Stress: are we coping?

The Mental Health Foundation, May 2018

This report looks at the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications. It also focuses on what we can do to manage and reduce stress and our recommendations for the government in creating a stress-free UK.  While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.  The survey underpinning this report found almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

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People with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments

Public Health England, May 2018

These guides explain why reasonable adjustments must be made to health services and what adjustments help people with learning disabilities access services.

People with learning disabilities may need particular adjustments to help make health care services easier for them to experience. These guides are for health and social care professionals who deliver, provide or plan services that may be used by people with learning disabilities.

Click here to access the guides.

Voices from the social care crisis :An opportunity to end a broken system, once and for all –

The Care and Support Alliance, May 2018

Care and Support Alliance report on how the social care crisis is affecting the day to day lives of older people, working aged disabled people and unpaid carers across the country.  It identifies that currently at least 1.2 million older people and disabled people do not receive the care they require, a number which has almost doubled since 2010.  An estimated £6.3bn will have been taken out of adult social care in real terms since 2010 and the cuts to budgets between 2010 and 2017 now total 49%.

Calls on the Government to develop  a social care system creates independence and that ensures recipients not only get the basics, but also have access to the care and support they need to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.  It should be preventative, high quality and deliver person-centered care and support.  It should not rely on the NHS having to save the day when there’s no other support on offer.

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International Journal of Mental Health Nursing – June 2018

The June edition of International Journal of Mental Health Nursing has been published.  This issue includes a systematic review on general hospital health professionals’ attitudes and perceived dangerousness towards patients with comorbid mental and physical health conditions, identifying and addressing sexual health in serious mental illness, and educational nurse‐led lifestyle intervention for persons with mental illness.

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International comparisons of health and wellbeing in early childhood

Nuffield Trust, May 2018

Nuffied Trust report that presents data on health and wellbeing for early childhood in the UK and 14 comparable countries, recognising the particular influence that a child’s development in this period can have on his or her future health and quality of life. We consider the benefits and challenges of comparing child health indicators between countries, to inform local and national policy and practice that improves the health of children and families in this country. The findings show that while the UK is doing well in many areas relating to the health of young children, on certain indicators the UK lags far behind similarly developed countries. In others, where once we led the field, our rate of improvement has slowed to the extent that we have among the worst outcomes in comparable countries.

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An Evaluation of the Standing Together Project

Mental Health Foundation, May 2018

The Standing Together project sought investigate the impact of peer-support groups on the health and wellbeing of older people. This report outlines the results of the project evaluation and it finds evidence to suggest that peer-support groups can help to increase social connectedness among older people, thus improving their quality of life.

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