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A new study which has just come-out for people who are very very severely depressed. This has been something that has been developed in the last few years, 'Ketamine', which has previously been used as a recreational drug. There's a short-term early study looking now, for people who are severe depression and suicidal, giving ketamine via a nasal spray does seem to be showing promise, but is not available yet. Dr Sarah Jarvis: Jeremy Vine Show: Radio 2.

There has been an increase of more than 200 per cent in professional footballers seeking help for mental health and emotional well-being issues, i can reveal. Last year, more than three times the amount of players reaching out were recorded by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) than in 2015 and 2016. The number of former players requiring support has also doubled. In 2017, mental health and emotional well-being issues made up 63 per cent of all calls made to the PFA’s 24-hour counselling helpline, according to figures obtained by i. iNews.

People receiving treatment for serious mental health issues should be given a reprieve from being hassled by creditors to stop them becoming trapped by spiralling debts, MPs have said. Labour’s Luciana Berger is leading a cross-party bid to change the law to help an estimated 23,000 people in England who are struggling with problem debt whilst in hospital for their mental health. Some 73 MPs have backed amendments to the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill, led by Ms Berger, Tory MP Johnny Mercer and former Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb, which would extend plans for the “breathing space” period to everyone receiving crisis mental health care. Independent.

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). There is a 76% heritability. Its the most genetically influenced medical health problem that we have. We know there are triggers like diets, but there's often an underlying genetic issues going on. Its very common to have depression, anxiety and sleeping problems with people with ADHD when its not being treated properly. See your GP or psychologist and see if treatment is appropriate. Dr Sara Kayat: ITV This Morning.

People who smoke high grade Cannabis are more likely to develop psychosis. GP Sarah Jarvis.

April 5, 2018. Some apps are doing better than existing care for people with mental health problems. There is a great number like 'Brain In Hand' which is very good for anxiety and autism. 'Sleepio' is good for sleep disorders which also help with mental health. 'Catch It'.  It's not just apps any-more, people are using VR (virtual reality) to immerse people who are afraid of being in public, or small places and immersing people in situations which they might find uncomfortable with, but which they can get out of by closing their eyes and taking the headset off. Some doctors are offering patients these apps. Simon Leigh. The One Show. BBC1.

Prime minister Theresa may says,  around 1,400 more people are accessing mental health services every day compared with when conservatives first came to power, -Spending on tackling mental health has reached a record £11.6bn with an additional £1bn to be spent by 2020-21 - There have been sufficient steps taken to raise awareness for autism and provide support to those on the spectrum. Sky News.

An NHS trust that admitted failing two patients who died in its care, one in a bath, has been fined £2m. Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, drowned in Oxford in 2013. Teresa Colvin, 45, died in Hampshire in 2012. Southern Health admitted to "systemic failures" and pleaded guilty in 2017 to breaching health and safety laws. Passing sentence at Oxford Crown Court, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said each death was an "unnecessary human tragedy". Southern Health employs more than 6,000 staff and owns or manages 136 sites, including 15 mental health facilities and two for people with learning difficulties. ITV News.

Adolescent cannabis use linked to increased risk for psychosis. Risk for psychosis was found to be significantly higher with adolescent cannabis use even after taking prodromal symptoms, parental psychosis and other substance use into account. Univadis.

There could be two types of schizophrenia, leading to hopes of more tailored treatment. The team at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, found one group had a smaller-than-usual volume in the brains frontal regions. Metro.

Recent studies have shown that two-thirds of us don't get enough sleep causing an Increased risk of developing cancer, dementia, depression, stroke and heart disease. Every organ and tissue in the body benefits from sleep. We now know that you cannot catch-up on sleep which you've lost. If I deprive you of sleep for an entire night, you will try and sleep longer the next night, but you will never make up that eight hours I took away. There is no credit system in the brain where you can store up sleep and then spend it when you go into debt. To help sleep - keep a constant sleep schedule. Keep the bedroom dark. Keeping the bedroom cool - better to be cool than too warm. Avoid caffeine and alcohol long before going to bed, and electronic devices such as mobiles and computers. + Couples who are kept awake by their other half are recommended to sleep in separate beds or rooms. Sleeping pills have been associated with a high risk of death as well as cancer. + Cognitive therapy is just as effective for insomnia as sleeping pills. The "sleepio" app is a digital CBT program scientifically proven to help you sleep well without pills or potions. Matthew Walker. Neuroscientist & Sleep Expert: This Morning: ITV.

The benefits of exposure therapy for PTSD and OCD. But love it or hate it, there’s something to be said for doing the things you’re afraid of - so long as it’s safe. And exposure therapy does precisely this – it encourages people to face their fears or past traumas, and can be used to treat OCD and PTSD. Obviously the key message here is that if you have a fear of something, like water, you need to face that fear with professional support, and you need to do it safely. ‘It’s about exposing yourself to them and then preventing the anxious and obsessional response. ‘It’s frightening at first, and it can make me shake and cry at times, but it has definitely helped in the long run.’ Metro.

