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The recent financial crash may have led to a significant increase in the rate of suicides with many thousands of taking their lives, researchers have said. The financial crisis has been linked to more than 10,000 people taking their own lives across Europe and North America between 2008 and 2010…
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an inquiry into the non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who die while being detained by the state. The inquiry will look at suicide, homicide, unknown and accidental deaths of people in psychiatric hospitals, prison and police custody in England…
GPs in Scotland want more support to help them treat people with mental health issues, according to a charity. A survey by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) found 85% of GPs felt there was a lack of local support for patients. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)…
A report provided an outline of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' position on the separation of mental healthcare between in-patient and community and within the community. It said that decisions about the best model of service delivery should be based on evidence that the model would deliver better care for…
An article examined two models of employment intervention for people with severe mental illness, reporting the outcomes of trials in five mental health teams in the United Kingdom. Comparing work outcomes for the two interventions after one year, it said that an employment service could be introduced effectively into mental…
Mental health services for children and young people in Cornwall have been criticised in a Review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. The review, produced by the council's scrutiny committee, found that hospitals do not have enough beds while staff do not have enough knowledge about whether patients are…
Health Minister Edwin Poots and Justice Minister David Ford have launched a consultation on a draft Mental Capacity Bill and proposals relating to those in the Criminal Justice system in Northern Ireland. The draft Mental Capacity Bill will introduce a single, statutory framework governing all situations where a decision needs…
A vulnerable man was without bathing facilities for six months because care providers failed to monitor him, say two ombudsmen. The 31-year-old from Plymouth, who suffers from schizophrenia and Asperger’s syndrome, was also wrongly charged more than £8,000 for accommodation and put at risk of financial exploitation. Parliamentary and Health…
Life expectancy for people with mental health problems is less than for heavy smokers, new research has found. Serious mental illness can reduce a person's life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, when the average reduction in life expectancy for heavy smokers is eight to 10 years, according to researchers…
Scots Health Secretary Alex Neil fought off increased demands to quit or be sacked last night in a growing row about his role in controversial changes to mental health services in his constituency. Labour, backed by other opposition parties, led a rare motion of no confidence at Holyrood one week…
Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil is facing joint opposition calls for his dismissal today in a rare motion of no confidence at Holyrood. The SNP minister is accused of misleading Parliament over his role in controversial changes to mental health services in his own constituency. The direct challenge comes a…
An article examined the impacts of user involvement in mental health, drawing on a study of three National Health Service foundation trusts in the United Kingdom. It said that change in the NHS and in social care had altered what service users and their organizations could achieve, but service user…

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