Mental health: Crowds gather at Stormont to call for better services

About 200 people have gathered at a protest at Stormont to call for better mental health provisions in Northern Ireland. One of the organisers, Helena Palmer from west Belfast, demanded action from politicians. “We need to better the mental health system in Northern Ireland,” she said. “People are fed up suffering day in day out. Everyone is pulling together here today and we want our voices heard.” Mental health: Young people call for more education ‘It’s scary what can happen if not implemented’ Ms Palmer urged the public to demand…

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Lloyds boss: Mental health issues can break lives

Firms that ignore mental health issues risk “breaking employees’ lives and families”, the boss of Lloyds Banking Group has warned. Companies not paying attention to mental health also incur huge costs to the economy, research suggests. Employees’ mental health issues cost businesses £40bn a year, a Deloitte study found. Firms lose an average nine days work a year – two absences, and the rest where workers are present but not focused. Financial crisis Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osario is someone with personal experience of how workplace stress can affect anyone –…

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To Boost Mental Health, Spend Time in ‘Blue’ Spaces

OFFICIALS ARE INCREASINGLY recognizing that integrating nature into cities is an effective public health strategy to improve mental health. Doctors around the world now administer “green prescriptions” — where patients are encouraged to spend time in local nature spaces — based on hundreds of studies showing that time in nature can benefit people’s psychological well-being and increase social engagement. Much of this research to date has focused on the role of green space in improving mental health. But what about “blue” space — water settings such as riverside trails, a lake, a waterfront…

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Mental health: young people in crisis waiting hours for A&E help

 Across the 65 trusts that supplied data to Labour, 2,357 of the 13,205 under-18s with a mental health problem waited longer than four hours to be seen. Photograph: Hannah Mckay Thousands of young people undergoing a mental health crisis, including those who are potentially suicidal, are having to wait more than four hours for A&E care, NHS figures show. Almost a fifth of the under-18s who seek A&E help in England for psychiatric problems such as depression and self-harm are not seen within the supposed maximum of four hours. Figures released by…

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Starbucks to boost workers’ mental health benefits, reduce ‘remedial tasks’

CHICAGO — As 12,000 Starbucks store managers from the U.S. and Canada descended on Chicago this week, the coffee chain announced a series of changes coming soon that will affect employees. Starbucks’ Leadership Experience was the first conference for its employees since 2014 and CEO Kevin Johnson’s first since taking the reins as chief executive in 2017. Mental health initiatives One initiative is centered on mental health. Starbucks hosted two sessions on mental health during the conference and has more resources about the topic in the works. Its employee assistance program, which…

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Top psychiatrist voices caution over student mental health study

A leading psychiatrist has warned against drawing definitive conclusions from a survey of students in which a third of respondents said they had a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives. Brendan Kelly, professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, said the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) study, published on Tuesday, “highlights the issue of student mental health, which is incredibly important and often neglected”. But he said the low response rate of less than 1 per cent of third-level students “limit[s] the fine-grained…

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Fighting for humane mental health treatment

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. When Faraaz Mahomed surveys the global health landscape, one area jumps out at him, an area where stigma and misinformation maintain a grip, where outdated attitudes hold sway, and where coercion is a routine part of treatment: mental health care. Mahomed, graduating this spring from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s doctor of public health program, has spent the last three years focused on how mental health care is provided around the world, particularly in resource-poor…

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Child mental health services waiting times ‘not good enough’ in Grampian

NHS Grampian’s chief executive has said it is not good enough that some waiting time targets for mental health services for children are not being met. Improvements are said to have been made in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but some children in Moray are waiting up to 29 weeks to be assessed. The health board is redesigning mental health services for children. Amanda Croft told BBC Scotland that ongoing new investment would make a difference. A new facility is expected to open in Aberdeen later this year. Youth mental health report…

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Healthy Food Makes You Happy: Research Shows A Healthy Diet Improves Your Mental Health

Young woman buying fresh red peppers at supermarket. She’s picking peppers from the shelf.GETTY Depression has many origins: genetic, triggered by a specific event or circumstance or lifestyle choices. But it is a disease of the brain, and researchers find that ensuring it receives the proper nutrients is a way to prevent and treat depression. In the future patients experiencing depression may not only be referenced to a therapist, but a nutritionist as well. It has long been understood that fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean, unprocessed proteins are the…

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Beaumont to build new $40 million mental health hospital in Dearborn

Beaumont Health is to announce details Monday about its plan to build a new mental health hospital in Dearborn in conjunction with Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services. Construction on the $40 million free-standing hospital is to begin in early 2019 on eight acres of vacant land on Oakwood Boulevard near the Southfield Freeway. When it opens, the hospital — Beaumont’s ninth — will have space for 150 beds and will be operated and managed by UHS, which also will be the majority owner. With the addition of the new hospital, Beaumont will double its capacity…

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