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Radio host Iain Lee has been credited with helping save a man's life after keeping a suicidal caller on the line for 30 minutes until an ambulance arrived.The man, whose name was only given as Chris, called into Lee's talkRadio show on Wednesday and said he had taken an overdose…
One in five of the 1,540 people who attended A&E in the three months prior to taking their own lives died within two days of leaving hospital, new figures show.More than a quarter (30%) of the 5,826 people who died by suicide between 2011 and 2017 in Scotland went to…
Officers at Maghaberry Prison are making renewed efforts to identify the most vulnerable prisoners, the criminal justice inspector said.The high-security jail has a significant proportion of inmates with mental illness.Self-harming is an ever-present threat and five people have taken their own lives in recent years. Many are recovering from alcohol…
A prison once branded dangerous and Dickensian has made immensely encouraging progress, a report said.Maghaberry high-security jail in Co Antrim holds life prisoners convicted of the most serious offences including murder and paramilitaries.Many struggle with substance abuse, self-harm, lack of education and poor mental health and some are extremely vulnerable.In…
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has been urged to take action to halt the “spiralling epidemic” of suicides in Scotland’s prisons.The plea came after Mr Yousaf held talks with the parents of a young woman who took her own life while serving a sentence in Polmont Young Offenders Institution.Four months after…
A cash boost for mental health services will "end the stigma which has forced too many to suffer in silence", the Chancellor said. Philip Hammond said he hoped the extra money would also end "the tragedy of too many lives lost to suicide". Plans to boost NHS funding were announced…
The parents of a young woman who killed herself in jail after enduring "horrific experiences" have called for a review of Scotland's prison system.Katie Allan's family said on Thursday they wanted a meeting with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as they launched a campaign calling for change.The 21-year-old geography student was…
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…
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…
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