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There has been a "rapid" rise in teenage girls self-harming in recent years, experts have found. Between 2011 and 2014 reports of self-harm among British girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68%, according to new research. Experts from the University of Manchester gathered data from 674 general practices…
A record number of children have sought help from Childline over suicidal thoughts. NSPCC help and advice service provided 62 counselling sessions each day last year for children tormented by thoughts of ending their own lives. Children as young as 10 were reaching out for help after contemplating suicide, the…
Mental health workers are spending "precious clinical time" helping patients deal with wider problems such as filling in benefits forms or calling energy providers, finance champion Martin Lewis has said. The Money and Mental Health Institute, founded by Mr Lewis (pictured), said mental health workers are being forced to deal…
I•ROC wellbeing, a subsidiary company of Scottish mental health charity Penumbra, has launched a powerful set of digital mental health recovery tools. The pioneering digital toolkit is a means for health and social care practitioners to measure the recovery journey of people they support. This allows organisations to generate immediate…
Reduced funding to mental health services across the UK is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed, says UNISON. The report, Struggling to Cope, paints a bleak picture of the country’s mental health services – for both staff…
Researchers from City, University of London have launched The Drug Recovery Game, a new board game designed to help frontline health, social and community care staff understand the realities of drug recovery. Staff working with people who have an addiction aren’t always addiction specialists. They may not have a full…
Services for mental health patients are under "significant pressure" and have faced reductions in both hospital and community care in recent years, a new report has concluded. The Centre for Mental Health said it is "not sustainable to keep cutting community services at the same time as reducing bed numbers".…
Police officers should not restrain people suspected of suffering from mental health problems, the police watchdog has said. They should instead use containment and de-escalation techniques when dealing with members of the public who could be mentally ill, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. The recommendations are contained within…
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