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Claudia Hammond reports on a mental health triage scheme with Leicestershire police force. Plus a new study which shows that praising children with low self-esteem can back-fire.

Claudia Hammond reports on a mental health triage scheme being run by Leicestershire police force, which has led to a decrease in the number of people with mental illness being detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Praising children with low self-esteem may seem like a good way to boost their confidence, but a new study by psychologist Eddie Brummelman of Utrecht University suggests that this can backfire and make them less likely to take on new challenges.

Scott Stossel describes himself as "a twitchy bundle of phobias, fears and neuroses". He has a fear of heights, flying, public speaking and vomiting and nearly couldn't attend his own wedding. In his new book "My Age of Anxiety" he describes how until thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category, yet all through history descriptions have existed and each age thinks they are uniquely anxious. Scott explores the theories surrounding anxiety, including the potentially positive sides of the condition.

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Wed 15 Jan 2014 15:30


  • Leicestershire Triage Car

    Report on innovative collaboration between police and mental health nurses.

    Duration: 14:06

  • Effects of Overpraising Children

    Over praising children with low self-esteem backfires says psychologist Eddie Brummelman.

    Duration: 03:07

  • My Age of Anxiety

    Anxious since he was 2, Scott Stossel's book looks at the history and causes of anxiety.

    Duration: 06:25

  • All in the Mind Awards

    Details of how to enter the 25th Anniversary Awards.

    Duration: 03:00


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