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Hieda update – Monkeypox virus (25 May 2022)

25th May 2022

Following the global outbreak of Monkeypox, please find below a briefing on the current situation. What is Monkeypox? Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in monkeys kept for research. The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and since then…

New research from mental health charity Mind shows that parents and grandparents are so worried about young peoples’ mental health it’s giving them sleepless nights

25th May 2022

A survey by mental health charity Mind of 4,000 parents and grandparents shows urgent need for more government investment in children’s mental health services One in three grandparents say that mental health is their biggest concern for grandchildren Half of parents are worried that their child’s mental health is now worse than pre pandemic With…

Desire to have a son may influence breastfeeding duration because if a woman has not had a son, she may feel greater pressure to try to conceive again in the hopes of having a boy

25th May 2022

The desire for a son could mean Nepali mothers stop breastfeeding infant daughters sooner, says new research. Girls in Nepal are breastfed for fewer months than boys on average, with girls with older sisters but no brothers being the most disadvantaged, says the study. And this shorter breastfeeding time is linked to a greater risk…

The interaction between genetics and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals’ wellbeing over time

23rd May 2022

While the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic affected the whole world in many ways, hitting community-based social interactions, economic activity, and health status simultaneously, the impact produced different levels of distress in different individuals. Some, for instance, drifted far into depression, while others showed a high degree of resilience. A new paper looks at the…

How gardening really CAN make you happier: Pottering among greenery and tending plants boosts wellbeing, survey shows

23rd May 2022

Gardening has always been considered good for the soul – now a poll has revealed green-fingered people really are happier. When asked if they are satisfied with their life, 55 per cent of gardeners in the survey said they were – compared with just 39 per cent of non-gardeners. And 54 per cent of gardeners…

St Andrew’s Healthcare co-hosts county’s first mental health festival

23rd May 2022

An event which organisers say could become the “Glastonbury of mental health” is set to get underway in a few weeks with the support of some key organisations from the across the county. St Andrew’s Healthcare is co-hosting the county’s first mental health festival in partnership with BBC Northampton, the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust…

Hospital admissions for eating disorders up 84% in five years, NHS data shows

19th May 2022

Experts describe increase to 24,268 in England as alarming, with particularly stark rise among males. Hospital admissions for people with eating disorders in England have risen 84% in the last five years, official NHS figures reveal. There were 11,049 more admissions for illnesses such as bulimia and anorexia in 2020-21 than in 2015-16, with 24,268 admissions in…

Health workforce ‘left exposed and vulnerable’ during pandemic

19th May 2022

The UK government failed to protect, promote and support the healthcare workforce during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new British Medical Association (BMA) report The report, which will form part of the BMA’s submission to the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry, included anecdotal evidence from healthcare workers, who described shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE),…

Scottish Association for Mental Health aims to boost mental health through sport

19th May 2022

SAMH currently operates more than 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support A SCOTTISH charity has launched a new initiative using the power of sport to help people manage their mental health and wellbeing. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) is urging community sports clubs and organisations to help break down barriers by…

Jersey’s Victoria College students encourage boys to talk about their feelings

19th May 2022

Teenagers at Victoria College in Jersey have created a video encouraging fellow students to talk about their feelings. It was created as part of Mental Health Awareness Week which ran from 9-15 May. Students are being encouraged to ‘Speak Up’ about their emotions in a bid to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Year 11…