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A prison once branded dangerous and Dickensian has made immensely encouraging progress, a report said.Maghaberry high-security jail in Co Antrim holds life prisoners convicted of the most serious offences including murder and paramilitaries.Many struggle with substance abuse, self-harm, lack of education and poor mental health and some are extremely vulnerable.In…
The number of children suffering from emotional distress is “increasing exponentially”, the chair of specialist taskforce reviewing mental health care for youngsters has warned.Dame Denise Coia said that combined with an increase in disorders such as autism and ADHD had resulted in a “massive increase” in referrals to Child and…
Only a "small fraction" of children who need mental health support were able to access services last year, the Children's Commissioner for England has said, as she called for every school to have an NHS counsellor available for pupils.A new report by the champion for young people has laid bare…
Patients at Scotland’s highest security psychiatric hospital are being impacted by low staffing levels, according to a report.An evaluation by the Mental Welfare Commission indicated emergency measures taken to control the State Hospital budget earlier in the year had resulted in a reduced number of employees and resources being stretched.The…
GPs made more than 1.4 million referrals for talking therapies for patients with anxiety or depression last year, new figures show.The number of referrals for talking therapy increased from 1.39 million in 2016/17 to 1.44 million in 2017/18, according to data from NHS Digital.More than a million people started treatment,…
People affected by terrorism are being let down amid a "profound crisis" in mental health services, campaigners claim.Survivors of attacks have been forced to pay for their own treatment or wait months for an appointment, according to a report.The paper - published today by Survivors Against Terror - is based…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
More than half of UK consumers who wear smartwatches or fitness bands believe the devices have improved their mental health, research suggests.Some 55% of consumers who use the devices believe they have gone beyond improving their fitness and also benefited their mental health, with the figure rising to 61% of…
A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola Edgington virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin, 58, with a butcher's knife in a random attack six years after killing her own mother.The now…
Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Singh heard on Wednesday that the boy was locked alone in his cell at Feltham Young Offender Institution (pictured)…
MSPs on a Scottish Parliament committee say they want to hear people’s views as they launched an inquiry into how youngsters with mental health problems access support.The probe is being led by Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee, which said it is particularly keen to understand the experiences of people under the…
Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would look for online support for a mental health issue or concern rather…
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