Addictions can take hold of people in a number of different ways. The addiction may be to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, the Internet or love; but, whichever it is, to boost the chances of recovery a person needs to adopt healthier lifestyle habits.
Nearly 10 million adults in the UK are being diagnosed with at least one mental health problem every single year. With that equating to an incredible one in four of us, it makes psychiatric treatment one of the biggest issues affecting society today.
The figures, which come from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also estimate that one in 10 children aged between five and 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Of these, 6% have a conduct or behavioural problem, 3% have been diagnosed with anxiety and 1% with depression. Some of the other conditions amongst children include autism, tics and eating problems.
A survey of over 1,000 head teachers has revealed that two-thirds are more concerned about their pupils’ mental health than any other issue related to wellbeing. The number of pupils suffering with mental health issues and how the school is supposed to deal with it is causing school leaders more distress than domestic violence and cyberbullying.
One of the main reasons why head teachers are finding it so difficult to cope with these issues is because of the lack of funding that goes into it. Last year alone more than half of councils in England had cut or frozen budgets for child and adolescent mental heath.
The Care Quality Commission has reviewed the help given to those who are in a mental health crisis and has concluded that the system is struggling to cope and that people are receiving inadequate support. Worryingly, it also highlighted what has been described as a ‘lack of compassion’ from A&E staff.
New research has suggested that children who are bullied by their peers are at greater risk of mental health problems in later life than those who are maltreated by adults.
The worrying findings revealed that children who were bullied were five times more likely to experience anxiety and twice as likely to talk of suffering from depression and self-harm compared to those who were maltreated at home.
There are many different types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the first part of our blog covered checking, contamination and mental contamination. Below we bring you some more ways that OCD can seriously impact a person’s life.
There’s nothing nicer than coming home from a long day and being greeted by our furry friends who are so excited to see us. Whilst a quick cuddle can instantly bring a smile to our face, could the mental health benefits of owning a pet be even more significant than we realise?
It’s incredibly difficult to watch someone you know and care about struggling with mental health issues but your support is paramount during this time and can make a huge difference to recovery. It’s perfectly normal to feel clueless about what you should be doing and saying however so below we have highlighted a few of the things you can do to show your loved one that you are there for them.
Every year the Guardian and Observer newspapers carry out a Christmas appeal and this year it’s about mental health. The appeal aims to dispel the myth that mental health problems are only experienced by a small minority of people and in a bid to prove this, they have released statistics which reveal the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the UK.
The Health Select Committee recently warned that current child and adolescent mental health services are seriously and deeply ingrained with problems. Despite the fact that the Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb has pledged to improve these services, at the moment areas all across England are still facing cuts however.
Officials have warned that the current child and adolescent mental health services available are seriously and deeply ingrained with problems.
The Health Select Committee has spoken out about the entire system and has stated that everything - from prevention right through to inpatient services - has issues.
Your mental health is very important - especially in today’s society where illnesses such as depression and anxiety are incredibly common. Although proper treatment is required in order to ensure a full and successful recovery, there are a number of things you can do by yourself to improve your general wellbeing.