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Parents have been given tips on how to help their child cope with a traumatic event. More than two thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16, according to new guidance from the Institute of Health Visiting. This can range from large scale…
More than 160 traumatised witnesses of the London Bridge terror attack have sought help from a support charity. They contacted Victim Support in the month after the atrocity on the bridge and in Borough Market on June 3. Many were seeking emotional support and trauma treatment after witnessing the horrific…
The number of prescriptions handed out for anti-depressants is at an all-time high, figures show. Prescriptions for the drugs across England rose by 3.7 million items in 2016, from 61 million to 64.7 million, according to data from NHS Digital. The number of anti-depressant prescriptions has more than doubled in…
More and more is being done to raise awareness of mental health problems at a public and policy level, and understandably so. One in six adults in the UK has a common mental health condition, and one in 20 adults has thought of taking their own life at some point.…
Almost six out of 10 NHS organisations are failing to meet a key target for referring people with anxiety and depression for types of counselling, figures show. Quarterly NHS England data reveals that 57% of clinical commissioning groups, which commission health services for patients,are failing to hit the target for…
The firefighters who tried to rescue residents as they tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze could face future psychological issues, London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton has warned. She said the tough conditions and shocking scenes they faced, including a child being thrown from a window, had traumatised many. London Fire Brigade…
Many older patients with common mental health problems are not being offered an effective form of treatment, experts have said. The authors of a new study claim that elderly patients are being "under-referred" for talking therapies, despite evidence suggesting that they benefit more than younger ones. Concerns about age discrimination…
Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff, rapper Professor Green and comic Ruby Wax are some of the stars talking publicly about their mental health battles in a series of new films. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released the 10 films that feature celebrities and ordinary…
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