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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,…
An event exploring the growing issue of self-harm will take place in Sheffield later this month. Self-harm is an important health concern in the UK with numbers seemingly rising, especially in teens, with one recent study claiming that UK GPs witnessed a 68 per cent increase in the number of…
Violence and self-harm have increased at a youth jail, a watchdog report has warned. It found one in four boys felt unsafe at Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI) near Rochester in Kent. Some serious incidents of violence at the facility (pictured) went without punishment due to the amount of…
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…
A patient at a mental health hospital died after swallowing an 8in table knife - even though she told staff what she had done, an inquest heard. Suzanne Johnston alerted staff that she had swallowed a knife on January 4 but her risk level remained low because she showed "no…
Violence in prisons in England and Wales is continuing to surge with assaults and self-harm at record levels, official figures show. Assaults inside jails increased to a record high of 27,193 incidents in the year to June 2017, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) data reveals. There were also a record number…
These publications provide advice for people who have been asked to speak in public about their personal experiences of self-harm, suicide or other mental health issues, and the organisations that may be supporting them. The Guide To Speaking Publicly is aimed at individuals considering an invitation to speak. It aims…
There has been a "rapid" rise in teenage girls self-harming in recent years, experts have found. Between 2011 and 2014 reports of self-harm among British girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68%, according to new research. Experts from the University of Manchester gathered data from 674 general practices…
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