October Mental Health News Round Up
Our round up of October's key mental health news stories, affecting children and young people.
MPs must change the laws on restraint
Face-down restraint was used more than 2,500 times on people under 18 in mental health units in 2014/15 – the last year from which records are available. Meanwhile, three separate United Nations reports have criticized the way that restraint is used on children and young people with mental health conditions in the UK.
On Friday 3rd November, Steve Reed MP is taking a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons, which would make the use of restrictive practices - including face-down restraint, chemical restraint and long-term seclusion - far more accountable.
The Bill is known as Seni's Law, named after 23-year-old Seni Lewis, who died after being restrained face-down by 11 police officers in a mental health unit. If it goes through, Seni's Law will ensure that every use of force in a mental health unit is systematically recorded, and that every unit has a policy in place on force and a named individual responsible for implementing it.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, says:
Thousands of schools say #HelloYellow for World Mental Health Day
On Tuesday 10 October, schools up and down the country took part in the YoungMinds #HelloYellow campaign, wearing yellow and writing positive mental health messages to show children and young people they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive at YoungMinds says:
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Local media coverage by:
- Bournemouth Echo: New Forest school supports World Mental Health Day campaign
- Burnley Express: The Rose School’s bright idea to protect young minds
- The Rotherham Advertiser: Young minds in Rotherham show support for mental health issue sufferers
- The Huffington Post: How This School is Encouraging Kids To Speak About Emotions
- The Huddersfield Examier: Huddersfield School shows support
- Gazette & Herald: Mellow yellow puts focus on mental health
- This is Wiltshire: Mellow yellow puts focus on mental health
- Keighley News: Beckfoot Oakbank students raise cash for YoungMinds during World Mental Health Day
Research shows a rise in number of girls self-harming
A report published by the University of Manchester in the British Medical Journal has revealed that the number of girls self-harming between the ages of 13-17 has risen by 70% in 3 years. The data was gathered by looking at records from 674 general practices, which showed that of all those who had self-harmed, almost three quarters (73%) were girls.
Tom Madders, Director of Communications and Campaigns at YoungMinds, said school stress, body image issues, the pressure created by social media and difficult experiences in childhood could all have an impact on the mental health of teenage girls.
Mental health experts urge young people to have a phone-free 15 minutes a day
A survey carried out by the government’s Cyber Aware campaign, and YoungMinds, has shown that 26% of people surveyed spent more than 3 hours a day on their smartphones. However, over 52% agreed that they would benefit from taking a short break from their smartphones.
Marc Bush, Chief Policy Adviser at YoungMinds says:
Young people are facing long waiting times, CQC review reveals
A review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that young people are facing long waiting times to access mental health services. The review also found that 39% of the child and adolescence mental health services (CAMHS) in the UK require improvement.
The lead for mental health at the CQC, Paul Lelliott, praised the dedication of NHS mental health care staff but added: