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Rapper Big Narstie has hit out at a shortfall in mental health care, claiming it is leading to a generation of youngsters being forced into crime. The musician, 32, acts as an agony uncle for young people through his alter ego, Uncle Pain, on YouTube and is to release a…
One in four early years workers have considered leaving the profession due to stress and mental health issues, according to a poll. It suggests that many nursery workers and childminders are concerned about the balance between their job and home life, while others say they have suffered issues such as…
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has opened up about his struggle with depression. The 41-year-old musician revealed that he could be performing to packed arenas yet be crying on the floor of his hotel room just hours later. Lightbody would rely on alcohol every day to get him through his…
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab (University of Glasgow) have today announced a PhD scholarship which will deliver ground-breaking research focusing specifically on men to understand suicide risk. Suicide is the leading cause of death in young and middle-aged men in most Western…
Essential service providers are failing customers with mental health problems by offering limited and patchy support, Citizens Advice has claimed. The charity found energy and telecoms were rated the worst sectors for customer service and additional support, while water companies were seen most favourably, from a survey of more than…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are inviting social workers to their Annual Meeting 2018 where they will launch and discuss their report on violence against the workforce. Taking place on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast, the report 'Intimidation, Threats and Violence Against…
Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, often without adequate reviews or records being kept, according to a new report from a National Assembly committee. The Health, Social Care and…
The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered significant mental health problems, was discharged on a Friday - when mental health support services are harder to access…
A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classed as those who call at least five times in a month, or at least 12 times in three…
Gardening experts are teaming up with the NHS to promote the positive impact horticulture can have for people's mental health. The Royal Horticultural Society has already pledged its Feel Good Garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show will live on at a Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust site in…
A compensation scheme is being drawn up for those identified by one of the most complex and challenging patient recalls in Northern Ireland's history, senior civil servants have said. Around 3,200 former public and private patients of Belfast-based neurologist Dr Michael Watt have been initially earmarked for review and others…