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Around 120,000 older Scots could be living with undiagnosed mental health conditions caused by loneliness and isolation, charities have warned. A quarter of people aged over 65 experience depression when they feel lonely, leading to other problems with anxiety in some cases. The Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland said…
The winter deep freeze poses a "lethal" risk for people who are suffering loneliness, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said lives could be saved by people checking in on vulnerable people, including elderly relatives. NHS England warned that the combination of isolation…
New curbs to clamp down on the use of police custody to hold people in mental health crisis have taken effect. Measures which came into force on Monday include a blanket ban on placing children in cells after they are detained under mental health laws. For adults, the use of…
Around 30,000 people with mental illness will spend Christmas with the prospect of a tribunal hanging over them, having attempted to claim disability benefits, campaigners have said. Analysis of Government figures by Rethink Mental Illness suggests some will spend the festive period missing out on upwards of £100 a week,…
Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with learning disabilities. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the right values, skills and knowledge to support people with personal relationships – and training is a vital part of this. New guidance, from Skills For Care, aims to…
The charity running hundreds of foodbanks is appealing for public support as it gears up for its busiest Christmas so far. The Trussell Trust said December last year was its busiest month on record, with almost 150,000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis, including 61,000 to children.…
Terminally ill people should stop being forced to "self-certify" they have only months to live in order to claim Universal Credit, an SNP MP will tell the Commons. Drew Hendry is set to use an adjournment debate to criticise the "heartless new requirement" for Universal Credit claimants, even if they…
More than half of care home beds in parts of England are not up to standard, an investigation has found. Some 50% of beds - or more - are in homes rated as needing improvement or inadequate in six local authority areas, Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data…
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