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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…
Scottish Labour has renewed calls for a public inquiry into mental health services at NHS Tayside, accusing the government of silence over the issue. Party leader Richard Leonard raised the case of David Ramsay, who took his life in 2016 at the age of 50, during First Minister’s Questions at…
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…
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…
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