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Children who are prescribed a common antidepressant could be at a higher risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour, it has been claimed. Researchers said that children and adolescents have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking selective serotonin and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor drugs to combat depression. The authors…
A series of recommendations has been made for health authorities across Scotland after an investigation was held into the death by suicide of a woman at a care home. The 44-year-old, who had an autistic spectrum diagnosis and complex needs, took her own life in December 2012 shortly after being…
A new King’s College London study examines suicide deaths within and outside the period surrounding childbirth, specifically in women who had been in recent contact with mental health services. Suicide in pregnant and postnatal women is an important cause of maternal death, yet evidence to guide suicide prevention in this…
New research at Ulster University has uncovered a pressing need for suicide prevention work to specifically target people in Northern Ireland who have difficult life experiences. In the first study of its kind in the UK looking at events prior to death over a 6 year period, Ulster University researchers…
Leading judges have rejected a challenge brought by disability rights campaigners against the prosecution policy in assisted dying cases. The campaigners accused Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders (pictured) of amending her policy in a flawed and "whimsical" way. Nikki and Merv Kenward, supported by the Christian Legal Centre,…
A severely disabled grandfather has launched a fresh legal bid calling for guidance to be issued over assisted suicide in Scotland. Gordon Ross, 66, who suffers from several serious medical conditions, is concerned about the future legal position regarding anyone who helps him end his life. Mr Ross fears that…
Regions where the Government's controversial "fit for work" assessments have been carried out have seen hundreds of extra suicides and thousands more prescriptions being issued for anti-depressants, research has found. Experts from Oxford University and Liverpool University warned there could be "serious consequences" from the policy to move people off…
About two in five British men have contemplated taking their own lives, according to new research by a male suicide prevention charity. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) study found 42% of men aged 18-45 have considered killing themselves and revealed "shocking" facts behind male suicide. The YouGov research also…
The author of a report into prison suicides has raised concern about the Government's failure to take action on recommendations he published earlier this year. Labour peer Lord Harris of Haringey said he suspected an official response to his review was being held up by a "rearguard action" from figures…
Pressure has been applied to David Cameron to publish the results of Government investigations into cases of suicides which occurred after benefits were cut or withdrawn. The SNP's leader in Westminster Angus Robertson urged the Prime Minister during PMQs to publish the findings. Mr Cameron said he will "look very…
A council at the centre of the Baby P scandal has again been blasted in a report into child protection following the suicide of a teenage girl. Haringey Council was criticised by a serious case review into the death of 16-year-old Mary Stroman (pictured, left) who took her own life…
Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession. According to new research from the University of Portsmouth and Webster Vienna University, more males of all ages are committing…
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