COVID-19 and the need for ‘mental PPE’ If the crisis point for healthy care professionals of the early pandemic was the lack of adequate PPE, the current one is of mental health No magic bullet for COVID-19 I’ve always liked to think of myself as an early adopter of new trends. While this hasn’t always played out in real life, in mid-March I had a dose of COVID-19 Children's mental health in crisis The NHS has a small window of time in which to help young people with mental health problems, and they are failing miserably The rough justice of mental health Mental health service users are still waiting for parity of esteem with physical health. But the two things are intrinsically connected If we won’t help our nurses, who will? John Orchard, chief executive at Cavell Nurses' Trust, asks who is there to help nurses seeking support? When a statistic becomes a tragedy Suicide awareness and intervention should be as fundamental to nursing as basic life support. A nurse's intervention could literally save a life. Why we should prioritise the mental health of nurses This year’s World Mental Health Day is bigger than ever, with more and more voices chiming in with all the right messages about the need to raise awareness, look after our own mental health and improve services and support Time to talk about psychological trauma Crystal Oldman on how trauma can affect health outcomes Children will benefit from having a happier dad We cannot change the male psyche of pride and shame. If they don’t come to us, how do we go to them? Improving communication between doctors and nurses Increasing communication between doctors and nurses could speed up assessments and diagnosis 1 comment Mental healthcare needs a fair deal Mental health services need better funding to help patients, writes Helen Gilburt A commitment to end suicide The tenth of September marks World Suicide Prevention Day 2 comments The age of anxiety: How can a growing problem have no solution? Anxiety is like pollution; it's everywhere but can be fairly easy to ignore writes Adam Langley Try to see my eating disorder from my point of view Blogger Adam Langley discusses his eating disorder, and argues that a united front could be the best way to support those with the condition The male suicide scandal Twelve men will die every day by suicide unless someone starts the conversation writes Mike Shallcross Domestic abuse without the bruises Emotional abuse is a common, yet difficult to identify form of domestic abuse. Mike Shallcross explores how a popular radio show tackling this issue is encouraging the public to reexamine the typical image of an abuser and his weapons Mental health needs a champion Mike Shallcross discusses the need for politicians to take a personal interest in mental health funding. Men must speak up about mental health When the Movember Foundation expanded the remit of its UK campaign last year to include men’s mental health issues, it shone a spotlight on an important and often overlooked issue, writes Stephen Buckley. Domestic violence and emotional abuse: out in the open Domestic violence damages lives every day in England, and many of us, in our clinical practice, have seen the physical, emotional and psychological impacts on people enduring and witnessing violence. Asthma care: one death is one too many The report by the National Review of Asthma Deaths supported findings from previous enquiries by providing further evidence that most asthma deaths are preventable and thus remedial. So are we failing in our care and management of asthma? Eating disorders: illness not a game As the magazine goes to press it is Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW), led by the charity Beat. Mental health training for practice nurses In Independent Nurse Sept 2013, we learnt that after a year-long enquiry, the Mental Health Foundation concluded that mental health services should be moved into primary care. Addressing discrimination in GP services Mental health problems affect one in four people and nine in 10 will be seen in primary care. But people still experience discrimination when using general practice. All nurses need mental health training Last month, the DH published a review on the future capability of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care services in England.