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A report said more research was needed into the nature and prevalence of mental health problems among children and young people from black and minority-ethnic communities, in order to support the planning, commissioning, and provision of appropriate mental health support in England. It said it was also important to recognize…
Scots First Minister Alex Salmond has come to the defence of Health Secretary, Alex Neil, claiming calls for his resignation were "ridiculous". Labour leader Johann Lamont had called for Mr Neil to resign or be sacked over his involvement in controversial changes to mental health services in his own constituency.…
A study into the causes of clinical depression is being given £4.7 million in the hope that new treatments can be developed. Over the next five years, researchers will look at groups of people at risk of depression and use a series of tests to discover if specific patients correspond…
This report examines the challenges facing mental health social work, and offers a blueprint for a fast-track programme that could better recruit and train high-calibre graduates for the profession. The rise in demand for mental health services over recent years, coupled with funding cuts by commissioners, are putting these services…
A lack of beds is forcing mental health patients in England to seek treatment in other NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles away, BBC research has found. The number of patients travelling to seek emergency treatment has more than doubled in two years - from 1,301 people in 2011-12…
About 60% of people struggling with suicidal thoughts do not receive any help, according to research. In a new study, experts from Glasgow University and Harvard University in the US examined the psychological factors that can contribute to suicidal feelings. They found that in many cases patients want to handle…
A scheme aimed at helping meet older people's mental health needs is set to benefit from £500,000 funding under the Welsh Government's £17.8m 'Invest-to-save' fund to transform public services in Wales. The funding will be used to set up a Cwm Taf University Health Board Psychiatric Liaison Service for older…
Children suffering a mental health crisis are forced into police custody because 35% of NHS "places of safety" in England ban under 16s, figures show. The Care Quality Commission found 56 out of 161 facilities, including hospitals, will not admit people under the age of 16 and half ban under…
A report examined economic evidence to support the business case for investment in effective, recovery-focused services for people with schizophrenia and psychosis. The report said there was a range of clinically effective interventions, and it called on local and regional commissioning and pathway development to draw on the evidence in…
A report published today paints a picture of improving mental health services in Wales. The report, which looks at progress made so far against the aims of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010, shows more local mental health services are now available and that care is being planned much more…
With some children waiting more than 14 weeks for psychiatric services in Wales, the Liberal Democrats today claimed the problem is being ignored by ministers. The Party said children and young people were being “put at risk” by longer waits for treatment, pointing to government figures which showed the number…
Half of youngsters given drugs to address mental health problems said they felt "frightened" when they were prescribed the medicine, a poll suggests. Forty nine percent of those aged 13 to 25 said they were concerned when given drugs. Half said they were "dissatisfied" about the information provided about possible…