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Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market stalls of Portobello Road with VR…
Researchers in Glasgow have developed a new online tool to help identify young people with emerging signs of mental health problems, such as psychosis. Nearly one third of the participants using the screening tool, which was created by researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, were…
Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-term mental health problems, with around two thirds stating…
Grenfell Tower survivors were let down and their trauma worsened by the efforts of the local authority to rehouse them, a report claims. North Kensington Law Centre, which has provided legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower and the surrounding area, said the performance of the local council…
A new study suggests more value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings. Researchers from Loughborough University have explored the way health care assistants perceive the benefits of exercise for their adult patients, as well as their attitudes to…
Loved ones of a father-of-three murdered by a schizophrenic in a random attack have said an NHS report into his death is a whitewash. Robert Kay, 49, walked into the open garage of Ian Dollery's seaside home in St Annes, Lancashire, and stabbed him 30 times with a kitchen knife…
People with mental health problems feel stigmatised in asking their employers for time off work to attend therapy appointments, according to medical professionals. Yet they would happily ask their boss for the time off if they were suffering a physical ailment such as a broken leg or arm, they said.…
The NHS was burdened with an £315 million increase in drugs spending because of unexpected price hikes that included a mental health medicine leaping by more than 70 times, a report has found. Concessionary prices, the spending on drugs above expected prices, on generic drugs were seven times higher than…
An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite of Bad Stories (SoBS) and the Mindfulness Magician. The stories, for 9 to 13-year-olds, are…
Concerns about a career, money, housing, education and social media could be fuelling a rise in mental health problems for millennials. Adolescents feel under more pressure to be successful at school and worry about their job prospects and getting on the housing ladder when they are older. As the awareness…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
A book by Ruby Wax has been included on a list of titles deemed to offer support to people with mental health needs. A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled by Wax, who has previously spoken of dealing with depression, has been picked as one of the 2018 Reading Well for…

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