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Northern Ireland's Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has paid tribute to the commitment of young people with learning disabilities in overcoming barriers to employment. Speaking at a prize giving ceremony for young people from Dr B’s Kitchen in Belfast, Simon Hamilton said: “My Department is committed to assisting people overcome their…
Social care agencies "missed opportunities" to help an aspiring teenage model who went on to take her own life. Coroner Katy Skerrett said there was a lack of communication by mental health and social care professionals in the treatment provided to 17-year-old Anielka Jennings. The teenager was found dead at…
Most available antidepressants do not help children and teenagers with serious mental health problems and some may be unsafe, experts have warned. A review of clinical trial evidence found that of 14 antidepressant drugs only one, fluoxetine - marketed as Prozac - was better than a "dummy" placebo at relieving…
The work of Staffordshire Youth Offending Service was of a high standard and staff were committed to doing their best for children and young people, said Dame Glenys Stacey, Chief Inspector of Probation as she published the report of a recent joint inspection of the work of Staffordshire Youth Offending…
A student at Oxford Brookes University is launching a book aimed at reducing stigma around mental health issues for young adults. Hannah Todd came up with the idea of producing a book of letters titled Hello Me, It’s You, as part of her final major project for her degree in…
Children in care are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted of a crime than other young people, new research has found. A review by Lord Laming for the Prison Reform Trust also found that half the children serving time in youth custody came from foster or residential…
Young people are more likely to volunteer than other age groups, believing it develops their skills and career prospects, according to a new report. A survey of 2,000 adults by Business in the Community found that half of those under the age of 24 did voluntary work, compared to fewer…
Council bosses have been ordered to pay a teenager embroiled in family court proceedings £17,500 damages after a judge concluded that social services staff had failed to "properly assess" and support her. Mrs Justice Theis concluded that Kent County Council had breached the 14-year-old girl's human rights. Council bosses had…
The number of students seeking help for mental ill-health has increased by nearly 50% in the past four years, according to new figures. NUS Scotland described the 47% rise in those trying to access mental health support services in the four years to 2014/15 as "incredibly worrying". The union has…
Young adults in Britain are more likely to drink heavily if they smoke or have attended higher education (college and university), new research has found. The study, which was led by a team of researchers from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, aimed to examine…
Rising numbers of young people are seeking help for worries about exam stress, according to ChildLine. Figures show that that the charity conducted 3,077 counselling sessions about the issue in the last year - up 9% on 2014/15. In addition, youngsters took part in 1,127 counselling sessions about exam stress…
The Public Health Agency (PHA), in partnership with Action Mental Health (AMH), is encouraging participation in a new programme which focuses on raising awareness of mental and emotional health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Mindset is a mental and emotional health and wellbeing awareness programme open to groups of both…
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