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Young people belonging to alternative subcultures, such as goths, emos or metal fans, are at a greater risk of self-harm and suicide than those who do not, according to a new research review. The authors say that health, educational and social services need to be more aware of the risks…
Neil Lennon has helped launch a new football mental health project to encourage middle-aged men to open up. The Hibernian head coach, who has previously spoken out about his own struggles with depression, kicked off The Changing Room initiative at Easter Road. The two-year pilot project – between mental health…
A new art installation representing the men who take their own lives each week in the UK has been revealed on the roof of This Morning's London studios. The sculptures of 84 men, made by American artist Mark Jenkins and his collaborator, Sandra Fernandez, represent those who commit suicide each…
Staff at Maghaberry Prison have saved the lives of 11 vulnerable prisoners. Inspectors have expressed concern about the care of such inmates in the past and said plans for some men at risk of suicide and self-harm were unacceptable. The high-security prison's new governor David Kennedy has said safety was…
Female prisoners – often anguished at being parted from their children – are more likely to commit acts of self-harm than their male counterparts, according to a University of Huddersfield researcher who has been exploring the issue for more than a decade. In 2016 there were 22 deaths in women’s…
Public Health Wales has led the launch of a new plan to prevent suicide and self-harm in North Wales. Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), local authorities, North Wales Police, Network Rail and third sector groups worked together to develop the strategic action plan, which aims to…
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,…
The NHS should strive for "zero suicides" throughout its mental health services in England, the Health Secretary has said, as he described the suicide rate as a "litmus test" for healthcare quality. The Government will require every mental health facility in England to draw up detailed plans for preventing suicide,…
Too many young people are killing themselves because NHS professionals are not sharing information with their families, a charity has warned. Ged Flynn, chief executive of youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus, has written to the head of every NHS trust in England urging them to encourage staff to share information…
Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a "damning indictment" of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned. In a highly critical assessment, MPs argued there are "deep-rooted failures" in the management of prisoners' mental well-being. The deteriorating prison estate and long-standing under-staffing have created an…
Commuters are being urged to help prevent suicides on the rail network by striking up conversations with vulnerable people. A new campaign has been launched to promote the message that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted by a simple question. The Small Talk Saves Lives initiative commissioned a survey…
A record number of children have sought help from Childline over suicidal thoughts. NSPCC help and advice service provided 62 counselling sessions each day last year for children tormented by thoughts of ending their own lives. Children as young as 10 were reaching out for help after contemplating suicide, the…
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