The Mental health of young women and girls: how to prevent a growing crisis | Mental Health Foundation
This policy paper from the Mental Health Foundation reports that the mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, with the gap between men and women widening over recent years. The evidence section in this paper shows that the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls, with their needs reaching crisis levels.
The paper makes a series of recommendations including:
identify pressure points and social determinants of mental health and wellbeing in young women and girls, to support the development of tailored mental health guidance aimed at preventing mental health problems for those at highest risk
improve the understanding of how to prevent mental health problems in young women by decision makers.
This is the report from an investigation that found Averil Hart’s death from anorexia would have been avoided if the NHS had cared for her appropriately. It highlights five areas of focus to improve eating disorder services:
The General Medical Council should conduct a review of training for all junior doctors on eating disorders, informed by research being conducted by the Faculty of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists;
The Department of Health and NHS England (NHSE) should review the existing quality and availability of adult eating disorder services to achieve parity with child and adolescent services;
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should consider including coordination as an element of their new Quality Standard for eating disorders;
Health Education England should review how its current education and training can address the gaps in provision of eating disorder specialists we have identified. If necessary it should consider how the existing workforce can be further trained and used more innovatively to improve capacity. Health Education England should also look at how future workforce planning might support the increased provision of specialists in this field;
Both NHS Improvement (NHSI) and NHS England (NHSE) have a leadership role to play in supporting local NHS providers and CCGs to conduct and learn from serious incident investigations, including those that are complex and cross organisational boundaries. NHSE and NHSI should use the forthcoming Serious Incident Framework review to clarify their respective oversight roles in relation to serious incident investigations. They should also set out what their role would be in circumstances like the Hart’s, where local bodies are failing to work together to establish what has happened and why, so that lessons can be learnt.
This report from the Education Policy Institute aims to provide insight into the efficacy of online counselling for children and young people.
The report reviews the current literature on online counselling for children and young people. Through an analysis of local data it also assesses how young people respond to the Kooth model, an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform, before setting out recommendations for further research.
The report finds Kooth online counselling to be popular and effective in increasing access to care and providing choice. The anonymous nature of the service was found to be a big benefit for children and young people.