News Update: December 2015

Posted by Dave Vizard on


In 2004, 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 had a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder (Mental Health of Children and Young People, 2004 – Office for National Statistics) and with 80,000 children and young people suffering from severe depression, it was good news in October 2015 when an initiative funded by the Department of Health was launched which will help parents to spot the difference between normal adolescent behaviour and medical problems. 14-18 year olds will be targeted to stop them stigmatising peers who are suffering from a mental illness.

Also a national survey conducted by NatCen and the Office for National Statistics will speak to almost 10,000 youngsters aged 2-19 years and their families to find out which mental health issues are most common and will also look at the impact of bullying and the internet. It will be a step towards over-hauling services for young people who suffer depression, anxiety or eating disorders. The results will not be available until 2018 and it suggests that significant improvements in services would not take place for at least 3 years.

The 3 books in the Behaviour Solutions series A Guide to Syndromes and Conditions cover a range of mental health disorders. Click here for details.


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I hope that you have a good remainder of the term and have a relaxing Christmas Break.

Dave Vizard