Mental Health

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.

Council chiefs warn of ‘children’s mental health crisis’

01/07/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that social services are seeing more than 560 cases of children with mental health disorders every day – an increase of more than 50% in just four years.

Carers increasingly ‘depressed’, survey reveals

25/06/2019

Carers are feeling stressed and depressed working in what is an increasingly over-stretched and underfunded care system, a new survey has revealed.

PM commits £600,000 to support suicide prevention plans

21/06/2019

The first ever review of local suicide prevention planning in England has revealed that some councils are struggling to deliver on their prevention plans.

Charity warns cuts to children’s services ‘undermine’ mental health agenda

17/06/2019

A children’s charity has welcomed the Prime Minister’s ‘new mission’ to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda, but warn that cuts to children’s services undermine progress in this area.

Domestic abuse victims more likely to develop a mental illness

07/06/2019

Women suffering domestic abuse are three times more likely than others to develop mental illness, according to a study.

Wales champions council tax discounts for mentally impaired

10/04/2019

A new initiative will make it easier for people with a severe mental impairment to receive a council tax discount.

Nearly two thirds of councils cut mental health services for children

10/04/2019

Around 60% of local authority areas have seen a real-terms fall in spending on low-level mental health services for children, a new report has revealed.

Protections for people who lack mental capacity must be 'robust', MPs say

02/04/2019

A new definition of what constitutes 'liberty' will be included in the Mental Capacity Act to help protect vulnerable people, the Government has announced.

Supporting people with dementia

27/03/2019

Paul Smith and Francis Philippa explain how four different pilot projects have helped improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

Around 15,000 patients with neurological conditions ‘let down’ by care system

18/03/2019

Councils are not routinely recording whether someone they are providing services for has a neurological condition, making these patients ‘invisible’.

Benefits system causing ‘serious psychological distress’

04/03/2019

The benefits system is causing people with mental health problems ‘serious psychological distress’, a charity has revealed.

One in 13 young people suffer from PTSD

22/02/2019

One in 13 young people have had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before reaching age 18, new research has revealed.

Schools to try ‘mindfulness’ in new mental health trials

04/02/2019

Hundreds of children and young people are to take part in trials testing a range of ‘innovative techniques’ designed to support good mental health in schools, the education secretary has announced.

Whitehall urges councils to put ‘effective’ suicide prevention plans in place

23/01/2019

Every local authority is required to put an effective suicide prevention plan in place under a new Government drive to tackle suicide.

Council chiefs warn of scams targeting the vulnerable

16/01/2019

Local authority leaders have called on carers and families to be aware of fraud targeting older and more vulnerable people.

One in four ‘sandwich carers’ suffer mental health problems

15/01/2019

Over a quarter of ‘sandwich carers’ report symptoms of mental ill-health and are struggling financially, according to the latest statistics.

Children with mental health conditions are being 'failed' by NHS say MPs

14/01/2019

Young people with a mental health condition are being failed by the NHS as they are not receiving the treatment they need, MPs have warned.

Brokenshire announces proposals to help veterans access social housing

09/01/2019

The Government has announced it is consulting on proposals that would mean members of the Armed Forces and veterans suffering from mental health issues will be prioritised for social housing.

New mental health teams set to support 500,000 children

20/12/2018

Half a million children and young people are set to benefit from new mental health support teams, secretary of state for health and social care has announced.

Whitehall to ‘transform’ mental health care

06/12/2018

The Government today announced it will introduce a new Mental Health Bill in order to ‘transform’ mental health care.

Southwark commits to 100% treatment rate for children with mental health conditions

30/11/2018

Southwark Council has become the first local authority in the country to commit to a 100% treatment rate by 2020 for children with mental health conditions.

One in eight children have a mental disorder, data reveals

23/11/2018

One in eight children and young people aged between five and 19 have a mental disorder, according to a survey.

Commissioner warns children are being failed by mental health services

22/11/2018

Mental health services for children and young people are generally improving but progress is slow, according to the children's commissioner.

A third of teenagers experience mental health problems

18/10/2018

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds are suffering from mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, according to campaigners.

A missed opportunity?

12/10/2018

The Mental Health (Amendment) Bill should soften financial and operational pressure on local authorities, but it will still leave them open to legal exposure, argues Morris Hill.

Poverty can lead to self-harm and violent crime, study shows

11/10/2018

Children from poorer families are at ‘significantly greater risk’ of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves later in life, new study shows.

Libraries support people with mental health issues, say council chiefs

11/10/2018

Local government leaders have described how novel library services are helping people cope with a range of mental health problems.

Watchdog warns of 'significant unmet need’ for children’s mental health services

10/10/2018

There is still 'some way to go' before mental and physical health for young people are treated with the same importance, the official spending watchdog warns.

Children’s mental health referrals increase by a quarter

08/10/2018

The number of referrals to specialist children’s mental health services has increased by 26% over the last five years, an education think tank has revealed.

Social prescribing pilots for mental health patients launched in Wales

01/10/2018

The Welsh health secretary today announced new early intervention pilots to help reduce reliance by mental health patients on prescription medication.

Children with mental health issues face youth services ‘black hole’

12/09/2018

Three-quarters of young people looking for support for mental health issues become more unwell before they can access treatment, charity reveals.

Vulnerable offenders increasingly referred to health services rather than prison

10/08/2018

Offenders with mental health, alcohol and drug abuse problems are increasingly being referred to health services as part of community sentences.

Study links to children's health to parent's mental health problems

30/07/2018

Doctors should consider seeing whole families at the same time, according to a new report that shows children's well-being is affected by the state of their parents' health.

Whitehall criticised for ‘disappointing’ approach to children's mental health

26/07/2018

The Government’s green paper on children's mental health ‘doesn’t go far enough’ in tackling the challenges many young people are facing, local government leaders warn.

Young people report difficult transition from child to adult mental health services

10/07/2018

Most young people being moved from child to adult mental health services are being failed by the system, a new investigation has revealed.

‘Racially motivated’ murder could have been avoided, safeguarding review says

22/06/2018

The murder of an asylum seeker while living in supported living accommodation in Bristol could have been avoided, a safeguarding adult review has concluded.

Whitehall announces £1m pilot to improve mental health assessments

14/06/2018

The Government today announced a £1m pilot scheme to help children in care get ‘high quality’ mental health assessments.

Should mediation be compulsory in the Court of Protection?

01/06/2018

Emma Sutton, Barrister at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, explores the question of mediation in the Court of Protection and what to do in the interim.

Whitehall releases £25m to support suicide prevention efforts

17/05/2018

The Government has launched a £25m programme aimed at supporting suicide prevention efforts in local communities.

Rise in mental health referrals from schools

14/05/2018

Local government leaders have branded a report on mental health services for young people 'worrying' and called for a radical overhaul of the available treatment.

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Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV

The crisis in funding for CCTV systems is not being addressed by the government or the police and is leading to the curtailment of this vital service in local authorities across the country. How can we ensure that communities that want this service continue to receive it, asks Tom Reeve.
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