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A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
An initiative for mental health service users has won an innovation award. Cardiff University’s School of Psychology worked with Welsh Government to reduce the risk of suicide or physical harm to others for mental health service users. The resulting Wales Applied Risk Research Network (WARRN) is helping to ensure a…
Children and teenagers admitted to hospital with injuries relating to drugs, alcohol, violence or self-harming face a five-fold increased risk of suicide, a study has found. Researchers looked at anonymous data on more than a million young people aged 10 to 19 who were admitted to UK hospital accident and…
The struggle to meet mental health need in prisons has been laid bare as figures show significantly more people in prison have attempted suicide than in the general population. Released to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the figures from the Prison Reform Trust highlight the "urgent need"…
One in 10 mental health patients discharged from hospital after suffering a crisis has to wait more than a week for a follow-up appointment, according to new figures. The data, obtained by mental health charity Mind from responses to a freedom of information request by 54 of the 56 NHS…
The NHS is investigating claims by an undercover reporter that suicidal patients calling the NHS 111 helpline are being left on hold until they hang up while staff are asleep on duty. The Sun placed a reporter at the NHS 111 call centre at St Charles Hospital in Ladbroke Grove,…
An official watchdog has hit out at a "lack of concerted and sustained action" following a jump in suicides among female prisoners. Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said lessons identified in a new review of cases had been highlighted previously by his office. And he warned that sweeping reform…
The current rate of suicide is "unacceptable", leading MPs have said, as they called for GPs to receive better training in assessing a patient's risk. The Health Select Committee said that it had heard evidence that clinicians sometimes fail to recognise patients who are suicidal. It called on the General…
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