Jeremy Hunt has recently warned companies like Facebook and Google that they face new laws relating to social media and young people, because social media exposes children to ‘harm’.
But is it really as simple as that? If there’s one person who knows about young people’s mental health its campaigner and TES columnist Natasha Devon MBE. Ms Devon spends much of her time visiting schools and talking to young people about her experience. In her new book, A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental, An A-Z From Anxiety To Zero F**ks Given, there are whole chapters on the topic. She says: ‘I don’t think any reasonable person would contest that social media and smart phones are having a dramatic impact on how we think and behave. ‘I also believe the government could play a role in regulation by, for example, providing public health guidelines around screen time and social media exposure for both children and adults.
Read the rest of this article at https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/15/how-social-mediaaffects-mental-health-in-young-people-7544674/
Warm weather predicted for Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ 10k walking fundraiser!
CLASP Charity raises awareness & support for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental illness & increase Suicide Prevention. CLASP have announced 7 ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events from May to October 2018 (Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day) in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham
Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ event is taking place on Sunday 27th May (bank holiday weekend) on Victoria Embankment. The event starts at 10am with the fundraising walk beginning at 11am along the ‘Big Track/Wheel’ on Victoria Embankment.
Our team are incredibly excited to be hosting a stand at the event. If you’d like to find out more about our service the team will be happy to help. We will be able to tell you all about our work in the field of self harm and suicide prevention. If you’re interested in getting some support for yourself or someone that you are concerned about, then we want to
answer your questions and help in any way we can. We also provide lots of other services: we deliver self harm and suicide prevention training, publish books and resources on the subjects, provide email support and work with schools. Come along to find out more.
We are really looking forward to the day and hope to see lots of you there! ..don’t forget your suncream!
We are really excited to announce the opening of our charity shop! The small pop up shop is in our Harmless building foyer. Please pop in, take a look, bag a bargain and support our life saving service. Win win!
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Hope to see you soon!
Employers should be regulated to minimise psychological hazards which pile on stress and affect workers’ health and safety. A third of people in Britain have experienced suicidal feelings, according to one of the largest ever reports on the nation’s mental health and the growing toll of an unchecked stress epidemic. The report by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) calls for societal change in the way mental health is treated, alongside new rules for employers to treat stress and mental health risks as seriously as physical health and safety. Launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the Stress: are we coping? report is thought to be the most comprehensive look at the damage being caused by self-neglect. Figures released today from a survey of more than 4,600 UK adults found three out of four have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year because of stress – though this was 81 per cent among women.
It is a popular misconception that self harm happens only among teenagers and young women. Recent research studies highlight that adults and elderly can be equally affected. Moreover, self harm in the elderly is likely to be underreported due to strong emotions of shame and guilt associated with the behaviour which often prevent people from disclosure and seeking help. It is suggested that treatment of self harm in older people is likely to be more difficult if the habit becomes ingrained as a person’s main coping mechanism. Although the majority of those who self harm are not suicidal, there is closer relationship between self-harm and suicide in older people. Reportedly, they are at higher risk of inducing more severe wounds and accidentally provoking situations that can be dangerous to their health and life.
A study by Dennis et al. (2007) found that self-harm in people of older age was largely associated with social isolation, poor physical health and more severe depression. Therein mentioned motives for self-harm involved the desire to escape from intolerable situation, need to gain relief from unbearable state of mind and a will to make others understand how desperate they were feeling. A review of qualitative studies (Wand at al., 2018) highlighted that underlying motivations and individual thought processes in older people who self-harmed can differ significantly. The explanations of self harm identified by this analysis included e.g. problem-solving in the face of losses and powerlessness, ﬁnding a solution in a situation of helplessness or an answer to intractable physical symptoms. Alienation from others was here recognised as a physical state of isolation but also as a private perception of one’s reality based on specific internal cognitive sets.
An important message brought by both studies is in regard to the possible ways in which social seclusion of the elderly can be reduced by enhancing opportunities for a more community orientated approach. The need is identified for better cooperation between health, social and voluntary sector. The maintenance and development of voluntary agency support for people across the lifespan is an important pathway of helping those who self-harm. Therapeutic support for adults and elderly focused on understanding the individual experience can be an invaluable form of help and enable surviving and working through the most difficult aspects of one’s life.
The Nottingham college staff and student team have arrived at Beeston! Great work all! We can’t wait to welcome you here at Harmless. We have lots of refreshments ready for you.
If you see them along the way be sure to say hello!
It’s not too late to donate: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/nottmcollmhwalkntalk/
Good luck to staff and students at Nottingham College who are taking on a 17 mile walk in aid of our life saving services: Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.
This will be the finale of a series events taking place at Nottingham College during Mental Health Awareness week, 14th – 18th May 2018.
Follow them on @nottmcollenrich @nottmcollegeSU @nottmCollege to see how they get on today!!!
To donate click here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/nottmcollmhwalkntalk/
We are looking forward to welcoming you here at Harmless for your second to final stop. GOOD LUCK!