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Treating mental issues in new mums 'cost effective'

It is more "cost effective" to treat new mums with mental health issues than to ignore faults in the system, Good Morning Britain's medical expert said.

Dr Hilary Jones said "hundreds of thousands" of pregnancies were effected by post-natal depression and psychosis, which had "long-term repercussions" for mother, baby and immediate family.

Teacher: UK 'has to get over' stigma of mental health

The head teacher of a Newcastle's boy school has urged families and teachers alike to "get over" the stigma of mental health so more young people can get access to the care they need.

Bernard Trafford told Good Morning Britain teenage boys were "more reluctant" to talk about their feelings, but it was imperative they were open about what they were going through.


ChildLine receiving 'far fewer calls from boys'

Figures from ChildLine have showed a big gap between the number of boys and girls who call to ask for help.

In 2012-13:

  • Some 278,886 children called the hotline.
  • The number one issue was depression and unhappiness.
  • The number of girls who called was 19,054 opposed to the 5,208 boys.
  • Self-harming was the fourth most reported issue, with 12,643 girls calling in opposed to only 856 boys.

Teenage boys with mental health problems 'on the rise'

The number of teenage boys suffering from mental health problems is on the rise, with more boys suffering from anorexia, a top head teacher has warned.

Male pupils are developing mental health issues because they are under pressure to achieve academically, experts warned. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Bernard Trafford, who runs Newcastle's Royal Grammar School, warned the number of male pupils suffering from an anxiety-related condition has risen as they are under pressure to achieve academically.

Childline figures from 2012 - 2013 suggest 278,886 calls to their hotline were made by young people regarding mental health issues, with 5,208 made by boys about image issues.

According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 443 children under 13 were treated for an eating disorder by the NHS in 2010-11, including 79 under 10.

Mr Trafford explained: "One in 10 children will suffer from a mental health disorder at some stage of their school career, that's two of three in every class and it's getting worse."

Woman 'felt lost' waiting for mental health treatment

A report by a group of mental health charities is calling on the government to fast-track a 28-day maximum waiting time for all patients before more lives are lost.

Sean Duggan, chief executive for the Centre for Mental Health, admitted it was "unacceptable" that some patients were having to wait up to a year to be seen.

ITV News Health Editor Catherine Jones has been hearing one woman's story:

'More to do' to cut wait times for mental health patients

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb Credit: PA

Patients having to wait more than a year for psychological treatment is unacceptable, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has said, following a report that found almost one in six with mental health problems attempted suicide.

"More people than ever before are getting talking therapies thanks to our £400 million investment", Mr Lamb said.

"Nationally, 62% of people referred for talking therapies are treated within 28 days but we know there is more to do, which is why we're introducing access and waiting time standards for mental health from next year."

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