‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

  • “This is what life was like for Callum after he was taken into care aged 13 in 2008, following the death of his father and a family breakdown.He told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his mental health quickly deteriorated.
  • Image caption – – Callum with his father – – – – England’s children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme there should be “a presumption” among those working in the sector that all children in care should receive support for their mental health.She said the care system…
  • ‘Good and bad’ counsellorsMs Longfield’s comments came as the Social Care Institute for Excellence published its recommendations to help improve the wellbeing of children in care.It said a “virtual mental health lead” should be established, “to ensure that every child and young person in the system is getting the support…
  • Image copyright – Eleanor Bentall – – – – – Image caption – – Anne Longfield says the children “moved around” the care system are most in need of support – – – – Callum said his self-harm became so destructive “I had a cut from my hip down to…
  • “Anne Longfield said the children most in need of support were those who had been “moved around” the care system more frequently.She added that with more children coming into the care system at an older age it was vital to introduce mental health support as early as possible, as these…

England’s children’s commissioner says the system must help children recover from traumatic upbringings.
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‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

  • “This is what life was like for Callum after he was taken into care aged 13 in 2008, following the death of his father and a family breakdown.He told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his mental health quickly deteriorated.
  • Image caption – – Callum with his father – – – – England’s children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme there should be “a presumption” among those working in the sector that all children in care should receive support for their mental health.She said the care system…
  • ‘Good and bad’ counsellorsMs Longfield’s comments came as the Social Care Institute for Excellence published its recommendations to help improve the wellbeing of children in care.It said a “virtual mental health lead” should be established, “to ensure that every child and young person in the system is getting the support…
  • Image copyright – Eleanor Bentall – – – – – Image caption – – Anne Longfield says the children “moved around” the care system are most in need of support – – – – Callum said his self-harm became so destructive “I had a cut from my hip down to…
  • “Anne Longfield said the children most in need of support were those who had been “moved around” the care system more frequently.She added that with more children coming into the care system at an older age it was vital to introduce mental health support as early as possible, as these…

England’s children’s commissioner says the system must help children recover from traumatic upbringings.
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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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Lack of secure mental health beds scandalous, says judge

Mental health bed shortage 'scandalous'

  • Image caption – – In 2016, Boy Y was sent, by Norfolk County Council – which is responsible for his care – hundreds of miles away to a secure unit in Scotland – – – – A teenager who was a risk to himself and the public could not be…
  • Secure accommodation was sought for Boy Y, from Norfolk, in July but none was available.Mr Justice Holman, who ruled on an injunction over the case, said the lack of secure beds was “scandalous”.
  • In response, Boy Y was sent by Norfolk County Council – responsible for his care – hundreds of miles away to a secure unit in Scotland.
  • Mental health beds for young people – – – – – – – – – There are about 1,440 hospital beds for children and young people with mental health problems in the NHS in England.A recent review found they were not evenly spread – for example, some areas had no…
  • Eleven days later, the council decided he should go back to a secure unit.But by then, his bed had gone and his father was told none for adolescents were available in England, Scotland or Wales.

A teenager at risk to himself and others could not be found a secure mental health bed for a month.
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NHS staff to help anxious school pupils

  • But the Welsh Government’s new scheme is the first to result from a nationally driven initiative, albeit initially in three pilot areas.Specialist health staff will be on hand to offer advice and support to teachers at the pilot schools in North East, South East and West Wales to help tackle…
  • The Welsh Government believes that getting mental health professionals into schools on a more regular basis – around a couple of hours a week – will help monitor the wellbeing of pupils before more serious complications develop.
  • Yoga sessions and apps for mindfulness therapy are part of one Welsh school’s plans to promote mental health for their pupils.
  • Image caption – – Welsh Health Sec Vaughan Gething and Education Secretary Kirsty Williams with pupils at Crickhowell High School discussing mental health challenges for teenagers – – – – Staff at Crickhowell High School have drawn up a wellbeing strategy in recognition of increasing pressures on teenagers, both academic…
  • It was here that the Welsh Government’s Health Secretary Vaughan Gething and Education Secretary Kirsty Williams unveiled what was billed as a unique initiative to improve mental health amongst schoolchildren.They both emphasised the importance of Health and Education departments working together, something which might not have happened in previous years…

The Welsh Government’s £1.4m scheme aims to tackle youth mental health issues before they escalate.
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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…

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
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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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    TOM ROBERTS

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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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