Month: April 2021

Scottish Cycling Develops ‘Trail Therapy’ Mental Health Program

30th April, 2021 8:22 am

In 2018, Scottish Cycling’s Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland project ran a successful pilot program to study how mountain biking can be used as part of mental health treatments. Building on the pilot’s success, DMBinS has just announced a new initiative to expand the project, headed by Paul MacFarlane, who is both a mental health worker and a mountain biker... View Article

How To Help A Friend Suffering From An Eating Disorder

30th April, 2021 7:47 am

The number of young people suffering with eating disorders in the UK has increased exponentially in the last 12 months. The rhetoric around the fact Covid-19 can be even more deadly in obese patients triggered new cases, while the sense of an overall loss of control meant many with preexisting conditions deteriorated further while isolated under lockdown. The tragic loss of Big Brother contestant... View Article

Eating Disorders in Teens Have ‘Exploded’ in the Pandemic

29th April, 2021 7:30 pm

April 28, 2021 As a psychologist who cares for adolescents I am well aware of the prevalence of eating disorders among teenagers. Even still, I am stunned by how much worse the situation has become in the pandemic. According to the psychologist Erin Accurso, the clinical director of the eating disorders program at the University of California, San Francisco, “our... View Article

Care Homes – Islington to compensate sex abuse victims

29th April, 2021 1:32 pm

Islington Council in London is to spend around £16m compensating victims of child sex abuse. As many as 2,000 people could come forward after being abused in care homes over almost three decades. The local authority’s compensation scheme will pay £8,000 to anyone who suffered abuse while under its care. The move has been welcomed by campaigners from the Islington... View Article

Lockdowns hurt child speech and language skills – report

28th April, 2021 7:32 am

There is growing evidence that the past year of lockdowns has had an impact on young children’s language skills, according to research. Data from 50,000 pupils and a survey of schools across England have shown an increased number of four- and five-year-olds needing help with language. Evidence shows poor speech development can have long-term effects on learning. The government says... View Article

New child abuse strategy launched in North Ayrshire

27th April, 2021 8:18 am

The North Ayrshire Child Sexual Abuse Strategy – the first of its type to be launched in Scotland – sets out the actions North Ayrshire Child Protection Committee will take in order to prevent ALL types of child sexual abuse in the area. We need to talk about child sexual abuse. That’s the message from North Ayrshire Child Protection Committee... View Article

Online abuse: ‘I found out my husband had indecent images’

27th April, 2021 8:15 am

People are being urged to spot signs that members of their families are viewing indecent images online. Calls to a confidential helpline to prevent online abuse in the UK have increased by nearly 50% during the pandemic, say reports. Stop it Now! said spending more time together in lockdown may have revealed signs in some households. Sarah – not her... View Article

The Hunter Foundation and Children in Need pledge £2m to help vulnerable Tayside kids

26th April, 2021 7:03 pm

BBC Children in Need and The Hunter Foundation have committed £2 million in supporting children in Tayside and East Ayrshire in the care system. The funding will be released in partnership with each of the councils, building on work already undertaken with Dundee City Council and East Ayrshire Council. Perth and Kinross and Angus councils will also benefit from the... View Article

Burravoe school gains first in cyber resilience

26th April, 2021 7:01 pm

Burravoe Primary has become the first school in Shetland to be recognised for the cyber resilience and internet safety skills of its pupils and staff. The school has been given a Special Recognition Badge for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety (CR-IS) from Digital Schools Awards Scotland. The award recognises achievements in embedding digital technology skills for pupils and teachers, and... View Article

Mental health patients ‘missed out on care’ during Covid

26th April, 2021 6:00 pm

Mental health patients found their conditions deteriorated during the pandemic because the NHS switched from in-person help to support by telephone, video and text messages, new research reveals. Many reported a lower quality of care, according to a study by University College London; others had trouble accessing medication, had appointments cancelled or felt the loss of face-to-face help meant they... View Article