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The mental illness epidemic: lost on the road to wellbeing

I recently heard Chris Ruane MP, speak and he reeled off some shocking statistics about what he referred to as a mental illness epidemic in the UK. In the past 10 years prescriptions for antidepressants have increased by 500%. Yes, 500% - from 9 million to 46 million. 46 million? The total population of this wee island is only 63 million. When he threw the fact that 32% of people between the ages of 16 and 24 have a psychiatric disorder into the mix, alarm bells started ringing. He further illuminated the issue in comparison to older people; surprisingly, only 10% of over 75s have a psychiatric disorder, with prevalence increasing as we tumble down the age scale.

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Mindfulness, education & inspiration: transforming young lives from within

As moments of true inspiration are rare, it would appear that today I won the inspiration lottery; so many wonderful moments unfolded as the day progressed, revealing the bare heart of humanity and the hope that just maybe this generation of children will learn to treat themselves, each other and our planet with respect and compassion. It was marvellous.

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