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5 years after Sandy Hook, mental health care worries linger

Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental health care and led to calls for better screening and services, especially for young people showing a propensity for violence, but some key reforms enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting depend on funding that has…

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Mental health: Jeremy Hunt says the NHS needs to 'be better' at dealing with crisis patients

The health secretary says the NHS must be better at dealing with mental health crisis cases. Jeremy Hunt, who’s in charge of the health service in England, was speaking to Newsbeat about our iPlayer documentary My Mind and Me. He watched Radio 1 listener Bex talk about failures when she needed urgent help after a mental health crisis. Mr Hunt admits there’s a “bottleneck in parts of the country” for mental health beds. “Compared to the scale of what we want to do which is to be much better at…

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Daisy Ridley: Social media is bad for mental health

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says becoming famous made her delete her social media. The 25-year-old, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year. In an interview with Radio Times, she says she did it because of how bad it is for mental health. Ridley says: “The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it’s highly unhealthy for people’s mental health.” She adds: “It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should…

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These nutrient deficiencies are linked to mental ill health

New research linking the level of certain nutrients in the body to mental illness could reduce the risk of those who are vulnerable, and improve the outcomes of people already diagnosed with conditions. The study, led by researchers from the NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, found that deficiencies, particularly in folate (vitamin B) and vitamin D, were “significantly” more likely among those experiencing early psychosis. Nutrients support our mental and physical health. Photo: Stocksy The same deficiencies (along with, to a lesser extent, vitamins C and E) have previously been…

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Pledge to boost mental health support in schools

Children and young people in England are to be able to access mental health support at school or college under government plans to improve services. The proposals include introducing a four-week waiting time for youngsters needing specialist support and new mental health support teams in schools. It is hoped around one in four schools in England will have this provision in place by 2022. Campaigners say the measures are welcome, but long overdue. The issue of young people’s mental health has long been of concern, with parents, charities and healthcare…

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'Third of mothers' experience mental health issues

More than a third of mothers have experienced mental health issues related to parenthood, according to an online survey of 1,800 British parents by the BBC Radio 5 live and YouGov. The study revealed that, in comparison, 17% of fathers had experienced similar issues. More than two-thirds of the affected mothers sought professional help – suffering from conditions such as acute stress, severe anxiety and postpartum depression. ‘All mums feel like that’ Lauren Doyle experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after giving birth to her first daughter Ava. “It just wipes you…

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I see my mental health as a dog (not a black one)

My beautiful dog, Harvey, is part border collie. This, combined with the fact he’s only eighteen months old, means that he’s impossible to wear out – and, believe me, I’ve tried. He’s always looking for something to do: he loves to fetch the ball, learn tricks, run around chasing birds’ shadows, swim and gnaw on bones. But if none of those great activities are available, he’ll also happily chew our shoes, dig holes or break into the chicken coop. Megan Blandford with her dog, Danger.  This is one reason we…

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