Mental Health

Over 300,000 people living with undiagnosed dementia

17/05/2022

Improving early diagnosis for the hundreds of thousands of people with dementia could lead to over £3bn in savings through lower carer costs, report says.

Loneliness-related mental health problems impact vulnerable communities

16/05/2022

Disparities in local funding mean that vulnerable citizens are lacking access to social resources that might provide mental health support, study reveals.

Mental health support in schools to get £7m boost

12/05/2022

The Department for Education today announced a further £7m for schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead.

Queen’s Speech: Mental health laws to be overhauled

10/05/2022

Government will reform mental health laws to make it harder to detain people and to stop the disproportionate use of the laws against BAME communities.

Mental health impacted by decline in green space

05/05/2022

Green space provision around housing developments has dramatically declined over the last century with negative consequences for mental health, research finds.

Experts warn of spike in COVID-related mental health problems

25/04/2022

Adults are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of the pandemic on their mental health as one third say their mental health has got worse.

Call for evidence on new 10-year mental health plan

12/04/2022

A call for evidence to inform a new 10-year mental health plan has been launched today by the Government.

New guidance to help tackle 'traumatic' mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients

11/04/2022

New guidance to help prevent councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from making common mistakes in the aftercare of mental health in-patients has been published.

Councils need anti-hoarding teams, researchers say

21/03/2022

Local authority housing officers should be given better training or even specialist anti-hoarding teams to deal with hoarders, researchers say.

Government launches Liberty Protection Safeguards consultation

18/03/2022

Government has launched a consultation on Liberty Protection Safeguards to ensure the freedom of people who may need decision-making assistance is protected.

Around 50% of children not ready to start school

10/03/2022

Almost half of all children are not ready to start school, a national survey has revealed.

Council chiefs call for powers to crackdown on gambling

21/02/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to toughen up regulations on the gambling industry to help protect vulnerable people.

DfE welcomes improvements in children’s well-being

08/02/2022

Children’s well-being in 2021 saw improvements when compared to the year before, but research suggests there was a decline over the decade before the pandemic.

Commissioner reports rise in children ‘struggling’ with mental health issues

07/02/2022

More children are struggling with their mental health due to the impact of the pandemic, the Children’s Commission has warned.

Social workers report 'surge' in children with mental health needs

04/02/2022

The number of children being assessed by social workers as having a mental health need has increased by a quarter as a result of the pandemic, social workers have warned.

Demand for mental health treatment pushing NHS to ‘breaking point’

09/12/2021

MPs have called for urgent action to prevent mental health services slipping backwards as a result of the pandemic and the scale of unmet need prior to it.

Woodlands save £185m in mental health costs

06/12/2021

Visits to the UK’s woodlands boosts mental health and is estimated to save £185m in treatment costs annually, a new report has found.

A bold local route to better mental health

18/11/2021

Local Living Well sites put people with complex mental health needs in control of their support and encourages them to set their own recovery goals. The programme is proud of its success, says Tally Daphu.

Southwark first council to back Fund the Hubs campaign

17/11/2021

Southwark Council is calling on the Government to fund a network of early mental hubs for young people across the country.

People with mental health issues three times more likely to fall into council tax arrears, charity warns

11/11/2021

Councils have been urged to provide people with mental health problems with more support to prevent them from falling into council tax debt.

Peers reveal COVID's impact on children's mental health

05/11/2021

The mental health issues of vulnerable children already receiving support have become more severe due to the pandemic, councils have warned in a new survey.

Children's mental health workforce rises by 39% in past three years

05/11/2021

The number of people working in children and young people’s mental health services has increased 39% over the past three years, new data has shown.

Pandemic had 'devastating' health impact on shielded population, says charity

20/10/2021

Urgent action is needed to tackle the unmet health need and worsening mental health of those people asked to shield during the pandemic, a charity has said.

Personal Independence Payment for people with mental health problems: Implications for local government

18/10/2021

Richard Machin outlines the findings of a new paper exploring the impact of welfare reform on local government services.

Councils call for £100m investment in school counselling

15/10/2021

The Government has been urged to invest at least £100m per year to make school-based counselling available to all children.

