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The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Cruse Bereavement Care have formed a strategic partnership to promote the benefits of counselling for people who struggle to cope following the death of someone close to them. The two organisations aim to improve access to quality counselling for bereaved people…
More than half of mental health practitioners say the proportion of time they are spending on patients' non-health issues such as money problems and housing has increased over the past year. Some 57% of staff reported feeling this way, Citizens Advice found. More than four in five (84%) mental health…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed arrangements for delivery of Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service, beyond April this year. The current contractor, Contact (Northern Ireland), had decided not to accept the offer of extension after March 2018 and with PHA unable to source a suitable alternative provider,…
Hundreds of school leaders say they have had difficulties commissioning mental health services for pupils, according to a survey published by children's charity Place2Be. The research showed that while 84% of secondary schools and 56% of primary schools offered some form of counselling services for students, almost half said that…
An event exploring the growing issue of self-harm will take place in Sheffield later this month. Self-harm is an important health concern in the UK with numbers seemingly rising, especially in teens, with one recent study claiming that UK GPs witnessed a 68 per cent increase in the number of…
An innovative programme run by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board is using the natural environment of the Snowdonia National Park to support people with complex mental health problems. The regular art therapy sessions held in the grounds of Moel y Ci Farm in the foothills of Snowdonia have been credited with…
NICE says that online and mobile programme Deprexis could help adults with depression get faster access to care and it should be tested out in NHS services. Around 200 people in England could benefit from free access to this digital therapy after NICE recommended that it is trialled in specialist…
Growing staff shortages in mental health care are affecting the quality and safety of care, a new report has warned. Meanwhile the funding gap between the amount spent on acute hospitals and mental health trusts has widened in England, the authors claimed. The new report, by health think tank The…
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