Scientists believe exercise creates neurons in your hippocampus, the part of your brain that controls memory and learning making it bigger and powerful. + Canadian scientists have found that climbing four flights of stairs every day can increase your brain-age by more than 2 years. + Scientists have discovered that meditation actually changes the anatomy of your pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for concentration and focus. Regular practice can make your brain a decade younger. + American scientists found that cheese can actually be addictive because of its main protein 'casein', especially the full-fat variety. + Studies have found that your risk of depression increases with feelings of loneliness, and depression shrinks the hippocampus ages the brain, so having friends keeps you young. + The skin is like any other organ and needs to be nourished. + Singing stimulates the brain, and people who sing regularly, slow the decline in brain function as they get older, and triggering the brain to release happy hormones such as oxytocin, thought to lower stress levels. 100 Years Younger In 21 Days: Series 3/4. ITV.

Knitting can help lower blood pressure and relive depression. Dr Chris Steel. ITV This Morning.

We all feel lonely, but if it becomes chronic, it can effect your sleep, make you feel miserable, and it even seems to be associated with poorer health and can even have as much as an impact of smoking and obesity. Claudia Hammond. Health Check: BBC World Service.  Being lonely does impact well-being and quality of life. It impacts sleep and depressive symptoms and feelings of sadness and social relationships. The stages where loneliness can be more common are life transitions. Kids changing school or country. Bereavement and widowhood. Research tells us that it can become painful if it's prolonged. If you feel lonely for a short amount of time is actually productive for you because you look at your social relationships and decide you're going to change things about them - the quality of who your interacting with and working on the quality of relationships you've got helps. Professor Manuela Brito. The University of Exeter.

There is worrying evidence that our youngest children are self-harming, and if that wasn't alarming enough, the numbers are soaring. NHS England recorded more than a thousand incidents of self-harm by 3 - 12-year-old's in the last year. That is a 95% increase on five years ago. A survey out today by the charity Place2Be found 45% of school-leavers said they struggled to get mental health support for their pupils. ITV News.

At least one million extra people need medication for depression, as research has found that only a fraction of sufferers are getting the necessary help, the Sun reports. papers.

A lot of people suffer from anxiety. 16 million people in the European Union. About 8% of the population is affected by anxiety disorders. The world health organisation said, 12 billion working days are lost due to depression and anxiety across the world. BBC World Hacks. BBC World Service.

THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is what gets people high. At elevated doses its also been linked to anxiety and an increased link of mental health problems. The other key substance in marijuana is canabidiol (CBD), sometimes recommended to help with pain and inflammation. A small trial recently conducted at the institute of psychiatry, in London found the substance acts as a psychotic and might counteract some of the negative affects of THC. We know it does produce analgesia and pain relief. Do we have enough science to say the majority of people will get this result. We don't, we need more evidence. People with bio polar disorder, depression and schizophrenia should not be taking it.  BBC World Service: Health Check.

Insurers penalising people with depression unrelated to mental health. The Guardian: Sky News Press Preview.

Mental Health. The main thing is, you're not alone. Talk about it. Talk to friends. Talk to your GP if you don't have anyone else. There are so many self-help things you can do to start with. So exercising, eating well, sleeping well, mindfulness and yoga all help, and accepting and acknowledging a problem helps. Dr Sara. ITV: This Morning.

Social Media is bad for your health, says Facebook. Facebook has finally conceded that social media can harm mental health but it proposed that users improve their well-being by posting more updates and ... “Our research and other academic literature suggests that it's about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being,” they said. Instagram was the worse. Sky News.

Researchers have claimed that people obsessed with taking selfies may have a genuine mental health condition known as 'selfitis'. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management investigated the term and discovered six motivating factors. These motivating factors included people wanting to increase their self-confidence, seek attention, improve their mood, connect with the environment around them, increase their conformity with the social group around them, as well as being socially competitive. Express.

Children who eat healthily have higher self-esteem, more friends and are less likely to be bullied regardless of their body weight, according to new research. Dr Arvidsson added: “The associations we identified here need to be confirmed in experimental studies including children with clinical diagnosis of depression, anxiety or other behavioural disorders rather than well-being as reported by parents.” The researchers found that fish intake according to guideline was associated with better self-esteem. Intake of whole meal products were associated with no peer problems. Express.

The current “nanny-state” culture in the UK is not about public health but the elite controlling the working classes, an author on BBC News-night declared. Speaking on News-night, he said: “The endless tide of nanny-state regulation does not seem to be making us any healthier and it certainly is not making us any happier. It cannot be good for our collective mental health to think that drinking a pint of beer a day is hazardous drinking, or that a whiff of tobacco smoke is a mortal danger, or that a teaspoon of sugar is a ‘unit of harm’. Christopher Snowden: Head of Lifestyle Economics at the think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Want to live to 100? Try being more stubborn and keeping busy: Mental health of the very old found to be better than relatives aged 51 to 75. A positive outlook, stubbornness and keeping busy could be key to a long life. Scientist tested health of those in their nineties. People aged 91 to 101 had better mental health than their younger relatives. A strong bond with family, religion and land also were key to hitting 100. Mail.

Mental health services are at crisis and need more funding. £300m promised by government to fund proposals for specialists in every school in England. Government parliamentary report will recommend children are seen by a specialist within 4 weeks. Sky News.

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