Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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How food can improve your mental health

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  • As part of our fight against this, we have a very much underutilised tool – food.In BBC One’s Doctor in the House, I try to help 34-year-old Emma Gleeson, who has been experiencing anxiety, depression and panic attacks for many years.
  • “I had been living on a diet of takeaways, fizzy drinks and general processed and convenience foods for as long as I can remember, and didn’t for one moment think that what I ate was contributing in any way to the anxiety and panic attacks I’d been experiencing for years,” she said.
  • The food you are eating is literally “shocking” your body.By changing her diet, as well as reducing her alcohol intake, Emma experienced a reduction in anxiety, an improvement in mood and fewer panic attacks.
  • It has also encouraged her to be more active and do more things at weekends, which also helps her mental health.Of course, there can be many other factors to consider with mental health problems and it is always worth getting advice from a qualified healthcare professional.There can be many other important factors to consider with mental health problems, such as emotional trauma and stress, but we should not underestimate the power of changing our food to improve our mood.Techniques that you can try at homeAs a doctor, I like to empower my patients.
  • The prebiotic fibre contained in vegetables help your gut bugs to proliferate, so the best way to maintain a healthy population is to increase your intake of vegetables, as well as fermented foods such as sauerkraut.

As part of the fight against mental health problems we have a very much underutilised tool – food.
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How food can improve your mental health

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  • As part of our fight against this, we have a very much underutilised tool – food.In BBC One’s Doctor in the House, I try to help 34-year-old Emma Gleeson, who has been experiencing anxiety, depression and panic attacks for many years.
  • “I had been living on a diet of takeaways, fizzy drinks and general processed and convenience foods for as long as I can remember, and didn’t for one moment think that what I ate was contributing in any way to the anxiety and panic attacks I’d been experiencing for years,” she said.
  • The food you are eating is literally “shocking” your body.By changing her diet, as well as reducing her alcohol intake, Emma experienced a reduction in anxiety, an improvement in mood and fewer panic attacks.
  • It has also encouraged her to be more active and do more things at weekends, which also helps her mental health.Of course, there can be many other factors to consider with mental health problems and it is always worth getting advice from a qualified healthcare professional.There can be many other important factors to consider with mental health problems, such as emotional trauma and stress, but we should not underestimate the power of changing our food to improve our mood.Techniques that you can try at homeAs a doctor, I like to empower my patients.
  • The prebiotic fibre contained in vegetables help your gut bugs to proliferate, so the best way to maintain a healthy population is to increase your intake of vegetables, as well as fermented foods such as sauerkraut.

As part of the fight against mental health problems we have a very much underutilised tool – food.
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How to get mental health support at work:

  • Almost all work places have a first aider, but what about a mental health first aider?
  • Poppy Jaman is CEO of Mental Health First Aid England and City Mental Health Alliance, both of which aim to tackle the stigma around mental health and promote good mental health practice.
  • She speaks to Jenni about the benefits of mental health first aiders in the work place and how they can help identify staff with mental health problems.

Almost all work places have a first aider, but what about a mental health first aider?
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Mental health police incidents at ‘shocking’ levels

  • “We have reviewed and made significant improvements in the way that we record police incidents that are linked to mental health and this is reflected in the data.
  • Video Mentally ill ‘should not be held in police cells’
  • Parliament Street, which studies political issues, called for greater investment in mental health services.
  • Parliament Street’s mental health spokesman, Danny Bowman, said: “These findings reveal the shocking numbers of mental health issues currently being dealt with by police forces across the country.
  • A government spokesman said: “People experiencing mental health crisis need the right care in the right place, not a police cell.

Figures show police faced 240,000 incidents involving people with mental health issues in 2016.
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‘Parents need lessons for children’s mental health’

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  • ‘Parents need lessons for children’s mental health’
  • The Faculty of Public Health sets standards for public health specialists in the UK and covers 3,300 professionals.
  • Children in care ‘too often denied mental health treatment’
  • Mental health support ‘denied to children’
  • It says: “Mental, emotional or psychological problems account for more disability than all physical health problems put together.

Parents should have lessons on how to raise their children provided by the government, Britain’s leading public health expert has said.
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