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The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life has criticised the health professionals who "failed" her daughter and said she would never have left her alone if she had been warned she was a suicide risk. Sandy Legg said 14-year-old Sofia was "failed by the system" and…
Soaring rates of suicide and self-harm in prisons must be dealt with urgently, but it is unclear how the authorities will meet ambitious aims for improving inmates' mental health, the public spending watchdog has said. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said prisons had "struggled to…
A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
Children and teenagers admitted to hospital with injuries relating to drugs, alcohol, violence or self-harming face a five-fold increased risk of suicide, a study has found. Researchers looked at anonymous data on more than a million young people aged 10 to 19 who were admitted to UK hospital accident and…
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…
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…
Hundreds of people take their own lives each year in Wales, now an updated guide has been launched to help people who are bereaved through suicide and unexplained death, and for those helping them. The 'Help is at Hand Cymru' guide aims to help people who are unexpectedly bereaved in…
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