Mental health research is still chronically underfunded
March 1, 2019
In their latest report, mental health research charity MQ shows that the level of mental health research funding in the UK is not meeting the scale or the impact of mental illness.
Their findings uncovered that the total expenditure on mental health research from 2014-2017 was £497 million, an average of £124 million per year. This chronic underfunding means that research into mental health receives 25 times less funding per person affected.
And, despite 75% of mental health problems starting before the age of 18, only 26% of funding goes towards projects that aim to help children and young people.
One in four teenage girls have self-harmed in the last year
A long-running study by University College London has revealed that, despite drops in antisocial behaviour and substance use among Generation Z teenagers, mental health problems and self-harm are still on the rise.
‘The increasing trends of poor sleep, obesity and negative body image might help explain rising mental health difficulties experienced by young people,’ said the study’s co-author Dr Praveetha Patalay.
‘I can’t get over my long-distance ex-girlfriend’
UKCP psychotherapist Pamela Gawler-Wright steps in to offer her advice in the latest Ask Annalisa Barbieri.
She says: ‘Do not wish away your time as a single person out of an avoidance of loneliness. Your future probably holds a long-term relationship that will be all the richer for the work you are doing now, so savour this opportunity to grow.’
MPs discuss better ways to support people with eating disorders
According to charity Beat Eating Disorders, approximately 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder. This week MPs debated the best policies to support them.
The cross-party discussion, led by Tory MP Kirstene Hair, coincided with Eating Disorder Awareness Week. She said it was ‘an opportunity to challenge the stigma around these conditions and explore the best way forward in supporting those who are suffering.’