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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…
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has opened up about his struggle with depression. The 41-year-old musician revealed that he could be performing to packed arenas yet be crying on the floor of his hotel room just hours later. Lightbody would rely on alcohol every day to get him through his…
Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions are costing the NHS more than £70 million a year, a think tank has warned. The New Economics Foundation said its analysis shows there were 17,500 episodes where stress or anxiety was the primary cause for hospital admission, leading to 165,800 days where beds were…
Disruption to the body clock increases the risk of mood disorders and depression, a large study has confirmed. Scientists at the University of Glasgow looked at the circadian rhythms - which control functions including sleep patterns, body temperature, our immune systems and the release of hormones - of more than…
University students with mental health problems are in danger of "slipping through the gaps" when at their most vulnerable, a report has warned, amid a continuing increase in the number of student suicides.Several institutions have seen a number of student suicides over a short space of time, while the number…
Doctors should be cautious when prescribing some anti-depressants and bladder medications which may heighten the risk of developing dementia, researchers have said. A "robust" link was found between certain anticholinergic drugs, used to treat a variety of conditions, and future incidence of the neurological disorder, according to a study published…
A vast majority of the British public think time spent on social media is harming young people's wellbeing, a poll suggests. Four in five people support tighter regulation of the platforms to reduce perceived negative impact on issues like depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep. The figures, from polling commissioned…
Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas of DNA which may be linked to the condition. They…
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalisation for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other…
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