Study highlights disparity in providing mental health services across EU countries

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019Access to inpatient care for young people with mental health issues varies significantly across Europe, with mental health services providing up to fifty times more beds depending upon the country you live in.The UK is 18thout of 28 countries in Europe for the number of inpatient beds available per 100,000 young people, despite having the largest number of services dedicated to child and adolescent mental health.Research led by Professor Swaran Singh of Warwick Medical School has highlighted the disparity in mental health service provision across the twenty-eight EU countries. Researchers are calling for better national policies from EU countries that standardize services and improve access to mental health services for children and adolescents experiencing mental illness.The figures are among findings to be presented at an event on 29 April to mark the completion of the five-year MILESTONE project led by the University of Warwick and involving research teams in 7 other countries, which aims to improve transitions for young people from child (CAMHS) to adult mental health services across Europe.It is the first comprehensive evaluation of children’s mental health services in Europe and examines young people’s experiences in transitioning to adult mental health services for the first time.As part of the project, which received 6 million euro in funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, researchers conducted a survey of CAMHS provision in all twenty-eight countries in the EU. The survey highlighted that the number of pediatric beds available, a measure of the capacity of those services, varied significantly country to country. While Sweden had the least with 1.2 beds per 100,000 young people, Germany had the most with 64 beds per 100,000 young people – over fifty times as many.It has highlighted the lack of consistency in the management of children and young people with mental health issues across Europe with significant variations in how services are delivered. For example, the UK has a relatively low 9.4 beds per 100,000 young people, but has by far the largest number of public CAMHS (939).Mental health issues are on the rise in young people.One in ten 5 to 16 year-olds are affected by a mental health issue and 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14.For most young people, reaching the milestone birthday that marks the start of adulthood is a celebratory affair. However, for those relying on the support of CAMHS it can mean uncertainty and possibly the loss of the support that has helped them so far. In the majority of European countries, when service users reach a certain age – 18 in the UK, for example – they are no longer eligible to use children’s services and are instead moved to adult services.Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersState lawmakers eye federal dollars to boost mental health counseling by peersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsThis transition has little clarity. The findings indicate that while a number of young people move on to adult mental health services with minimal disruption, a large proportion are discharged without guidance on how to continue their support, have to take on the burden of convincing adult services to accept them, experiencing long waiting times for appointments and having to repeatedly explain their problems to different services.Warwick Medical School’s Professor Swaran Singh, Project Coordinator for the MILESTONE project, said: “The MILESTONE project is a genuine milestone in youth mental health research since for the first time it shows the nature and magnitude of the problem of transition from child to adult mental health services, something that has been often discussed but never quantified and understood in such a detailed and nuanced manner. We tried one way of bridging the transition divide through our managed transition trial. There may be other ways and perhaps the best way forward is to try a few models and test them for long term outcomes in young people with emerging mental health problems.”With around a tenth of young people likely to experience mental health issues, it’s a matter of concern that the approach to child mental health varies so dramatically across Europe. Our youth deserve better mental health care than they currently receive.”Findings from the MILESTONE project will be presented at a public dissemination event on 29 April at Church House, Westminster. Attendees will get to hear from young people and sector-leading UK and international speakers, gain a better understanding of wider issues linked with transition and discuss the next steps in shaping policy, service provision and research. It will also feature the premiere of a new short film ‘I am the Loneliness of 4am’, which captures how young people feel when they face problems accessing care at the transition boundary.Source: https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/inpatient_care_forlast_img read more

