News - Young people and mental health

The latest news, research, events and opportunities relevant to young people and mental health.  If you would like to send something to add to this page, please contact us.


Telegraph: Tripling in the number of children treated for eating disorders

Laura Donnelly - The Telegraph - 01 Dec 2013

Eating-disorderThe number of children treated in hospital for eating disorders has tripled in four years according to NHS figures.

According to the Telegraph, some children are also being turned away because they are "not thin enough".

Experts said many children are struggling to cope with a celebrity culture, with children constantly exposed to size zero figures and images of unrealistically slim models.

Read the full article here.

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Mental Defence - Helping young people to tackle the causes of emotional distress

Them-WifiesThem Wifies, a community arts organisation which works those facing multiple disadvantages, will be delivering Mental Defence workshops free of charge to organisations working with young people aged 13-25 in Newcastle.

Mental Defence is an issue based drama programme which aims increase the emotional resilience of young people who face severe and multiple disadvantages to prevent the onset or further development of mental health problems.

Book your place by visiting: or by contacting Maria Lavelle: 0191 261 4090 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The - Online guide for 16-25 year olds

The-Site-LogoThe Site is an online guide tolooking after your health, wellbeing and dealing with anything that may be worrying you. It is aimed at 16 to 25 year-olds and covers a huge range of topics, such as mental and physical health, relationships, exams, the law, managing your money and lots more.

The Site also has online discussion boards so you can get advice from other young people with similar experiences, which can be done anonymously.

If there is anything that is worrying you, however big or small, why not check The Site out!



NUS study: 1 in 10 students have considered suicide

The BBC has reported on a study which found 1 in 10 students have thought about taking their own life. The study of 1,200 young people was carried out by the National Union of Students (NUS).

It found that 1 in 10 students in Universities across the UK have considered taking their own life and 1 in 5 consider themselves to have mental health difficulties. 1 in 20 students also said they had anxiety due to bullying and 1 in 20 were said to have drug and alcohol issues.

Find out more here.

Avatars may help to control 'voices' in young people with schizophrenia

The Guardian has reported on a recent study of 16 young people diagnosed with schizophrenia. They were asked to create 'avatars' (such as those on the right) of the voices they heard using a computer. These avatars were to represent the voices in a human form. 

When they were animated by a therapist, the idea is that the young people could challenge them. The overall aim is tolearn to take control of hearing voices in any situation.

The study found that almost all of the patients saw a reduction in how often they heard voices; 3 of them stopped hearing them all together. This study was a pilot of wider research at University College London.

Over 22,000 young people treat for self harm in 2012

New figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre have shown an increase in levels of self harm during 2012.

This article by the Telegraph reports that over 22,000 children and young people aged 10 - 19 were treat by hospitals for self harm in 2012 - a rise of 11% compared to the year before.

These figures can be broken down further:

  • 18,037 girls
  • 4,623 boys
  • 5,192 were 10 14 year olds (compared to 4,008 10-14 year olds the year before - an increase of 30%)

Find out more by clicking here.

Streetwise - Online counselling

StreetwiseStreetwise is a project for young people in the centre of Newcastle that provides free advice, counselling and sexual health services to 13-25 year olds.

You can drop in to Streetwise to speak to a member of the team for confidential advice on anything that is on your mind. But there may be some of you that can't get to Newcastle, because of a physical disability, transport issues or it may be simply too far away. Now Streetwise has the answer!

Streetwise has started an online counselling service. If you cannot get to the drop in centre or would rather speak to someone over the internet, but still need some extra support, this may be perfect for you!

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Young mental health inpatient services discussed in Parliament

On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 a group of MPs debated inpatient mental health services for children and young people in Parliament.

The debate was called by Labour MP Alan Johnson (West Hull and Hessle) who, along with several others, raised their concerns around young inpatients with Norman Lamb MP.

You can read the full transcript of the debate here

Alternatively, you can read Young Minds' summary of the debate here

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The rise of health apps

tabletThe Youth Mental Health Network has written an article about several new apps designed to offer support to young people.

It looks at 3 apps (including some videos):

1. The My Journey mental health app which aims to help young people be able to take more control over their mental health and recovery

2. The Well Happy App which offers a guide to a range of youth services in London as well as other features

3. Doc Ready, which aims to help young people prepare for appointments with health professionals by helping them to pick issues of concern and build a checklist to take along to the appointment

Find out more here.

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