Study finds that exercise protects vital memory and learning functions | Neurobiology of Learning and Memory | via ScienceDaily
Whilst it is widely acknowledged that getting a little exercise helps when dealing with stress, a new study discovers exercise — particularly running — while under stress also helps protect your memory.
The study, published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, finds that running mitigates the negative impacts chronic stress has on the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
Lead author Jeff Edwards, states “Exercise is a simple and cost-effective way to eliminate the negative impacts on memory of chronic stress.”
This guide provides an overview of the challenges facing mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people | Local Government Association
At least one in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems, and the unreported figures are likely to be even higher. Young people are increasingly struggling with problems like anxiety, depression and self-harm, with nearly 19,000 young people admitted to hospital after harming themselves in 2015 – a 14 per cent rise over three years. This guide provides an overview of the challenges facing mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people.
A framework for mental health research | Department of Health
This framework provides a collective view of how mental health research should develop in the UK over the next decade. It sets out a structure to improve co-ordination and strengthen the focus on areas where mental health research is likely to translate into significant health benefit.
Published in response to a recommendation in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, the framework makes a number of recommendations to help guide the future of mental health research. These include:
Investigating mental illness at every stage of life
Putting people with lived experience at the heart of research
Investigating innovative responses to mental illness that go beyond medical settings
Improving coordination between research organisations
Learning from the vast amounts of data we have related to mental health
Developing new, flexible funding for mental health studies
The framework shows the many ways that research could help our understanding of mental health, but it also makes clear the scale of the challenges that remain to make that vital change possible.
Study explores the long-term social and economic impact of effective bullying interventions implemented in primary schools.
MQ: Transforming Mental Health have published a report which finds that the implementation of evidence-based school bullying interventions could prevent over 24,000 cases of bullying each year. This would significantly improve the mental health of thousands of young people, and save the UK economy £348 million per year group. This represents a return on investment for £146 for every £1 invested in implementing a proven model.
The economic model uses data from the 1958 Birth Cohort on outcomes associated with childhood bullying to estimate the potential short- and long-term benefits of effective anti-bullying interventions in schools.
The report highlights that with such clear evidence pointing to the link between bullying and mental illness, it’s vital that schools receive support from both the government and public funding to rollout evidence-based schemes to tackle it.
Body dissatisfaction can start as young as six and lead to depression, anxiety and eating issues | Youth Select Committee
The Youth Select Committee, a British Youth Council initiative, is supported by the House of Commons and has 11 members aged from 13 to 18. This week, the committee is launching its report, A Body Confident Future which looks at the issue of body image, an issue highlighted as an area of concern in a recent poll of thousands of young people.
The Committee’s key recommendations include:
Government sponsorship of an annual ‘National Body Confidence Week’ which would be supported by all relevant departments.
Introduction of minimum standards for social media companies in relation to content moderation, to be enforced in the forthcoming digital charter.
Measures to improve the diversity of advertising campaigns.
Adequate funding for schools so that pupils are supported in their wider wellbeing, including on issues related to body dissatisfaction.
Greater focus on body image in online resources aimed at young people, teachers and parents.