The Mental Health weekly news update

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Welcome to the new addition of “Mental Health Weekly” which is a new column featuring weekly news updates on Mental Health in the media.

I have decided to introduce Mental Health Weekly to the blog because I feel it’s important for everyone who either suffers from mental health who have loved ones who have a condition to be aware of what’s happening. 

Where the parties stand on Mental Health according to Mind:

With the election just one week away; here are what Mental Health charity Mind found out about the main political parties policies on Mental Health:

Labour say people will have the same right to psychological therapies as they currently have to drugs and medical treatments.

The Conservatives are promising to enforce new waiting time standards with therapists.

The Lib Dems want to bring mental health care into the same facilities as physical health ensuring no one in crisis is turned away.

Group Risk Development

GRiD has called for employers to make better use of the mental health support included with group risk products.

The organisation has flagged three main warning signs for employers that could prevent a more serious issue.

1: Employees can be affected by their dependants’ mental ill-health

2: Support can often be accessed by all employees, not just those who are insured under such policies.

3: All group risk products have the potential to offer mental health support.

Late night texting affecting teenagers sleep

Several newspapers both in the UK and Australia have published articles about how late night phone use can affect the mental health of teenagers. 

The Guardian newspaper claims that Teenagers’ late-night mobile phone use is harming their sleep and potentially their mental health.

An Australian study of 1,101 Australian high school students aged between 13 and 16 found poor-quality sleep associated with late-night texting or calling was linked to a decline in mental health, such as depressed moods and declines in self-esteem and coping ability.

The study specified sending and receiving messages and/or phone calls, so did not distinguish between mobile phones and smartphones or social media.

Students in Year 8 who reported higher levels of night-time mobile phone use also reported higher levels of depressed mood and externalising behaviour and lower self-esteem when surveyed one year later

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