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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Life Works Eating Disorder Programme

Life Works Eating Disorder Programme

To offer you an insight into Eating Disorder treatment at Life Works, we have laid out our Eating Disorder Treatment Programme below. If you are worried about a loved one, read through our guide to the symptoms of the different eating disorders.

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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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Helping children with alcoholic parents

Statistics show one in five children in the UK today are living with a parent who has a problem with alcohol.

Despite the shocking statistics, children affected by parental alcohol problems remains a hidden topic. In a bid to change the recent Children of Alcoholics Week aims to raise awareness and reassure children that they are not alone and there is help and support available. The clearer the support pathways are to children and young adults, the better their future can be.

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Have mental health multi disorders become a part of modern living?

Mental health issues are becoming a part of life for an increasing amount of people in the UK, but what are multi disorders? Otherwise known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring conditions, this is when an individual experiences both a mental health problem and an addiction or behavioural health issue, for example an eating disorder.

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MPs Reveal Horrifying Facts About Mental Health part two

Christmas mental healthIt’s well publicised that Britain is experiencing a mental health crisis and that much more needs to be done about it. Here, the second part of our blog reveals some of the most shocking points to come from a three-hour debate amongst MPs about mental health in the UK.

Your postcode determines how quickly you will receive treatment. In some parts of the country, 100% of patients are seen within the government’s target time but in some of the worst-hit areas such as East Cheshire, the number of people who get help within the same timeframe is just 4.6%.

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MPs Reveal Horrifying Facts About Mental Health

mental health and governmentEarlier this month, MPs had a three-hour debate about the crisis of Britain’s mental health and perhaps unsurprisingly, some horrifying facts and statistics were delivered.

Three times more people commit suicide than are killed by cars. Labour MP Kevan Jones raised this point and said that the same amount of effort needs to go into attacking suicide rates in this county as we put into road safety campaigns.

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Living Close To Good Transport Links Boosts Mental Health

mental health and transport linksA new study has found that living in close proximity to good public transport links could reduce our chances of suffering from depression and the need to be prescribed anti-depressants.

The study was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and looked at five characteristics which might impact our quality of life including development density, land use, public space, cultural and sport facilities and transport access.

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More Than Half Of UK Parents Never Talk To Their Kids About Mental Health

mental health and childrenA new survey has revealed that more than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety or depression.

Despite the fact that one in 10 young children are now experiencing mental health problems, worryingly, 45% of the parents questioned said the reason why they haven’t approached the subject with their children is because ‘mental health is not an issue.’

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The Mentally Ill May Be More Likely To Die Early Depending On Where They Live

mental healthA new study which was funded by the Cabinet Office has revealed that one in four areas across England have unacceptably high rates of early deaths amongst people who are suffering from mental health problems.

More than 200 local areas were analysed by independent experts who were looking at deaths which occurred before the age of 75. In every area, the premature mortality rate was higher amongst those with mental health problems but in 51 of the areas, it was found to be particularly worrying.

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Social Media May Be Making You Unhappy

social media and depressionFor most of us, it’s unlikely that a day goes by where we don’t check our social media pages. Although this seems like a perfectly harmless way to pass the time, researchers are now warning that social media distorts our perception of reality and that we’d actually be much happier without it.

As the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are increasingly being blamed for the rising rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders amongst it’s audiences, more research is being done to determine whether or not social media can really be blamed for this.

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Councils Spend Just One Percent Of Their Budget On Mental Health

mental health and government Data obtained by the charity, Mind has revealed that councils in England are spending on average, just 1% of their public health budgets on tacking mental health problems. More worryingly, some have even suggested that they don’t intend on spending any money on mental health whatsoever.

Following the results of the survey, Mind has estimated that just under £40 million will be spent by local authorities on mental health in 2015-16. Although this may sound like a lot of money, when compared to funding on other health issues, it’s miniscule.

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Schools Have To Call 999 For Help With Mental Health Issues

police and mental healthHead teachers across the UK have revealed that thanks to service shortages they are being forced to call 999 to get treatment for pupils who are suffering from mental health problems. As well as this, some schools are even being asked to pay for services for troubled pupils that should be provided by the NHS or social services.

Teachers, heads and bodies representing counsellors and therapists have all complained of significant problems when it comes to securing support for pupils’ mental health problems and special education needs.

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New Mental Health Campaign Gets High Profile Support

mental healthFormer mental health minister, Norman Lamb, Conservative MP, Andrew Mitchell and former Labour spin doctor, Alistair Campbell have launched a new campaign which is calling for an increase in funding for mental health services in England.

The campaign also highlights the lack of access to treatment that many face, with an incredible three out of four mentally ill children receiving no treatment at all. Highlighting the seriousness of this issue, currently, life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years lower than that of the general population.

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Mental Health Detentions In England Rises By 10 Percent

Mental health and treatmentOver the past 12 months there have been 58,000 mental health detentions under the Mental Health Act in England - a 10% rise compared to the year before.

Under the Mental Health Act, anyone with a mental health disorder can be admitted to hospital against their wishes for treatment, which is something doctors are being forced to do in order to find patients a hospital bed.

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Why Britain Faces Mental Health Bed Shortages

mental health treatmentNot a week goes by where there isn’t a media report detailing the mental health crisis that Britain is facing and how a lack of beds and funding means that people can’t even receive treatment for it.

At the beginning of the summer, an inquiry took place and looked into why there is such a shortage of beds available and what needs to be done about this. The independent commission report concluded that contrary to popular belief, it’s not bed closures that are causing these issues - it’s delayed discharges and poor community provision.

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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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Teenagers are struggling to cope with the pressures of social media sites

SMNew research from the University of Glasgow has suggested that teenagers feel they need to be available on social networking sites 24/7 and its resulting in depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation.

Subjects aged between 11 and 17 were questioned about their overall (but specifically night-time) social media use. Following this, their sleep quality, self-esteem and emotional investment into these sites were also measured and then analysed.

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