STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Here is a story on how there is no help regarding Mental Health

Susan is in her thirties and has had mental health issues for many years because she has a slight physical disability. Because she cannot cope with her disability she has taken to drinking to numb the emotional pain, she still lives with her parents.

She is constantly depressed, has no quality of life and spends her days in her bedroom. The situation has got so bad that when she drinks she becomes like someone possessed. Her whole personality changes, she becomes violent and not in control of what she is doing.  The police have come to the house often as the neighbours cannot take the foul language, screaming and shouting through the night.

So, what happens? The police take her away to a cell to dry out overnight. She appears in front of the Judge in Court the next day. All the proof is there (as this has happened many many times before) that this girl needs 24-hour help and support away from home. But what does the judge do? Gives her 20 hours community service and sends her home yet again.

Her parents in their 70’s are at their wit’s end, it will not end well. Either Susan will try again to commit suicide or her mother and father will end up in hospital or worse. The authorities know this and do absolutely nothing.

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‘This shade is Complete Mental Breakdown’: YouTuber creates satirical make-up tutorial to candidly detail her struggle with the many symptoms of her depression

  • Amy Gelibter, 21, runs a funny, honest YouTube channel
  • In her latest make-up tutorial, she applies cosmetics while describing what depression feels like
  • She uses shades of foundation and lipstick she jokingly calls ‘You Don’t Need Medication’, ‘I’m Trapped Inside My Own Mind’ and ‘Just Smile More’
  • The Pennsylvania resident says she wants to tackle the stigmas surrounding mental illness to help depressed people feel less alone

A popular YouTuber’s latest beauty tutorial sees her applying foundation with a beauty blender, brushing on mascara, painting on liquid lipstick — and opening up about what depression feels like.

Amy Geliebter 21, is incredibly honest in the witty new video, which takes the form of a standard make-up tutorial but actually gets real about the causes and symptoms of depression while addressing the stigmas surrounding mental illness.

The Pennsylvania resident jokes about her struggle with depressive feelings, applying cosmetics in made-up shades that describe how she feels inside as well as how others expect her to behave.

Click on the link to read and watch the video

http://goo.gl/0q5T1z

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Opening up: The video aims to help remove the stigmas around mental illness

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5 ways to address rising depression in young people

Depression and anxiety are affecting more young people than ever before. According to a study published today by the Office for National Statistics, one in five 16- to 24-year-olds are suffering psychological problems, which is almost the rate at which these are seen in early middle age, the life-stage usually most associated with mental health issues. Areas of concern for young people stretch from relationships with parents, friends, colleagues or fellow students, to worries about appearance and fitting in. Young women were more likely than young men to be showing signs of distress, with a report earlier this week claiming that one in five teenage girls are opting out of classroom discussions, and even playing truant because they hate the way they look. How to deal with this rise in anxiety and depression among a group that some perceive as carefree? Society’s role can be debated elsewhere, but for these “emerging adults” and anyone associated with them.

Here are some good starting points for action

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/04/5-ways-address-rising-depression-young-people-psychological-issues-anxiety?

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Cancer patients with depression ‘are being overlooked’ – Have you experienced any of the issues raised in this story? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk and include your contact details

Three-quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need, according to research in the Lancet.
This “huge unmet need” is partly due to a focus on physical symptoms at the expense of good mental healthcare, researchers say.
They argue depression is often overlooked but could be treated at a fraction of the cost of cancer drugs.
Charities say the current situation is “heartbreaking”.
People often wrongly assume that major depression is part of a natural reaction to cancer – but this is much more than transient sadness, the Edinburgh and Oxford university researchers say.
Their report suggests a new nurse-led treatment could help thousands of people.
In a series of studies they analysed data on 21,000 cancer patients living in Scotland.
They found 6% to 13% of people had clinical depression, compared with just 2% of the general population at any time.

Please click on the link to read more
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28954661

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Self-harm by mental health patients in NHS has risen by 56%, figures show

Growing numbers of people being treated in mental health units are harming themselves and trying to take their own lives, new NHS figures suggest.
The number of such incidents at 29 of England’s 52 NHS mental health trusts rose from 14,815 in 2010 to 23,053 last year, an increase of 56% over four years.
The average number per trust rose from 511 to 795 last year over the same period.
Labour, which obtained the figures under freedom of information laws, linked the increase to cuts in the number of doctors and nurses working in mental health units and their budgets.
“Mental health services have been squeezed year on year, the number of specialist doctors and nurses has dropped and there aren’t enough beds to meet demand. The pressure this is putting on mental health wards is intolerable”, said Luciana Berger, the shadow public health minister, who obtained the figures.
“It is unacceptable that people in touch with mental health services may not be getting the support they need. They are some of the most vulnerable patients in our NHS”, she added. That some mental health wards were running way above their recommended maximum capacity of 85%, sometimes reaching as much as 138%, was also a factor explaining the rise, Berger added.

Please click on the link to read more
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent

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Youth mental health care ‘in dark ages’, says minister

Mental health services for young people in England are “stuck in the dark ages” and “not fit for purpose”, according to a government minister.
Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.
The care and support minister is launching a task force to look into how to improve services.
One task force member said that “ultimately, money will have to be spent”.
The problems in children’s mental health services have been catalogued in a series of investigations by BBC News and the online journal Community Care

There has been an increase in the number of young people being treated in adult wards and travelling huge distances to receive help
A recent survey carried out by the charity Young Minds showed that councils were cutting services
A report from NHS England last month acknowledged it had no idea about the extent to which mental health problems affect young people. They are however to open an extra 50 beds for inpatient care

Click on the link to read more
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28851443

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‘Don’t be sad I’m gone, be happy I’m not in pain’: Haunting blog of musician, 21, posted days after he was found dead

The haunting blog of a musician – detailing his battle with depression and telling his loved ones ‘not to be sad I’m gone’- has appeared online days after he died.
It is believed Brett Robertshaw timed the post for after his death – with the line: ‘If this post is live I’m probably not here any more.’
The talented musician was found in his bedroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, by his aunt on July 5 – seven days before the blog appeared.

Please click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722658/Dont-sad-Im-gone-happy-Im-not-pain-Haunting-blog-musician-21-posted-days-dead.html

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2014: Why Is Our Anxiety Getting Out Of Control?

Anxiety is a big issue in British society, and although sometimes it has its place – like when studying for an exam, visiting the doctor or going for a promotion – it becomes a problem when it starts to feel too overwhelming.
According to the charity Mental Health Foundation, levels of anxiety are rising.
Almost one in five people from around the UK feels anxious a lot or all the time, the charity said ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week. A survey conducted by the charity found that almost half of Britons feel more anxious than they used to.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/12/anxiety-increase-brits-worry_n_5307837.html

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