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10-07-19

Budget cuts and rising demand driving up mental illness among 'exhausted' police officers, review finds

 

The government has unveiled new plan to improve wellbeing, but one officer warned that reforms would amount to “moving the deckchairs on the Titanic” unless they are accompanied by significant funding increases.

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09-07-19

Nadiya Hussain: 'I've spent a lifetime feeling bad about my body'

 

Nadiya Hussain has said she no longer follows anyone on social media who talks about weight loss because she has spent a lifetime feeling bad about her body.

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10-07-19

Schoolchildren leave moving notes at tram stop after witnessing man attempting to commit suicide

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Schoolchildren have placed individual messages of support around a Metrolink station as they work to prevent suicide, when they recently witnessed a man step in front of a tram.

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07-06-19

Domestic abuse survivors 'more at risk of serious mental illness'

Women who experience domestic abuse are three times more likely to develop a serious mental illness, Birmingham University research suggests.

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13-06-19

Students want parents to be told in mental health crisis

Two-thirds of students support universities being able to warn parents if students have a mental health crisis, an annual survey suggests.

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05-06-19

Self-harm among children doubles at troubled Feltham young offenders' institution

 

The rate of self-harm among children at Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI) has surged amid a deterioration of safety and care at the jail, the prisons watchdog has warned.

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20-05-19

Children increasingly detained in mental health hospitals for months on end, report finds

There has been a surge in children being detained in mental health hospitals for months on end, according to a damning report that warns that the current system of support for those with learning disability or autism is letting children down.

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09-05-19

Police officers suffering PTSD on 'alarming' scale, study finds

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among police officers is reaching “crisis” levels with almost one in five suffering from the medical condition, a landmark study suggests.

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18-04-19

More than two hours of daily screen time linked to ‘behavioural and attention problems’ among children

Two or more hours of screen time a day could lead to behavioural and attention problems among children, scientists have warned.

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01-04-19

Psychiatrists urged to consider impact of social media use on all children they assess for mental health problems

 

Questions about technology use should be routine part of mental health assessments amid growing concern it can influence children to self-harm, says Royal College of Psychiatrists

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Prince Harry helps shine spotlight on mental health problems facing military veterans

Prince Harry today helped shine a spotlight on the mental health problems facing military veterans.

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06-03-19

Mental health services boost for expectant and new mothers

More than £50m is to be spent on improving access to mental health services for expectant and new mothers.

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01-03-19 

People with mental health problems pay £1,000 premium for essential services each year, charity says

 

Vulnerable customers struggle to pay bills on time and solve problems with providers, according to Citizens Advice

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28-01-19

Self-harm rate among children in custody soars by 37% in three years, figures show

Rates of self-harm among children in custody, have soared by 37 per cent in three years, fuelling concerns that there is a lack of support for vulnerable people in the youth justice system.

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28-01-19

Thousands serving community sentences 'have undetected mental health problems'

Figures obtained via freedom of information requests reveal the identification of such conditions among people serving non-custodial terms varies wildly across the country, but in almost all areas falls short of the government’s own assessment of their frequency.

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28-01-19

UK could ban social media companies over self-harm content, health secretary says

Britain could ban social media companies that fail to remove harmful material, health secretary Matt Hancock has said.  The politician wrote to Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Apple, Google and Facebook after the death of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old-girl who had been viewing material online linked to depression, self-harm and suicide.

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10-01-19

Cheap common drugs may help mental illness

Cheap and widely used drugs for diabetes and heart health have potential for treating severe mental illness, a study hints.

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03-01-19

Number of hospital admissions for stress and anxiety soars in decade

 

The number of people in the UK being admitted to hospital for cases of stress and anxiety has soared in the past decade, new research has uncovered.

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03-01-19

Internet therapy reduces symptoms of depression, study claims

Psychologists have found that internet-based therapy can effectively reduce symptoms of depression, which is traditionally treated in person via talk therapy.

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06-12-18

Mental Health Act ‘needs major reform’ as black patients four times as likely as whites to be sectioned

Black people are four times more likely to be detained under the “outdated” Mental Health Act than whites, in a legal process that allows patients to be kept on a secure ward and treated against their will.

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02-10-18

Antidepressant withdrawal 'hits millions'

 

Millions of people get bad side-effects trying to cut down on or come off antidepressants, a large review says.

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01-10-18

People with severe mental illness have far worse physical health, officials warn

 

People with severe mental illness experience far worse physical heath compared to the general population, with the greatest inequalities seen among younger people, health officials have warned.

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 04-09-18

Suicide rate among UK men at lowest since 1981

In 2017, there were 4,383 male suicides and the rate was 15.5 per 100,000 men - down from 20 in the late 1980s, data from the Office for National Statistics reveals. Although the male rate is falling, men still account for three-quarters of suicides in the UK.

