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Security will be "enhanced" at the secure mental unit where Sharon Wall was killed, with its boss admitting staff have "no idea" where killer Ryan Matthews got his murder weapon. Shaun Clee, chief executive of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said an internal investigation recommended search practices be beefed up…
A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed a healthcare assistant to death because he did not want to go to a no-smoking unit with no wi-fi will never be released, a judge said. Ryan Matthews, 62, was already a double killer serving a life sentence when he brutally stabbed grandmother Sharon Wall…
A psychiatric hospital patient will be sentenced today for murdering a healthcare assistant while she worked at the unit. Ryan Matthews, 62, fatally stabbed grandmother Sharon Wall (pictured) at Wotton Lawn Hospital, an acute mental health unit in Gloucester, on the morning of July 9. She died of her wounds…
An innovative new online tool has been launched by the Scottish Government to help people improve their mental wellbeing. Ginsberg is a free website which allows people to track their mood and find out how it is affected by their physical actions. This could be how much alcohol they have…
Women at risk of mental health problems should receive more support at every stage of pregnancy, healthcare professionals are to be told. Doctors, nurses, health visitors and midwives will be given updated guidelines on how to safely treat women before, during and after pregnancy. The guidelines, tackling a wide range…
Lifestyle is responsible for about three quarters of brain ageing - but there are "simple and effective ways" to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to analysis. A review of academic studies and data by Age UK shows that about 76% of cognitive…
Mental health charity Mind is calling for all people with mental health problems to be taken off mainstream Government back-to-work schemes and moved onto a specialist programme. Research from the charity has found that support provided through the Work Programme and Jobcentre Plus is damaging people’s health and making them…
A new specialist mental health unit within Lecale Lodge Care Home, Downpatrick, has officially opened. The scheme is a partnership project with the South Eastern Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust and is designed to facilitate the discharge of long stay patients to a community care setting from Downshire Hospital.…
Mr Conor McCafferty has been appointed to the position of Chair of the Suicide Strategy Implementation Body for a term of three years. Speaking about the appointment, Health Minister Jim Wells said: “I welcome the appointment of Conor who has been involved in suicide prevention and self–harm work over a…
A new registered card scheme to help people with learning disabilities or a mental health condition has been launched in Wales. South Wales Police, Learning Disability Services and Mencap Cymru, have jointly developed a Keep Safe Card Scheme for anyone in the South Wales force area with a Learning Disability,…
Social worker Jeffrey Watmough has been suspended from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register for a period of 12 months for failings in respect of a high risk vulnerable service user whilst employed by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. A panel of the HCPC Conduct…
The Public Health Agency’s (PHA) new mental health campaign is urging people who are feeling low to talk to someone they trust. Almost one in five people in Northern Ireland at any one time show signs of a possible mental health problem and the new campaign emphasises that people experiencing…

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