Author: Vanessa Fillis

Lack of local mental health beds leads to patients from the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust being sent out of the area for treatment Credit: Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash Patients from the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust have spent a total of 1,125 days inappropriately placed out of their area in October 2020. This means they have been sent away from their home for mental health treatment because no local bed has been available for them. Over the last four years, on average over 95% of mental health beds in the Birmingham and…

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The number of dogs imported to the UK for sale between June and October has doubled compared to last year. Data from the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) shows that commercial dog imports have gone up since May, reaching an all-time high in October. https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/4336957/ Dr Sam Gaines from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is concerned about the number of dogs that are being imported to the UK at the moment. “We don’t know anything about the conditions in which these puppies have been bred or reared in when they’re coming from another…

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Lockdown made the life of more than every third child and young person between 11 and 22 years worse, a new survey from the NHS shows. Those with a probable mental disorder felt greater effects of the lockdown on their life, The survey was conducted this year during the lockdown among 3,570 children and young people. https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/i68jE/3/ Rates of probable mental disorders have increased since the last study in 2017. In 2020, one in six children between five and 16 years have a mental disorder. In 2017, it was only one in ten. In the West Midlands the mental health…

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