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Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) has launched a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Lifeline crisis response service. The current Lifeline service is a free-to-call regional confidential telephone helpline for people who are in emotional crisis and are at risk of self-harm or suicide. The helpline is…
The Scottish suicide rate reduced by 17.8 per cent between the periods 2000-2004 and 2010-2014, according to new figures published. The statistics, published by ISD Scotland and National Record of Scotland, show that 696 people died by suicide in 2014, compared with 795 in 2013. National Records of Scotland has…
A University of Manchester study which followed up 38,415 people admitted to hospital with self-harm has, for the first time, investigated the association between the treatment patients receive in hospital and their subsequent risk of death. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, the study looked at adults who had self-harmed and…
A new study addresses for the first time the understanding and prevention of suicide in recently-released offenders. While the risk of suicide by offenders in prison has been identified as a priority for action, understanding and preventing suicides among offenders after release has received far less attention. A study led…
The prevention of suicide in middle-aged men should be made a priority, a study has urged, warning that deaths in mental health patients have become "substantially more common". Factors including alcohol misuse, isolation, unemployment and debt add to the risk of suicide in male patients and need to be addressed,…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland has today published the findings of a study into the aftercare received by those who attended hospital after self-harming. The report, ‘Recommended Next Care Following Hospital Treated Self-Harm in the Western Area of Northern Ireland, 2007-2012’, which concentrates on the Western Health…
Following the review of the Protect Life Strategy - the suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has agreed to work with media and other stakeholders to help promote positive mental health and suicide prevention messages. Part of this work involves monitoring the reporting of suicide…
Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust is encouraging people to take up opportunities for training in emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention that are currently available in the Western Trust area. Brendan Bonner, PHA Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement…
The most recent figures show suicide rates in Northern Ireland are declining, but Health Minister Jim Wells has warned against complacency. Mr Wells was speaking as he chaired the 11th meeting of the Ministerial Co-ordination Group on Suicide Prevention. Speaking at the meeting, the Minister said: "The provisional figures for…
A unique event that raises awareness of a leading suicide and self-harm prevention project is coming to Aberdeen for the first time next month. More than 100,000 people are expected to take part in locations as far apart as the US and Australia for counselling charity Pieta House. All participants…
Suicidal patients who are under observation may be put at risk by relying on inexperienced staff and agency nurses, according to a new report issued today. Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership as part of the Clinical Outcome Review Programmes, researchers from The University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry…
The Niamh Louise Foundation today held a pre-launch of their new service which is a vehicle especially deisgned to offer support to rural communities and those living in isolation. The Foundation received funding from Ulster Garden Villages and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council Legacy Fund, both for the purchase…
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