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Old 09-18-2015, 09:27 PM
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Hate to tell you but way too often in England a pill is also seen as the answer to the problem.

Such a scourge - sad to hear that
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Such a scourge - sad to hear that
A large part of it is financial. The NHS is on its knees and the country is in a terrible state financially which of course adds to peoples problems causing, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression etc. a viscous circle.
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:58 AM
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A large part of it is financial. The NHS is on its knees and the country is in a terrible state financially which of course adds to peoples problems causing, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression etc. a viscous circle.

Here, too, given that most mental health services are not funded properly.
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:20 PM
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In the US I think the problem of mental illness is compounded for children due to the extreme testing they are subjected to. It's a tremendous pressure to do well. It's wrong to place the success of schools and teachers on the shoulders of children, much less to quash self-esteem and positive self-image at such young ages. Teachers try very hard to keep the pressure off, but kids are sensitive to the change in their environment when test times approach.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:40 AM
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The Duchess of Cambridge was at HMP Send this morning meeting female prisoners being helped with drug and alcohol addiction

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Our Royal Patron The Duchess of Cambridge visits @RAPtcharity. Important to highlight the link between mental health, addiction + offending

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Wonderful to have #HRH #DofC at our programme for women at HMP Send today – over 450 women have completed treatment there since it began
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:48 AM
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Victoria Murphy ‏@QueenVicMirror
The Duchess of Cambridge was at HMP Send this morning meeting female prisoners being helped with drug and alcohol addiction

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Our Royal Patron The Duchess of Cambridge visits @RAPtcharity. Important to highlight the link between mental health, addiction + offending

RAPt @RAPtcharity
Wonderful to have #HRH #DofC at our programme for women at HMP Send today – over 450 women have completed treatment there since it began
This is great!! :) What a great cause! I love the way she is going, putting focus on early intervention and help with mental health etc! Very clever and worthy!
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:57 AM
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:03 AM
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I'm really glad to see her using her voice to help raise awareness on addictions and mental health issues.

From Richard Palmer's Twitter, here's a quote from Catherine:
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"I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such a destructive role in vulnerable people's lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives. I am grateful to the women sharing their difficult personal stories with me."
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:08 AM
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I think this is Kate's best "speech" she has released so far, because it was quite intimiate and personal... Hope next time she is going to delive a wonderful speech in front of the cameras.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:13 AM
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I think this is Kate's best "speech" she has released so far, because it was quite intimiate and personal... Hope next time she is going to delive a wonderful speech in front of the cameras.
Yes and I loved her visit such an important cause, glad to see her give it support.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton makes secret visit to women's jail HMP Send Surrey to meet inmates battling alcohol and drug addiction | Daily Mail Online
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HMP Send currently operates as a closed Female Training and Resettlement Prison and has an operational capacity of 282.
The RAPt drug and alcohol treatment unit has been running at Send since 2000 and houses 20 women prisoners.
Unusually, Kensington Palace released a statement from the Duchess after the visit.
Many will see it as a clear attempt to establish her credentials in tackling more 'gritty' issues as part of her public work.
It said: 'I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people's lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.
'I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organisations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime free life.'

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Old 09-25-2015, 09:28 AM
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The Duchess of Cambridge has met inmates on a visit to one of Britain's toughest women's jails to find out how they are being helped with drug and alcohol addiction.

On her first ever prison visit, the Duchess spent almost two hours inside HMP Send in Surrey, which houses murderers among its 282 prisoners.

On D wing, the prison's 20-bed Addictive Treatment Unit, the Duchess chatted to prisoners to hear their personal stories of how they became addicted to drugs and alcohol and how the unit is helping them to overcome their substance abuse.

She was making the visit at the request of the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), which operates in 26 prisons across the country.
Read more: Kate in prison: Duchess of Cambridge visits women's jail to see how charity helps inmates overcome addiction - Telegraph
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:29 AM
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I really hope Kate will continue her duties in this way... today was an improvement. Hope in another step forward and not a step back!
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:32 AM
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Love, love ,love this engagement!! Child mental health, substance abuse and criminal activity go together. A child with mental health care problems will have difficulty in life, may turn to substances to "self medicate" and substance will in some form result in criminal activity. The terrible thing about this is that its a vicious cycle that never ends. Mental health problems--> substance use-->substances worsen mental problem ---> criminal activity.

Thats why early intervention for children with mental health issues and for those with substance problems or parents with substance addiction need help very early.

I must say I love her commitment to child mental health issues and addiction problems. I love how she was been having engagements that link these two together as they go hand in hand. Hope she does another engagement around the M-Pact Plus programme.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:44 AM
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Addiction and mental health issues are cornerstones of much of Kate's charitable work. Today was great but it is the continuation on what she has been doing for awhile. Its just in the past not everyone gave her credit.

