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Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of the mental health condition, according to the authors of an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Oxford, the study aimed to clear up lingering questions about the efficacy of medicine to treat acute depression in adults. Through examining trials involving…
A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath while left alone in an NHS care home. Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties, who was found submerged in the…
A "vulnerable" 18-year-old man who killed himself in a prison cell could have been saved if staff had promptly responded to an emergency alarm, a report has found. Lithuanian national Osvaldas Pagirys died in hospital on November 14 2016, three days after he was found hanged at HMP Wandsworth, south-west…
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Cruse Bereavement Care have formed a strategic partnership to promote the benefits of counselling for people who struggle to cope following the death of someone close to them. The two organisations aim to improve access to quality counselling for bereaved people…
Balancing a healthy lifestyle and work can be hard for professionals. After a long day at work, it’s understandable that a trip to the gym may be the last thought on your mind. In fact, half of care professionals admit that they struggle to fit in exercise around their work.…
More than half of mental health practitioners say the proportion of time they are spending on patients' non-health issues such as money problems and housing has increased over the past year. Some 57% of staff reported feeling this way, Citizens Advice found. More than four in five (84%) mental health…
Six police officers and staff will face misconduct proceedings following the death of a man with mental health problems in police custody. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant, two detention officers and three police constables will face misconduct hearings, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said. Thomas Orchard, 32,…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed arrangements for delivery of Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service, beyond April this year. The current contractor, Contact (Northern Ireland), had decided not to accept the offer of extension after March 2018 and with PHA unable to source a suitable alternative provider,…
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