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Mental health bodies have raised concerns over revelations that thousands of mental health patients are being locked in "effectively institutionalised settings". A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report has highlighted that a "surprising" number of patients are being cared for in "locked rehabilitation wards", with some patients spending more than…
There is an "urgent need" for more funding for mental health care for expectant and new mothers, leading midwives have said. The comments from the Royal College of Midwives come after a report claims services across the UK are "under resourced". Researchers wrote the report following an online petition which…
A "stressed" carer who killed her sick mother by giving her an overdose of insulin and smothering her with a pillow has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely. Devoted Shirley D'Silva, 55, had looked after Martha Pereira at home after she began suffering from dementia, lung cancer and diabetes.…
An escaped psychiatric patient who collapsed after attacking a walker with a belt was lawfully killed by the man he attacked, an inquest jury has concluded. Khoung Lam was being treated at Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff, south Wales, when he ran away from a carer while on escorted leave on…
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…
More than 160 traumatised witnesses of the London Bridge terror attack have sought help from a support charity. They contacted Victim Support in the month after the atrocity on the bridge and in Borough Market on June 3. Many were seeking emotional support and trauma treatment after witnessing the horrific…
The number of prescriptions handed out for anti-depressants is at an all-time high, figures show. Prescriptions for the drugs across England rose by 3.7 million items in 2016, from 61 million to 64.7 million, according to data from NHS Digital. The number of anti-depressant prescriptions has more than doubled in…
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…
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