Calls to roll out 'no referral’ early support hubs

06/10/2021

Councils are calling for the creation of early support hubs to allow young people to access mental health support without a referral.

One in six children have poor mental health

01/10/2021

One in six children in England struggled with their mental health in 2021 - the same number as during lockdown last year - according to new figures.

Fruit and veg linked to better mental health in children

28/09/2021

Children who have plenty of fruit and vegetables in their diets have better mental health, new research reveals.

Record number of children referred to mental health services

24/09/2021

Local authority leaders have stressed the importance of investing in community-based services in order to drive improvements in children’s mental health.

Union warns of mental health crisis in care sector

15/09/2021

More than two-thirds of care workers (68%) have seen their mental health decline during the pandemic, according to the results of a new survey.

Study links air pollution to use of mental health services

27/08/2021

Those exposed to high levels of air pollution are more likely to use mental health services, a new study has revealed.

Children’s happiness suffers ‘significant decline’

26/08/2021

An estimated 300,000 children across the UK unhappy with their lives, a children’s charity has warned in its annual state-of-the-nation report.

15 local areas to deliver Changing Futures programme

19/07/2021

The most vulnerable people across England will receive co-ordinated support to help rebuild their lives, the Government has announced.

Lack of services sees thousands of people with a mental disorder sent to prison, says report

08/06/2021

Thousands of people with a mental health disorder are being sent to prison due to a lack of services, a new report has warned.

Over 800 charities receive share of £4m fund to tackle loneliness

10/05/2021

More than 840 charities and community groups tackling social isolation have received a share of £4m to tackle loneliness, Government says.

The key role local authorities play in the mental health of young migrants and refugees

07/05/2021

Amy Spiller explains how accessing mental health support through their local authorities can have a transformative effect on young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Calls to declare a climate and ecological emergency

06/05/2021

A climate and ecological emergency should be declared to avoid a health and mental health 'catastrophe', the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned today.

Call to tackle 'mental health crisis' in care sector

27/04/2021

Three quarters of care workers have experienced worsened mental health as a result of the pandemic, new research has warned.

Homeless charity warns calls from young people up a third in past year

21/04/2021

Vulnerable young people have struggled to access the support they need in the past year, a charity has warned in a new report.

Unemployment puts hundreds of thousands more at risk of poor mental health

19/04/2021

An extra 200,000 people are at risk of poor mental health due to unemployment, new analysis has predicted.

Children ‘bearing brunt’ of mental health crisis

09/04/2021

The number of children seeking help for mental health problems increased by 28% during the pandemic, new figures have revealed.

Hancock announces £500m for mental health services

29/03/2021

People with mental health difficulties will benefit from expanded mental health services backed by £500m, the Government announced today.

Funding for addiction services slashed by £26m

29/03/2021

Doctors have called on the Government to invest £43m into youth addiction services to prevent lifelong addiction.

COVID-19: How has the past year affected council staff?

23/03/2021

Council staff have been left feeling ‘undervalued and overwhelmed’ this past year as a result of COVID-19, according to an exclusive survey by LocalGov.

Changing Futures programme extended for three years

19/03/2021

A programme to help people facing multiple issues has been extended with an extra £18m new investment.

Survey reveals 50% of respondents say mental health should be post-pandemic priority

11/03/2021

Nearly half of those who took part in a recent social mobility survey said that the Government should focus on addressing mental health issues as part of its post-pandemic recovery plan.

Multi-million funding boost to increase mental health support in schools

05/03/2021

Nearly three million children in England will have access to mental health teams in their schools, following the allocation of £79m funding.

Budget 2021: Furlough scheme extended until autumn

03/03/2021

The chancellor has extended the furlough scheme and announced further funding for apprenticeships in a bid to soften the impact of COVID-19 on jobs.

Homeless deaths rose by more than a third in past year, warn campaigners

22/02/2021

The number of homeless people who died last year increased by 37% despite the success of the Everyone In scheme, new research has revealed.

Women on the frontline are 'exhausted' survey warns

17/02/2021

Women working in local government have warned the emotional, physical and financial impact of the pandemic is taking its toll, a new survey has revealed.

