- Pupils who are showing early signs of anxiety, depression or self-harm will be able to receive specialist help at school. A pilot scheme is being launched in Wales where NHS staff will be on hand to give better mental health support.
- The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has named areas in southern England and the Scottish Highlands as being high risk regions for Lyme disease. However, the body also warned that infection can occur in many other places.
- A study has found that people in the UK spend more than twice as much time on the toilet every week as they do exercising. Adults clock up an average of 3 hours and 9 minutes on their loos per week – but spend just 90 minutes exercising.
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Pupils who are showing early signs of anxiety, depression or self-harm will be able to receive specialist help at school. A pilot scheme is being launched in Wales where NHS staff will be on hand to give better mental health support. They can help spot problems early and ensure a child has the right care. The one point four million pounds, two-year Welsh Government trial will take place across north east and south east Wales and Ceredigion.A week ago, the National Education Union urged the Welsh Government to introduce wellbeing officers into schools.
In the twelve months to October two thousand sixteen, there were nineteen thousand referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Wales – a three thousand rise on the previous year.
Some children feel under pressure to do well in exams while others have said they are being bullied through social media. But a UK-wide benchmarking of specialist CAMHS in two thousand sixteen indicated about a third of all referrals were inappropriate. Carol Phillips, student support and child protection officer at Crickhowell High School in Powys, said she had noticed a big change over the years. She added; “In today’s society for young people they are faced with so many challenges. I think social media has had a major impact on how this generation are.’’
Doctor Dave Williams, divisional director of family and therapy services at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said there was concern about the number of children needing mental health help. He added: “There are lots of people who have mental health problems, not all of whom have mental illness. CAMHS has come under a lot of pressure to be able to be the solution to some of these problems.’’
The United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has named areas in southern England and the Scottish Highlands as being high risk regions for Lyme disease. However, the body also warned that infection can occur in many other places. Around two thousand to three thousand new cases of Lyme disease are thought to occur in England and Wales every year. But in a draft guideline, Nice said that prevalence data is incomplete, and the body has called for a large study into Lyme disease in the UK.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks, and can lead to conditions like meningitis, facial paralysis or heart failure if left untreated. UK areas known to have a particularly high population of ticks include Exmoor, the New Forest, the South Downs, the Lake District, the North York Moors, and the Scottish Highlands. Not everyone who gets bitten by a tick will be infected with Lyme disease, as only a small proportion carry the bacteria that cause the condition. However, Nice has suggested that cases of Lyme disease are underestimated in the UK because family doctors and hospital clinicians are not required to report the number of cases they see.
One of the clearest signs of Lyme infection are characteristic “bulls eye” lesions around the site of a tick bite, although in some countries this is also caused by a different type of tick-borne infection that requires different treatment. Nice is recommending that GPs prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition, but that patients be referred to a specialist if symptoms persist.
A study has found that people in the UK spend more than twice as much time on the toilet every week as they do exercising. Adults clock up an average of three hours and nine minutes on their loos per week – but spend just ninety minutes exercising. A quarter of people exercise for thirty minutes or less each week, while two-thirds of Brits sit down for at least six hours a day, the survey showed. The poll of two thousand adults for fitness organisation UKactive also revealed that only twelve percent of people know how much exercise is needed for good health.
The NHS recommends that adults do one hundred fifty minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise, such as cycling, swimming or brisk walking.
But it seems that social media can motivate younger people to exercise, although it has less influence on older age groups. Almost half of eighteen to twenty four-year-olds admitted that seeing friends and celebrities post exercise shots or videos on Instagram had a positive impact on their motivation. Steven Ward, chief executive of UKactive, said: “Humans are made to move, but modern living has stripped physical activity out of our lives to the point where we pass more time spending a penny than we do getting sweaty.
According to UKactive, a lack of exercise claims thirty seven thousand lives each year and costs the UK twenty billion pounds.