Archive for May, 2012

Family Therapy – Transforming lives

May 14th, 2012

A child or teenager is taken into custody. This can be the end. No hope. A label that will be fixed to the young person that can condemn for life. But new there are solutions that work and one of them is a pioneering, intensive family-based therapy programme; Multi-systemic Therapy

Offered as an alternative to custody, MST is a home-based treatment for young offenders – therapist assigned to hold sit-down sessions three times a week to discuss issues, solutions and progress

Based on nine principles such as focusing on positives and strengths, increasing responsibilities of family members and continued effort

Therapist and family sit down to draw up behaviour contract, including regular school attendance and drug testing. Breaches result in punishment like grounding or denial of internet access. Success can be financially rewarded

Parents are taught skills, including argument exit strategies and encouraged to improve family life

Current UK pilot scheme in Cambridge and London overseen by the Department of Health

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Sexual Health

May 4th, 2012

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Latest ‘Out & About’ – Commmunity Newsletter – Isle of Wight

May 4th, 2012

Out & About News Letter from          Jim Edwards

Sexual Health-HIV Outreach Worker       – working for the LGBT community –

 NHS –   Sexual Health Service

St Mary’s Hospital

Newport,  Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

 mobile 07795 126 756,  

landline 01983 534202 (for messages)

Bullied ‘more prone to self harm’

May 4th, 2012
Children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their classmates when they reach adolescence, a study suggests. It found that half of 12-year-olds who harm themselves were frequently bullied.

The researchers (King’s College London), showed that victimised children with mental health problems were at greater risk of self-harming in later life. Therefore much more effective programmes are needed to prevent bullying in schools.

See British Medical Journal.



Frequent victimisation by peers increased the risk of self harm.”