Equal access to hospital care for children with learning disabilities and their families: a mixed-methods study,

Nationally, there is considerable uncertainty within hospitals and variation between hospitals in terms of the policies, systems and practices in place specifically for children with learning disability. Staff are struggling to individualise care and are being let down by an inadequate system. Attitudes and assumptions can have a lasting impact on parents and children. The findings serve as a useful guide to trusts about how best to meet the Learning Disability Improvement standards that have been set.

Investigating factors associated with loneliness in adults in England,

The DCMS commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to explore factors associated with loneliness in adults in England. The research investigated: the characteristics of those at risk of loneliness; whether the risk factors for loneliness have changed over time; whether any factors predict the alleviation of loneliness over the short term; and the relationship between loneliness and mental wellbeing.

Mental health and loneliness: the relationship across life stages,

This report presents the findings from a qualitative study exploring the experiences of loneliness among those who had experienced a mental health condition. Previous research has shown there is a link between experiences of loneliness and poor mental health. The DCMS commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to explore this issue across four key life stages as part of developing the evidence base for work on tackling loneliness.

A Year in Our Lives: An anthology, Centre for Mental Health,

A Year in Our Lives was initiated by Centre for Mental Health in June 2020. We wanted to share how the dramatic impact of Covid-19 and resulting lockdowns was affecting people’s mental health, in their own words.

Reaching inland: Reflections on the A Year in Our Lives stories about living through Covid-19, Centre for Mental Health,

Reaching inland explores what we can learn from the A Year in Our Lives stories in dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic and preparing for future emergencies. It identifies how shock and fear, anger and loneliness were mixed with courage, hope and gratitude during 2020 and early 2021. Amid the suffering, many found new ways to cope and made changes to their lives in the most difficult circumstances.

Perinatal mental health services in pregnancy and the year after birth: the ESMI research programme including RCT,

Background It is unclear how best to identify and treat women with mental disorders in pregnancy and the year after birth (i.e. the perinatal period). Objectives (1) To investigate how best to identify depression at antenatal booking [work package (WP) 1]. (2) To estimate the prevalence of mental disorders in early pregnancy (WP1). (3) To develop and examine the efficacy of a guided self-help intervention for mild to moderate antenatal depression delivered by psychological well-being practitioners (WP1). (4) To examine the psychometric properties of the perinatal VOICE (Views On Inpatient CarE) measure of service satisfaction (WP3). (5) To examine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of services for women with acute severe postnatal mental disorders (WPs 1–3). (6) To investigate women’s and partners’/significant others’ experiences of different types of care (WP2). Conclusions Services adapted for the perinatal period are highly valued by women and may be more effective than generic services. Mother and baby units have a low probability of being cost-effective in the short term, although this may vary in the longer term.

A proportionate, universal parenting programme to enhance social-emotional well-being in infants and toddlers in England: The E-SEE Steps RCT,

Background Mental disorders have become a public health crisis. Early prevention is key. Parenting programmes are effective for children aged ≥ 3 years; however, there is a lack of evidence of their effectiveness for children aged ≤ 2 years. Objectives To establish if the model named Enhancing Social–Emotional Health and Well-being in the Early Years (E-SEE) Steps can (1) enhance child social emotional well-being and establish whether or not it is cost-effective at 20 months of age when compared with services as usual; and (2) be delivered as a proportionate universal model with fidelity. Conclusions The E-SEE Steps proportionate universal model did not enhance child social and emotional well-being, but generated non-significant improvements in parent health outcomes, resulting in considerable uncertainty around the cost-effectiveness of the intervention. The primary and key secondary outcome gave inconsistent signals. Although, with system changes, increased resources and adaptations to the intervention, the model could be implemented, evidence for positive outcomes from the E-SEE Steps model is poor.

Changes to the MCA Code of Practice and implementation of the LPS,

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice and implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards. This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 7 July 2022

Older adults had poorer mental health during the pandemic than previous reports suggest, National Institute for Health and Care Research,

Mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic was worse among the over 50s than has been reported to date. New research found older age groups showed increased depression, anxiety and loneliness in the first year of the pandemic. Their quality of life was reduced.
Around the world, the pandemic had a negative effect on adult mental health. Some previous studies have shown that older adults were less affected than younger people. But these studies looked at short-term effects only.

Digital smartphone intervention to recognise and manage early warning signs in schizophrenia to prevent relapse: the EMPOWER feasibility cluster RCT,

This study showed that a trial of a mobile app with peer support and clinical triage to monitor early warning signs of schizophrenia to detect and prevent relapse is feasible.