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A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
A new campaign has been launched to ensure Scotland's young carers can get the help they are entitled to in a bid to save them from the added worry of money pressures. The Scottish Government is using social media to reach out to those aged 16 to 24 who care…
Services for children and young people in Glasgow are improving lives and having a positive impact, inspectors have said. That was the key finding of a joint inspection of services for children and young people in the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. The inspection was carried out by the Care Inspectorate,…
Children and teenagers admitted to hospital with injuries relating to drugs, alcohol, violence or self-harming face a five-fold increased risk of suicide, a study has found. Researchers looked at anonymous data on more than a million young people aged 10 to 19 who were admitted to UK hospital accident and…
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…
Doctors have praised the "tremendous medical achievement" which means young people with HIV can now expect a near-normal life expectancy. A study in The Lancet HIV medical journal found that advances in antiretroviral drugs now give young people with the disease a chance to live well into old age. Those…
Schools and colleges are struggling to provide adequate time and resources for pupils' well-being, MPs have said. Financial pressures are putting a squeeze on the provision of mental health services, such as in-school counsellors, at a time when there is growing concern about the state of mental ill health among…
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