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Category Archives: Mental Health & Community Care

100 Miles in May for Mind!

100 Miles in May for Mind! This May, Melanie, Emily, Kara, Emma and Jenny from our Mental Health team took on the challenge to each complete 100 Miles in May for mental health charity Mind. Combined with this year’s Mental Health Awareness week’s theme of nature, we laced up our boots and got outside with…
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Will I ever lose my right to make foolish decisions

Emma Yemm talks about what it means to have capacity & your right to make unwise decisions. What is ‘capacity’? Capacity is a term used to describe someone’s ability to make a specific decision. For example, your mother may not have the capacity to decide where she lives, or your son may not have the…
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Suicides in custody & in mental health units

Suicides in custody & in mental health units Melanie Lidstone-Land, a Senior Associate at Swain & Co working in both the Mental Health and Clinical Negligence teams. She examines, in this article the potential redress through the courts following the completed suicide of a person in custody or subject to detention under the Mental Health…
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Mental Health: Suicide Rates increase

Mental Health: Suicide Rates increase Office of National Statistics data shows an increase in suicide rates for the first time since 2013. The increase is lower than the peak in the 1980s, but ONS have said that a change to way suicides are recorded could account for some of the increase. ¾ of suicides are…
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Teachers to be trained in mental health awareness

Teachers to be trained in mental health awareness The press have reported today that every new teacher in England will be trained in how to spot early warning signs of mental illness, under a plan being unveiled by Theresa May later. Melanie Lidstone-Land comments on the news: “I am a Mental Health Lawyer. I am…
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Investigation launched following death of mental health escapee

Investigation launched following death of mental health escapee in Taunton It was reported in the press last week that an investigation had been launched following an “unexpected death” at a temporary mental health facility in Taunton. Very few details have been released. But it is known that an individual died after escaping from the unit.…
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Lack of green space for many

Lack of green space for many A study has found that millions of people in the UK have no access to green spaces. The study by Fields in Trust suggests that more than 2.5 million people live more than 10 minutes away from the nearest park or green space. The report calculates that each person…
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Children in mental health hospitals is too high

Children in mental health hospitals is too high Shockingly, the number of children in mental health hospitals is too high due to lack of support in schools and our communities. Research for the Children’s Commissioner for England found that this lack of support means children are admitted to institutions for months, sometimes years. The report…
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week 13th – 19th May 2019 Suicide Prevention © https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ As a Mental Health Lawyer I have experience of my client’s feeling low and desperate, sometime this is bad enough for them to want to take their own lives.  I have experience of client’s who I have worked with for many years…
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Inquest finds hospital failings contribute to death

Inquest finds hospital failings contribute to death An inquest into the death of a mental health patient has found that there were hospital failings. These failing contributed to the suicide of Claire Greaves from Pontypool in February 2018. The inquest records an open verdict in the death of Claire. The mental health hospital she was…
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