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A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classed as those who call at least five times in a month, or at least 12 times in three…
Gardening experts are teaming up with the NHS to promote the positive impact horticulture can have for people's mental health. The Royal Horticultural Society has already pledged its Feel Good Garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show will live on at a Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust site in…
A compensation scheme is being drawn up for those identified by one of the most complex and challenging patient recalls in Northern Ireland's history, senior civil servants have said. Around 3,200 former public and private patients of Belfast-based neurologist Dr Michael Watt have been initially earmarked for review and others…
Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions are costing the NHS more than £70 million a year, a think tank has warned. The New Economics Foundation said its analysis shows there were 17,500 episodes where stress or anxiety was the primary cause for hospital admission, leading to 165,800 days where beds were…
Social care can be a stressful job, and stress at work can lead to errors, misjudgements, low morale and sickness absence if it’s not managed properly. Building the resilience of your staff will help them to deal with stress and cope better under pressure - it’s a core skill that…
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing are being developed at level 4 and level 5 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications…
The parts of England worst affected by suicide are to be given a funding boost to enhance local prevention services, officials have announced. Money is to be provided for new targeted awareness campaigns, special psychological support for people in financial trouble and improved self-harm services in a number of regions…
Disruption to the body clock increases the risk of mood disorders and depression, a large study has confirmed. Scientists at the University of Glasgow looked at the circadian rhythms - which control functions including sleep patterns, body temperature, our immune systems and the release of hormones - of more than…
The chief inspector of prisons has voiced fears that inmates may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face life at a violent and drug-ridden jail. Peter Clarke questioned whether there was a link between conditions at HMP Nottingham and a number of apparently self-inflicted deaths at…
The number of children referred for mental health treatment by their schools has risen by more than a third in the past three years, figures have revealed. According to data obtained by the NSPCC, a total of 34,757 referrals for specialist support were made by schools in 2017-18 - the…
The family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has said they are "utterly devastated" at his death.Police confirmed on Friday that a body found by police on Thursday evening was that of the missing musician.The 36-year-old band member had last been seen at around 1am on Wednesday after leaving the…
University students with mental health problems are in danger of "slipping through the gaps" when at their most vulnerable, a report has warned, amid a continuing increase in the number of student suicides.Several institutions have seen a number of student suicides over a short space of time, while the number…
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