Health experts argue that pregnant women should completely avoid alcohol

imagesMedical experts, including a paediatrician and doctoral research fellow have said that women should be told to avoid alcohol altogether during their pregnancy.

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Spotting the signs of depression in young children

CorporalPunishment m 0702Mental health conditions are on the rise and its not just affecting adults. Children as young as just five are now being treated with the likes of depression so its more important than ever to keep a close eye on the wellbeing of your child.

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Report finds that cocaine use has spread throughout the UK

cocaine 2A report which was carried out by the governments advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) has found that cocaine is no longer reserved just for the rich and famous and its use has spread into Britains suburbs, high rises and inner city council estates.

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New survey reveals that Britain tops the list of heaviest alcohol drinkers

Alcohol related deaths on 005A new survey has revealed that British people are more likely to binge drink, go to the pub or drink at home compared to those living in Germany, Australia, America and China.

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Teenagers are now less likely to use alcohol and drugs but are more likely to self-harm and suffer from an eating disorder

6499042 curled pink measuring tape and fork on white backgroundAlthough todays teenagers are less likely to get pregnant at a young age, drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke cigarettes, they are increasingly engaging in self-harm, suffering from eating disorders and failing to get enough sleep.

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Survey reveals a rise in violent crime in pubs across Great Britain

police 2An analysis of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to police forces across Great Britain have found that more than two thirds of areas have experienced a rise in violent crime in pubs in 2014 and this trend is set to continue throughout 2015.

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Children are turning to the Internet rather than doctors for mental health advice

internet addicitonThe Childrens Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield has revealed that children who are suffering from depression, self-harm and other mental health problems are turning to the Internet for answers instead of going to their GP.

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The effects that drugs have on the body - part two

aftercare planningDrug abuse is a matter that is taken very seriously because of the hugely damaging effects it can have on the body and mind. In the first part of this blog we covered cocaine, heroin and tranquillisers and here we continue with more of the most commonly used substances in the UK.

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The effects that drugs have on the body

Brain imageEven if drug use doesnt lead to addiction, it can still have a huge impact on the body. Here we highlight the most commonly used drugs in the UK and how it can affect your mood, brain, body and even worsen health problems.

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A rising number of students are seeking help for stress

college stressWarnings have been issued about the rising number of students who are struggling to cope with university life as there has been a sharp increase in the demand for counselling.

These services are currently facing an annual rise in demand of about 10% which equates to at least 115,000 students. The report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England even found that one institution witnessed an annual increase of more than 50%.

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Can machines really be used to help detect depression?

depression a z compA team of scientists at the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of California have developed an innovative new way of detecting the signs of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Study reveals that brain dysfunction persists for years after heroin abuse


The first brain imaging study to evaluate the long-term outcomes of former drug addicts has revealed that brain dysfunction is still sustained even after at least three years of abstinence from heroin.

Although brain abnormalities in individuals who are currently addicted to the drug or who are newly abstinent have been well documented, this is the first known trial to look into brain function after multi-year abstinence.

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Employers are being urged to address mental health issues in the workplace

MH at workThe shocking results of a new survey has led to calls being made to employers to address mental health issues once and for all.

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List Of Websites To Help You Stay Sober

3485581Cutting down and stopping drinking is often just the beginning, and most people will need some degree of help to stay alcohol-free in the long term.

We have created a List of useful websites which give you more information on how you can stay sober and stay on the path to recovery.

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The most anxious places to live in the UK

b2ap3 thumbnail depresion page 1A new study carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the five most anxious places to live in the UK.

Participants were asked overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?The results were measured on a scale of 0 (not anxious at all) to 10 (completely anxious) and an average was worked out to get an overall figure for residents in different parts of the country.

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The rise of over-the-counter painkiller addictions

Drug related accidentsA survey commissioned by ITVs Tonight programme has found that an incredible 900,000 people across the UK could be misusing over-the-counter painkillers. Even more concerning is the fact that the majority of these cases involve Codeine - a drug which is derived from morphine.

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Dorset has the highest number of eating disorder admissions in the UK

EDAccording to statistics from the Heath and Social Care Information Centre (HSIC), the county of Dorset has one of the highest levels of eating disorder admissions in the UK. Other parts of the country which experience the highest admissions include Barnet, Camden, the Isle of Wight and both Northern and Western Devon.

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Life Works Joins The Priory

An open letter from Chris Cordell, Life Works Hospital Director,

As a valued supporter of Life Works you know yourself that Life Works has been a leading provider of addiction and behavioural health care in the UK for the past 10 years. During this time we have gone from strength to strength, building on our dedication to recovery, our excellent clinical model, our impressive outcomes and the high value we put on our relationship with the recovery community, alumni and our referrers.

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Drug-related deaths in England reaches record levels

Drug related accidentsThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the number of people who died from drug poisoning in England in 2014 was the highest figure since modern records began in 1993. The news comes shortly after it was announced that the number of drug-related deaths has also reached record levels in Scotland with 613 deaths occurring last year.

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Manchester welcomes new 24-hour mental health helpline

aftercare planningA 24-hour mental health helpline has just been made available to residents in Manchester who are suffering from depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

The scheme is staffed by people who have previously suffered from mental health difficulties themselves and will therefore be able to offer advice and support to those who need it when a doctor or counsellor may not be available.

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