Germany wants automakers to pay up as more diesel bans loom

first_imgIn this Oct. 9, 2018 file photo exhaust pipes of a car are pictured in Berlin, Germany. The German government is putting pressure on the country’s automakers to fix diesel cars with excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of driving bans in major cities. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) The German government is putting pressure on the country’s automakers to fix their diesel cars that have excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of diesel driving bans in major cities. The newly announced measures by Merkel’s Cabinet will apply to 15 German cities that significantly exceed the European Union’s limit of 40 micrograms of NOx per cubic meter. Another 50 cities in the country are just above the EU threshold.Merkel’s party and her coalition allies, the Social Democrats, are projected to face steep losses in the Hesse state election on Sunday, while the environmentalist Green party has seen a surge in opinion polls in recent weeks.Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, one of Germany’s best-known auto industry analysts, called the government’s new measures “a transparent election campaign maneuver for the Hesse vote.”He told the daily Rheinische Post that Merkel had known about the problem of excessively high NOx emissions since 2010, but refrained from doing anything about it.The government announced its measures on the same day a court in Stuttgart, Germany, ruled Volkswagen’s parent company, Porsche SE, must pay investors 47 million euros for not making timely disclosure of its 2015 diesel emissions scandal, in which Volkswagen rigged cars to cheat on diesel emissions tests.Porsche SE said it would appeal and that the claims were “without merit.”The Volkswagen scandal led to closer scrutiny of diesels in general, which were found to often emit more pollutants in regular driving than in testing because automakers exploited loopholes allowing them to turn off emissions controls to avoid engine damage in certain circumstances. Testing procedures were tightened as of Sept. 1 to more closely reflect real-life emissions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sits between Vice-chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, Head of Chancellery and Minister for Special Tasks Helge Braun, right, as she leads the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel enginescenter_img Citation: Germany wants automakers to pay up as more diesel bans loom (2018, October 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-germany-automakers-diesel-loom.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet agreed upon a series of measures Wednesday that includes upgrades for older vehicles affected by the diesel scandal , preventing them from being subjected to diesel driving bans in cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.”It’s not acceptable that that the auto industry is paying a lot of money in America , but makes a huge fuss over a few hundred euros (dollars) here,” Merkel said at an election rally in the state of Hesse late Tuesday, calling on car makers to stop penny-pinching when it comes to fixing the cars they sold to consumers with misleading emissions claims.The German transport ministry has said it believes about 2.2 million vehicles need upgrades.Merkel’s unusually harsh words toward Germany’s powerful auto industry came the day before a court in nearby Mainz considered whether a ban on diesel-powered cars is permissible to prevent air pollution in the city.Diesel vehicles are a significant source of nitrogen oxides, or NOx, which can be harmful to human health. The Mainz administrative court decided Wednesday that the city would have to prepare to implement a ban on older diesel vehicles by Sept. 1, 2019, if NOx levels cannot be reduced by then.last_img read more

Yayasan Tun Rahah seeks to settle dispute in 1MDB case

first_img Related News Nation 08 Jul 2019 High Court rejects AG’s application to postpone Najib 1MDB trial, to start on Aug 19 KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Tun Ra­­hah, a scholarship foundation founded by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s mother, is looking to settle a dispute with the government over its application to forfeit assets relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Deputy Public Prosecutor Nik Haslinie Hashim told High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali that the foundation had sent a letter dated July 9 regarding a settlement offer. “We have received the letter from the respondent regarding a settlement.“We ask for a short date for us to refer the letter to the legal department of the Malaysian Anti-Corrup­tion Commission (MACC),” she said here yesterday. Nation 09 Jul 2019 Witness says Najib signed memo transferring SRC International ownership to MOF Inc on car bonnet Nation 09 Jul 2019 Najib’s 1MDB trial to start on Aug 19 Related Newscenter_img Lawyer Amin Othman, who represented Yayasan Rahah, confirmed that the letter was sent. The court then fixed July 26 for mention. When met by the press, Nik Haslinie said two more respondents – Pekan Umno and Pekan Umno education bureau chairman Datuk Ibrahim Awang Ismail – would be applying to strike out the forfeiture suit against them on grounds of merit and technicality.Earlier, the court allowed the prosecution to publish a notice for third parties with interests in assets seized from four respon­dents.The four were Kedah Umno, Maran MP Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abd Muttalib, Sarawak United People’s Party and Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd.MACC chief Latheefa Koya recently said forfeiture suits were brought against 41 respondents to recover about RM270mil of 1MDB funds allegedly channelled to the respondents through Najib’s bank account.She said the action was taken under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act. 1MDB Tags / Keywords: {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more