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Category Archives: Mental Health

Brain Scans

We have all heard about brain scans, but, few people know what they can identify. Brain scans are good at diagnosing physical damage to the brain and can identify: Brain cancer or brain tumour Skull fractures Bleeding or blood clots in stroke Damage to brain tissue or vessels Brain scans can give some indication of…
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New charity calls for mental health to be on school timetables

MindFull has urged that mental health lessons should be on the timetable at every secondary school in the UK. The charity claims that too many young people with symptoms of anxiety or depression are being let down or ignored. MindFull launched a new online counselling service to support and advise 11 – 17 year olds…
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Mental Health News: new site launched for 11-17 year olds

A new mental health site has been launched, aimed at 11-17 year olds. MINDFULL promotes an online platform for teenagers to access support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing, helping them to overcome life's ups and downs and helping them feel confident and happy about who they are. The idea is that young…
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Baby died due to medical negligence during birth

A baby boy died when medical negligence during his birth at Warwick Hospital led to severe brain damage. During the inquest of this case, held in Coventry, the Coroner found failings in the medical care provided during labour at the hospital last October. Daniel Kunigiskis was four days old when he died. The coroner heard…
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Calls for ban on use of face-down restraint in mental health hospitals

The government is considering a ban on face-down restrain in mental health hospitals in England. The move follows figures that show that the controversial restraint technique has been used hundreds of times a year in some trusts. This level of use is described as excessive by the Health Minister, Norman Lamb. Research carried out by…
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Domestic Violence experiences linked to mental health disorders

A study has found that people with mental health disorders are more likely to have experienced domestic violence in their life than those with good mental health. Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Bristol studied data contained in 41 previous studies. Overall they found that women who had depressive disorders were approximately…
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Swain & Co Success: We pass Mental Health audit with flying colours

We are pleased to say that we have maintained our top Excellence rating in relation to our Mental Health work. This fantastic achievement comes as a result of our latest Peer Review, where a sample of our files on Mental Health work was sent to another solicitors for scoring. The rating is 1 to 5,…
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Mental Health concerns

Concerns have been raised by a coroner regarding the difficulties mental health patients can face when they come into contact with the police. An inquest in Brixton, London heard that the police used unreasonable force when detaining mental health patient, Sean Rigg. Tragically Mr Rigg later died in police custody. The jury led inquest found…
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Staff achievement: Mental Health Accreditation

Swain & Co. solicitors are pleased to announce that Tom Battarbee, Melanie Kingsley and Sarah Langley have recently become members of the Law Society’s Panel for Mental Health Lawyers. They join Adrian Syms, Joanna Dean and Melanie Lidstone-Land, who are also members. This means that our accredited solicitors have satisfied the Law Society that they…
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Family criticise the hospital over death of son

The family of Michael Carroll, a schizophrenic young man with drug dependency, criticise the hospital over his death from a drug overdose for letting him out of the psychiatric ward on his own. The family believe that Michael may still be alive if he had not been given permission to unescorted leave from St. James’…
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