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Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides, a prominent crossbench peer has warned. Baroness Meacher, who led the fight in the House of Lords against planned cuts to tax credits, has told RT's Going Underground programme that the number of people who take their own lives is…
More than half of young people who died by suicide had previously self-harmed, a report looking at dozens of deaths found. Bereavement, physical illness, school pressures and bullying were among the themes noted by researchers of a major new report into suicide in people aged under 20. More than a…
An increased risk of suicide in prison may be linked to staff shortages, a new report suggests. Researchers quizzed former and current inmates about the issue after a rise in the number taking their own lives while behind bars. The joint paper from the Howard League for Penal Reform and…
Rail tickets are to feature the Samaritans' logo and phone number as part of a campaign to cut suicides. The printing will appear on the back of paper tickets, along with the message: "We don't just hear you, we listen." Olympic boxing gold medallist Audley Harrison, who is supporting the…
Almost half of people with mental health problems who have contemplated suicide said money, housing or benefits issues were to blame. A poll of 1,505 people who had used mental health services in the last two years found 1,022 had considered or attempted suicide. The survey, for the charity Mind,…
Watchdogs have raised concerns after it emerged nine inmates have taken their own lives at a prison in recent years. There had been five more self-inflicted deaths since HMP Woodhill was last inspected, making a total of nine since 2012. Deputy chief inspector of prisons Martin Lomas said: "This was…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have pledged to make the issue of mental health their priority and raise awareness to help tackle the problem. William and Kate voiced their feelings during a day spent highlighting the work of charities and individuals supporting those with suicidal thoughts. When the royal…
A major campaign to cut suicides is being launched as research suggests three quarters of people do not feel able to open up about their true emotions. The Samaritans is working with Network Rail on Tuesday to launch its We Listen campaign, which will see posters containing hidden messages where…
Clues that prisoners may take their own lives are too often missed, a watchdog has warned. Known factors indicating a heightened risk - such as a history of suicidal behaviour or the circumstances of the inmate's offence - can be overlooked, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) said. It follows…
One million more people a year with mental health problems will receive treatment in England by 2021, the NHS has pledged. The move comes after a new report found only 15% of people who need psychological therapy in England get access to care, despite mental health problems representing the largest…
Suicide is a serious public health problem for people in prison. Recent figures published by the Ministry of Justice show there were 257 deaths in prison custody in England and Wales in 2015, an increase of 14 compared to 2014. A total of 89 people took their own lives in…
Prison suicides are costing the taxpayer up to £300 million a year, according to estimates by a penal reform charity. Growing inmate numbers, overcrowding and staff cuts have fuelled a 46% rise in suicide rates over the last three years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform. It said…
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