Northern Ireland 11 October 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-45822109 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel More than half of all interventions by the PSNI's armed response unit are to deal with people suffering from mental … [Read more...] about Mental health dominates armed police time
Mental health day
Sarah Zimmerman Associated Press Published 10:01 PM EDT Jul 21, 2019 SALEM, Oregon – Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don’t call it coddling. The students behind the measure say it’s meant to change the stigma around mental health in a state that has some of the United States’ highest suicide rates. Mental health experts say it is one of the first state laws to explicitly instruct schools to treat mental health and physical health equally, and it comes at a time educators are increasingly considering the emotional health of students. Utah passed a similar law last year. Oregon’s bill, signed by Gov. Kate Brown last month, represents one of the few wins for youth activists from around the state who were unusually active … [Read more...] about Oregon approves mental health days for students
Isabel Hardman 3 July 2019 9:41 AM 3 July 2019 9:41 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Given the level of threats that they face, and the bizarre life they often lead, it’s no surprise that MPs have a higher preponderance of mental health problems than the general public. A study published this week in the British Medical Journal found that 34 per cent of parliamentarians had the symptoms of a common mental disorder, with the rate in the general public at a lower 26 per cent. What’s more striking about the research, which surveyed nearly a quarter of MPs, is that so many of them – 77 per cent – had any idea that there was a dedicated mental health service in Parliament. The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service is one of a few really positive changes in Westminster over the past few years. MPs have fast access to consultant psychiatrists and courses of private counselling if the service feels they need specialist … [Read more...] about Why MPs’ mental health matters
While mental illness may be common in the UK - with approximately one in four people experiencing problems - the stigma still remains. It is Mental Health Awareness Week, a yearly event that attempts to start the conversation about the issues and treatments, reports Perspecs. As the epidemic continues, the awareness week "couldn't come soon enough" for some. However, others argue that there is much more needed than conversations about mental health. The Claim The Jackal Magazine's Amy Wakeham argues that Mental Health Awareness Week is "more necessary than ever". She says that the words "crisis" and "epidemic" are often used in any conversation about mental health - and while they may seem extreme, the facts back them up. Severe mental illness has been on the rise since the 1990s, and antidepressant use more than doubled between 2006 and 2016. Wakeham writes: "We’re facing an unparalleled era of mental health diagnoses, prompted not only by rising awareness and lessening … [Read more...] about Mental Health Awareness Week: Does awareness help?
Craig Bell, a firefighter from Moira, and Andy Beavis, a firefighter stationed in Lisburn, joined with colleagues from other stations this week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week by taking in an eight day cycle challenge. Craig and Andy, together with Noel McKee and Stephen Brown, as well as driver Liam Bergin, left Mizen on Sunday (May 12) and are due to finally finish their challenge in Belfast on Saturday (May 18).The group of men, made up of serving and retired firefighters, are saddling up and taking on the challenge to raise awareness of the high suicide rate in males aged 45-54, and to bring attention to the subject of mental health.The team will also use the challenge to as a way to raise vital funds for Business in the Community NI (BITCNI) charity of the year MindWise, a mental health charity that supports people affected by severe mental illness, mental health difficulties, and promotes early intervention for better mental health. BITCNI members SHS Group and Allianz are … [Read more...] about Firefighters saddle up for mental health week