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New figures reveal mental health care spending is being cut by £4.5m

Despite efforts by charities, experts and celebrity figures to shine the spotlight on mental health and help people access support, new figures suggest that spending on this area of care will be cut by £4.5 million this year. Data from Pulse Magazine shows that mental health care spending is being cut across five regions in […]

Many children feel lonely and isolated, reveals Childline

A national charity helpline has revealed that thousands of young people make contact because they are struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Childline says that they have now started recording loneliness as a specific issue of concern after receiving an increase in calls from young people who felt invisible, isolated or misunderstood as they […]

Celebrities lend support to mental health #1in4 campaign

A number of high profile celebrities have shown their support for a new mental health awareness campaign on social media. Stars such as Tom Hardy, Russell Brand, David Tennant and Olivia Colman have posted selfies of themselves holding up four fingers online as part of the #1in4 campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of […]

Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those killed at work

Next Friday, 28th April, is Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) 2017. The annual day commemorates all those who are killed at work each year, with workers and their representatives across the globe holding events, demonstrations, vigils and other activities to mark the date and remember the people lost. This year, the theme for Workers’ Memorial Day […]

Scientists express hope for new dementia drug

Experts are “excited” and hopeful that they may have found a new drug to treat all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. Scientific researchers have found two drugs which stop brain cells dying in animals and which can also be safely used in people. They work by focussing on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain […]

Charity warns housing problems can trigger mental health disorders

National housing and homelessness charity, Shelter, have warned that housing problems in England are triggering mental health disorders in many people. Recent research conducted for the charity suggests that, of the people who had experienced housing issues within the past five years, 69% said their mental health had been affected, with many suffering from anxiety, […]

Prince William warns British ‘stiff upper lip’ can risk mental health

The Duke of Cambridge has warned that the traditional British “stiff upper lip” and reluctance to express emotion could be damaging to mental health. Prince William spoke out as part of the Heads Together #oktosay campaign that he has launched with his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and his younger brother, Prince Harry. He […]

Hostel owners fined for ‘totally preventable’ asbestos exposure

Two family run companies have been prosecuted and fined £34,000 after failing to protect workers “from a totally preventable exposure” to deadly asbestos fibres. Hatters Taverns Limited was converting the basement beneath its hostel at 50 Newton Street, Manchester, from a restaurant unit into a bar venue, and this involved completely stripping it out and […]

900 adult social care workers quit every day

The scale of the crisis in adult social care has been highlighted by new figures which reveal that more than 900 workers a day quit their role in the sector last year. Skills for Care gathered the data, which demonstrates that, of the 1.3 million people employed in the adult social care sector in England […]

Leading businesses join campaign to tackle work-related cancers

A number of leading businesses have pledged their support to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) campaign to tackle work-related cancers. The No Time to Lose campaign was launched in November 2014 and recently reached a major milestone when the 100th organisation signed up to pledge its support. The high profile campaign aims […]


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