The data paints a stark picture. In some groups of the population it is stabilising, while in other groups it is worsening. Nowhere is it improving. We can now start to see the true scale of an issue which has been stigmatised for centuries and it is deeply worrying for all.
Research has emerged that suggests bullying could be more detrimental to a child's mental health than physical abuse. A US study of 1,420 children found that those who had been bullied, but not maltreated, were almost four times more likely to have mental health problems than children who were maltreated... So why do we continue to diminish the effect bullying has on children's mental health?
But in my current situation, there was never a moment of willpower, because it was crystal clear to me that alcohol had absolutely no place in my life. Even though, let's face it, I didn't even have a life, to speak of, during these years.
Maybe self-care is one of those areas of our lives that you only take note of when you're not doing it right?! I think I know when I'm doing things like managing my stress levels by trying not to cram too much into my diary. I try to get enough exercise and watch what I eat.
The depiction that I like to use to describe the way neurosis or anxiety or panic feels is like a psychological fantasy that the shadow of Godzilla is approaching from around the corner and all we hear are the footsteps. Thump, thump goes our heart.
If you live in England it is likely you are a viewer of, (or are at least aware of), The Great British bake off, a show otherwise known as "The Greate...
People talk about the moment their life changed forever. Maybe they signed the dotted line on their first house or enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife. My life changed forever when my family sought the help of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services when our daughter, Stephanie began to suffer from mental ill health.
Now there are some more points that I feel need to be explored from a UK perspective and what it is like being Black in Britain and still having to see these images. Many people dismiss the effect black death in America, especially by the hands of the police, has on the Black community in the UK and especially on our inner-city youth.
For the label of 'BPD' shuts down our humane response. It allows staff to think and act through the kind of awful language lens used about Helen - to 'other'. Language, especially powerful language around diagnosis, can be dangerous.
Sleep has been disrupted, exercise classes have been avoided, I would rather stick pins in my eyes than have to be social ... Everyday things as simple as merely making beans on toast have just seemed a lot harder to deal with.
We need to talk about Mental Health but we also need the Government to address this very stark and real crisis that is unfolding in front of our eyes. A sticking plaster is not sufficient and it never will be.
Sometimes you just need to escape; to momentarily forget; to focus on something away from changing a nappy; or running your life around appointments; or mowing the garden; or doing the calculations to see whether you need to work an additional shift at your other job this month.
Back then, The Unsung Mum was full of joy from having The Baby but that didn't last long. Once at home, The Unsung Mum started feeling a bit odd. See, like everyone, she'd heard of post-natal depression, but didn't actually know what it was.
In our Conservative led, austerity Britain, young people's social needs simply aren't recognised or prioritised. Our education system has become detri...
Are you kidding?! Do you think I would choose to be hyperventilating at 03:57 am if I had a magic panic on/off switch? And don't tell me to calm down. Don't make me angry. I'll turn green, burst out of my pyjamas then demand you drag me and my rapidly expiring body into A & E.
Over the years many British soaps have tackled the issue of domestic violence but I don't think any have generated as much interest- and as many headlines- as The Archers has of late.