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Covid: Seven ways to get through (and enjoy) Christmas on your own

Many of us have had to rip-up our Christmas plans this year – and for some that means spending the festive period alone. We spoke to a couple of experts, a mental health charity and someone who spends Christmas on her own every year – and loves it – to find out what tips they […]

Three pillars of mental health: Good sleep, exercise, raw fruits and veggies

Getting good quality sleep, exercising, and eating more raw fruits and vegetables predicts better mental health and well-being in young adults, a University of Otago study has found. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, surveyed more than 1100 young adults from New Zealand and the United States about their sleep, physical activity, diet, and mental […]

NHS urges people with mental health worries to seek help

People with mental health worries are being urged to seek help in a new phase of the NHS’s Help Us Help You campaign. Although mental health services have been running throughout the pandemic there was a marked dip in referrals despite evidence that coronavirus is making problems more common. Now a new NHS campaign will […]

Rough sleepers in homeless hotspots to benefit from NHS mental health outreach

Towns with high rates of homelessness are set for investment in specialist mental health care, as part of NHS services for rough sleepers across the country. The NHS-funded services in seven parts of the country will bring in new psychiatrists, psychologists and other experts to offer homeless people advice and treatment to tackle underlying mental […]

Training for barbers to spot warning signs of mental health problems

Community initiatives including mental health first aid training for barbers, and counselling for bereaved relatives, are set to benefit from a £10 million funding boost. A dedicated support package has been provided to local NHS, public health teams and voluntary organisations across England to strengthen suicide prevention plans and provide practical and emotional support to […]

Top NHS doctor issues advice for children going back to school

NHS England’s top doctor for children and young people’s mental health has urged parents to be alert to signs that children could be experiencing anxiety, distress or low mood as some pupils return to school on Monday (1 June). Lockdown will have increased pressure on many mums, dads and their children, with young people unable […]

Eating Well for Mental Health

From a young age, we’re taught that eating well helps us look and feel our physical best. What we’re not always told is that good nutrition significantly affects our mental health, too. A healthy, well-balanced diet can help us think clearly and feel more alert. It can also improve concentration and attention span. Conversely, an […]

NHS fighting back against rising tide of gambling ill health

The NHS is facing a rising tide of gambling related ill health as more betting addicts than ever before are being taken to hospital. New data released today show a record number of admissions last year related to gambling addiction, including care for severe mental ill health conditions like psychosis. The number of gambling related […]