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The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th October every year.
This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.
The impact of traumatic events on mental health
Around 1 in 3 adults in England report having experienced at least one traumatic event.
Traumatic events can be defined as experiences that put either a person or someone close to them at risk of serious harm or death. These can include:
What happens when you experience a traumatic event?
When you experience a traumatic event, your body’s defences take effect and create a stress response, which may make you feel a variety of physical symptoms, behave differently and experience more intense emotions.
This fight or flight response, where your body produces chemicals which prepare your body for an emergency can lead to symptoms such as:
raised blood pressure
increased heart rate
reduced stomach activity (loss of appetite).
for more information visit The Mental Health Foundation website
The number of students accessing counselling at top UK universities has jumped by 28% over three years.
Figures obtained show up to a 75% increase at some institutions.
More than 43,000 students had counselling at Russell Group universities in 2014/15 – compared to 34,000 three years earlier.
Mental health charity Mind believe this change is due to the hike in tuition fees to £9,000.
- :: University of Leeds: 1,317 to 2,070 (57.18%)
- :: University of Exeter: 1,125 to 1,549 (37.69%)
- :: Queen’s University Belfast: 584 to 833 (42.64%)
- :: University of Edinburgh: 1,629 to 2,852 (75.08%)
- :: University of Sheffield: 1,182 to 1,819 (53.89%)
- :: University of Warwick: 1,385 to 1,752 (26.50%)
- :: Durham University: 1,019 to 1,379 (35.33%)
- :: University of Oxford: 1,465 to 2,096 (43.07%)
- :: University of Glasgow: 1,145 to 1,800 (57.21%)
- :: Cardiff University: 1,131 to 1,945 (71.97%)
- :: University of Bristol: 1,396 to 2,141 (53.37%)
- :: Imperial College London: 441 to 608 (37.87%)
- :: London School of Economics and Political Sciences: 525 to 721 (37.33%)
- :: University of Manchester: 1,914 to 2,556 (33.54%)
- :: Newcastle University: 659 to 950 (44.16%)
- :: King’s College London: 1,927 to 2,472 (28.28%)
Stephen Buckley, from Mind, said tuition fee and student loan debt were “major contributors” to the rise.
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Parents should have lessons provided by the government on how to raise their children, states Britain’s leading public health expert.
Professor John Ashton, outgoing president of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), said children were neglected by some schools and parents.
He said the state should help stop children being crippled by conditions such as anxiety, anorexia and obesity.
The FPH has released a report calling for mental health improvements.
It says: “Mental, emotional or psychological problems account for more disability than all physical health problems put together.
“Although we cannot say yet exactly how much of the burden of mental illness could be prevented, we know prevention is possible.”
One in 10 children aged five to 16 years had a mental health problem that warranted support and treatment, the report said.
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