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Providing young psychiatric patients with community treatment makes them less likely to self-harm, a study has suggested. Intensive community care for adolescents with severe mental health disorders not only brought down the usage of inpatient beds, but reduced the likelihood of multiple episodes of self-harm by 82%. Researchers from South…
Alcohol treatment services have reached "crisis" point in England as poor investment and staff shortages eat away at their ability to operate, a report has warned. A study by the recently merged Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK surveyed 154 professionals linked to the sector, including nurses and GPs. It…
Homeland star David Harewood will investigate his mental breakdown in a new BBC documentary. The actor, who played a CIA boss in the US TV hit, was sectioned and taken into hospital when he was 23. He will look back at his experiences in the one-off documentary. "David wants to…
Three out of five young people regularly feel stressed amid concerns over jobs and money, a study shows. Research by The Prince's Trust found that one in four people aged 16 to 25 felt "hopeless", while half had experienced a mental health problem. A survey of over 2,000 young people…
The number of people seeking help to stop viewing child abuse images has risen by 40%, figures suggest. Data from the Stop it Now! campaign, run by child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, showed 36,443 people contacted the scheme in 2017. This was up from the 26,089 potential offenders…
Some young people are facing "unacceptable barriers" in getting mental health support, a charity has warned. A survey of 2,700 young people who had struggled with mental health issues found that only 9% felt it was easy to get the support they needed. The YoungMinds poll of children and young…
A new art installation representing the men who take their own lives each week in the UK has been revealed on the roof of This Morning's London studios. The sculptures of 84 men, made by American artist Mark Jenkins and his collaborator, Sandra Fernandez, represent those who commit suicide each…
Stephen Fry has said he sometimes feels he is in danger of becoming "professionally mentally unstable". The comedian and television star, 60, has bipolar disorder and has been open about his struggles with mental illness. He said on Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast: "There was and still is, and I…
Jeremy Hunt has branded as "totally unacceptable" reports that head teachers have had to prove children had attempted suicide before they could be treated by mental health services. The Health Secretary said the Government was trying to end "the terrible situation where people are told that you're not ill enough…
Female prisoners – often anguished at being parted from their children – are more likely to commit acts of self-harm than their male counterparts, according to a University of Huddersfield researcher who has been exploring the issue for more than a decade. In 2016 there were 22 deaths in women’s…
The number of NHS child and adolescent psychiatrists has fallen by 6.3% over the past four years, their professional body has warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the workforce must be increased if the Government is to commit to a four-week waiting time target, as recently set out in…
Doctors are being prompted to tell children "to pretend their mental health is worse than it is" to receive treatment, MPs have heard. Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley made the comments on the back of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which said that too many children find themselves at…
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