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Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would look for online support for a mental health issue or concern rather…
Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The study, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), found a "lack of coherence" in the current criminal law as it fails to keep pace…
Almost two in five doctors believe there is a "problem" with bullying in their work place, medics have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) said that bullying and harassment are causing lasting harm to doctors and their careers. And the impact on patient care and safety is "serious", the union…
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…
The Government is failing to address the problem of sexual harassment in public places, despite evidence that it is "deeply ingrained" in British culture, affecting the lives of nearly every woman, a parliamentary report has found.The report from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee found evidence of "routine…
Scotland's health secretary has told NHS whistleblowing champions to come straight to her if they are not being listened to by their health boards. Jeane Freeman said she would appoint the posts for each NHS board, amid concerns over bullying at some boards and a whistleblower resignation. Speaking at the…
Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will allow users to hide or delete multiple comments from posts at once, and the site is testing a feature that would block offensive words from appearing in comments.…
The Scottish Conservatives have called for an independent inquiry to investigate allegations of a “bullying culture” at a health board. Senior clinicians at NHS Highland have raised concerns over a “long-standing bullying culture” which they allege is damaging patient care – claims the board’s medical director Dr Rod Harvey said…
Allegations of “systematic bullying” at NHS Tayside and the stress-related suicide of a trainee doctor there prompted the resignation of the health board’s whistleblowing champion, MSPs were told. Munwar Hussain was one of three non-executive directors of the troubled health board who quit in the wake of what was branded…
Former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips has said he was "complicit" in workplace harassment of young women. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that such behaviour was commonplace in the world of television. Phillips admitted…
Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students.…
A heart surgeon barred from working at an NHS hospital after a "bullying" allegation is preparing to return to work after winning a High Court fight. Professor Marjan Jahangiri took legal action after being excluded by bosses at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, pending a disciplinary investigation. She wanted…
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