Mental Health

Tough times can bring out the best in people

25 Jan 2023Ryan Miller undefinedMental Health, Health, Cost of Living, Poverty, Sector Issue, Social Policy, Funding

Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.

Poverty isn’t just for Christmas

18 Jan 2023Ryan Miller undefinedPoverty, Health, Mental Health, Loneliness, Older People

Distribution of the £600 home energy payment has begun. However, for some older people in Northern Ireland, huge challenges remain as they struggle both with the cost of living and the risk of loneliness.

Eating disorders in Northern Ireland: a problem of unknown scale

16 Dec 2022Ryan Miller undefinedHealth, Mental Health, Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can devastate lives – but, here in NI, treatment services are not comprehensive and we simply don’t know how many people need help.

Academic selection is under the microscope again

8 Dec 2022Ryan Miller undefinedEducation, Academic Selection, Mental Health

Another year’s transfer tests have just finished – will there be many more? Or, with the Independent Review of Education due to wrap up in the Spring, could academic selection at age 11 be headed for the scrapheap?

The link between loneliness and caring

30 Nov 2022Ryan Miller undefinedHealth, Mental Health, Loneliness, Carers, Caring

In Northern Ireland, carers are over four times more likely to be chronically lonely than people in general. Loneliness can be devastating - carers need more support.

Bullying is a nightmare for parents – how do they help their kids?

17 Nov 2022Ryan Miller undefinedBullying, Mental Health, Children, Young People, Education, Schools

The idea that your child could face bullying is quite terrifying. Surveys show lots of children experience bullying. However, there are ways adults can help.

Schools are vital, but we can all help increase children’s physical activity

9 Nov 2022Ryan Miller undefinedHealth, Mental Health, Children, Young People, Education, Physical Activity, Play

A new report from the Education and Training Inspectorate found that most schools are falling short of targets for PE. That needs to change, along with many other things, to halt the decline in kids’ physical play.

The sticking plaster Bill that discriminates against young people

1 Oct 2015Nick Garbutt Mental Health

The Mental Capacity Bill discriminates against children and represents a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable, argues Eamonn McNally from the Children’s Law Centre

Crisis Fund: can a little go a very long way?

31 Jul 2015Ryan Miller Health, Mental Health, Sector Issues, Community Relations, Funding

Earlier this year OFMdFM released a small amount of funds to help vulnerable ethnic-minority migrants in crisis. Scope speaks with fund administrators the Red Cross about its success.

A complex solution to a simple problem

24 Jul 2015Nick Garbutt Mental Health, Social Policy

Analysis: Colin Harper of the Belfast Law Centre on the Mental Capacity Bill