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Soaring numbers of children treated for mental health problems in Balearic Islands

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THE number of children hospitalised with mental health problems in the Balearic Islands has risen by almost 60%  during the past year, shocking new figures reveal. 

According to new data there were 30,000 more children between the ages of seven and 18 admitted with a psychiatric problem in 2021, with issues ranging from eating disorders to anxiety and depression. 

This comes as new figures also reveal the number of children arriving at hospital with neurological problems has also risen by 20% over the last 12 months. 

The regional coordinator of Mental Health of the Balearic Islands, Oriol Lafau, called the latest figure ‘scandalous’ and said it was children ‘who had suffered the most mentally’ as a result of the pandemic. 

Last year doctors saw an increase in mental illness directly linked to the loneliness and uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis, with 16% of psychiatric  cases deriving from pandemic stresses. 

The delays and pressures on mental health services, which Lafau said were at an ‘all time high’ have added to demand seen in pediatric departments.

“We had to send many of our patients to paediatric wards simply because the psychiatric wards were full,” Mr Lafau said. 

Some 17,000 more children on the Islands who are taking antidepressants than there were in 2019 and 2020 meanwhile the number of children admitted to hospital with disordered eating has risen 20% in the last year. 

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German expat shoots daughter-in-law and grandson before turning gun on himself in Spain’s Balearic Island of Formentera

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A GERMAN expat turned the gun on himself after shooting his daughter-in-law and grandson in a row outside their home in Formentera.

The 82-year-old man, who had reportedly lived in the island since 2019, was rushed to hospital with a gunshot to the head but died soon after arriving on the morning of Thursday, January 20. 

According to police the elderly man had threatened his daughter-in-law with the gun through the car window as she attempted to take her younger child to school.

The older brother, 22, tried to stop his grandfather but was shot twice; once in his right leg and once in his arm and the mother, a 46-year-old Spaniard, received a minor flesh wound in her arm.

The older man then shot himself in the head.

Balearic Islands newspaper Ultima Hora reporting the matter

The shooting took place at 9am at their home in the Venda des Pi des Catala area.

The 22-year-old was treated at Formentera Hospital before being transferred by helicopter to Can Misses Hospital on the neighbouring island Ibiza.

His condition is described as ‘serious but stable’.

According to the Spanish newspaper 20minutos, the German named Horst B., had previously been reported by his daughter-in-law after he tried to attack her with an axe over Christmas.

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From shelf stacker to Our Man in the Balearics: Meet the British consul awarded an MBE for his work with Brits in Spain

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WHEN Lloyd Milen was informed, just before Christmas, that he had been awarded an MBE for services to British nationals in Spain he couldn’t quite believe it.

“I had no idea that my name had been put forward so I was completely shocked,” the 48-year-old tells the Olive Press over the telephone from his office in Barcelona.

“You aren’t allowed to tell anyone about it until the actual announcement – not even your nearest and dearest – and so I couldn’t share the news when I went home to Middlesbrough for Christmas,” he  said.

But when he did finally spill the beans, his parents were incredibly proud.

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Lloyd Milen. British Consul General in Barcelona was awarded an MBE. Photo: FCO

“It was such a huge surprise for them and a wonderful end to a difficult few years,”  said Milen, who is the British Consul based in Barcelona and covers the northeast of Spain as well as the Balearic Islands.

He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in part for the incredible success of a campaign to reduce the number of serious injuries and death among young British tourists who fall from balconies after a night out drinking – incidents that have been given the name ‘balconing’ by the Spanish press.

“It’s really wonderful to be recognised for what we have achieved working with Spanish authorities and local businesses on this. I’m the one awarded with the MBE but it is very much thanks to the effort of a whole team,” he explained.

Milen spearheaded the ‘Stick with your Mates’ campaign, which saw the number of balcony falls half during the 2019 season compared to the previous year.  The campaign won awards and has influenced youth safety strategies elsewhere in Spain and southern Europe.  

“Looking at the statistics since the campaign was launched we have seen a 61% drop in serious incidents so the work we have done there has probably saved the lives of some young people.”

His work preparing British nationals for the effects of Brexit was also cited as a reason for the award.

“It is no understatement to say that without his exceptional efforts, thousands of UK Nationals in Spain would find themselves in a much more difficult situation than they currently do,” said British Ambassador in Madrid, Hugh Elliott in a statement announcing the MBE.

“Since the 2016 referendum, Lloyd has made it his priority to ensure that they felt listened to. And in doing so, has worked closely with the Spanish authorities, ensuring close collaboration and solving problems as they arose. I, and the communities that he serves, are very grateful for his constant commitment to making a difference in their lives.”

Millen believes that the lowly job he had in his teenage years helped prepare him for the role.

“I started out stacking yoghurts in Morrisons supermarket in Stockton-on-Tees,” laughed Milen. “Believe me, that is the best customer service training possible.”   

Milen originally moved to Spain in 2006 where he found work with the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante before he was hired as Vice Consul in Alicante in 2008.

 “I moved to Spain because I fell in love with a Spaniard” Milen revealed. “The relationship itself didn’t work out but the love affair with Spain is still ongoing.”

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Lloyd Milen with Flo and their dog Elliot. Photo: L Millen

Milen now lives with his partner Flo and their dog Elliot in Barcelona, where he was appointed British Consul General in 2015.

But he admits he never imagined life would turn out like this.

“There aren’t a lot of people like me in the Foreign Office,”  he admits. “Growing up as a gay kid in Middlesbrough, I never imagined I’d have the role of Consul General in a city like Barcelona, nor that I’d receive an honour such as this.

“It truly is amazing, and I hope it helps demonstrate to kids growing up and wondering about their future that anything is possible.”

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German expat shoots daughter-in-law and grandson before turning gun on himself in Spain’s Balearic Island of Formentera

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A GERMAN expat turned the gun on himself after shooting his daughter-in-law and grandson in a row outside their home in Formentera.

The 82-year-old man, who had reportedly lived in the island since 2019, was rushed to hospital with a gunshot to the head but died soon after arriving on the morning of Thursday, January 20. 

According to police the elderly man had threatened his daughter-in-law with the gun through the car window as she attempted to take her younger child to school.

The older brother, 22, tried to stop his grandfather but was shot twice; once in his right leg and once in his arm and the mother, a 46-year-old Spaniard, received a minor flesh wound in her arm.

The older man then shot himself in the head.

Balearic Islands newspaper Ultima Hora reporting the matter

The shooting took place at 9am at their home in the Venda des Pi des Catala area.

The 22-year-old was treated at Formentera Hospital before being transferred by helicopter to Can Misses Hospital on the neighbouring island Ibiza.

His condition is described as ‘serious but stable’.

According to the Spanish newspaper 20minutos, the German named Horst B., had previously been reported by his daughter-in-law after he tried to attack her with an axe over Christmas.

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