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Hundreds of people take their own lives each year in Wales, now an updated guide has been launched to help people who are bereaved through suicide and unexplained death, and for those helping them. The 'Help is at Hand Cymru' guide aims to help people who are unexpectedly bereaved in…
The current rate of suicide is "unacceptable", leading MPs have said, as they called for GPs to receive better training in assessing a patient's risk. The Health Select Committee said that it had heard evidence that clinicians sometimes fail to recognise patients who are suicidal. It called on the General…
Syrian children are showing symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report. Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.…
A mother whose son took his own life at the age of 12 is backing a campaign encouraging boys to speak out about having suicidal feelings. Data from Childline shows boys are six times less likely than girls to seek support if they are having thoughts about ending their lives.…
There is overwhelming evidence of a strong link between socio-economic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour, according to a report. The Dying from Inequality report from Samaritans found that areas of higher socio-economic deprivation tend to have higher rates of suicide. The charity is calling on people across society - such as…
A culture change is needed to halt the rising number of suicides in prisons, according to a new report. Campaigners said a "profound" shift was needed to move from a primarily punitive approach to one centred around recovery, wellbeing and rehabilitation. Staff shortages and a "toxic" working environment were highlighted…
The number of unexpected patient deaths in mental health trusts has risen by almost 50% in three years, data shows. Figures for England obtained by the BBC's Panorama programme show there were 2,067 unexpected deaths in 2012/13, rising to 3,160 in 2015/16. Unexpected deaths include death by suicide, neglect and…
Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23% to 37,784, while there were 25,049 assaults in the 12 months to…
Family members of a talented junior doctor who killed herself among crippling self-doubts and anxiety about her performance have called for action to alleviate the "crisis" of staff anxiety and low morale in the health service. Rose Polge (pictured) was just 25 when she killed herself in February this year,…
Poor access to health care and confusion over post-detention care may have contributed to more than 400 deaths following police custody and prison detention since 2009, a new report has claimed. The report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which follows on from the 'Preventing Deaths in Detention'…
Young people who self-harm have been fundamentally let down by successive governments, a health minister has acknowledged in the Lords. Lord Prior of Brampton said the "appalling" level of self-harm among children and young people is a "black hole at the heart of the NHS". At question time, he said…
Prisons will be helped to access mental health services seven days a week, the Government has suggested amid concerns over high suicide rates among inmates. Justice Secretary Liz Truss said help would be offered to Lincoln prison to secure access throughout the week following issues raised by the governor over…
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