonely, and this is only set to get worse as people live longer.…
Being lonely and socially isolated can increase a person's risk of heart disease or stroke, new research suggests. The effect loneliness has on the heart is similar to that seen in people who suffer anxiety or have stressful jobs, experts found. Researchers from the University of York, the University of…
Hip-hop artists Tupac and Eminem are among the most iconic music artists of the past two decades, and as Dr Akeem Sule and Dr Becky Inkster, co-founders of HIP-HOP-PSYCH, write, their lyrics can provide a valuable insight into the lives of some of the people most at risk of developing…
In an increasingly globalised economy and culturally diverse country, a new report from King’s College London and National Citizen Service (NCS) reveals a ‘concerning' lack of social integration and level of loneliness amongst the next generation of young people, which could be harmful to the UK’s economy and wellbeing in…
Hundreds of thousands of older people in Britain are facing a "double whammy" of unmet care needs and being chronically lonely, a charity has warned. Age UK said there were more than a million older people who needed care but did not receive it from any source - be it…
A new fund has been set up to tackle loneliness and isolation, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced. Projects aiming to tackle loneliness will be boosted by £548k of funding, with the new £300k Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund aimed at preventing vulnerable young and older people becoming lonely…
A life of loneliness threatens aspects of someone's health as much as physical inactivity in adolescence or diabetes in old age, new research claims. Lacking a network of friends or family can "vastly elevate" the risk of developing health conditions and can affect physical well-being down the line. Scientists examined…
A quarter of homeless people face this Christmas alone, a charity has warned. Thousands of people will spend the festive period on the streets. As families across Britain gather to celebrate, more than two-thirds of homeless people surveyed admitted they would spend Christmas with neither relatives nor friends, Crisis found.…
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