There’s no evidence the number of people taking their own life fell during the Covid-19 pandemic
Health secretary Matt Hancock was wrong to say figures for England show a decrease in the number of people taking their own life.
Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country
A study which found that students’ anxiety levels were lower during the pandemic than in October 2019 was conducted among year 9 students in the south west of England.
Is the suicide rate up?
The number of registered suicides in England is up, but changes to how suicide is recorded may account for some of the rise.
Mental health spending in the English NHS
Around one in every ten pounds spent by the Department of Health in England goes on mental health in the NHS.
Has the number of teenage girls self-harming doubled?
The number of hospital admissions for girls under 18 because of self-harm increased by around 84% between 1997/98 and 2016/17.
What age do mental health conditions develop at?
A New Zealand study of those born in the early 1970s, throughout their lives found that around 50% of those with mental health conditions by age 26 had developed them by age 14 and 75% by age 18.
Mental health: there are fewer beds, nurses and psychiatry trainees than in 2010
The number of mental health beds and nurses have decreased since 2010, and there are fewer psychiatrists in training.
Millennial malaise: unhealthier than their parents?
Generational health improvements are being undermined by instability and loneliness among millennials, a report says.
Exam stress for school children
Exam stress clearly affects children in the UK, and there’s some evidence from counselling services and school leaders that it’s a growing problem.
Mental health during pregnancy
Around one in four pregnant mothers studied by King’s College London had a mental health disorder, but the study wasn’t designed to be representative of all pregnant women in the UK.