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Category Archives: Mental Health

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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Is high-strength cannabis causing mental health issues?

Is high-strength cannabis causing mental health issues? A large study finds that high strength cannabis is taking a toll on people’s mental health. One of the largest studies to occur in this field states that it is having a  severely negative impact on users. The study says it should be acted on by Government imminently.…
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New targets for emergency mental health

NHS England has announced new targets for emergency mental health. Mental health patients presenting at A&E departments and being referred need to have a response from the psychiatric team within an hour. Those accessing urgent and emergency mental health services in the community need to be receiving care within 24 hours. These new standards will…
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Could being addicted to social media be an illness?

Addicted to social media? Or know someone that is? A government group has been looking into this and is due to publish recommendations within weeks. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing carried out a year long inquiry into the effects that social media are having…
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