New measures to help sufferers of depression and anxiety back to work

Department of Health logoNew measures to help unemployed people experiencing depression or anxiety back to work were announced last week by the Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson, and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell.

The government is investing £13m in the support package, which will fund provisions such as:

  • A faster roll out of talking therapy services across the UK in 2009
  • Employment support workers linked to every talking therapy service
  • Health advisers on a dedicated NHS Direct phone

It’s hoped that many of those on long-term sick leave or unable to find work because of depression will be helped to recover and return to work.

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Latest health survey for England published

The latest findings and trends identified from the Health Survey for England has been released by National Health Service Information Centre.

The Survey is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health-related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England.

health-survey-for-england-07-trends The latest trends report shows that obesity has increased among adults over the period from 13 per cent for men and 16 per cent for women in 1993 to 24 per cent for both men and women in 2007.

Similarly, the proportion of children who were obese increased from 11 per cent in 1995 to 17 per cent in 2007 among boys, and from 12 per cent in 1995 to 16 per cent in 2007 among girls.

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