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The "social epidemic" of loneliness needs to be tackled by a combination of government intervention and "every single one of us" playing our part, according to the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox. Kim Leadbeater was speaking after a commission set up by Mrs Cox before her death recommended that…
The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered. The final report of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission notes that nine million adults in the UK are often or always lonely and that loneliness is…
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,…
Young people are leading an in-depth Scottish Government study into child and adolescent mental health services. Between 15 and 20 people aged 14 and 22 will be recruited, from a variety of backgrounds, as part of the new youth commission on mental health services. It comes as mental health minister…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened the first part of a £48 million hospital redevelopment aimed at improving mental health care. Ms Sturgeon and Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt saw new accommodation that has been provided at the revamped Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The First Minister said (pictured): "This government…
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