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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…
Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secondary schools in England from autumn 2020, according to Department for Education (DfE) proposals. Under the plans, which are now…
Low levels of psychological distress can increase the risk of developing some chronic diseases including arthritis, and types of heart and lung disease, according to new research. The study, led by Catharine Gale, a professor of cognitive epidemiology at the Medical Research Council's Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at Southampton General Hospital,…
Tears and applause greeted MPs' approval of mental health reforms known as "Seni's law" in memory of the man whose death inspired them. Olaseni Lewis (pictured), known as Seni to friends and family, died aged 23 in September 2010 - days after he fell unconscious while being restrained by 11…
The UK's most senior judge has called for an overhaul of mental health laws. Supreme Court president Lady Hale said it is "time for yet another Mental Health Act" to ensure the UK meets its international obligations on human rights. She said the number of people being detained under the…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
Mandatory job seeking requirements for lone parents claiming benefits negatively affects mental health, researchers have found. Under the lone parent obligations rule, single parents must seek work as a condition of receiving certain welfare benefits once their youngest child reaches a certain age. Since 2008, when entitlement to income support…
Children's mental health services will need to expand significantly to cope with the growing problems faced by young people, the head of the NHS in England has said. Simon Stevens said higher rates of mental illness combined with a greater willingness of people coming forward with problems meant there would…
An NHS scheme to drive integration between health and social care has not delivered the transformation of services originally planned, an official report has found. Much of the funding intended for the "vanguard" programme was diverted to relieve short-term financial pressures in the health service, the National Audit Office (NAO)…
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…
Concerns have been raised about suicide among university students as new figures show rates are higher than they were a decade ago. Data released for the first time by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also indicates significantly higher suicide rates for male students than their female peers. Campaigners said…
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