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Mental health risk in storm, flood damage

Mental health risk in storm, flood damage | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
People whose homes have recently been damaged by storms and floods may be 50 per cent more likely to experience mental health problems, a study has found.

Researchers from the University of York and the UK's National Centre for Social Research analysed more than 7500 responses to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey in England.
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Mental disorders more common among those living alone, study claims

Mental disorders more common among those living alone, study claims | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Mental health problems are more common in people living alone and loneliness is a major factor, researchers have found.

A study of data of 20,500 people living in England, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found a positive association between those who lived alone and mental disorders.

Dr Louis Jacob, from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France, who carried out the study said: “Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders in the general population in England.”
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Living Alone: More Common and More Unhealthy?

Living Alone: More Common and More Unhealthy? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
“It is not good that man should be alone.” And now a new study has suggested that living alone is correlated with having a mental disorder. Louis Jacob from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has concluded that living alone “is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age or sex.” The study compared survey data (National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys) from 20,500 individuals aged 16-64 living in England collected in the years 1993, 2000 and 2007 and found the prevalence of common mental disorders was higher in individuals living alone than in those living with others. The difference between this and previous studies is that the latter, although investigating the link between living alone and mental disorders, have generally been confined to elderly populations. These were therefore of less applicability to younger adults. But this study broadened the age bracket beyond those elderly living alone.
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One in five young women have self-harmed, study reveals | Society | The Guardian

One in five young women have self-harmed, study reveals | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
So many young people are self-harming that it risks becoming normalised and increasing the number who kill themselves when they are older, a study reveals.

One in five girls and young women in England aged 16 to 24 have cut, burned or poisoned themselves, according to research that mental health experts said was “very worrying”.
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One in three children lives with a parent suffering emotional distress | Daily Mail

One in three children lives with a parent suffering emotional distress | Daily Mail | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Almost one in three children (29 per cent) are living with a parent with emotional distress - the highest proportion on record, data show.

This is up from the 27.3 per cent recorded by Public Health England in 2010, when the set of statistics began.

The figures show a strong link between unemployment and the likelihood of living in a home with a distressed parent.

Emotional distress is a snapshot that indicates mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.
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Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert: It’s time to stop debt threats

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert: It’s time to stop debt threats | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
MARTIN LEWIS, 46, is the Money Saving Expert who often appears on This Morning and Good Morning Britain. This week the financial experts write about debt threats and why it’s time for them to stop.
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Youth Turning to Apps for Mental Health Needs. – Medicalchain –

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2014, a total of 6,122 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 10 and older (10.8 deaths per 100,000 population), with suicide being the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years of age. This equates to approximately one death every two hours, with around 75% of these being male.
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Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment

Attempted suicides by disability benefit claimants more than double after introduction of fit-to-work assessment | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal.

According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said in 2014 that they had attempted to take their own lives. 
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How we think about mental health

How we think about mental health | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
According to the 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, every week 1 in 6 people experience a common mental health problem. Given the limits of such a survey, along with the meaning behind the word ‘problem’, I would venture a guess that the number is probably much higher. Roughly ten years ago I was diagnosed with psychosis (or paranoid schizophrenia depending on who was doing the diagnosis).
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Author shares shattering insight into the epidemic of mental illness among young women today | Daily Mail

Author shares shattering insight into the epidemic of mental illness among young women today | Daily Mail | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
There’s a word feared by young women today. It has nothing to do with appearance, intelligence, wit or sex appeal. No — it’s being described as ‘ordinary’.

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be a woman. As the anniversary celebrations reminded us, we were granted the vote just 100 years ago.

Nowadays, girls grow up knowing they can have careers as full and impressive as those of their male counterparts. The recent campaigning around the salaries of high-profile media women — TV presenters and actresses — suggests that, finally, equal pay may become reality. These are great, important strides: no young woman wants to return to the days when female lives were mapped from birth, characterised by limited choice and little power.
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When You See A Doctor About Depression, Here’s Exactly What To Expect

When You See A Doctor About Depression, Here’s Exactly What To Expect | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

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"People in the UK are starting to get a lot better at talking about mental health, which is brilliant. But one thing a lot of people aren't so hot on, is actually going to the GP for help if they're feeling low. Many feel too uncomfortable to book an …"

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We need reform of the NHS to avoid a decade of misery

We need reform of the NHS to avoid a decade of misery | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
MPs from different parties urge cross-party approach to solve underfunding of healthcare
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Schools to trial happiness lessons for eight-year-olds

Schools to trial happiness lessons for eight-year-olds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Education department tenders for mental health training contracts, which will help pupils see disturbing thoughts as buses
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Mental disorders more common in people who live alone

Mental disorders more common in people who live alone | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Living alone is positively associated with common mental disorders, regardless of age and sex, according to a recent study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Louis Jacob from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, and colleagues.
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Living alone may increase risk of mental disorders: Study

Living alone may increase risk of mental disorders: Study | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Mental disorders are more common in people who live alone, regardless of their age and sex, according to a study.

Researchers from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France noted that the number of people living alone has increased in recent years due to population ageing, decreasing marriage rates and lowering fertility.
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Those Who Live Alone Are Prone To Mental Disorders, Study Suggests

Those Who Live Alone Are Prone To Mental Disorders, Study Suggests | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
In a recent study researchers examined the association between living alone and common mental disorders (CMDs).