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29-08-18

Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK 'self-harm'

A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys said they had hurt themselves on purpose in the year prior to the questionnaire.

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23-07-18

Beano launches new comic strip to support childrens’ mental health

Britain’s longest-running comic, The Beano, has joined forces with children’s mental health charity YoungMinds to create a new character that addresses mental health and wellbeing among young people. 

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23-07-18

Poor mental health 'part and parcel of childhood'

 

Poor mental health has become "part and parcel" of childhood for many children, England's Children's Commissioner says.

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28-06-18 

Student mental health support must improve, universities told

Universities are being told to "dramatically improve" support for students with mental health issues. The government is announcing it will award a certificate of excellence to institutions which meet new standards of mental health care.

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25-06-18

'Sister, you need to pray - depression doesn’t exist in Islam'

I’ve even been told, “Sister you should get married it will remove your depression.” Other things I have been told is that I have been possessed by the jinn (devil) and I need to see a raqi (healer) to remove the jinn from my body.

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25-06-18

University student suicide rates revealed

Suicide rates for higher education students have been revealed for the first time. The Office of National Statistics figures show 95 recorded university student suicides for the 12 months to July 2017 in England and Wales.

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18-06-18

'Why UK Asians need to talk more about suicide'

Figures from the NHS show that a white person is two times more likely to seek help than a person of black or Asian ethnicity. 

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12-06-18

Grenfell Tower fire mental health treatment 'to cost £10m'

Mental health treatment for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire is expected to cost the NHS more than £10m within two years of the tragedy.

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06-06-18

Europe's mental health institutions uniformly substandard, says WHO

 

Mental health institutions in Europe are failing to safeguard residents’ human rights, with many described as shocking by experts who have found not one institution among 75 visited across the continent fully met all of the standards set by the United Nations.

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30-05-18

Young people can be champions of change in mental health care

New initiatives are helping young people enter the conversation – but there’s still stigma around accessing services

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14-05-18

Sharp rise under-11s referred for mental health help

 

Data obtained by children's charity the NSPCC shows that schools in England have made a total of 123,713 referrals for specialist help since 2014-15.

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23-03-18

We should work towards raising mental health awareness: Deepika

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who was diagnosed with depression a few years ago, has ever since worked towards shattering the stigma around mental illness.

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26-03-18

Eighty four harrowing statues depicting male suicide victims appear on ITV's Southbank studios

Project 84 saw bereaved families work with suicide prevention charity CALM to get people talking about the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

 

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21-03-18

 

Damning report finds ‘serious failings’ in NHS mental health services

 

Vulnerable mental health patients are suffering serious harm, and in some cases dying, because of “serious failings” in their treatment, the NHS ombudsman has warned.

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19-03-18 

Depression can cause Memory problems, study finds 

 

 

.Living with depression can lead to a number of issues, including sleep deprivation and increased levels of stress and people who suffer from depression may have difficulty distinguishing between similar memories, a study has found

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06-03-18

Mental health deaths: calls for inquiry into NHS failings

Opposition parties are demanding an inquiry into the Guardian’s disclosure that 271 mental health patients have died over the last six years after failings in their NHS care.

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22-02-18  

Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work

Scientists say they have settled one of medicine's biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work.
 
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13-02-18  

Eating disorders: NHS reports surge in hospital admissions

The number of admissions to hospital of patients with potentially life-threatening eating disorders has almost doubled over the past six years, amid warnings from experts that NHS services to tackle anorexia and bulimia are failing to help those in need.
 
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More than half of teachers have been diagnosed with mental health issues, study shows

 

Three quarters of those surveyed by Leeds Beckett University believe their poor psychological and emotional conditions could have a detrimental effect on pupils’ progress – a situation campaigners have said "cannot go on". 

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09-01-18

Women 'more likely' to suffer winter depression and mood changes

Women are more likely than men to experience seasonal changes in their mood, researchers have found.

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04-01-18

Children facing 'significant emotional risk' on social media, report warns

Children are being exposed to “significant emotional risk” on social media, particularly as they transition into secondary school, a report has warned.

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19-12-17

Suicide rate among young women doubles in a decade

Suicides among young women have nearly doubled in the past decade despite overall rates hitting a 20-year low, figures show.

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08-12-17

Anorexic student Averil Hart 'failed by every NHS body'

A teenager who "starved to death" in a matter of weeks was failed by "every NHS organisation that should have cared for her", a review has found.
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08-12-17

Police reveal 'unlawful' mental health detentions

Some people have been held in police cells for several days because there is no hospital bed for them, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) says. It says an inquiry into such mental health provision is needed.
 
 

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04-12-17

Figures show over 45,000 students in Scotland sought counselling over last five years

Student mental health must be treated as a priority, the Liberal Democrats said after figures showed more than 45,000 people have used university counselling services in Scotland over the last five years.

