Shocking statistics

Due to chronic underinvestment the waiting time for therapy in some areas can be as long as a year. This reality was highlighted as the government lans to increase the number from 23,000 to 350,000 patients who are trailing their new NHS personal health budgets. The notion of giving patients a set amount of money[…]

Can’t say no?

NHS psychiatrist Max Pemberton highlighted the parental factor in children’s diet and health. In this article it stresses the campaigning for fast food advertising to be banned until 9pm. But the doctor suggests that although there is no harm in doing this the parental element of saying ‘no’ to children has been over looked. He[…]

A book difficult to put down

One book that has been on my ‘to read’ list for a long time.  Sara Payne grief stricken letters written to her daughter Sarah after the horrendous tragedy. Sara’s collection of letters are her voice to Sarah now. Addressing all angles from the initial news and police enquiry to the notion and reality of moving[…]

An interesting read

Just finished the most compelling book. I only saw it as I was leaving the library, so glad I did. ‘Chase the rainbow’ by Poorna Bell. It tells the true story of Poornas husband who struggled with mental health. The story is told so emotionally and truthfully, actually inviting you into the emotion of this[…]

Mental health in teenagers

interesting article by Fionn Hargreaves regarding mental health in teenage girls. Statistics show that one in ten girls aged 14 – 17 were referred to specialist mental health services in England last year. Figures printed for the first time showed the rising demand and also showed the increase in particular with girls as figures were[…]

Mental health volunteers

Interesting idea for the government to be spending £15million pounds on training volunteers in mental health. The courses are free and starting in the Autumn this year. With figures showing that one in four adults will experience mental health problems in any year this extra support and awareness is critical. The courses will teach volunteers[…]

Visit to the G.P

I was so pleased this week to see on a visit to my G.P,  the number of leaflets and posters in the waiting room with reference to mental health and in particular promoting talking therapies. Information was available about a variety of supports. CBT information was explaining its benefit with helping people to improve and[…]

Empathy Classes in school.

To the ever growing battle, to try to help with children with mental health anxiety: I was interested to read Kings College School in Wimbledon have announced they are introducing, ’empathy’ classes to their students. With bullying both physically and mentally, and both in person and the cyber world, empathy for difference and diversity must[…]