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Lack of sleep could contribute to mental health problems

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A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has revealed that a number of mental health problems could be linked to a lack of sleep.

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Painkiller use has doubled in the last 15 years

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Most of us don’t think anything of reaching for paracetamol or ibuprofen to help ease aches and pains but a new report has exposed a worrying trend involving painkiller use in England.

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Mental health now responsible for one in three sick notes

Mental health now responsible for one in three sick notes

New data which has been released following an NHS investigation has revealed that one in three sick notes handed out by GPs are for mental health problems. This means that mental health is now the most common reason for people to take time off work, ahead of musculoskeletal diseases.

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The number of men with eating disorders rises by 70%

The number of men with eating disorders rises by 70%

Data from the NHS has revealed that the number of adult men being admitted to hospital with an eating disorder has risen by 70% over the past six years. This means that the number of men being hospitalised for eating disorders is now increasing at the same rate as it is for women.

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The UK’s mental health

The UK’s mental health

The 10th of October 2017 marks World Mental Health Day. This day raises awareness about mental health issues and encourages anyone who thinks they might have a problem to come forward and speak to someone about it.

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A third of UK workers are experiencing mental health problems

A third of UK workers are experiencing mental health problems

A survey carried out by the management consultancy firm, PwC has revealed that more than a third of UK workers are experiencing mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and depression.

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Alcohol-related hospital admissions are on the rise

Alcohol-related hospital admissions are on the rise

According to the latest Statistics on Alcohol England 2017 report, there were a record 1.1 million alcohol-related hospital admissions in England between 2015 and 2016.

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Nearly half of new mothers with mental health problems aren’t being diagnosed

Nearly half of new mothers with mental health problems aren’t being diagnosed

A survey carried out by The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has revealed that nearly half of new mothers who are suffering with mental health problems aren’t being diagnosed or treated for their conditions.

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Five damaging myths about alcohol addiction

Five damaging myths about alcohol addiction

Do you have a good understanding of alcohol addiction? The reality might be quite different to what you expect, with information through television or societal prejudice allowing myths to arise.

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When social drinking becomes a problem

When social drinking becomes a problem

Society has normalised drinking to the extent that many of us don’t see going out and drinking heavily as a problem. We are so used to images of people falling out of pubs and clubs that we don’t bat an eyelid when we see it, with some even setting out to get this drunk.

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Children as young as four are suffering with mental health problems

Children as young as four are suffering with mental health problems

A recent survey published by the largest teachers’ union in the UK, NASUWT has revealed that children as young as four are being plagued with mental health problems.

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Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the UK

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the UK

Doctors and politicians have warned that addiction to prescription medication is becoming just as much of a problem in the UK as illegal drug use.

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The surprising effects and impact of marijuana

The surprising effects and impact of marijuana

The more common side-effects of smoking marijuana include increased appetite, laughing, scrambled senses and, in some cases, heightened anxiety. But did you know there are some lesser known effects of the drug as well?

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UK businesses are struggling to cope with the growing mental health crisis

UK businesses are struggling to cope with the growing mental health crisis

A new study has revealed that Britain’s businesses are struggling to cope with the increasing number of mental health issues in the workplace.

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Depression has become the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide

Depression has become the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression has become the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

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How much is social media really affecting our mental health?

How much is social media really affecting our mental health?

A new survey carried out by the American Psychological Association (APA) has revealed that nearly half of ‘millennials’ fear their addiction to social media is having a negative impact on both their physical and mental health.

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Should employees be encouraged to exercise at work?

Should employees be encouraged to exercise at work?

Recent figures suggest more than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive. With rates of obesity rising fast and this leading to a number of physical and mental health problems, experts are now asking: should exercise be compulsory at work?

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Why being too hard on ourselves is bad for our mental health

Why being too hard on ourselves is bad for our mental health

Do you accept small errors or do you beat yourself up about them?

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How to support someone with an eating disorder

How to support someone with an eating disorder

If a loved one has opened up to you about their eating disorder, it can be very difficult to know what to say to them because, naturally, you will have concerns about saying the wrong thing.

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What happens to your body when you give up alcohol?

What happens to your body when you give up alcohol?

Whether you’re having an alcohol-free month, are trying to reduce your general intake throughout the course of the year or choose to go completely teetotal, there are a lot of benefits to be had from reducing your alcohol consumption.

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