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The current law on involving and informing the relatives or carers of people detained against their will on mental health grounds is not working well, according to new research. A team from the University of Exeter reviewed research about patient, carer and professional experiences of the "nearest relative" provisions in…
Labour former minister Ivan Lewis has opened up about his battle with depression in a bid to encourage others to talk about their mental health problems. Mr Lewis revealed how the condition had sometimes prevented him from getting out of bed and that because of his public role he felt…
Social media giants should give free adverts to mental health services because local providers are failing to reach young people, according to a report. Some 134,000 young people looked for mental health support online from friends, peers or professionals in the last year, a study by the Royal Society for…
Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year, the government announced today. This supported or specialised housing is designed to be accessible and…
Nearly three in 10 (29%) cancer patients have experienced mental health issues as a result of treatment, figures show. Just over one in 10 (11%) had sought professional help for conditions including anxiety and depression triggered by cancer treatment, data from a YouGov survey in support of Cancer Research UK…
A young schoolgirl was battered to death with a table leg by her "mentally ill" great-uncle just hours after a hospital crisis team said it could not help him because he was "not a risk", a court heard. Delroy Forrester admitted killing 11-year-old Jasmine Forrester in an attack on February…
Ministers have launched a new drive to divert criminals with drug, alcohol and mental health problems away from prison. The Government wants to see more vulnerable offenders given community orders requiring them to undertake treatment instead of being handed "ineffective" short-term custodial sentences. As part of a pilot scheme in…
Scotland is to set up a special suicide prevention group as part of efforts to reduce the number of people who take their own life by 20%. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) – which is being backed with £3 million of funding – will be set up by…
A NHS nurse who set himself alight after losing his job over a disciplinary matter was "treated unfairly", an independent report has found. Amin Abdullah, 41, died on February 9, 2016, close to Kensington Palace in London, weeks after being dismissed from Charing Cross Hospital. The Malaysian-born nurse (pictured), who…
Regular exercise between three and five times a week could help improve mental health - but too much could be detrimental, a study has said. Researchers found those who exercised had 1.5 fewer "bad days" a month than those who did not exercise at all, with sessions of 45 minutes…
Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of children suffer from the behavioural disorder, but only one in 10 are receiving medical treatment. Experts who took part in…
Everton Football Club have announced plans to provide mental health care in the shadows of the stadium as they launch a campaign for a purpose-built facility. The club and their official charity Everton in the Community hope to raise money through a fundraising drive for a permanent facility called The…
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