Sorry, just don’t believe it

NHS is “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness among children, fuelled by social media, the head of the service has warned.

Simon Stevens urged companies like Google and Facebook to take more responsibility for the pressures they place on children.

It follows calls for social media and online gaming firms to have a statutory “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, Mr Stevens said Britain’s children were hit by a “double epidemic” of mental illness and obesity.

We know the obesity line is crap. Child obesity is defined in relative terms, to the weights of the cohort. And I strongly suspect that the mental health part is scrotes too. Expansions of the definition of illness, no more.

Our problem with those who would plan life being that they believe so many untrue things about reality.

16 thoughts on “Sorry, just don’t believe it”

  1. In the past teenagers were just confused or stroppy.

    Now they have mental illnesses.

    This is one area of life where it would be best if the whole world agreed to ignore the US lead. Their whole “diagnose and medicate” system is not healthy.

  2. “The average person in this country spends twice as long on the toilet as they do exercising,” the NHS chief executive said. …Please let’s not go there (toilet humour).

  3. The goal of the US psychiatric industry is to identify every person in the world as being in need of expensive ‘treatment’. They’re getting there.

  4. The NHS couldn’t “pick up the pieces” of a broken bedpan.

    Although they do manage to get the contents of said bedpans very nice jobs as spokesmen.

  5. Anyone making regular use of social media could be regarded as mentally ill. You only have to look at a few Twatter tweets to realise that.

  6. Simple – getting your child diagnosed as ‘disabled’ results in more £££ from Uncle State. Ergo every chav on benefits is desperately trying to get their kid statemented at school to bring in some extra wonga. I personally know of my cousin’s relative (a single mother) who having failed to get her kid statemented with one mental illness type condition (maybe aspergers, or ADHD) was then trying to get her other kid down as having Tourettes. My teacher friend who works in a sink school says every parent on benefits is trying this on.

    Its nothing to do with the internet, or actual mental health problems, and everything to do with getting extra money from the State for nothing.

  7. Anyone who uses the word ‘epidemic’ to describe non-communicable diseases, mental illness or being very overweight can be dismissed immediately. Classic sign of a political shill.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    Children of single parents or divorce are far more likely to be mentally ill. Among many other pathologies.

    So as we see an explosion of single mothers, you would expect to see an explosion of mentally ill children. Although you would not expect to see doctors honest enough to say that.

  9. bis: so what are we doing here then? 🙂 Chez Tim is just as social as Twatter but a deal less confrontational (mostly).

  10. “The average person in this country spends twice as long on the toilet as they do exercising,”

    That seems unlikely, unless the average Brit is lazy and not eating any fibre at all.

    As RlJ says this is just about getting more cash (and more status and more power) for the medical profession.

  11. “Children of single parents or divorce are far more likely to be mentally ill” Nature or nurture?

  12. @ Andrew C
    Interestingly the analysis of Aspergers/Autism doesn’t show any link to psychopathy.
    I suspect that this may just be researchers overlooking data whose amounts were so trivial that they looked like “noise” – the causes of autism are so varied that it seems odd that none of them can affect individuals who are already psychotic.
    Those well onto the Autistic spectrum cannot be psychopaths because the modes of thought are incompatible but those almost neuro-typical? If so, then we should encourage those with Asperger’s syndrome to replace “neurotypicals” in positions of power.

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