Fathers, sons and mental health

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

New research shows that half (49%) of teenage boys (aged 16-18) in the UK would not feel comfortable talking to their fathers about their mental health (including stress, anxiety and depression). When asked why, more than a third said it was because their father doesn’t talk about his feelings and 31% said they wouldn’t want to burden them. The survey revealed that over half of young men (54%) who are experiencing mental health problems ‘put a...

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Dog Owners “Are Fitter and Healthier” Than People Without Dogs

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

It’s official – dog owners in the UK are fitter and healthier than people without dogs, according to a new study. Research indicates that people who own a dog are likely to exercise at least three times more a week than the rest of the nation, as they walk or run for an average of 74 minutes every day, in addition to their normal exercise. In the process, dog owners will cover an average distance of 1092 miles a year on foot, compared to the...

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How behavioural science can improve opportunity in the UK

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A third of the UK population spent at least one year in relative income poverty between 2011 and 2014. Traditionally policymakers and anti-poverty organisations such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have focused on boosting people’s economic capital (e.g., income) and human capital (e.g., educational attainment) to reduce poverty. While investments in these areas have led to important gains in opportunity for many Britons, emerging...

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Gin Lane revisited

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the world’s longest established public health body, is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. To commemorate this milestone, RSPH commissioned artist Thomas Moore to reimagine William Hogarth’s infamous 1751 cartoon Gin Lane – which depicts the debilitating effects of the gin crisis then sweeping London – for the 21st century. The new artwork, which reflects some of the biggest public health...

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New study outlines potential of computerised cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

A new study has highlighted the scope of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tools available worldwide and outlined their impact on people with mental health needs. The study from RAND Europe, commissioned by the education and social service company Ingeus, showed that computerised cognitive behavioural therapy tools, which are online platforms or mobile applications to help tackle common mental health illnesses such as depression,...

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Crowdfunding health eating ~ an investment opportunity

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Lambeth GP Food Co-op is a co-operative of patients, doctors and local residents who have come together to build food growing gardens in GP surgeries. The Lambeth GP Food Co-op began in 2013 and over the past three years, we have successfully worked to: Create 11 food growing gardens in Lambeth GP surgeries. Partner with King’s College Hospital, building the Jennie Lee garden. Help improve the health and wellbeing, diet and nutrition of...

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Market woes at Capita and in private healthcare

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The News from Nowhere team pick up on some Capita woes, with some eye catching personnel moves, and hear of some interesting re-positioning of the private healthcare market incentivising private patients to have their care delivered in the public sector. Turn around at ‘Capita’? Many support services for General Practice, including payments to practices, enrolling new medical staff, providing necessary official documents (like sickness...

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