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A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by police to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, on October 10 2011 after asking to be sectioned. She told the A&E receptionist:…
Universities should ensure they are working effectively with partners to support the mental health and wellbeing of students. The Office for Students (OfS) has said it is treating the issue as a priority as it is important to students. On Wednesday, OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge will address an all-party…
A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the first one started leaking. After approaching the council for help, the boy lived in the tent for five weeks, then…
Care staff failed to act on a host of warning signals in the weeks and months before a psychiatric patient murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin with a butcher's knife in Bexleyheath, south-east London, in October 2011, six years after killing her…
A cash boost for mental health services will "end the stigma which has forced too many to suffer in silence", the Chancellor said. Philip Hammond said he hoped the extra money would also end "the tragedy of too many lives lost to suicide". Plans to boost NHS funding were announced…
Philip Hammond will announce a £2 billion increase in funding for mental health services as he delivers what is expected to be his final Budget before Britain leaves the EU. After weeks of turmoil over Brexit, Tory MPs will be looking to the Chancellor to raise party morale with his…
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…
Mental health spending needs to double by the end of the next decade to put it on par with physical illnesses, new analysis suggests.Ministers and health leaders have pledged that mental health care will be given "parity of esteem" to physical illnesses.Now research by the Institute for Public Policy Research…
Around 200,000 children face emotional neglect this Christmas, a charity has warned.The Children's Society estimates 200,000 people aged 10 to 17 year do not get the support they need on a regular basis.The charity also found, of those who said they were suffering from emotional neglect: 11% do not have…
Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon,…
Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16 and 2017/18, according to statistics obtained by Labour through Freedom of Information.The equivalent of more than one million working days…
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