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Researchers from City, University of London have launched The Drug Recovery Game, a new board game designed to help frontline health, social and community care staff understand the realities of drug recovery. Staff working with people who have an addiction aren’t always addiction specialists. They may not have a full…
Services for mental health patients are under "significant pressure" and have faced reductions in both hospital and community care in recent years, a new report has concluded. The Centre for Mental Health said it is "not sustainable to keep cutting community services at the same time as reducing bed numbers".…
Police officers should not restrain people suspected of suffering from mental health problems, the police watchdog has said. They should instead use containment and de-escalation techniques when dealing with members of the public who could be mentally ill, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. The recommendations are contained within…
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance of sorts since her pregnancy announcement - launching a national mental health campaign with a video message. The message, recorded before last week's announcement that Kate is expecting her third child, supports an initiative that aims to equip primary school…
A move by Google that enables people to check online whether they are clinically depressed could do more harm than good, an expert has warned. Google has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to offer US users the chance to take a self-assessment to see whether…
A police force is planning to expand specialist training in mental health issues to all front line staff after a trial project showed it improves officers' attitude and confidence dealing with situations. In the trial in North Yorkshire, mental health professionals provided training for a randomly selected group of 230…
People with mental health problems are suffering due to a huge variation across the UK in access to consultant psychiatrists, according to a new analysis. NHS Digital data examined by the Royal College of Psychiatrists shows that some regions have less than half the number of NHS consultants compared to…
An Abertay University psychology expert has called for school-based counselling services to be available for all children across Scotland. Dr Mhairi Thurston said there appears to be a “growing appetite” for the development of joined up approach to psychological services for children and young people in Scotland, linking school counselling…
Teenagers with severe antisocial behaviour have difficulty recognising facial expressions and are less likely to look at people's eyes, a study has found. Researchers used eye-tracking methods to investigate why teenagers with conduct disorder have difficulty in recognising different emotions in others. Symptoms of the disorder, which is thought to…
Drug-related crime, deaths and blood-borne viruses could all surge as a result of funding cuts for substance misuse treatment services, government advisers have warned. In a stark message to ministers, a senior expert described a lack of spending in the area as a "catalyst for disaster". The Advisory Council on…
The head of the British Red Cross has admitted it took too long to reach out to community groups helping in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. Mike Adamson said the team should have coordinated better and faster with the North Kensington community volunteers on the ground, and that…
A discussion about stress should be a recognised part of every cancer diagnosis, an expert investigating the biological impact of "fight-or-flight" responses has claimed. Dr Melanie Flint's research suggests that stress reduces the effectiveness of a common chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer. Other cancer treatments may also be…
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