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Closer links between police and health services can improve experiences for people in mental health crisis

Tighter working partnerships between health professionals and police services are likely to improve the care of people who come into contact with police during mental health crises. People experiencing severe mental health episodes can present with extreme and unpredictable behaviour posing a danger to themselves and members of the public. Police are often the first ...

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New insights into how ethnicity and culture affect maternal mental health

Ethnicity and culture can affect how and when women seek help for mental health problems before or after having a baby. Many women avoid seeking help because they feel services are not sensitive to their beliefs. Services should ensure all women, regardless of background, can access the support they need during and after pregnancy. This ...

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London 2012 Olympics regeneration had minimal impact on physical and mental health

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games had only small and transient effects on physical activity, mental health and well-being for those living nearby. Although access to sporting facilities and green space improved, local adolescents and their parents did not receive any sustained positive effect on physical activity, mental health or well-being. This NIHR-funded study assessed ...

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Peer support may reduce readmissions following mental health crises

People discharged from mental health crisis teams are less likely to re-enter acute services within a year if they receive self-management support. The support in this study was provided by a peer worker, someone with experience of mental illness. The peer worker used a workbook to provide information and talk through recovery goals. The study ...

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Collaborative mental health care in the NHS has small but meaningful benefits for people with depression

Collaborative care, that places a care manager in primary care to deliver treatment and coordinate care between GPs and specialists, improved recovery of people with moderate to severe depression. Primary responsibility for prescribing remained with the GP. This large trial found that improvements were modest, but were similar to those found in an evaluation of ...

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Crisis care for people with mental health issues: some effective interventions but there is a way to go yet

Some aspects of crisis care appear effective according to a broad NIHR overview of mental health crisis services. Crisis resolution teams that offer home treatment and support early discharge from hospital, is one successful example – although UK implementation is very variable. Early intervention service models are helpful for people with psychosis, as is collaborative ...

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Better evaluation of physical health services for people with severe mental illness is needed

Approaches to improve the integration of physical health services for people with severe mental illness are generally poorly described, and most evaluations are small in scale and poorly reported. Better descriptions and evaluations are needed to help identify and replicate best practice in the UK. About 1% of the UK population have severe mental illness, ...

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Better pathways promote physical activity and can decrease health inequalities

Better pathways promote walking and cycling among local residents. New research has shown that features of the pathways influence which groups of people use them most. For example, use of paths near public transport increased at peak commuting times. Such features impact the cost-effectiveness of pathways and need to be considered at the planning stage, ...

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Many people with mental illness did not seek help during the first lockdown; research highlights unmet need

The number of people with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and self-harm increased during the UK’s first lockdown. But a huge study across England found that fewer people asked their GP or hospital for mental health support.  The research team looked at primary care records to find the numbers of people who sought ...

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Mothers of children with life-limiting conditions are at risk of serious health problems

Mothers of children with life-limiting conditions have an increased risk of common health problems, including depression and heart disease. New research found that, compared with mothers of healthy children, they had higher rates of mental and physical conditions. They were also more likely to die.  The study found that these mothers were at increased risk ...

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