MED­I­CAL notes

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

TEENAGERS SEEK MEN­TAL HEALTH SUP­PORT ON­LINE

NEARLY two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would rather look for on­line sup­port for a men­tal health is­sue or con­cern than talk to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, fam­ily or friends, a sur­vey has found.

Safe­guard­ing plat­form tootoot.co.uk, which com­mis­sioned the sur­vey, said the find­ings show the gov­ern­ment should “go dig­i­tal” to reach young peo­ple with men­tal health con­cerns.

Tootoot founder Michael Bren­nan said: “The clear mes­sage here is that tra­di­tional com­mu­nity-based chan­nels for ac­cess­ing men­tal health sup­port are not the places that young peo­ple are most likely to turn to.

“Whilst we wel­come the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to in­creas­ing fund­ing for young peo­ple’s men­tal health sup­port – for ex­am­ple, the new cri­sis cen­tres in A&E de­part­ments and schools-based teams – we need to make sure that our ef­forts to en­cour­age face-to­face con­ver­sa­tions are sup­ple­mented by ap­pro­pri­ate on­line sup­port.

“Schools and gov­ern­ment­funded com­mu­nity-based pro­grammes must also con­sider how to ac­cess these young peo­ple on­line.”

SOME VEG­E­TAR­IAN FOODS ARE ‘SALTIER THAN THE SEA’

MORE than a quar­ter of meat-free burg­ers, sausages and mince ex­ceed max­i­mum rec­om­mended salt lev­els, a re­port by Ac­tion on Salt says, with the worst of­fend­ers be­ing saltier than wa­ter from the At­lantic ocean.

LACK OF SLEEP IS HEART RISK

TOO much or too lit­tle sleep can af­fect your chances of hav­ing a heart at­tack.

Six to eight hours is the op­ti­mum amount to prevent coro­nary artery dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to a study pre­sented at the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy Congress.

It fol­lows re­search by ex­perts in Athens who say sleep in­flu­ences bi­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses like blood pres­sure, which im­pact the heart.

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Vege­tar­i­ans: watch your salt

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