Government and Politics

The government is launching a new Dementia Friends scheme, reports BBC News. It is modelled on a similar programme in Japan which has recruited three million volunteers.
Poor mental health in the workplace costs UK employers an estimated £26bn, according to a new briefing published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).
Negatively framed political attitudes (“I don’t like Obama”) are stronger than positively framed attitudes (“I like Romney”), and this effect is strengthened when people think more deeply about the issues involved.
A minister in the Holyrood government has spoken of the important part that evidence-based psychology interventions will play in implementing Scotland’s new mental health strategy.
Psychological and mental health services are currently going through a huge change agenda in order to survive. There are expectations for increased productivity as well as quality demonstrated by a wide ranging performance targets.
Peers including the vice president of Barnardo’s and a former primary school headteacher debated child development in the UK and its bearing on national wellbeing earlier today.
People with a certain personality type may be more likely to switch their political allegiance, new
Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Exeter, is speaking at fringe meetings being held as part of the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this month.
A new Measuring National Wellbeing report has been published by the House of Commons Library.
A private member’s bill that would repeal laws preventing people with mental health problems from serving as MPs, school governors, jurors or company directors received its second reading in the Commons today (14 September).
People may be more likely to change if they are nudged towards something rather than told to do it.
Four members of parliament spoke about their own mental health problems in a House of Commons backbench debate held in June.
The government is to produce a declaration against female genital mutilation (FGM) that will state that the practice is a criminal offence, including when a British citizen is outside the UK, and what the penalties are for anyone found committing
Dr Peter Banister, President of the British Psychological Society, has welcomed news of a substantial increase in the number of people receiving psychological therapies in the NHS.
The scale of mental health problems in the UK's criminal justice system is shocking, it has been claimed.
The BPS has been involved in a response to a Ministry of Justice consultation.
Students are encouraged to perform better when there is the prospect of an immediate reward.
The BPS is working with the Department of Health to assist in the development of a concordat on learning disabilities.
On 14 June, a House of Commons debate on mental health was held.
England's children's homes are failing to protect vulnerable youngsters who run away or go missing, a new report by the all-party parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults has warned.
Last Thursday saw a House of Commons debate on mental health - you can read all the speeches on the They Work for You site.
Only a quarter of those who need treatment for mental health problems are receiving it, according to a new report published by the London School of Economics.
If the government’s proposed strategy for helping people with long-term health conditions is to be a success then there will need to be more health psychologists and vastly enhanced training in psychological skills and interventions in the wider h
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