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Nearly half of women involved in work capability benefits tests have attempted suicide, the Commons has heard. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded the assessments, used to decide whether people are eligible to claim support for ill health, be scrapped to mark World Mental Health Day. Referring to reports in…
The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from…
Allegations of “systematic bullying” at NHS Tayside and the stress-related suicide of a trainee doctor there prompted the resignation of the health board’s whistleblowing champion, MSPs were told. Munwar Hussain was one of three non-executive directors of the troubled health board who quit in the wake of what was branded…
Leading figures have called on the media to lead the way in changing how suicide is talked about. More than 130 broadcasters, actors, politicians, and writers have signed a letter to editors praising the positive changes in the way suicide has been covered in the media in recent years, but…
New guidance has been issued to universities dedicated to the prevention of student suicide. It was launched in Sheffield at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference where it was also announced that new guidance is being worked on for the disclosure of confidential data. At least 95 university students took…
As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches the Public Health Agency (PHA) is raising awareness of the training opportunities available in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Almost 15,000 participants received PHA-funded training in mental and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention last year. The PHA commissions a range of training…
Scotland’s mental health minister is to meet with the family of a man who took his own life after contacting health services eight times in the week before he died. Luke Henderson was found dead on December 29 last year at his home in Motherwell where he lived with his…
Each year around 800,000 people across the world take their own lives, leading to a huge impact on family, the community and health professionals. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify those at risk of suicide. A large number of variables and complex interactions mean only a trained clinician can…
The father of a 35-year-old man who took his own life less than 48 hours after nurses discharged him from hospital has pleaded for lessons to be learned about the care of people with mental health problems. Andrew Bellerby was taken to A&E at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital in July…
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…
Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost every week in the area. Motherwell, Airdrieonians, Albion Rovers and Clyde will all display the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire…
Universities should take the place of parents and ensure they offer good mental health support to students to stop them becoming overwhelmed and "falling between the cracks", a minister has said. Sam Gyimah has called on universities to do a better job of supporting students, saying mental health should be…
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