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Gay, lesbian, bisexual and "questioning" children as young as 10 are more likely to suffer depressive symptoms and self-harm with suicidal intent, a study has revealed.Researchers found that depressive symptoms increase at a higher rate through adolescence among LGBQ youngsters than for their heterosexual peers.The study, led by University College…
Officers at Maghaberry Prison are making renewed efforts to identify the most vulnerable prisoners, the criminal justice inspector said.The high-security jail has a significant proportion of inmates with mental illness.Self-harming is an ever-present threat and five people have taken their own lives in recent years. Many are recovering from alcohol…
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 parents of a young woman who killed herself in jail after enduring "horrific experiences" have called for a review of Scotland's prison system.Katie Allan's family said on Thursday they wanted a meeting with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as they launched a campaign calling for change.The 21-year-old geography student was…
Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet minister also accused digital platforms of doing "absolutely nothing" to enforce minimum age rules.Asked about the causes of an increase in mental health problems among children and young people, Mr…
A prisoner who had been threatened by other inmates and was found hanging in his cell died by misadventure, an inquest jury has concluded. Matthew Gray, 31, was found by prison officers at HMP Norwich (pictured) on March 20 2017 and died in hospital two days later, a hearing in…
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…
Scotland is to set up a special suicide prevention group as part of efforts to reduce the number of people who take their own life by 20%. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) – which is being backed with £3 million of funding – will be set up by…
Girls were admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly twice as regularly last year compared to two decades ago, figures have revealed. The NSPCC described the statistics as "heartbreaking", while an expert suggested social media could have contributed to the rise. NHS data shows girls were admitted to hospital 7,327 times…
Universities should take the place of parents and ensure they offer good mental health support to students to stop them becoming overwhelmed and "falling between the cracks", a minister has said. Sam Gyimah has called on universities to do a better job of supporting students, saying mental health should be…
From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact…
A High Court judge has raised concern about the welfare of a troubled teenage girl who professionals think should be in a specialist secure unit. Mr Justice Hayden heard that the teenager, who "violently self-harms", was currently housed in "unsuitable" accommodation. He said she was in "desperate" and "parlous" circumstances.…
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