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The Public Health Agency (PHA) has published a report on the prevalence of self-harm in the western area of Northern Ireland over the past six years. The Northern Ireland Registry of Self-Harm Western Area: Six Year Summary Report 2007–2012 gives an overview of the number of self-harm presentations in that…
"Alarming" numbers of children are being exposed to self-harm images online which could encourage them to hurt themselves, charities have warned. More than half of children aged 11-14 who viewed images of self-harm online said they "felt like hurting themselves afterwards", a joint survey by four UK youth charities found.…
A diagnosis of depression increases the risk of committing violent crime three-fold, research has shown. The study of nearly 50,000 people in Sweden found that 3.7% of men and 0.5% of women committed a violent crime after being identified as clinically depressed. This compared with 1.2% of men and 0.2%…
The deaths in custody of hundreds of people with mental health problems could have been avoided, according to an inquiry. Repeated basic errors, poor communication and a lack of rigorous procedures were found to have contributed to deaths in police cells, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. The Equality and Human Rights…
The number of people killing themselves in the UK rose in 2013, official figures revealed today, as male suicides hit their highest rate in more than a decade. A total of 6,233 suicides were recorded among people aged 15 and over, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, up 252…
A mental health trust has become the first in the country to be put into special measures, the health sector regulator has said. Urgent improvements are needed to the care patients receive at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Monitor said. The move comes after the Care Quality Commission (CQC)…
One in seven patients with a history of dementia are not being identified as having the condition when they are admitted to hospital in England, a study suggests. Failure to identify dementia is having a negative effect on patients' length of stay, mortality, falls and re-admissions compared to those who…
Social isolation, loneliness and giving up caregiving all linked to depression and low quality of life in old age A new report published today by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) highlights the need for ongoing support for carers once they stop caregiving. Whilst the report shows an association…
The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the importance of preventing children's problems becoming worse as they get older in a video message she has recorded to support the UK's first Children's Mental Health Week. In the message, Kate says that both she and her husband, the Duke of Cambridge,…
Women are hit hardest by the dementia epidemic sweeping Britain, according to a new study. The illness is not only the leading cause of death among British woman, but they are are also far more likely to end up as carers of those with dementia, Alzheimer's Research UK has found.…
Glasgow City Council has launched an internal investigation into the conduct of a senior member of its social work department. Raymond Bell, Head of Mental Health and Adult Support & Protection, has been suspended while complaints against him are looked into. The council declined to reveal why Mr Bell had…
A&E visits by children and young people with a mental health illness have almost doubled since 2010/11, official figures show. And around two-thirds of the patients were unable to be admitted to a bed within the same hospital trust or receive a place with the same healthcare provider, the data…