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Mental Health in Crisis

Mindfulness is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Its a word that is commonly used to describe a technique aimed at encouraging people to manage the intrusive, ruminating thoughts and feelings that can create anxiety and depression.
It’s become very popular in recent years, too popular perhaps, according to this newspaper article http://ind.pn/1HjjnMm “It isn’t going to cure our mental health crisis”, and “it looks set to join medication as the one size fits answer to mental health problems”.

However there are, according to MIND, “75% of people with mental health problems get no help at all” and whilst mindfulness may be questionable for deep rooted mental health issues, ruling it out is not an option either. It is an excellent management and preventative technique to help people cope to achieve some ‘peace’ in their lives and create a sense of balance and control. So what is the mental health crisis?

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique that you can learn to help you either, change the way you feel or think about yourself, and your experiences, or find relief and quiet time in a busy and stressful life. Whilst mindfulness is recommended as a treatment for many mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, it can also be utilised by all of us, of all ages, to help us to live in the present moment and therefor not being preoccupied with the past or present.

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Mental Health, Children and Young People

Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems (WHO).
About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. Yet, regions of the world with the highest percentage of population under the age of 19 have the poorest level of mental health resources. Most low-and middle-income countries have only one child psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people. How does the UK compare?

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