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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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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Schools must do more on mental health, say School Reporters

  • According to research for BBC School Report, half of teenagers with mental wellbeing issues try to cope alone.
  • According to her mother, Sarah, Grace got some help through external music therapy and counselling but little support directly from her first two schools.
  • ComRes researchers questioned a representative sample of more than 1,000 UK-based 11- to 16-year-olds for BBC School Report:

    They said the most important thing schools could do to support pupils’ mental wellbeing was to provide someone trustworthy to talk to confidentially, but:

    Separate research on just over 700 teachers found:

    In January, Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to transform attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people.

  • The plans include better links between schools and NHS specialist staff and mental health first aid training for every secondary school.
  • Reacting to the School Report research, Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, said the government would “transform mental health services in schools” and was commissioning research to help schools identify which approaches worked best.

A third of teenagers with mental health issues lack the confidence to confide in teachers, research suggests.
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Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

  • Mind chief executive Mr Farmer said it was “important to see the prime minister talking about mental health”.
  • Theresa May vows to be ‘one nation’ prime minister
  • Theresa May vows to correct ‘burning injustices’
  • Mental health is everyone’s business and we need to see sustained leadership to make sure services and support improve”.
  • Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.

Theresa May pledges to help schools and companies deal with the “injustice” of mental illness.
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‘Parents need lessons for children’s mental health’

'Parents need lessons for children's mental health' @BBCNews

  • ‘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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Obesity Prevention: 5 Key Targets

Five key targets for obesity prevention from @HarvardPRC

  • The section includes lessons to teach kids about healthy eating, tips for healthy snacks and meals, and policy examples and resources for improving access to healthy foods in different environments.
  • It also provides ideas for making clean, cold, free water more accessible in environments like schools and afterschool programs, and it offers tips for making water more tasty and fun for kids.
  • The section contains lessons to teach kids the importance of limiting their consumption; tips for creating environments that are free of sugary drinks; sample materials for communicating these messages to parents and families; and other information and tools.
  • Look at the materials in the section for tips on turning off the screen and fun ideas for what you can do to replace screen time activities.
  • The section includes fun ideas to get kids moving and policy examples and resources for improving physical activity environments in schools, afterschool programs, and communities.

Read the full article, click here.


@HarvardChanSPH: “Five key targets for obesity prevention from @HarvardPRC”


The HPRC works with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes. The following 5 issues are key targets we’ve identified for obesity prevention:


Obesity Prevention: 5 Key Targets

Sprinting quickens the mind, researchers find

  • “By doing exercise, they are speeding up their minds .”
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  • “Essentially, following the exercise the children were mentally quicker, but still as accurate in their answers to the tests.
  • The particular exercises were chosen to replicate the kind of activities that children usually do in the playground – running for a short while, then stopping then running again for a short while.
  • Sprinting quickens the mind, researchers find

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@afPE_PE: “Bursts of intense exercise during the school day improve pupils’ focus & concentration in class, a study says…”


A study says bursts of intense exercise during the school day improves pupils’ focus and concentration in class.


Sprinting quickens the mind, researchers find

Pembrokeshire family confront mental health in young people

'If we can stop just one family having to bury their child'
 
Forum to discuss mental health

  • Pembrokeshire family confront mental health in young people
  • Around 50 people met in Pembrokeshire on Friday to discuss concerns about the mental health of young people.
  • There is also “specific support for complex young people”, the council added.
  • Mental health patients wait ‘years’ for treatment
  • Some of the issues discussed were the safeguarding of children in schools and a reduction of local authority services around mental health.

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@BBCWalesNews: “‘If we can stop just one family having to bury their child’

Forum to discuss mental health”


The relatives of a 15-year-old boy who took his own life bring together professionals to discuss concerns about mental health in young people in Pembrokeshire.


Pembrokeshire family confront mental health in young people

Cameroonian inventor wins prize for handheld tablet bringing medicine to rural areas

28-year-old Cameroonian invents handheld tablet to bring medicine to rural areas

  • The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation celebrates scalable solutions to critical everyday problems.
  • Cardio Pad could revolutionize medicine in remote areas.
  • Cardio Pad enables heart patients in remote areas to access healthcare without journeying to the cities where most heart specialists work.
  • Cameroonian Arthur Zang has won £25,000 ($37,000) for inventing a heart-monitoring tablet.
  • Zang — who won gold at the Africa Prize for the invention — explains that the tablet comes with “four electrodes, which are attached to the patient’s chest to determine whether their heart is functioning normally”.

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@CNNAfrica: “28-year-old Cameroonian invents handheld tablet to bring medicine to rural areas”


He is just 28 years old, but Cameroonian Arthur Zang has won a £25,000 ($37,000) prize for inventing a touchscreen heart-monitoring tablet that could revolutionize medicine in remote areas.


Cameroonian inventor wins prize for handheld tablet bringing medicine to rural areas

Eating more fruit in teen years may help stave off breast cancer – News – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Eating more fruit may help teen girls reduce their breast cancer risk later in life

  • Higher dietary fiber intake in young women may reduce breast cancer risk ( Harvard Chan School release )
  • Read the Time magazine article: What Teen Girls Should Eat to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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  • Women who ate nearly three servings of fruit daily when they were teens had a 25% lower risk of getting breast cancer when they were adults than those who ate half a serving, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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@HarvardChanSPH: “Eating more fruit may help teen girls reduce their breast cancer risk later in life”


Women who ate nearly three servings of fruit daily when they were teens had a 25% lower risk of getting breast cancer when they were adults than those who ate half a serving, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Eating more fruit in teen years may help stave off breast cancer – News – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health