The Health News United Kingdom July 26 2017

Overview

  • Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died by suicide last week at the age of 41. The tragedy has shaken the music industry, which Help Musicians has stated is going through a ‘mental health crisis’. The charity has launched the Music Minds Matter campaign and are hoping to raise enough money for the first dedicated twenty four seven mental health service for those in the music industry.
  • There has been an increase across the UK of men and boys suffering from eating disorders, according to research by BBC Panorama. Eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental health illness and are estimated to affect 1.6 million people in the UK, including approximately four hundred thousand 400,000 men and boys.
  • Almost 63,000 people in England will die over the next 5 years from liver problems linked to heavy drinking unless ministers tackle the scourge of cheap alcohol, doctors are warning. Analysis by Sheffield University’s influential Alcohol Research Group predicts that 32,475 of the deaths – the equivalent of 35 a day – will be the result of liver cancer and another twenty two thousand five hundred nineteen from alcoholic liver disease.

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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington died by suicide last week at the age of forty one.

The tragedy has shaken the music industry, which Help Musicians has stated is going through a ‘mental health crisis’. The charity has launched the Music Minds Matter campaign and are hoping to raise enough money for the first dedicated twenty four seven mental health service for those in the music industry. The service will launch later this year that will aim to support those in the music industry with advice, listening and medical and therapeutic support.

Several musicians have already backed the campaign, including Matthew Leone of Madina Lake, who toured with Linkin Park back in two thousand and seven. The bassist said: ‘I spent many hours working alongside Chester and he was an incredibly passionate man. I’m sure that this investment and the Music Minds Matter campaign would have met with his approval. Likewise, having spoken to Linkin Park’s management, I know that they are anxious to follow this campaign through to a successful conclusion.

Help Musicians is hoping that philanthropists will match their one hundred thousand pounds investment pound for pound, as a two hundred thousand pounds investment will ensure the service to be sustainable after two thousand and eighteen. This service campaign comes after a study by the charity which found that people in the music industry are three times as likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. Richard Robinson, CEO Help Musicians UK added: “For generations and generations, the music industry has lost some of its brightest talent and future stars due to the scourge of mental health and related issues. The situation is now urgent and we can no longer allow this to continue. We have decided to make this landmark investment as a precursor to a dedicated service – but we cannot undertake this work in isolation.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-40683419

There has been an increase across the UK of men and boys suffering from eating disorders, according to research by BBC Panorama. There has also been a rise in the number of under- eighteens seeking help. But less is spent on services to treat people of both genders with eating disorders in Wales than in England, a BBC Wales investigation found.The UK’s largest eating disorder charity, Beat, said people with eating disorders “deserved better”.

Panorama investigated the scale of the problem across the UK by asking every mental health trust and board how many men were referred to eating disorder services for a first assessment.

From those that responded, it showed in two thousand and sixteen there were eight hundred seventy one referrals, an increase from two thousand and fourteen of forty three percent.

It also found a forty two percent rise in under-eighteens of both genders receiving help in two thousand and sixteen compared to two thousand and fourteen, as well as a postcode lottery when it came to waiting times with lengths varying from less than a week to almost a year.

 

Eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental health illness and are estimated to affect one point six million people in the UK, including approximately four hundred thousand men and boys. In Wales, the Welsh government said it spent more on mental health services than on any other part of the National Health Service.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/24/heavy-drinking-will-kill-63000-people-over-next-five-years-doctors-warn

Almost sixty three thousand people in England will die over the next five years from liver problems linked to heavy drinking unless ministers tackle the scourge of cheap alcohol, doctors are warning. Senior members of the medical profession and health charities are urging the government to bring in minimum unit pricing of alcohol and a crackdown on drink advertising to avert what they claim is the “public health crisis” of liver disease deaths.

Research from some of Britain’s leading academic experts on alcohol has found that alcohol misuse will lead to sixty two thousand nine hundred and five deaths between two thousand and seventeen and two thousand and twenty two and cost the NHS sixteen point seventy four billion pounds to treat.

Analysis by Sheffield University’s influential Alcohol Research Group predicts that thirty two thousand four hundred seventy five of the deaths – the equivalent of thirty five a day – will be the result of liver cancer and another twenty two thousand five hundred nineteen from alcoholic liver disease. They have undertaken the study for the Foundation for Liver

Research, an independent group of medical and public health experts who want much tougher measures to limit alcohol harm. Inaction by the government is leading to avoidable loss of life to liver disease, they claim. Liver disease is one of Britain’s biggest killers, claiming about twelve thousand lives a year in England alone.

The number of deaths associated with it has risen by four hundred percent since nineteen seventy. It is estimated that sixty two thousand years of working life are lost every year as a result of it. People who develop serious liver problems also suffer some of the worst health outcomes in western Europe.

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