CrossReach says it shares concerns raised by the World Health Organisation over the worrying rise in the number of children across the UK being prescribed antidepressants. The WHO's latest report found prescriptions had increased by 54 per cent between 2005 and 2012.
People held in segregation in prisons experience impoverished regimes with poor levels of purposeful activity. More than half suffer from three or more mental health problems, an in-depth research report published on 17 December by the Prison Reform Trust reveals. The report finds that segregation units and close supervision centres entail social isolation, inactivity, and increased control of prisoners – a combination proven to harm mental health and wellbeing.
People with mental health conditions in Somaliland are increasingly forced into institutions, where they face serious abuses and poor conditions, says Human Rights Watch. The Somaliland authorities should provide oversight for all mental health facilities, prohibit chaining, and establish voluntary community-based services for people with mental health conditions.