An article on the Telegraph reported on the growth in prescriptions of opioids. This may be linked to a rise in addiction to painkillers and overdoses on over the counter drugs. In other addiction news, drinkers in England who consume half a bottle of wine or equivalent per night are soon to be offered a life-saving pill which will help to reduce alcohol consumption and curb cravings.

In technology addiction news, a report published this week has found that more than half of internet users in India admit that they ‘can’t survive’ more than five hours without an internet connection. In the worldwide survey, Indian respondents had the highest levels of internet use per day, with 14% saying they spend 12 hours or more per day online, compared with 5% of those surveyed in the UK.

Mental Health Employment

BBC News reported on a new scheme for those who are unemployed and have mental health issues. As nearly half of those claiming employment benefits have mental health problems, the government is launching voluntary schemes providing employment and psychiatric support to help people find work. These will run for 6 months, providing services such as mock interviews and CV advice.

City workers

An article by the Financial Times discusses the stigma that is still attached to mental health. Although the subject is slowly being talked about and accepted more, people are still afraid of judgment or asking for time off. This piece addresses this issue for those in the working world, with some afraid of potential consequences for careers, particularly when they work in high pressure jobs such as financial services.

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