Living online: the long-term impact on wellbeing

Committees within the UK Parliament consider policy issues, scrutinise government work, expenditure, and examine proposals for primary and secondary legislation. The UK Parliament’s Covid-19 Committee say that: “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our rapidly increasing reliance on digital technology. This inquiry will…
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Nature ‘more important than ever during lockdown’

Reporting for the BBC , Helen Briggs writes: “About one in 10 households across Great Britain has no access to a private or shared garden. This rises to one in five households in London.” “Data has confirmed what many suspected: nature and green spaces…
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Losing Our Minds: What Mental Illness Really Is – and What It Isn’t

This book is from psychologist Lucy Foulkes. The publishers say: “Public awareness of mental illness has been transformed in recent years, but our understanding of what it actually is has yet to catch up. Too often, psychiatric disorders are confused with…
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The Duchess of Cambridge and the Royal Foundation release the #5biginsights in the biggest ever study on the early years

“People overwhelmingly believe that a child’s future is not pre-determined at birth. However, most people don’t understand the specific importance of the early years.” This report from the Royal Foundation begins: “The Duchess of Cambridge has unveiled the findings of the…
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‘I feel imprisoned’: why loneliness won’t be solved by national planners

“As lockdown eases, the government’s fixation on top-down strategy is risking the mental health of the loneliest citizens” A centralised approach characterises many government schemes in relation to mental health and wellbeing (the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, for…
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‘We are a sedated society’: the rise in antidepressants during lockdown

“One in six of the population is on antidepressants, and the numbers are rising. Are GPs being too ‘trigger-happy’ with prescriptions?” Reporting for The Telegraph, Miranda Levy writes : “As Britain slowly unlocks, we are emerging blinking into the sunlight. But…
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The Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone

This book seems appropriate in our current time of ‘social distancing’ and ‘lock-down’ – especially for those who live alone. It has been edited by Robert Coplan and Julie Bowker. The publishers say: “This reference work offers a comprehensive compilation of…
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