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The struggle to meet mental health need in prisons has been laid bare as figures show significantly more people in prison have attempted suicide than in the general population. Released to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the figures from the Prison Reform Trust highlight the "urgent need"…
One in 10 mental health patients discharged from hospital after suffering a crisis has to wait more than a week for a follow-up appointment, according to new figures. The data, obtained by mental health charity Mind from responses to a freedom of information request by 54 of the 56 NHS…
The NHS is investigating claims by an undercover reporter that suicidal patients calling the NHS 111 helpline are being left on hold until they hang up while staff are asleep on duty. The Sun placed a reporter at the NHS 111 call centre at St Charles Hospital in Ladbroke Grove,…
An official watchdog has hit out at a "lack of concerted and sustained action" following a jump in suicides among female prisoners. Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said lessons identified in a new review of cases had been highlighted previously by his office. And he warned that sweeping reform…
The current rate of suicide is "unacceptable", leading MPs have said, as they called for GPs to receive better training in assessing a patient's risk. The Health Select Committee said that it had heard evidence that clinicians sometimes fail to recognise patients who are suicidal. It called on the General…
Syrian children are showing symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report. Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.…
A mother whose son took his own life at the age of 12 is backing a campaign encouraging boys to speak out about having suicidal feelings. Data from Childline shows boys are six times less likely than girls to seek support if they are having thoughts about ending their lives.…
There is overwhelming evidence of a strong link between socio-economic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour, according to a report. The Dying from Inequality report from Samaritans found that areas of higher socio-economic deprivation tend to have higher rates of suicide. The charity is calling on people across society - such as…
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