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MHRA medicines safety week yellow card campaign.

Posted on 8th November 2022 by Dan Price



The MHRA is committed to improving patient safety and strategically runs regular public health campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of reporting to the Yellow Card scheme.

How you can help support our Yellow Card campaigns

Help us spread awareness by encouraging healthcare professionals, patients, carers and parents to report side effects themselves online at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or using the Yellow Card app. Please support our campaigns by retweeting, liking and sharing our content on social media. You can find us on:

Join in the conversation and send your own messages via social media using the animations on this page from our current and previous campaigns (you can right-click on an image with your mouse and save them locally). Consider contributing your own perspective and thoughts to the discussion using the following hashtags: #medsafetyweek #everyreportcounts #patientsafety and #MHRAYellowCard.


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Young people’s mental health bolstered by nature projects, report says

Posted on 26th October 2022 by Dan Price


Young people’s mental health, self-confidence and employability were boosted by participation in nature projects across the UK, according to a report on a £33m programme.

More than 128,000 people aged 11 to 24 took part in the Our Bright Future scheme. The 31 projects improved 3,000 community spaces and created 350 nature-rich areas, from a vandalised churchyard in Hull to a rewilded quarry in County Down. The programme was led by the Wildlife Trusts and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Almost all participants (95%) felt their confidence had improved by taking part, while 86% said it had improved their mental health. Two-thirds said their appreciation of the natural world and belief that they could make a difference to their local environment had significantly increased.


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Bullied 12-year-old struggled to get mental health support before suicide, inquest hears

Posted on 19th October 2022 by Dan Price

The mother of a bullied 12-year-old girl has said her daughter struggled to get mental health support on the NHS in the months before she killed herself, and accused her school of failing to deal with inappropriate messages circulating among pupils.

The mother of Charley-Ann Patterson, Jamie, told a hearing that despite being seen by three medical professionals, Charley-Ann had been unable to get mental health support in the months before her death.

In a statement read at an inquest at Northumberland coroner’s court on 12 October, Jamie said her daughter had changed halfway through her first year of secondary school, when she was sent “inappropriate” and “shocking” messages by other pupils.


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What is World Mental Health Day?

Posted on 11th October 2022 by Dan Price


At least one in eight of us is affected by mental health issues.

And World Mental Health Day 2022 on 10 October is a chance to “rekindle our efforts to protect and improve mental health,” says the World Health Organization (WHO).

The COVID-19 pandemic alone caused a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. It created “a global crisis for mental health,” according to the WHO, while services, skills and funding for mental health “remain in short supply, and fall far below what is needed, especially in low and middle-income countries,” it adds.

As well as anxiety and depression caused by the pandemic, the WHO says growing social and economic inequalities, protracted conflicts, violence and public health emergencies affecting whole populations are threatening progress towards improved wellbeing.

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US

Posted on 29th September 2022 by Dan Price


Mental health matters just as much as our physical health, yet too often it is ignored, misunderstood and neglected. It is one of the biggest public health issues of today, impacting all aspects of society. It is simply wrong that 300,000 people in Britain lose their jobs each year due to mental health, or that one in six children have a probable mental health disorder. And this issue was brought into even sharper focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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From doing laundry to washing the dishes: unpaid work is bad for our mental health

Posted on 21st September 2022 by Dan Price


I’ve been agonizing over how to respond to an email for the last 48 hours.

It doesn’t involve a medical issue, a work deadline, some horrifying piece of news, a kids-back-to-school task that requires unearthing the dreaded label-maker or logging into some byzantine online portal – all of which are represented in full force in my inbox. Just a completely anodyne suggestion, from a colleague of a college friend who’s eager to talk about a project she’s working on, and whom I’m eager to meet.

“Wanna try for a happy hour meetup next week?”

I mean, yes. I’d love to. Me, a martini, some non-expandable pants, all outside at dusk? Valhalla.

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