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Jeremy Hunt has branded as "totally unacceptable" reports that head teachers have had to prove children had attempted suicide before they could be treated by mental health services. The Health Secretary said the Government was trying to end "the terrible situation where people are told that you're not ill enough…
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request by Ireland to find that people detained by the UK during the Troubles in the so-called Hooded Men case suffered torture. Dismissing the request by six votes to one, the ECHR said there was "no justification" to revise a 1978…
The family of a woman who was killed and partially dismembered by a taxi driver who was suffering from a psychotic illness have said she "might still be alive today" if he had been managed properly. Gemma Simpson's family were responding to the publication of a report into the treatment…
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has said the Scottish Government’s peformance on aspects of mental health is “truly terrible” as waiting times are the worst on record. Willie Rennie said instead of improving as promised, “performance continues to decline”. Official figures published last week showed 71.1% of youngsters has an appointment…
Staff at Maghaberry Prison have saved the lives of 11 vulnerable prisoners. Inspectors have expressed concern about the care of such inmates in the past and said plans for some men at risk of suicide and self-harm were unacceptable. The high-security prison's new governor David Kennedy has said safety was…
Female prisoners – often anguished at being parted from their children – are more likely to commit acts of self-harm than their male counterparts, according to a University of Huddersfield researcher who has been exploring the issue for more than a decade. In 2016 there were 22 deaths in women’s…
A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part…
A paranoid schizophrenic who admitted pushing a commuter into the path of an oncoming Tube train said he was "crazy and stupid" shortly after the near-fatal shove. Alan Alencar was said to have had a wide-eyed expression and a vacant stare as he stood in Bayswater Underground Station moments later,…
The number of NHS child and adolescent psychiatrists has fallen by 6.3% over the past four years, their professional body has warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the workforce must be increased if the Government is to commit to a four-week waiting time target, as recently set out in…
Doctors are being prompted to tell children "to pretend their mental health is worse than it is" to receive treatment, MPs have heard. Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley made the comments on the back of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which said that too many children find themselves at…
A teenager with an eating disorder was told that she "wasn't thin enough" to get mental health support, a new report has revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that too many children and young people find themselves at "crisis point" before accessing mental health services. The CQC's review of…
The Duchess of Cambridge praised a children's mental health charity for leading efforts "to give every child the very best start in life" as she opened its headquarters. In a speech to mark the launch of the new building, Kate highlighted the work Place2Be has been doing in training and…