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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…
Relatives and close friends of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder are being invited to take part in a new initiative to help support them online. The REACT (Relative Education and Coping Toolkit) online trial is run by researchers, clinicians and relatives from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster University,…
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…
More than a quarter of emergency services workers have thought about taking their own lives, research has revealed. The data from mental health charity Mind shows the high occurrence of suicidal thoughts among "blue light" staff and volunteers in England and Wales. An online poll found that 27% of 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,…
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…
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…
People bereaved by the sudden death of a friend or family member are 65% more likely to attempt suicide if the deceased died by suicide than if they died by natural causes. This brings the absolute risk up to 1 in 10, reveals new University College London (UCL) research funded…
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