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Improving mental health outcomes will tell us a lot about society
This could prove to be a good week for mental health provision in Northern Ireland. Maybe. Not just because of more money for services - the City Deal could help, too. And it might have to.
Big Lottery's £15 million Digital Fund for charities
The Big Lottery launched a £15 million fund this week to help charities make the most of digital technology, offering grants of up to £500,000.
Smacking children leads to a more violent society
In Northern Ireland, parents are still allowed to use corporal punishment as long as it is "reasonable chastisement". New research suggests this leads to more violence among young people than if it was banned outright.
How technology will revolutionise the health service
A fascinating survey published by PwC this week shows that people in Northern Ireland are more receptive to Artificial Intelligence in health care than any other part of the UK.
Education in NI is ready to snap
Schools are saving money by cutting teaching hours - in other words, by providing less education. Urgent change is required.
Twelve myths about immigration
One of the most toxic debates of recent times is that around immigration. It was a central issue in the Brexit referendum.
Social value could regenerate local economies for the benefit of their people
Protectionism is back. Neoliberal orthodoxy is under question. Perhaps social value, rather than suffocating trade, can layer some new thinking on top of it.
Over-medication is a symptom of our failing children's mental health service
Other services have huge waiting lists but prescribing drugs to treat mental health problems takes very little time. Given the sector's fundamental lack of resources, an over-reliance on medication is unsurprising - but it needs to stop.
Brexit: the facts
The Brexit debate has got so heated that it is all but impossible to absorb the facts amid the claims and counter-claims.
Behind the numbers: jobs in our changing economy are at the mercy of powerful, competing forces
Industry leaders are optimistic about the potential for automation, predicting it will create more jobs in the next few years than the tens of millions it will displace. Is this optimism meaningful?
How NI's education system still falls short on relationships and sex
More young people in the UK are contacting Childline because of issues around consent and peer sexual abuse. Here in NI, our ethos-driven schools system fails by design.
How everyone can improve health care
The debate about the future of health care tends to centre around how we can raise more money to pay for it. Yet this neglects a vital issue.
Charities: when things go wrong
Charities are under intense scrutiny after a series of media firestorms which have undermined public trust and confidence not just in the organisations concerned but the entire sector.