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Young people’s future health

Young people’s future health inquiry: A healthy foundation for the future | The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation has published A healthy foundation for the future – the final report from the Young people’s future health inquiry.  This two-year project explored the influences affecting the future health of today’s young people, and what needs to change to secure a healthy society.

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The report brings together the inquiry’s findings and explores:

  • whether young people currently have the building blocks for a healthy future, such as good quality work and housing, and supportive relationships
  • what support and opportunities young people need to secure these building blocks
  • the main issues that young people face as they become adults
  • what this means for their future health and what policy action is needed.

The inquiry was structured around a mixture of research and engagement, site visits and policy work, led by the views and experiences of young people around the UK.

Alongside the final report, the Health Foundation worked with nine expert partner organisations who have come together to recommend that young people’s needs are put at the centre of government policy making. Detailed policy reports will be published by the expert organisations from across different sectors, throughout autumn 2019.

Full report: Young people’s future health inquiry: A healthy foundation for the future

Free chapters and journal articles available until 9th Nov

Springer |nd | Explore Free Book Chapters & Journal Articles

There are a number of free resources available from the Springer website, which have been made available free to mark World Mental Health Day, until 7 November 2019.

They include articles/ chapters related to:

Child & School Psychology

Psychology in Society and Culture

Public Health

Access them here 

NHS England: NHS taskforce to drive improvements in young people’s hospital mental health, learning disability and autism care

NHS England | October 2019 | NHS taskforce to drive improvements in young people’s hospital mental health, learning disability and autism care

NHS chief Simon Stevens has announced that a new taskforce will be set up to improve current specialist children and young people’s inpatient mental health, autism and learning disability services in England.

The Children’s Commissioner for England will chair an independent oversight board to scrutinise and support the work of the taskforce.  The Children’s Commissioner and her board will be given wide-ranging scope to track progress and propose rapid improvements in existing services, examine the best approach to complex issues such as inappropriate care, out of area placements, length of stays and oversee the development of genuine alternatives to care, closer to home.

The establishment of the inpatient taskforce and independent oversight board, comes as part of a package of measures in the NHS Long Term Plan to ensure that all NHS services operate at safe and effective levels, as well as immediately injecting a boost in care quality (Source: NHS England).

Read the full announcement from NHS England 

Children and young people’s wellbeing

State of the nation 2019: children and young people’s wellbeing | The Department for Education

This report evaluates wellbeing in children and young people, including: statistics on the wellbeing of children and young people in England; wider indicators on their happiness with their relationships, self-reported health and experiences with school; and an in-depth analysis of psychological wellbeing in teenage girls.

Full report: State of the nation 2019: children and young people’s wellbeing

Additional link: DHSC press release

Women’s Mental Health

Local Government Association |October 2019| Debate on Women’s Mental Health, House of Commons, 3 October 2019

This briefing on women’s health has been published by the Local Government Association from the House of Commons debate 3 October 2019.



Key messages

  • For many people, mental ill health may be the cause or effect of a wider set of issues within their lives. This could include relationship break-downs, domestic violence, homelessness or housing difficulties, missed education opportunities, unemployment, financial difficulties, debt, ill health, substance misuse and interaction with the criminal justice system. Councils have a unique role in making the links between these sets of issues and can tackle the underlying causes, rather than waiting to deal with an individual crisis.
  • Councils across the country are doing all they can to safeguard and protect women and girls from all forms of harm. We support a public health approach to tackling serious violent crime against women and girls, which is a key contributor to poor mental health.
  • Interventions require the input of a range of partners, including those in the health and education sectors, as opposed to relying solely on a criminal justice strategy. This means there needs to be greater investment in cost-effective early intervention and prevention schemes that help stop violence and abuse occurring in the first place.
  • Councils are on the frontline of identifying and tackling harmful practices against women, including FGM. The National FGM Centre is an initiative jointly run by the LGA and Barnardo’s which is working to help fulfil the Government’s pledge to end FGM in the UK by 2030.
  • Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14, with 75 per cent of mental health disorders starting by 24 years of age. Children and young people’s chances of thriving dramatically increase the earlier we provide help as well as saving money in the longer term. Councils strive to make sure that every child gets the best start and is able to go on and live a healthy, safe and prosperous life, despite seeing more than 560 cases of children coming into care because of mental health issues affecting either them or their family. This is an increase of more than 50 per cent in just four years.
  • A quarter of young women aged 17 to 19 have a mental health disorder. Half of them have self-harmed or attempted to take their own life. Suicide prevention is a public health priority for local government and every council has a suicide prevention plan in place.

House of Commons Debate on Women’s Mental Health House of Commons


How music therapy can help anxious children

How music therapy can help anxious children | via The Conversation


According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge with a significant number of these cases relating to some form of anxiety.

In this article, Elizabeth Coombes, Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy, University of South Wale looks at how one effective method of providing support for this anxiety is music therapy, where music becomes the main tool the therapist uses to connect and work with the patient. This kind of therapy has been shown to be effective when treating children and young people living with anxiety based disorders.

Full article at The Conversation

Key Data on Young People

Supported by the Health Foundation, the Key Data on Young People series brings together robust and representative information to get a full impression of young people in the United Kingdom. Every new edition of Key Data on Young People is revised to reflect current issues and concerns about young people’s health | Association for Young People’s Health

This 12th edition of the report includes sections on policy context, indicators of poverty and hardship, burden of disease and international comparisons in key health outcomes. Chapter seven focuses on wellbeing and mental health.

The report can be downloaded in full, or in individual chapters:

Key Data on Young People 2019 full report

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Population and overall health

Chapter 3 – Living circumstances, education and employment

Chapter 4 – Health behaviours

Chapter 5 – Sexual health and identity

Chapter 6 – Physical health, longterm conditions and disability

Chapter 7 – Wellbeing and mental health

Chapter 8 – Health promotion and use of health services

Chapter 9 – Inequalities in health outcomes

Chapter 10 – Conclusions and recommendations

A ‘Highlights’ booklet, is also available summarising the main messages and presenting infographics about all aspects of young people’s lives.