NHS Confederation

  • A “radical reform” of mental health services is needed to develop a workforce to meet people’s needs in the future, according to a new report by the Centre for Mental Health on behalf of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation.
  • The future of the mental health workforce makes recommendations including ensuring that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more…
  • Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said: – – “Those consulted felt that the skills of those working in primary care need to reflect the work they do: that if one in three GP appointments relates to a mental health…
  • The future mental health workforce will need to be skilled in coproducing services with those who use them; in educating and supporting GPs, teachers and hospital staff; and in engaging with communities.
  • Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director for Education and Quality at Health Education England, said: – – “Health Education England very much welcomes this report and is looking forward to working with partners across the system on both recommendations from this insightful report, as well as our…

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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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NFL, NIH End Partnership For Concussion Research With $16M Unspent : The Two-Way : NPR

  • “NIH officials decided months ago to let the agreement expire in August with more than half of the money unused, following a bitter dispute in 2015 in which the NFL backed out of a major study that had been awarded to a researcher who had been critical of the league,” ESPN reported this week.
  • “The NFL’s agreement with [the funding arm of the NIH] ends August 31, 2017, and there are no current research plans for the funds remaining from the original $30 million NFL commitment,” the NIH said in a statement to ESPN, noting that the institutes are currently funding concussion research directly.
  • “If [the] NFL wishes to continue to support research at NIH, a simple donation to the NIH Gift Fund to support research on sports medicine would be favorably viewed, as long as the terms provided broad latitude in decisions about specific research programs.”
  • “With little more than a month remaining in the initial five-year agreement establishing SHRP, the NFL has yet to contribute the remaining $18 million pledged to support research into health issues affecting athletes through NIH,” the lawmakers wrote to Goodell, The Washington Post reported.
  • The NFL said in a statement that the league was “engaged in constructive discussions” with the NIH’s fundraising arm “regarding potential new research projects and the remaining funds of our $30 million commitment.”

The relationship has been fraught with disputes about which research should be funded. Four House members have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell whether the league plans to honor its commitment.
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Local Teens Come Together For Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge

What happens when teens brainstorm ways to improve youth mental health:

  • The occasion was the first Stanford Mental Health Innovation Challenge, a hackathon-style contest in which teams of students identified challenges to youth mental health and designed real-world projects to address them.
  • The grand prize-winning team decided to try helping young people better understand mental health issues, a story on the Healthier, Happy Lives blog explains.
  • involves hosting mental health-themed book fairs for children and young adults:

    ‘We identified a lack of education about mental health issues among young people,’ Stephanie [Zhang, a member of the winning team,] said.

  • ‘Making these books available to young kids will prompt conversations between kids and parents about mental health issues starting at a young age,’ added Jade Sebti, another member of the grand prize team.
  • Along with four other other winning teams, they’ll be working with their mentors to see if they can put their ideas into action to improve youth mental health over the next year.

Recently, 90 high school students from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties spent two days at Stanford brainstorming how to improve youth mental health. The
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Sailing to a better future after childhood cancer

Sailing to a better future after childhood cancer

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    The yacht sails around the UK from Largs in Ayrshire

    Young people who have been through cancer treatment are taking on the demands of sailing around Britain on a 44ft yacht.

  • Sailing has been a real contrast to the medical world he had been in, where the demands of cancer treatment meant pretty much doing as he was told.Round Britain 2017 is organised by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, set up by the well-known yachtswomen to help young people recovering from cancer regain confidence and a sense of independence through sailing.
  • A cancer diagnosis is devastating at any age but if you are a child or young person, going through other changes in your life, that can add another dimension.
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    Tom Roberts and Hannah Spencer both had cancer diagnoses when they were younger

    Tom Roberts, now 24, was diagnosed with bone cancer on his 16th birthday and says dealing with the emotional side of things was especially hard.

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    Tom Roberts

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    How to tie knots, socialise and make relationships are skills learnt on the yacht

    It will stop at more than 60 towns and ports including Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Plymouth, Liverpool and London.

Young people who have been through cancer treatment take on the demands of sailing a 44ft yacht.
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Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Instagram worst app for young people's mental health

  • (CNN) Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK.
  • Their study, #StatusofMind , surveyed almost 1,500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health and well-being issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image.
  • To tackle the problem, the Royal Society for Public Health has called for social media platforms to take action in order to help combat young users’ feelings of inadequacy and anxiety by placing a warning on images that have been digitally manipulated.
  • “We really want to equip young people with the tools and the knowledge to be able to navigate social media platforms not only in a positive way but in a way that promotes good mental health,” he added.
  • YouTube was the only social media platform that demonstrated an overall positive impact on young people’s mental health in the study.

Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app to young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, for issues including depression and body image, says a new report.
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Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Instagram worst social media app for young people's mental health:

  • (CNN) Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK.
  • Their study, #StatusofMind , surveyed almost 1500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health and wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image.
  • “We really want to equip young people with the tools and the knowledge to be able to navigate social media platforms not only in a positive way but in a way that promotes good mental health,” he added.
  • YouTube was the only social media platform that demonstrated an overall positive impact on young people’s mental health in the study.
  • Young people who spend more than two hours per day connecting on social networking sites are more likely to report poor mental health, including psychological distress, according to the report.

Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app to young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, for issues including depression and body image, says a new report.
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