Recent research has shown that the number of people living alone in the UK is increasing, and is likely to reach 10.7 million by year 2039. Furthermore, self-reports provide evidence that people living on their own are likely to experience anxiety, relatively lower levels of happiness than those who live with their children or partner. A team of researchers led by Louis Jacob from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France analyzed data of 20,500 individuals aged 16-64 living in the UK. All the data that was collected was from the people who participated in the 1993, 2000, or 2007 National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys.
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Crippling debt ‘linked to depression’

Crippling debt ‘linked to depression’ | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
People with mental health issues are three-and-a-half times more likely to be in problem debt than those without such conditions, analysis suggests.

This link was even stronger for certain conditions such as bipolar disorder and depression, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute said.

It said those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) were six times more likely to have serious money troubles.
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Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says | Science | The Guardian

Millions in Britain at risk of poor-quality later life, report says | Science | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A landmark report on the state of ageing in Britain has warned that a significant proportion of people are at risk of spending later life in poverty, ill-health and hardship.

Britain is undergoing a radical demographic shift, with the number of people aged 65 and over set to grow by more than 40% in two decades, reaching more than 17 million by 2036. The number of households where the oldest person is 85 or over is increasing faster than any other age group.
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BACP backs campaign to help mental health of people in debt

BACP backs campaign to help mental health of people in debt | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
BACP has backed calls for the Government to change 34-year-old legislation around lenders’ letters that is contributing to the mental health issues of people in problem debt.

A new report by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute found that more than 420,000 people in problem debt considered taking their own life in England each year.

The report, which is based on analysis of new national data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, also found that more than 100,000 people in debt attempt suicide each year and that people in problem debt are three times more likely to have considered suicide.
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Antidepressant prescribing on the rise : Training Matters

Antidepressant prescribing on the rise : Training Matters | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The prescribing rate of antidepressants is rising. But does this demonstrate an epidemic of misuse or a sign of good care?
Depression can have a devastating impact on every aspect of a sufferer’s life, and is all too familiar to millions of people in the UK. Depression makes the single largest contribution to global disability, according to the World Health Organization, and seems to be becoming more common, reflected in the doubling in the number of antidepressants dispensed in England between 2007 and 2017. But does antidepressants’ increasing popularity reflect an epidemic of misuse? Does it reflect limited access to alternative treatments? Or does it reflect that care of this devastating disease is, at last, improving?
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Wearing wool pyjamas instead of cotton gives you an extra 15 minutes of sleep, study finds

Wearing wool pyjamas instead of cotton gives you an extra 15 minutes of sleep, study finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Wearing wool pyjamas to bed instead of cotton gives up to 15 minutes’ extra sleep, new research has found.

Experts say wool helps keep the body in the "thermal comfort zone" most conducive to restful sleep.

Scientists in Australia carried out two studies of young and older sleepers to test the theory.
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Brave words: a photographic project is helping people with mental health issues express how they truly feel | Society | The Guardian

Brave words: a photographic project is helping people with mental health issues express how they truly feel | Society | The Guardian | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The thing about mental illness,” says journalist Bryony Gordon, “is that it doesn’t want to be on the outside. It wants to be in your self and it wants you alone, isolated, thinking you’re a freak. That’s how it thrives. It does not want you to talk about it being there.”

Charlie Clift, the co-creator of Let’s Talk, a photography campaign designed to shake up preconceptions about mental illness, knows the feeling. “I had to take a year out at university because of depression,” he says. He was one of the lucky ones. “I could talk to my parents and to my tutors and friends.” Clift took up photography during that lost year. He’d go up to strangers on the street, chat, take their portraits. Fast forward a decade and he’s now putting his photographs on the street, except this time his 17 sitters, who include Alastair Campbell, Sue Perkins, Anna Richardson, Jordan Stephens and Bryony Gordon, have their experiences of mental illness written on their faces. The effect is powerful, poetic, startling.
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Questioning Answers: "Greater ADHD symptom severity was associated with higher odds for feeling less happy"

Questioning Answers: "Greater ADHD symptom severity was associated with higher odds for feeling less happy" | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Of course correlation does not necessarily equal causation, but the *correlative* results published by Andrew Stickley and colleagues [1] observing that: "Greater ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder] symptom severity was associated with higher odds for feeling less happy" were worthy of some blogging attention.

Drawing on data derived from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey based here in Blighty, researchers tackled quite an important question: how do ADHD signs and symptoms potentially impact on happiness?
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Sharp rise in self-harm reported by mental health units in England

Sharp rise in self-harm reported by mental health units in England | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

"Experts say ‘extremely worrying’ increase shows NHS services struggling to provide support. The proportion of 16- to 74-year-olds reporting having self-harmed increased from 3.8% in 2007 to 6.4% in 2014."

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Difficult choices lie ahead on how good we want the NHS to be

Difficult choices lie ahead on how good we want the NHS to be | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

"In new work with the Health Foundation, we estimate that it would require an average growth in health spending of 3.3 per cent for the next 15 years just to keep the NHS providing the level of service it does today — with a slightly bigger increase to address immediate funding requirements."

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