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One in four adults experience mental health difficulties in any given year, and mental health issues account for the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The NHS has pledged to invest more than one billion pounds to transform mental health care across the UK. Bangor University has responded…
Stigma is preventing young people from opening up about mental health issues, a youth charity has said. Almost one in four young people (24%) would not confide in someone if they were experiencing a mental health problem, a poll commissioned by The Prince's Trust found. More than a third (35%)…
Family conflicts are affecting the mental health of three quarters of parents and almost a third of youngsters, new research has found. Now a charity is calling for more mediation services to be made available across the country, with help also to be made available before families reach breaking point.…
Newsreader Mark Austin has said the care of people with mental illness in the UK is not sufficient and more funding is required to combat an "epidemic" among youngsters. The former ITV newscaster spoke of his daughter Maddy's battle with anorexia in her teens in a Sunday Times article, and…
Each year, more than 250,000 missing person reports are made to the police in the UK alone. The loss can have a profound emotional effect on the families left behind, but their experiences are relatively little understood. Alongside colleagues from the charity Missing People, I’ve been exploring this issue in…
A shortage of accommodation and lack of funding are hampering efforts to help female offenders turn away from crime, a watchdog has warned. Dedicated funding for women was said to have "virtually disappeared" since an overhaul of probation services was launched in 2014. Inspectors found a reduction in the availability…
According to popular wisdom death is the great leveller, affirming our common humanity whatever our status in life. But our recent study of people bereaved by a drug or alcohol-related death found it can also marginalise and stigmatise both those who have died and those left behind. Our 2012-15 ESRC…
A leading charity has trained counsellors to spot the signs of children being radicalised by terrorists. The NSPCC said it had received a number of calls from adults concerned about extremism, and its advisers have now been primed to spot the warning signs if a youngster is at risk. Chief…
Children are often left alone to deal with the "corrosive consequences" of abuse, a charity has warned. The NSPCC said more must be done to give youngsters who have been abused better access to therapy. A survey of those who work with children found that many believe criteria are too…
The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated the achievements of graduate addiction counsellors during a visit to a centre which trains professionals to work with substance abusers. Kate is patron of the organisation Action on Addiction and toured its centre for addiction treatment studies in Warminster, Wiltshire, to highlight its work.…
Tara Lal's brother took his own life when she was just 17. Here she blogs about how his death affected her, and how over time her grief made her a stronger person. For years, all I could see was what I had lost. Within four years we had gone from…
NHS staff are to be offered physiotherapy, counselling and Zumba classes as part of a drive to cut absence rates. Simon Stevens, NHS England's chief executive, will say creating healthy workplaces is "no longer a nice-to-have, it's a must-do". He will use a speech to announce a raft of measures…
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