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New guidance has been issued to universities dedicated to the prevention of student suicide. It was launched in Sheffield at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference where it was also announced that new guidance is being worked on for the disclosure of confidential data. At least 95 university students took…
As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of the training opportunities available in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Almost 15,000 participants received PHA-funded training in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention last year. The PHA commissions a range of training…
Scotland’s mental health minister is to meet with the family of a man who took his own life after contacting health services eight times in the week before he died. Luke Henderson was found dead on December 29 last year at his home in Motherwell where he lived with his…
Council social services bosses have apologised to a mother-of-three who says she went through "five months of absolute hell" after limits were unfairly placed on when she could see her children. Lawyers representing the woman say Cumbria County Council staff wrongly restricted the amount of contact she could have with…
Unsuitable accommodation is exacerbating the conditions of social housing tenants with pre-existing mental health problems, according to new research. Mental health charity Mind found that the difficulties those with mental illnesses face navigating the social housing system are hindering their recovery or worsening their conditions. The charity surveyed 2,009 people…
A package of new measures aimed at improving mental health in Scotland has been announced by Nicola Sturgeon as she set out her vision “of the kind of country we want to be”. The First Minister said the measures, including making sure every secondary school north of the border has…
Ministers have been urged to address the "crisis in children's mental health" after a Children's Society report revealed that around one in four 14-year-old girls self-harm. The charity's annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children's well-being in the UK, found that out of the 11,000 children surveyed…
Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify those at risk of suicide. A large number of variables and complex interactions mean only a trained clinician can…
The father of a 35-year-old man who took his own life less than 48 hours after nurses discharged him from hospital has pleaded for lessons to be learned about the care of people with mental health problems. Andrew Bellerby was taken to A&E at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital in July…
Poor mental wellbeing among the family carers of terminally-ill cancer patients represents a "substantial public health problem", researchers have warned. More than eight in 10 (83%) of those caring for a relative dying from cancer report clinically significant psychological distress, according to a study published in journal Palliative Medicine, compared…
A radical overhaul of travel insurance is needed to give people with mental health problems better access to cover, a report urges. The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity set up by consumer champion Martin Lewis, said high premiums and limited access to cover leave many people with…
The current law on involving and informing the relatives or carers of people detained against their will on mental health grounds is not working well, according to new research. A team from the University of Exeter reviewed research about patient, carer and professional experiences of the "nearest relative" provisions in…
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