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People bereaved by the sudden death of a friend or family member are 65% more likely to attempt suicide if the deceased died by suicide than if they died by natural causes. This brings the absolute risk up to 1 in 10, reveals new University College London (UCL) research funded…
Children who are prescribed a common antidepressant could be at a higher risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour, it has been claimed. Researchers said that children and adolescents have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking selective serotonin and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor drugs to combat depression. The authors…
Unexpected deaths among mental health patients under NHS care have soared by more than a fifth over the last three years, according to new figures. The data, obtained by the Liberal Democrats under Freedom of Information laws, also shows the number of mental health patients attempting or committing suicide has…
Politicians are being urged to support a new mental health strategy prioritising early intervention ahead of the Holyrood elections. Charity SAMH wants party leaders to sign up to a 10-year strategy that would improve access to support, employment opportunities and suicide prevention. More than 700 people who have experienced mental…
A new King’s College London study examines suicide deaths within and outside the period surrounding childbirth, specifically in women who had been in recent contact with mental health services. Suicide in pregnant and postnatal women is an important cause of maternal death, yet evidence to guide suicide prevention in this…
New research at Ulster University has uncovered a pressing need for suicide prevention work to specifically target people in Northern Ireland who have difficult life experiences. In the first study of its kind in the UK looking at events prior to death over a 6 year period, Ulster University researchers…
A new ‘friendship’ app designed to help people in a crisis is being developed by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University. The software, called Rescue Station, is aimed at helping those at risk of suicide. It allows users to pre-arrange face-to-face support based on a traffic light system. Red signifies an…
About two in five British men have contemplated taking their own lives, according to new research by a male suicide prevention charity. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) study found 42% of men aged 18-45 have considered killing themselves and revealed "shocking" facts behind male suicide. The YouGov research also…
NHS 24 has apologised to the daughter of a woman who committed suicide after her final cries for help were downgraded to a three-hour wait by call-centre staff. The woman, who suffered from anxiety and depression, called her daughter on March 16 2014, a week after a previous suicide attempt,…
The head of a suicide-prevention service has said that over 100 jobs are at risk in its call centres across Northern Ireland. Lifeline employs 134 people in two offices in Londonderry and Belfast, but a contract for the 24/7 helpline is due to expire at the end of this year.…
A partnership between Edge Hill University and two hospitals in Mysore, India is delivering crucial mental health interventions in the country, with the first round of training for nursing staff completed in June and more planned for January 2016. A team from the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care…
Public Health England (PHE) has published a new resource to assist local organisations prevent linked suicides in their areas, often referred to as ‘suicide clusters’. The Identifying and responding to suicide clusters resource supports local authorities in their reaction to unexpectedly high numbers of suicides occurring in a particular period…
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