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An online blackmailer whose Northern Irish teenage victim later took his own life has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ronan Hughes, 17, from Co Tyrone, died in June 2015 after he was targeted by Romanian Iulian Enache, 31. Enache will be released in October 2019 after he was…
A senior judge who said there would be "blood on our hands" if a safe placement was not found for a suicidal teenager has approved a plan for her care. Last week, Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, revealed in a judgment that…
Investigations into abuse of mental health patients have nearly doubled in three years, according to a report. An analysis of NHS figures obtained by The Times through Freedom of Information requests, found abuse incidents recorded by mental health trusts had risen from 106 in 2013/14 to 199 in 2015/16. Inquiries…
A number of appropriate beds have been identified after a High Court judge warned "we will have blood on our hands" if care is not found for a suicidal teenager upon her release from a secure unit. Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales,…
Dozens of prisoners have been released by mistake as violence in jails surged to a new high, official figures reveal. Seventy-one convicted criminals or suspects were erroneously freed in 2016/17 - a rise of seven on the previous year and the highest number since current records started a decade ago.…
The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life has criticised the health professionals who "failed" her daughter and said she would never have left her alone if she had been warned she was a suicide risk. Sandy Legg said 14-year-old Sofia was "failed by the system" and…
Soaring rates of suicide and self-harm in prisons must be dealt with urgently, but it is unclear how the authorities will meet ambitious aims for improving inmates' mental health, the public spending watchdog has said. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said prisons had "struggled to…
A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
Children and teenagers admitted to hospital with injuries relating to drugs, alcohol, violence or self-harming face a five-fold increased risk of suicide, a study has found. Researchers looked at anonymous data on more than a million young people aged 10 to 19 who were admitted to UK hospital accident and…
The struggle to meet mental health need in prisons has been laid bare as figures show significantly more people in prison have attempted suicide than in the general population. Released to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the figures from the Prison Reform Trust highlight the "urgent need"…
One in 10 mental health patients discharged from hospital after suffering a crisis has to wait more than a week for a follow-up appointment, according to new figures. The data, obtained by mental health charity Mind from responses to a freedom of information request by 54 of the 56 NHS…
An official watchdog has hit out at a "lack of concerted and sustained action" following a jump in suicides among female prisoners. Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said lessons identified in a new review of cases had been highlighted previously by his office. And he warned that sweeping reform…
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