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Waiting times for mentally ill patients in England will be introduced for the first time with some conditions being put on the same footing as cancer, Nick Clegg has announced. Most people with depression who need talking therapies will begin treatment within six weeks while accident and emergency units will…
Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a 38-year long study. The claim, which appears in Neurology online, comes after scientists used personality and memory tests to track the health and welfare of 800 women who had…
A psychologist wept yesterday as she told an employment tribunal she thought about suicide because of bullying she allegedly suffered at work. Dr Hayley Dare has taken a case against West London Mental Health NHS Trust claiming she suffered detriment after whistleblowing over alleged poor patient care and bullying of…
Too many people who use NHS community mental health services are not involved effectively in planning their care and do not know who to contact in a crisis. Following a survey of more than 13,500 people who use community mental health services in England published today, Dr Paul Lelliott, the…
Too many people diagnosed with anxiety or depression face "unacceptably long waits" for therapy, a charity has warned. Mind has called for more investment in mental health after new figures revealed the wait for treatment was "markedly different" depending on where patients lived in England. A report by the Health…
Northern Ireland is expected to become the first place in the world to give everybody with or without mental health problems equal rights to refuse treatment, an expert said. The draft Mental Capacity Bill will be the first piece of legislation to give everyone equal decision making powers over their…
Almost one in six mental health patients are attempting suicide as they face "unacceptably long" waits for help, experts have warned. Many patients waiting for psychological therapies have also self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, a powerful coalition of health charities, royal colleges and service providers said. The coalition, called We…
A seminar exploring access to mental health care services for linguistically and culturally diverse patients is being held by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute on 9 October 2014. The rising prevalence of mental illness is a growing concern for European societies and access to mental health care one of the…
Children suffering a mental health crisis should not be placed in police cells for their own safety, leading psychiatrists have said. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said putting youngsters in custody cells should be banned. And adults experiencing a mental health crisis should only be confined to police cells in…
The number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons increased by a troubling 64% in 2013-14, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen, as he published his annual report. He added that, although he could not yet definitively explain this increase, it reflected the level of mental ill health in prison and…
Workers seeking treatment for mental health issues could be fast-tracked through the health system to prevent them from having to take time off from work, the chief medical officer has suggested. Professor Dame Sally Davies said the number of working days lost due to stress, depression and anxiety has increased…
Large numbers of cancer patients suffer from major depression and in the vast majority of cases their mental anguish is being overlooked or ignored, a study has found. A survey of more than 21,000 patients in Scotland found rates of clinical depression ranging from 6% to 13%, compared with a…