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City-living significantly increases the risk of psychotic experiences such as hearing voices and paranoia in young people, research has shown. The study of 2,000 British 18-year-olds found that those growing up in urban areas were 40% more likely to have had episodes of psychosis than their countryside counterparts. Among teenagers…
Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested. The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people's body image, sleep and fear of missing out. However, the survey of 1,479 youngsters aged 14…
More than 60,000 lone children applied for asylum in EU countries last year, new figures show. The bloc's member states registered a total of 63,290 unaccompanied minors seeking international protection in 2016 - equivalent to 173 every day. This was a fall of a third compared with the 96,465 in…
Preventing people from going missing and limiting the harm associated with such incidents are at the heart of a new national strategy. The National Missing Persons Framework for Scotland was launched at a conference today on ‘Returned missing people’, co-organised by University of Glasgow (#ReturnedMissing). The conference brought together Police…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to prosecute an NHS trust after an 18-year-old patient drowned at one of its specialist facilities. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured) suffered an epileptic seizure while taking a bath at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire in 2013. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust accepted full responsibility…
Seven out of 10 children with serious mental health problems are being treated outside their home area, according to NHS figures. Around 69% of young patients were admitted to hospitals away from their local region in 2016/17, up from 57% the year before, an investigation by the British Medical Association…
Thousands of foster carers need to be recruited each year. Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May), run by the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, not only calls for more people to consider becoming carers, but also celebrates the amazing work that foster carers already do, so that everyone can…
A 17-year-old girl with a history of mental health difficulties who was raped after going into council care and being placed in a specialist residential unit should move to secure accommodation for her own good, a family court judge has decided. Three men accused of offences were found not guilty…
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