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Teachers to be trained to spot mental health issues early

Theresa May will promise new classroom teaching materials and updated statutory guidance on schools’ mental health responsibilities. Photograph: View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images Theresa May is to announce that all teachers in England and Wales will be trained to spot the early signs of mental health issues in children as part of a package of measures aimed at prioritising prevention. ... Read More »

Mental health text support service Shout launched by royals

All the text conversations are anonymous, unless the client wants to give their name. Photograph: Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 A new text service for people who are feeling suicidal or facing a mental health crisis has been launched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are calling for 3,000 members of the public to train as online counsellors. Speaking at Kensington ... Read More »

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports. This study is the latest to highlight the potential risks of entrusting sensitive health information to our phones. Though most of the ... Read More »

Children’s mental health services ‘postcode lottery’

Spending on children’s mental health services – such as school counsellors and drop-in centres – has fallen in real terms in more than a third of areas in England, a report shows. The study, by the Children’s Commissioner, found spending had risen by 17% overall but many children faced a “postcode lottery” of provision. Anne Longfield said the figures were ... Read More »

City bodies back action plan to improve mental health of their staff

Nearly half (47pc) of City workers have suffered mental health problems at their current employer, research has shown CREDIT: SHAUN CURRY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Anumber of City organisations including HSBC and the Bank of England have signed up to an action plan to tackle widespread mental health problems in the finance industry. The framework, compiled by the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), recommends a string ... Read More »

Reducing Work Stress May Lower The Risk Of New Mental Illness Cases

If your workplace is supporting its employees by reducing their job strain, it may boost in preventing new cases of common mental illness from occurring up to 14 per cent, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, confirm that high job strain is associated with an increased risk of developing common mental disorders such as ... Read More »

Sharp rise under-11s referred for mental health help

There has been a sharp rise in the number of children under 11 referred for mental health treatment by schools in the last four years, figures show. Data obtained by children’s charity the NSPCC shows that schools in England have made a total of 123,713 referrals for specialist help since 2014-15. But more than half of these came from primary ... Read More »

Mental health self-help guides tend to be dull, so I created a vibrant zine

‘I noticed there were few resources for service users that were empowering or pleasing to the eye.’ Photograph: Swirlzine I’ve used my experiences over the last 20 years to develop Swirl, an accessible guide to managing anxiety I have struggled with anxiety, particularly overthinking, for a number of years. I’ve had cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and taken medication – and ... Read More »

Is contact with parents always best? Child mental health study challenges convention

Children brought up by extended family members should not always have contact with their parents as it could harm their mental health, according to new research. Interviews carried out for the charity Grandparents Plus examined the effects of parental contact on the increasing number of children being cared for by relatives other than their parents . It is estimated that more than 180,000 ... Read More »

Is being a chef bad for your mental health?

In October last year Andrew Clarke, head chef of the much-admired Brunswick House restaurant in Vauxhall, London, posted a picture of himself to Instagram. It’s in black and white. He is sitting at a table against a wall of distressed plaster, his straggly hair unsuccessfully tucked away beneath a ragged beanie hat, tattooed arms on show. In his hand is a ... Read More »