The evidence about social media and mental health is not straightforwardly one-dimensional - we may be at risk of creating a moral panic that distracts us from wider risks to young people
Andy Bell is deputy chief executive at the charity Centre for Mental Health. The Centre drives change in policy and practice to bring equality for mental health closer.
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<img alt="bmm banner.jpg" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4815860/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> It is a stark and tragic fact that the biggest cause of death among young men in the UK is now suicide. And in the majority of cases, people who lose their life through suicide have not been in contact with mental health services prior to their death.
22/11/2016 17:04 GMT
The state of the nation's mental health in England is measured every seven years by the Government through a national survey of 'psychiatric morbidity'. The latest survey for adults, conducted in 2014, was published recently and provides an important indication of the mental health and wellbeing of the population and of trends over time.
03/10/2016 12:16 BST
Research suggests that there is an average delay of ten years between the time that young people first experience the symptoms of a mental health problem and when they receive help. Only a quarter of school-age children with a diagnosable mental health problem get any help at all, even though the majority of parents seek professional advice. And when children and families do ask for help, they are frequently confused by a maze of largely fragmented services and often face lengthy delays in getting the help they need.
07/06/2016 08:14 BST
We know that mental health problems will affect nearly half of us (at least) directly in our lifetimes, and 40% of us by the age of 25, we need to accept that mental health needs to be in the spotlight not just for a couple of weeks or even months but at all times.
04/03/2016 13:05 GMT
This week has perhaps shown we are making some progress in challenging the denigration of people with mental health conditions, but also made clear just how far we have to go still.
23/11/2015 14:38 GMT
The number of people with mental health problems being given benefit sanctions is rising rapidly, according to figures reported in The Independent this week. In the same week, a call on the Government to review the impact of sanctions on people with mental health problems was refused, despite growing anecdotal evidence of the risks they can pose.
13/11/2015 11:46 GMT
It is now well known that mental health problems affect a quarter of us every year in the UK. In the course of a lifetime, mental ill health will touch everyone in some way, either personally or in the life of a family member, friend or work colleague. Mental ill health can also affect every aspect of a person's life - relationships, work, education and much more.
23/10/2015 16:01 BST
The first 100 days of the new government have seen a number of significant reports and announcements about mental health services and the lives of people with mental health conditions. They include some very promising signs of continued commitment to improving mental health but also some major strains on the system that needs to be addressed.
24/08/2015 14:29 BST
There is thus a lot to do if we are to put mental health on a par with physical health. It will take some fundamental changes to the way resources are allocated and used in the NHS and public services more broadly. But by using and building on the evidence of what is needed and what works, we can use scarce resources more effectively to enhance the nation's mental health and to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.
15/06/2015 15:59 BST