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Girls were admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly twice as regularly last year compared to two decades ago, figures have revealed. The NSPCC described the statistics as "heartbreaking", while an expert suggested social media could have contributed to the rise. NHS data shows girls were admitted to hospital 7,327 times…
A number of children were among people hurt when a man stormed through a children's play centre, attacking customers, before jumping from a balcony. The owner of The Alphabet Zoo, in Bradford, said none of his customers who were caught up in the incident on Tuesday afternoon needed hospital treatment…
Local health bodies are failing to provide for the mental health needs of abused children, a charity has said. NSPCC estimated that more than a million children in England who have been abused or neglected are living in an area with inadequate planning for their mental health needs. The charity…
Hundreds of new mental health workers will be trained up and introduced to schools from next year to help boost young people's wellbeing. Seven universities and colleges will offer education mental health practitioner courses from January under Government plans. The first teams of trained specialists will begin working at schools…
Loneliness and isolation in rural Wales is a "ticking time bomb" which must be tackled, a Welsh Government minister has said. Huw Irranca-Davies, the social care minister, said that dealing with the problem was a national priority. According to the 2016-17 National Survey for Wales, around 17% of the population…
Young people with mental disorders are being let down by under-ambitious NHS treatment targets, experts have warned as they shunned the "snowflake generation" label. Researchers claimed adolescents and students are not more emotionally brittle than their parents, instead "more likely to talk about anxieties and worries". Consultant psychiatrist Dr Rachel…
Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost every week in the area. Motherwell, Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers and Clyde will all display the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire…
Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secondary schools in England from autumn 2020, according to Department for Education (DfE) proposals. Under the plans, which are now…
Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The study, led by Catharine Gale, a professor of cognitive epidemiology at the Medical Research Council's Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at Southampton General Hospital,…
Tears and applause greeted MPs' approval of mental health reforms known as "Seni's law" in memory of the man whose death inspired them. Olaseni Lewis (pictured), known as Seni to friends and family, died aged 23 in September 2010 - days after he fell unconscious while being restrained by 11…
The UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meets its international obligations on human rights. She said the number of people being detained under the…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
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