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.
A digital approach may help troubled teens
Vegetarians: watch your salt