A 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.
Although today’s 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.
An 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.
The Children’s 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.
Drug 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.
Warnings 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%.
A 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).
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.
The shocking results of a new survey has led to calls being made to employers to address mental health issues once and for all.
Cutting 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.
A 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.
A survey commissioned by ITV’s 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.
According 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.
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.
The 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.
A 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.
Bigorexia is an anxiety disorder that’s hitting the headlines as it’s feared that one in 10 men who regularly go to the gym could be suffering from it.
What is bigorexia however? It is also sometimes referred to as muscle dysmorphia or reverse anorexia and it has become more of a concern in recent years as research shows that men are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their perceived body images. Although it’s far more likely to affect men, women have been known to suffer from the condition as well.
Last week, National Suicide Prevention Week helped to raise awareness about suicide and how it’s devastating hundreds of thousands of lives all around the world.