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Scotland is to set up a special suicide prevention group as part of efforts to reduce the number of people who take their own life by 20%. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) – which is being backed with £3 million of funding – will be set up by…
Girls were admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly twice as regularly last year compared to two decades ago, figures have revealed. The NSPCC described the statistics as "heartbreaking", while an expert suggested social media could have contributed to the rise. NHS data shows girls were admitted to hospital 7,327 times…
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…
From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on others. Just consider the impact…
A High Court judge has raised concern about the welfare of a troubled teenage girl who professionals think should be in a specialist secure unit. Mr Justice Hayden heard that the teenager, who "violently self-harms", was currently housed in "unsuitable" accommodation. He said she was in "desperate" and "parlous" circumstances.…
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab (University of Glasgow) have today announced a PhD scholarship which will deliver ground-breaking research focusing specifically on men to understand suicide risk. Suicide is the leading cause of death in young and middle-aged men in most Western…
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…
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…
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…
A suicide prevention charity helpline experienced its "busiest day ever" after troubled Coronation Street character Aidan Connor killed himself, prompting a flood of requests for help from young people.Papyrus, which provides trained support for callers to its HopeLineUK service, said staff "worked relentlessly, without taking a break" to cope with…
One in nine young adults in Scotland has attempted suicide, according to new research. The study of 18-34-year-olds also found that one in six (16.2%) report having self harmed at some stage in their lives. Researchers found that 6.5% of the 3,508 young Scots questioned reported a history of both…
Providing young psychiatric patients with community treatment makes them less likely to self-harm, a study has suggested. Intensive community care for adolescents with severe mental health disorders not only brought down the usage of inpatient beds, but reduced the likelihood of multiple episodes of self-harm by 82%. Researchers from South…
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