The Health News United Kingdom November 12 2017

  • Scottish adults and children will be allowed to change their gender so that legally they are neither male nor female, under controversial plans to overhaul the law unveiled by SNP ministers. The Scottish Government unveiled plans to create a “non-binary” gender for people who do not identify as a man or woman and to make it legal to “self-declare” which gender they want to be. This means that Scots could change their legal status to male, female or non-binary without any medical diagnosis or treatment, and potentially switch more than once.
  • Up to 300 survivors of the Manchester Arena bomb who have suffered related mental health problems could receive £10,000 each from a charity fund established to help victims of the attack. Witnesses who were in the arena foyer on 22 May when Salman Abedi detonated his suicide bomb will receive the money if experts assess that they were “functionally impaired” by the psychological injury they sustained, the We Love Manchester emergency fund trustees said on Thursday.
  • Back in 2015 it became the norm that adults started coloring – so much so that the UK suffered a shortage of colouring pencils because of our new favourite hobby. Colouring in was said to be a great mindfulness tool to help you pause life and enjoy the moment, but researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand have now found that daily colouring can actually help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 12th of November 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/09/scottish-adults-children-allowed-change-legal-gender-neither/

Scottish adults and children will be allowed to change their gender so that legally they are neither male nor female, under controversial plans to overhaul the law unveiled by Scottish National Party ministers. The Scottish Government unveiled plans to create a “non-binary” gender for people who do not identify as a man or woman and to make it legal to “self-declare” which gender they want to be. This means that Scots could change their legal status to male, female or non-binary without any medical diagnosis or treatment, and potentially switch more than once.

A consultation paper on the plans stated that ministers favour setting a minimum age of sixteen for people wanting to change their gender, although one of the options under consideration would mean pre-pubescent children could also make an application. The document noted that the law around parentage and marriage must be changed to “clearly include non-binary people”. The criminal law may also have to be overhauled “to ensure that any remaining gender specific offences can be committed by people of all legal sexes.”

The document also recognised that the UK Government would have to agree to change UK passports and driving licenses to include a non-binary gender option and there was no guarantee that other countries would recognise its validity. It is estimated there are more than ten thousand people in Scotland are transgender, which means their gender identity is not the same as their assigned sex. They do not need to have undergone any surgery or to have taken any drugs to change their bodies to be classified as such.
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Under the current rules, Scots have to be eighteen to change their genders, undergo detailed psychiatric tests to confirm they have been diagnosed with “gender dysphoria” and live in their new gender for two years. A further plan would be for SNP to ministers to seek changes to identity documents, such as passports and driving licences. Under the self-declaration system they favour, non-binary people born in Scotland could get an updated birth certificate.
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LGBTI organisations the Scottish Trans Alliance, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland welcomed the consultation.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/09/manchester-arena-bomb-survivors-could-get-10000-for-mental-trauma

Up to three hundred survivors of the Manchester Arena bomb who have suffered related mental health problems could receive ten thousand pounds each from a charity fund established to help victims of the attack. Witnesses who were in the arena foyer on May twenty two when Salman Abedi detonated his suicide bomb will receive the money if experts assess that they were “functionally impaired” by the psychological injury they sustained, the We Love Manchester emergency fund trustees said on Thursday.

Sue Murphy, a councillor who chairs the fund’s board of trustees, said: “The people in the foyer of the Manchester Arena that night saw and heard things that none of us should ever have to see or hear.
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In order to qualify, recipients must have been “directly exposed” to the attack and have not already had a payment from the fund of sixty thousand pounds or more to compensate for physical injuries. Functional impairment means that they are unable to do the things that they could do comfortably before the attack, and will need to be validated by an accredited clinician, such as a psychological therapist.  Greater Manchester police will verify that applicants were in the foyer or accessed it immediately after the incident.
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The fund estimates up to three hundred people could be eligible for the ten thousand pounds gift. This represents three million pounds of the eighteen million pounds emergency fund that was established in response to the attack. It brings the total distributed from the fund to fourteen million pounds.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/09/new-study-shows-that-adult-colouring-helps-reduce-symptoms-of-anxiety-and-depression-7065872/

Adult colouring books blew up in a big way a couple of years ago. While just a few years ago you’d have raised an eyebrow if you saw a grown adult colouring in cocks on the train, back in two thousand fifteen it became the norm – so much so that the UK suffered a shortage of colouring pencils because of our new favourite hobby. Colouring in was said to be a great mindfulness tool to help you pause life and enjoy the moment, but researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand have now found that daily colouring can actually help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

So it’s not just a way for us all to waste time – it offers genuine benefits. The study, published in the Creativity Research Journal, involved a group of one hundred fifteen women aged between eighteen to thirty six taking part in either daily colouring in or daily logic puzzles (like Sudoku) for a week. All women were asked to complete an inventory of psychological measures (depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, flourishing, resilience, mindfulness) at the beginning and end of the week. Those who took part in colouring in ‘showed significantly lower levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety after the intervention, but control participants did not’. However, both groups did show an increase in mindfulness.  Joint author Doctor Tamlin Conner says the results ‘bode well’ for the potential psychological benefits of colouring in, and encourages people to adopt it as a tool for improved mental health.

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