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01-12-17 
Durban - Parents may please take note that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and attempt suicide, according to a new study.
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01-12-17
Around 69,000 16- and 17-year-old girls received an open referral to NHS-funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities or autism services during 2016-17 – amounting to 11.4 per cent of this group as a whole new figures show.
 
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28-11-17

Non-white children are less likely to access traditional mental health services, report finds

Ethnic minority children are less likely than their white counterparts to access traditional mental health services, according to new research.
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20-11-17  

Study finds, Some cancer patients have PTSD years after diagnosis

 
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A fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a Malaysian study has found.
 
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16-11-17

Depression link between fathers and teenage children, says study

 
Depression in fathers, as well as mothers, has an impact on children despite mothers often being the focus when treating adolescent depression, a study suggests.
08-11-17

LGBT Asians turning to marriages of convenience

The number of LGBT people from South Asian communities going online to find gay partners of the opposite sex for sham marriages is "the tip of the iceberg", a campaign group claims.

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26-10-17

Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year

 
Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says.
 
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19-10-17

'Steep rise' in self-harm among teenage girls

 

There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK.

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05-10-17

The shocking number of Manchester teenagers struggling with poor body image

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Hundreds of youngsters contacted Childline’s base in Manchester with anxieties about the way they look.

 
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04-10-17

Starting school before 8.30am causes depression as students are sleep deprived, claims new study

Starting school before 8.30am increases students' risk of suffering depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

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20-09-17

 
 
A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers.
 
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19-09-17

Leicester mother's plea for 'mental health awareness' after daughter's suicide

A grieving mother has spoken of a lack of understanding of mental health issues in the Indian community following her daughter’s suicide.

 
19-09-17
Nadiya Hussain has spoken about her constant struggle with a panic disorder, saying her "whole life revolves around not falling apart".
 
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08-09-17

Suicide rates fall to six-year low

 
Deaths by suicide in Great Britain as a whole were down on 2015, falling from 5,870 to 5,668 in 12 months. It is the lowest rate of suicide since 2011.

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07-09-17

Teenager Eisha Sajid releases anti-bullying song 

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A teenager is going on record to turn her experience of being bullied at school into a message of hope to help others.
Eisha Sajid, who lives close to St Luke’s Hospital in Little Horton, Bradford, has used her songwriting and performing talents to help deal with what happened to her.

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07-09-17

Musician Aatif has opened up about his divorce and what it means to men in the Asian community

Aatif Majid's new track ‘Beparwaiyan’ (Nonchalance) shares his personal experience of divorce.he is hoping to reach out to thousands of Asian men who suffer the trauma of divorce in silence.

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05-09-17

Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

 
Levels of mental illness, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in higher education in the UK are increasing, and are high relative to other sections of the population.
Around three-quarters of adults with a mental illness first experience symptoms before the age of 25. 

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05-09-17

At least 20 Grenfell Tower fire survivors have attempted suicide, mental health charity says

Yvette Greenway, the founder of Silence of Suicide, said the charity had been told of numerous suicide attempts when speaking to groups supporting survivors of th
She said residents and witnesses were unable to get images of the burning tower "out of their minds" and that there is “little confidence” in council-led mental health services.
 
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05-09-17
 

Disturbed sleep patterns may be key to ADHD, study finds

Struggling to concentrate, having too much energy and being unable to control behaviour – the main manifestations of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – have been linked to disruptions in sleep,
The findings underline a growing awareness among doctors that disturbed sleep is associated with many major health hazards. 

 

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13-08-17

Ambulance call-outs for mental health patients in England soar by 23%

The number of ambulance call-outs for people experiencing mental health problems in England has soared by nearly a quarter in two years.
Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows paramedics helped over 30,000 more patients (172,799) in crisis in 2016-17 compared with 140,137 in 2014-15, a rise of 23%.
An additional 55,000 hours were spent supporting people with their mental health last year, compared with 2014-15 – up by 32%. In London the time spent rose by 45%, according to the request for information made by the Labour MP Luciana Berger.
 
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07-08-17

Abuse of mentally ill patients by NHS staff 'jumps by 88% in two years'

 
Freedom of Information request reveals spike in incidents from 106 in 2013/14 to 199 in 2015/16
Investigations into abuse of mental health patients have nearly doubled in three years, according to a report.
An analysis of NHS figures obtained by The Times through Freedom of Information requests, found abuse incidents recorded by mental health trusts had risen from 106 in 2013/14 to 199 in 2015/16.
 
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18-07-17

Midwives call for 'urgent' funding for mental health care for new mothers after postnatal depression death

Call follows death of mother who died following battle with postnatal depression
There is an "urgent need" for more funding for mental health care for expectant and new mothers, leading midwives have said.