Report finds strong gender divide in mental health of young people

28/01/2021

Local authority leaders have emphasised the importance of early intervention and prevention services when it comes to tackling mental health issues affecting young people, particularly during the pandemic.

Pandemic could impact children's mental health for years, report warns

28/01/2021

Damage to children's mental health caused by lockdown and school closures could last for years, the Children’s Commissioner has warned today.

How to better support those most at risk of suicide during coronavirus recovery

27/01/2021

As Samaritans launches a new handbook for men’s wellbeing services, Joe Potter explains why it’s crucial that preventative support is prioritised within any COVID recovery plan.

Council chiefs call for mental health services funding

13/01/2021

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to ensure that councils’ mental health services receive the funding they require to meet ‘unmet demand’ in response to a landmark reform of mental health laws.

Majority of adults determined to lead healthier lifestyles in the face of COVID-19

05/01/2021

Seven in 10 adults say that the threat of the coronavirus has motivated them to lead healthier lives this year, a public health survey has revealed.

Government launches £7.5m loneliness package

23/12/2020

The Government has announced a £7.5m funding package to help tackle loneliness during the winter period.

Social workers report significant spike in nation’s mental distress

17/12/2020

Nearly all local authorities have reported an increase in the number of people accessing mental health services for the first time, according to a new survey.

Councils warn about 'significant' overspends on children’s services

24/11/2020

The number of vulnerable young people referred to councils’ children’s services increased by 15% in the first three months after the first lockdown, figures have shown.

Commission calls for action to reduce mental health inequalities

12/11/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted existing inequalities in mental health, a new report has warned.

Food poverty linked to mental and physical distress

10/11/2020

New research has revealed that people who have experienced food poverty are more likely to live with obesity and suffer from increased levels of physical and mental distress.

Holyrood announces £15m for young people with mental health issues

03/11/2020

The Scottish government has announced that £15m will be made available to local authorities to help them support children and young people who are struggling with mental health issues.

Survey reveals 'worrying picture' of children's mental health

23/10/2020

One in six children now have a probable mental disorder, up from one in nine in 2017, new figures have revealed.

Report calls for extra investment in women's centres

20/10/2020

The Government has been urged to invest more funding in women's centres to help reduce the number of women in prison, in a new report published today.

Hancock announces £400m to remove dormitories from mental health facilities

12/10/2020

More than £400m will be committed over the next four years to remove dormitory accommodation from mental health facilities, the Government says.

Children ‘responded with resilience’ to lockdown, study says

12/10/2020

Young people have faced a number of mental health challenges during the lockdown but overall they have reported relatively stable levels of happiness, according to the Government’s second State of the Nation report.

Ten million people may need mental health support due to pandemic, study warns

01/10/2020

Local authority leaders have called for a ‘new national focus’ on mental health as a study estimates that up to 10 million people in England may need support for depression and anxiety as a result of COVID-19.

Funding boost to train hundreds more mental health social workers

29/09/2020

A £27m funding boost will create 480 new mental health social workers over the next three years, the Government has confirmed.

Four-day week in public sector could create 500,000 new jobs, think tank argues

01/09/2020

The public sector should pioneer a shorter working week with no loss of pay, a think tank has argued.

Cycling and walking ‘on prescription’ in the West Midlands

26/08/2020

Healthcare professionals are piloting a scheme in the West Midlands which will ‘prescribe’ outdoor activities for some people with poor mental health.

Psychiatrists call for suspension of fines for children who can’t attend school

26/08/2020

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for the suspension of fines for children who can't attend school due to Covid-related anxiety.

Demand could overwhelm mental health services, report warns

12/08/2020

People with mental health issues are at risk of not getting the support they need due to increasing demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a report has warned today.

Calls for urgent investment in mental health recovery

07/08/2020

Investment in mental health is crucial to seeing the country through the next phases of the pandemic, a new report has said today.

Pandemic leaves one in five teenagers unhappy with their lives

30/07/2020

More than a million teenagers are unhappy with their lives, according to new research looking at the impact lockdown has had on well-being.

Unsafe mental health wards are a 'disaster waiting to happen'

23/07/2020

Old and overcrowded mental health wards are putting patients at risk, new research has warned today.

