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Category Archives: Mental Health

Halloween costumes sent out wrong message about Mental Health

Supermarkets Tesco and Asda remove their ‘Mental Health Patients’ Halloween outfits from sale. Asda's outfit titled, "mental patient fancy dress costume" and Tesco’s "psycho ward" outfit are no longer available. Following criticism, both stores apologised and an Asda spokeswoman confirmed £25,000 would be donated to Mind. The Asda outfit included ragged clothing, fake blood, a…
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Opportunities missed to save mother of two

By Victoria Silsbury Former nurse Karen Welsh was killed when she gave John Constantine (formerly Kevin Astell) a place to stay after he was discharged from a Psychiatric Hospital with nowhere to live and no follow up care. Sadly, he was only diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenic after he had killed the 52 year-old despite…
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and medical treatment

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is most associated with experiences of war and violence with victims suffering flashbacks and nightmares. As medical negligence experts, we have long associated the experience of serious medical problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A recent study in the Journal Psychological Medicine found that being a patient in intensive care…
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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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