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UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care

UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care

Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. Undergraduates at the Royal College of Music in London had to wait the longest to start counselling last year, with the worst case being 84 days, figures collected by British universities show. Sir Norman Lamb, the ex-health minister who obtained the data, said such long delays for care for conditions such as anxiety and depression could prove seriously damaging to undergraduates. To read the full article go to the Guardian ...
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Mental Health Fair

Mental Health Fair

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Lonsdale Community Centre Lonsdale Street, Anlaby Road Hull, HU3 6PA  Part of the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s Big Conversation, led by Emma Hardy MP Pop in to learn more about the mental health support services and how they can help you ...
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Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

Deadline 14th October The Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care are seeking your views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. They know that our health is shaped by the environment in which we live, the choices we make, and the services we receive and they want to take action on each of these. For more information go to the Government website ...
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Health inequalities in ageing in rural and coastal areas

Health inequalities in ageing in rural and coastal areas

The majority of studies reported older people in rural areas experienced reduced rates of mortality compared to other areas, with some contradictory evidence. However, a number of studies found poorer physical health in rural and coastal populations, again with some contradictory evidence. There is some evidence of a slight increase in the prevalence of widespread musculoskeletal pain with greater rurality. Evidence indicates that mental health problems are associated with living in a rural or coastal area, and that neurological problems are associated with living in a rural area. However, in both cases there is some contradictory evidence. The main drivers of inequalities included social exclusion and isolation, access to and awareness of health and other community services, financial difficulties including fuel poverty and housing issues, a lack of transport and distance from services, low levels of physical activity, and mobility or existing poor health as the healthiest populations were those ...
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BLOOD PRESSURE & TESTING AWARENESS WEEK - 9TH TO 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019

BLOOD PRESSURE & TESTING AWARENESS WEEK – 9TH TO 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019

It's Blood Pressure testing & awareness week.  Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but most don’t know it. As there aren't any symptoms, the only way to find out is to get a blood pressure check.  Make an appointment with your GP and Take the test! Click here to find out when to get your blood pressure tested, how the test is done, and what your results mean ...
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Data from the Office for Nationals Statistics (ONS) reveals 6,507 suicides were registered last year, marking a 12 per cent rise on the previous year and the highest rate since 2002

Suicides rise to 16-year high across UK

The rate of suicide in the UK has hit a 16-year high after surging in the past year following half a decade of decline, new figures show. Data from the Office for Nationals Statistics (ONS) reveals 6,507 suicides were registered last year, marking a 12 per cent rise on the previous year and the highest rate since 2002. The rise appears to be largely driven by suicides among boys and men, with the male rate having significantly increased from 15.5 deaths per 100,000 to 17.2 deaths per 100,000. There was also a rise among girls and women, but this was not judged by the ONS to be statistically different to that observed in the previous year. However, self-inflicted deaths among females under 25 saw a considerable rise, reaching the highest rate on record for their age group. Males continue to account for three-quarters of suicide deaths in 2018, with 4,903 deaths compared with 1,604 female deaths. You ...
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CAN DEMENTIA BE PREVENTED?

CAN DEMENTIA BE PREVENTED?

Dementia is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning, perception and communication skills. It can also lead to a reduction in a person’s abilities and skills in carrying out routine activities such as washing, dressing and cooking. To learn more about helping yourself to reduce the risk of developing dementia go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dementia-applying-all-our-health/dementia-applying-all-our-health There is currently no "cure" for dementia. However, there's good evidence that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing dementia when you're older ...
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Emergency medical info on your mobile!

Emergency medical info on your mobile!

Setting up the emergency medical features on your phone could save your life. It allows ambulance staff to see info like allergies, medical conditions and who to contact in case of an emergency. Your device's documentation should tell you how to set it up. Click here to show how it will look on your mobile telephone ...
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Liaison Mental Health Service in A&E

Liaison Mental Health Service in A&E

For the first time, every general hospital in England with a consultant-led A&E department has a liaison mental health service to care for patients in crisis. Click here to find out more in the 4th Annual Survey of Liaison Psychiatry in England ...
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Better care for people with learning disabilities

Better care for people with learning disabilities

Three ways the NHS aims to make care better for people with learning disabilities: 1. Improving people’s quality of life 2. Helping people to live healthier lives 3. Understanding people’s needs What's your experience? There are lots of ways you can tell us: Twitter  Facebook email: healthwatchenquiries@nbforum.org.uk or telephone 01482 499038 ...
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