Funding boost for local mental health projects

01/06/2020

The Government has awarded £5m funding to help community projects support people with their mental health during the pandemic.

Young people's mental health more at risk during lockdown, research finds

15/05/2020

Young people are more likely to suffer from poor mental health under lockdown than older adults, research has revealed.

Government announces £1m ‘boost’ to student mental health support

05/03/2020

Student groups most at risk of poor mental health will benefit from more targeted support through a £1m Government funding boost.

Study finds 64,000 UC recipients suffer ‘psychological distress’

02/03/2020

New research has found that tens of thousands of people have experienced ‘psychological distress’ due to the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

Majority of homeless women suffer mental health issues

17/02/2020

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of women who are homeless suffer from physical or mental health issues.

New 60-day 'breathing space period' for those in problem debt

06/02/2020

People in problem debt, including those that owe money to local authorities, are to get two months ‘breathing space’ under Government plans.

Best practice to help children avoid reaching crisis point

04/02/2020

Historic underfunding and a fragmented system are preventing councils from stopping more children from reaching crisis point, a new report has found.

Number of schools commissioning mental health support ‘doubles’

03/02/2020

The number of schools commissioning professional help for children’s mental health issues has almost doubled in the last four years, a survey has revealed.

'Chasm' exists in children's mental health services, Commissioner warns

30/01/2020

There is a ‘chasm’ between what mental health services children need and what is available, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned today.

Revolutionising mental health

22/01/2020

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.

Commission calls for action on ‘unequal risk of mental ill health’

21/01/2020

Some groups of people have a much higher risk of poor mental health than others, the Commission for Equality in Mental Health has found.

A quarter of children rejected for mental health support, report finds

10/01/2020

More than a quarter of young people referred for mental health treatment are being turned away from help, a new report has revealed.

Parents of children with mental health issues left to ‘fend for themselves’

03/01/2020

Seven out of 10 parents with children who suffer from mental health problems say they fear for their children due to poor quality of mental health services.

Thousands of inpatients with learning disabilities and autism to receive care review

05/11/2019

Thousands of people with learning disabilities and autism that have detained in a mental health hospital will have their care reviewed over the next 12 months, the Government announced today.

£2m loneliness fund launched

15/10/2019

The Government has launched a new £2m fund to help support grassroots organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness.

Majority of children ‘happy’, report finds

10/10/2019

The overwhelming majority of children in the UK are happy, according to an official report.

Half of mental health patients with diabetes not receiving ‘vital checks’

08/10/2019

A charity has called on the NHS to better integrate mental health and diabetes care after it was revealed that half of those needing treatment in both areas are not receiving vital checks.

Whitehall announces £35m mental health research programme

07/10/2019

The Government today announced a £35m programme dedicated to researching teenage mental health issues.

Multi-million funding to transform community mental health services

30/09/2019

Mental health services in 12 areas of England are to share £70m funding to deliver new specialist services.

Majority of young carers suffer mental health issues, study shows

25/09/2019

A new study has revealed that nearly two thirds of young carers in the UK suffer from mental health problems because of their caring duties.

How accommodation can support student wellbeing

09/09/2019

The number of students seeking mental health support while studying at university has increased by more than 50% in the last five years – and their accommodation can play a huge part in this. Zachary Spire explains.

Quarter of a million children ‘unhappy’, charity says

28/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more funds for children’s services after a charity found quarter of a million teenagers in the UK are unhappy.

Government announces over £3m to support children with mental health issues

20/08/2019

Children and young people are to benefit from a £3.3m injection of cash into local community projects, the Government has announced.

Whitehall urged to adopt ‘social model’ for dealing with mental health issues

17/07/2019

MPs and social workers have called on the Government to recognise the role of social factors when treating people with mental illnesses.

Hinds launches £9m mental health training scheme

12/07/2019

Pupils struggling with mental health are to benefit from more 'joined up care and support', education secretary Damien Hinds has announced.

Majority of young people experience mental health issues, poll reveals

02/07/2019

Three in five young people have experienced a mental health problem or are close to someone who has, according to a new survey.

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