Today was her first visit to a prison however


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Today (Friday 25 September 2015) HRH the Duchess of Cambridge paid her first ever visit to a prison to see one of our dedicated addiction treatment centres in action.

RAPt is the largest provider of intensive, abstinence based addiction services in prisons in the UK and HMP Send is one of 26 prisons across the country where RAPt works. Independent research shows that RAPt’s intensive treatment programme leads to a 65% reduction in reoffending (1).

The RAPt addiction treatment programme at HMP Send is the only intensive, 12-Step, prison based drug and alcohol programme for women in the country. The 16-21 week programme is based in a standalone unit where the women live. It is tailored to support the needs of women with addiction who have often experienced deep trauma and need a specialised type of support to turn their lives around. The programme also focuses on building healthy relationships with partners, children and other family members. To date 450 women have graduated from the programme.

During the visit the Duchess heard from some of the women prisoners about how they had become addicts and prisoners. They told her how the RAPt programme was helping them to overcome their addiction and become drug, alcohol and crime free.

HRH, the Duchess of Cambridge, said: "I was reminded today how addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and how substance misuse can play such destructive role in vulnerable people's lives. I saw again today that a failure to intervene early in life to tackle mental health problems and other challenges can have profound consequences for people throughout their lives.

I am grateful to the women I met for sharing their difficult personal stories with me. It is encouraging to learn how organisations like RAPt are offering specialist support to help people break the cycle of addiction and look forward to a positive and crime free life."
Read more: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge pays first visit to a prison to see RAPt’s successful addiction treatment programme. | RAPt
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:20 AM
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THE Duchess of Cambridge met inmates at a women's prison today to hear their stories of how drink and drug addiction led to a life of crime-
Kate Duchess of Cambridge is effortlessly elegant as she visits women's prison | Royal | News | Daily Express

Brilliant visit. I like the way she's carrying out her role in helping and understanding how addiction can lead to very dangerous paths.
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A bit confused as to how a paper can run a story such as this and label it 'secret'? Excellent to see such an important issue being highlighted.
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:55 AM
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A bit confused as to how a paper can run a story such as this and label it 'secret'? Excellent to see such an important issue being highlighted.
Hahah, yeah.. Journos this day need a better vocabulary :P It was not announced to the public in before and the media was not allowed to publish before she left, so in that way it was "secret" as in unnanouced :P But it's obviously not secret!
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:22 AM
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Love, love ,love this engagement!! Child mental health, substance abuse and criminal activity go together. A child with mental health care problems will have difficulty in life, may turn to substances to "self medicate" and substance will in some form result in criminal activity. The terrible thing about this is that its a vicious cycle that never ends. Mental health problems--> substance use-->substances worsen mental problem ---> criminal activity.

Thats why early intervention for children with mental health issues and for those with substance problems or parents with substance addiction need help very early.

I must say I love her commitment to child mental health issues and addiction problems. I love how she was been having engagements that link these two together as they go hand in hand. Hope she does another engagement around the M-Pact Plus programme.
I think you're spot on; currently, my family is dealing with this issue in regards to my younger sister. She's had struggles with school, and even though she's very physically attractive, her so-called 'friends' found things about her that they thought were ugly (such her big eyes, which in all honesty are not ugly at all). She felt pressure, and turned to drugs to 'forget'. She has been to rehab several times, but after making huge strides, she still reverts to previous habits. My parents did send her to counseling when she was younger, but for some reason, it didn't take. I'm so glad to see Her Highness is choosing such serious causes to tackle, and represent. The more people know, the more they can help those who are at risk for addiction. Someone also mentioned that the mental health issues in children rise from a lot of high-stakes testing, and I couldn't agree more. However, as a teacher, I can tell you that the pressure is also on us to raise the ratings of the school by having kids score as high as possible. Thankfully, I work with children who are not participating in these tests, because of their severe intellectual disabilities, but there's still pressure to push the children to the point of insanity. All the planning, data recording, progress reports, etc. are enough to make me ill just by mere mentions, and I love my kids to death, and want them to succeed. With all the stress on teachers, it would be great for schools to provide support services to the staff as well, because stressed, and worn-out teachers are no good to their students.



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“The visit reflects the Duchess’s interest in learning how organisations support people living with substance misuse issues, and the impact of addiction within the wider family network. As Patron of addiction charity, Action on Addiction, she is aware that addictions lie at the heart of so many social issues and the destructive role that substance misuse plays in vulnerable people’s and communities’ lives.”
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