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UKCP daily news digest: Mental health support lacking for cancer patients

Publication date: April 12, 2018 Author: By Gem Sofianos

Hello – it’s Gem Sofianos with top stories for the mental health world.

Top story: Mental health support lacking for cancer patients

One in three people with cancer will experience a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety before, during or after treatment, a survey by the Mental Health Foundation found.

The research also found that mental health problems that arise as a result of cancer are ‘too often sidelined.’

49% of people interviewed said they received ‘no support or advice from health services about managing their mental health through cancer’, while 66% said ‘they were not informed at all about potential mental health problems that could arise at the end of treatment.’

‘Cancer is not just a physical illness, it can have a profound psychological impact and people expect to receive both physical and emotional support when they need it,’ Lee Knifton, Head of Mental Health Foundation Scotland, said.

‘Our research shows that too often people are left in the dark about cancer’s impact on mental health. But if people are given the right support at the right time they would have greater control over their emotional wellbeing as they go through cancer.’

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Mariah Carey has spoken out about her mental health problems

Pop star Mariah Carey has revealed she has Bipolar II disorder for the first time in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE magazine.

The singer admitted that she ‘didn’t want to believe it’ when she was diagnosed in 2001 after she was hospitalised for a physical and mental breakdown.

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‘Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told the magazine.

‘It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.’

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‘What happened when I called Samaritans for my mental health’ reporter Hattie Gladwell reveals her experience of calling the Samaritans when she really needed someone to talk.

‘I was never entirely sure about what Samaritans was for. I assumed it was a number you called up, explained your problems, and received information about what you can do about them,’ she says in the piece.

‘I thought it was only for practical advice, or for people who were on the absolute brink of suicide. I never thought Samaritans was for me. I was so wrong.’

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In case you missed it….

What would you want people to know about mental health problems? People are taking to Twitter to share what they wish people knew about mental health problems.

London mental health trust wins Chelsea Flower Show ‘feel-good-garden’ – Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust have won a competition to receive a ‘feel-good-garden’ from the Chelsea Flower Show.

‘Doctors knew my son was suicidal. I should have been told before he died’As part of the Guardian’s Healthcare Professionals Network consultant anaesthetist Sangeeta Mahajan shares her experience of losing her son to suicide.

Men who fall short of parents’ achievements ‘suffer mental distress’ – Failing to match or exceed their parents’ educational achievements can led men to suffer levels of psychological distress similar to the impact of divorce, a new study found.

Carol Vorderman opens up about her experiences with depression  – Carol Vorderman has opened up about her experiences with depression which led to suicidal thoughts.

Six people share their stories about stress related breakdowns – People shared their experiences of having stress related breakdowns and how they recovered with the Metro.