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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.

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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."

Over 40% 'waiting three months' for mental health help

Two thirds of mental health patients waiting for treatment have experienced suicidal thoughts, a poll of 2,000 people who tried to access therapy in the last two years has found.

According to the survey:

  • One in 10 were waiting over a year between referral and assessment.
  • 41% waited more than three months.
  • While waiting, two thirds (67%) feel they have become more mentally unwell.
  • Four in ten (40%) have harmed themselves.
  • One in six (16%) attempted suicide.

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'One in six attempt suicide' while waiting for help

Almost one in six mental health patients are attempting suicide, new report suggests Credit: PA

Almost one in six people attempt suicide while waiting for psychological treatment, according to a new survey.

The coalition of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service providers say many mental health patients face "unacceptably long" waits for help.

The We Need to Talk coalition added that "huge variations" in referral rates and waiting times around the country were making people more unwell.

Self-harming among children 'rises by 70% in two years'

Self-harming among children as young as 10 has risen by 70% in the past two years, according to The Times (£).

According to NHS figures released to the newspaper, children aged between 10 and 14 treated in hospital after deliberately hurting themselves had risen by more than 2,700 since 2012.

Scourge of self-harming by young at 'record level' Credit: PA

Lucie Russell, director of campaigns and media at the charity YoungMinds, said that the online world in which children were growing up had fuelled the high levels of self-harm. “It is the pressures of the modern world and some of these pressures are unprecedented", she said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “We have invested £3 million in a website called MindEd which ­supports anyone working with children to spot the signs of mental health problems as early as possible.”

GPs: No confidence in community mental health service

Four in five GPs say they have no confidence in their local community mental health services, according to a new survey. The study also reveals that many patients are being failed by the NHS. The research - seen exclusively by ITV News - quotes doctors saying delays in referrals to overstretched mental health teams, have resulted in patients harming themselves and even committing suicide.

NHS has 'a responsibility to women's mental healthcare'

The NHS has "a responsibility" to provide mental healthcare to pregnant women and new mums, according to an expert.

Dr Alain Gregoire, chairman of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, said mental health services should be treated with the same urgency as other aspects of prenatal care.

In almost half of the UK, women still have no access to community specialist perinatal mental health services.

We would be horrified if there were no maternity hospitals, and general surgeons were doing caesarean sections in large parts of the country.

Equitable access to specialist care for women's mental health at this time is just as important and the NHS has a responsibility to ensure that this is available.

– Dr Alain Gregoire
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