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Genetic links to anxiety and depression are to be explored in the largest ever study into the issue, experts have announced. Researchers are calling on people in England to sign up to the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study. It is hoped that 40,000 volunteers aged 16 and…
There has been a spike in the number of young people seeking counselling about child-on-child sexual abuse, Childline has said. The children's charity said it held 3,878 counselling sessions with young people concerned about sexual abuse among peers last year, an increase of 29% on the previous year. The true…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
Mental health services for children and young people are “complex and fragmented”, with the system under “significant pressure” due to a big increase in demand, a new report has found. The Auditor General and the Accounts Commission called for a “step change” after their joint report uncovered patchy provision of…
More than 1,200 people traumatised by the Grenfell Tower fire received mental health treatment in the year after the blaze, figures show. Some 1,108 people entered therapy for trauma-related conditions or complex grief between June 14 2017 and July 2018, Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Trust said. Another…
The mother of a murder victim has said she hopes a planned support service will help other families avoid her “dreadful” experience of the justice system. Lynn Burns’ only child Sam Johnston died aged 22 after being stabbed at a party in Saltcoats, Ayrshire in 2013. Stuart McCulloch was convicted…
Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Treatment Studies and accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners.The degree gives…
A package of new measures aimed at improving mental health in Scotland has been announced by Nicola Sturgeon as she set out her vision “of the kind of country we want to be”. The First Minister said the measures, including making sure every secondary school north of the border has…
Ministers have been urged to address the "crisis in children's mental health" after a Children's Society report revealed that around one in four 14-year-old girls self-harm. The charity's annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children's well-being in the UK, found that out of the 11,000 children surveyed…
The grief-stricken parents of London Bridge terror attack victim Sara Zelenak have launched a charity to help others overcome the loss of a loved one in similarly traumatic circumstances. Ms Zelenak, 21, was among the eight people killed when a white van ploughed into crowds at the landmark before three…
Health workers should help people with sexually transmitted infections notify their partners about their condition, according to new official guidance. Helping people diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STI) inform their partners may stem the spread of infection, according to a new draft quality standard by the National Institute for Health…
Social media giants should give free adverts to mental health services because local providers are failing to reach young people, according to a report. Some 134,000 young people looked for mental health support online from friends, peers or professionals in the last year, a study by the Royal Society for…
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