- Anxiety UK told HuffPost UK that although there aren’t large scale studies confirming the so-called August Blues, they are increasingly seeing “a lot of people” experiencing anxiety as the summer is drawing to a close.
- Mental health patients are being treated hundreds of miles from home because of a lack of beds in Greater Manchester. Scores of desperate patients were sent almost 200 miles from the region to ‘out-of-area’ placements – at a cost of £5.9m over eight months.
- According to a new study, too much salt more than doubles the risk of heart failure. Finnish scientists tracked more than 4,000 adults, comparing their dietary habits with cardiac problems. They found those who consumed the most salt were 110 per cent more likely to develop heart failure – one of Britain’s major killers.
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Anxiety UK told HuffPost UK that although there aren’t large scale studies confirming the so-called August Blues, they are increasingly seeing “a lot of people” experiencing anxiety as the summer is drawing to a close. Mental health charity, Mind, also agreed with this overview, explaining: “While research doesn’t show a clear link between seasons and depression, lots of people find their mood drops at this time of year.’’ Here are some reason why people experience the August blues: Your holiday is probably over. We see snaps on social media of everyone else having amazing fun on holiday and it can leave us feeling a little sorry for ourselves; For school-age children and their parents, back-to-school shopping and the impending early mornings of September give clear parameters to the summer. Despite not having been at school for decades and not having children, adults can also still undergo a symbolic transition from August to September as we are conditioned to think of summer in a three-month window from an early age.
Anxiety UK also told HuffPost UK: “For many this time of year is associated with the start of the academic term, which whilst for some is a trigger to start new things and take up courses and hobbies, for others this time of the year may trigger memories that are not so happy and which may play into feelings of low self-esteem and confidence.”
Mental health patients are being treated hundreds of miles from home because of a lack of beds in Greater Manchester. Scores of desperate patients were sent almost two hundred miles from the region to ‘out-of-area’ placements – at a cost of five point nine million pounds over eight months. Experts have warned that placing vulnerable patients hundreds of miles from loved ones in a time of crisis could carry serious risks. But the region’s inadequate budget forced NHS chiefs to send four hundred twenty five mental health patients with acute needs outside their catchment area last year.
Alan Hartman, of Manchester Users Network, which supports patients, said: “If you are miles away from home you are isolated – it’s terrible.’’ NHS Digital data shows four hundred twenty five mental health patients in the region with acute needs were subject to ‘out-of-area’ placements from last October to the end of June this year. In that time three hundred eighty placements ended – eighty five of which lasted for more than thirty days. Of those, ten placements were almost two hundred miles away, while twenty five were between one hundred twenty four and one hundred eighty five miles away.It cost an average of six hundred pounds a day to place an acute mental health patient in a bed outside their local network.
According to a new study, too much salt more than doubles the risk of heart failure.
Finnish scientists tracked more than four thousand adults, comparing their dietary habits with cardiac problems.They found those who consumed the most salt were one hundred ten percent more likely to develop heart failure – one of Britain’s major killers. Research has long linked salt to high-blood pressure. But the new study showed that it does serious damage to the heart, even when scientists accounted for high-blood pressure. Researchers tracked four thousand six hundred thirty healthy adults aged between twenty five and sixty four for an average of twelve years. Lead researcher Professor Pekka Jousilahti, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, said: “The heart does not like salt. High salt intake markedly increases the risk of heart failure.
Heart failure is the leading cause of hospital admissions among pensioners. More than half a million people in the UK suffer with heart failure, which means the heart struggles to pump blood around the body. Around half of patients die within five years of diagnosis. The World Health Organization recommends a maximum of five grams per day. And in the UK, health officials suggest adults have no more than six grams daily.
The average salt intake in Britain is now eight grams a day, down from eight point eight grams a decade earlier.