Mental Health Nurse Shortages

Over the last ten years Mental Health figures have increased by 68%, with almost 3 children in every class being diagnosed with a mental health disorder. These can include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Anxiety Depression Conduct Disorder Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Eating Disorders Schizophrenia With these rising figures the funding of mental health services […]

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Mental health trusts see slash in funding

Sending patients outside of local area impacts on budget NHS mental health trusts have had to reduce beds and staff available to cope with real term funding cuts, contributed to by having to send patients away from home for care. The Health Service Journal investigation of all 57 NHS mental health providers showed a 2.3% […]

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Is there such a thing as a good work-life balance?

Hitting the right note between career satisfaction and development, as well as a contented and happy home life can be extremely tricky to navigate for any working professional, let alone doctors. Consultant psychiatrist Emma Sedgwick defines the work-life balance as “ensuring work doesn’t take up more of your life than you want it to.” This is particularly […]

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Why doctors make bad mental health patients

Doctors are notorious for being labelled as ‘bad’ patients – delaying seeing their GP and presenting late for treatment are just a couple of key examples. Mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, addiction and even suicide in extreme cases, are becoming increasingly common among medics, with female doctors two and a half times more likely to […]

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54% of NHS trusts don’t provide postnatal depression support

Mental health care for new mums overlooked by NHS Parenting chairty The National Childbirth Trust has revealed that there are “huge gaps”  in support for new mothers suffering postnatal depression, with a mere 3% of clinical commission groups having a peri-natal mental health strategy in place. Despite one in 10 mums experiencing postnatal depression, of the […]

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Can your smartphone measure your mental health?

Researchers unveil mobile monitoring system Experts have revealed a new smartphone application that can detect changes in mental health patients’ moods and behaviour patterns to improve diagnosis and treatment. The app, which was created to aid diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of mental health patients, cleverly detects changes in sleep, mobility, communication and vocal patterns before […]

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Have suicide warnings caused more suicides?

Health warnings about antidepressant use has backfired Reported links and US health warnings speaking out about the risks of suicide for youngsters on antidepressants may have backfired. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, has showed a sudden fall in antidepressant prescriptions but a rise in suicide attempts, demonstrating that teens were coming off their medication […]

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