Figures lay bare toll of pandemic on UK children’s mental health

Figures lay bare toll of pandemic on UK children's mental health Investigation finds rises in school safeguarding reports, eating disorder treatment and sleeping pill prescriptions The children’s commissioner for England and leading psychiatrists have raised the alarm about young people’s mental health during the pandemic, as figures suggest a sharp rise in reports of sleep problems, eating disorders and self-harm. A Guardian investigation into the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on children reveals: Prescriptions for sleeping pills for under-18s rose 30% to 186,000 [...]

Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children

Mental health: Major study finds higher levels of anxiety in NI children. Anxiety and depression is 25% more common in children and young people in Northern Ireland compared to other parts of the UK, according to a major new study. The findings come from a survey commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB). It found that 12.6% of children and young people here suffer "common mood disorders". The figure reflects a similar trend in the adult population. Researchers collected data from more [...]

Flu jab ‘essential’ for pregnant women this winter

Flu jab 'essential' for pregnant women this winter. PROSTOCK-STUDIO If you're pregnant, you can get the flu vaccination for free in the UK All pregnant women are being advised to get a flu jab as soon as possible to protect their babies and themselves. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) say the free vaccination is particularly important this year because of Covid-19. Influenza is dangerous to people who are pregnant and can be deadly. Health experts are [...]

Covid: Children’s mental health ‘collateral damage’ of the virus

Covid: Children's mental health 'collateral damage' of the virus. GETTY IMAGES A 2018 report said everyone working with children and young people should be trained in mental health awareness Children's mental health has suffered the "collateral damage" of Covid-19, according to Senedd members. The warning comes as two reports hear complaints that some young people struggle to get the help they need. More than two years ago an inquiry called for the tackling of emotional and mental health issues in children to be made a [...]

Universities should be two-thirds empty to avoid Covid spikes, says expert

Universities should be two-thirds empty to avoid Covid spikes, says expert Exclusive: Dr John Ashton calls for ‘far less density’ in student populations to avoid major increase in cases One of the UK’s leading public health experts has warned that universities should be two-thirds empty in order to prevent massive spikes in coronavirus infections across campuses, as freshers describe the difficulties of starting student life under tight restrictions. Dr John Ashton, the author of a new book on the pandemic, Blinded by Corona, [...]