The true value of peer support
Monday 30 January 2017
A study undertaken by national mental health charity Together for Mental Wellbeing has revealed that every pound spent on peer support yields a social return worth £4.94. Together’s Peer Support Practice Manager Jess Worner takes a closer look at the model behind these impressive stats.
Time to act for women’s mental health
Monday 5 December 2016
Women in mental health services are often vulnerable. Struggling with mental health issues makes life harder for any of us. But in many cases women accessing psychological help have additional vulnerabilities.
How can social investment support mental health providers?
Thursday 27 October 2016
Services supporting people with mental health issues are needed more than ever, when 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 9 children in the UK have a mental health problem. Mental health issues are often compounded by related issues around homelessness, unemployment, poverty and criminal justice.
World Mental Health Day - The importance of engagement with the voluntary sector
Monday 10 October 2016
Isabela Vrba Neves
Mental Health has been getting a lot of attention lately in the UK, from the recent appointment of Barbara Keeley as Shadow Minister of Mental Health and Social Care, to Theresa May recognising, in her first speech as Prime Minister, the lack of mental health support available, both media and politicians have helped to slowly break down the stigma surrounding ill mental health by bringing it forward to the public eye.
World Mental Health Day - Psychological and Mental Health First Aid for All
Monday 10 October 2016
Crisis events involving exposure to trauma and sudden loss occur in all communities of the world, whether it be a war in the Middle East, Hurricane Matthew in the Americas, refugee crises internationally, or incidents of domestic violence, bullying or vehicular accidents in a city neighbourhood. Those exposed to crisis events have an increased risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders, substance misuse problems, and general psychological distress. Furthermore, every 40 seconds somebody somewhere in the world commits suicide, with the young being disproportionately affected, and with suicide being the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK alone.
The vital role of the VCS in gender-specific mental health provision
Wednesday 28 September 2016
Mental health problems are extensive but often hidden, with one in four adults experiencing a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year representing the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Women have higher rates of depression and are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders than men, with the most excluded women and girls, such as those who have experienced extensive abuse and whose lives have spiralled off-course, being particularly vulnerable to mental ill-health.