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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…
Syrian children are showing symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report. Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.…
A mother whose son took his own life at the age of 12 is backing a campaign encouraging boys to speak out about having suicidal feelings. Data from Childline shows boys are six times less likely than girls to seek support if they are having thoughts about ending their lives.…
There is overwhelming evidence of a strong link between socio-economic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour, according to a report. The Dying from Inequality report from Samaritans found that areas of higher socio-economic deprivation tend to have higher rates of suicide. The charity is calling on people across society - such as…
Facebook has started using a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to identify users showing warning signs of suicide. The AI has been trained to spot status updates and subsequent comments that could indicate someone was at risk. The algorithm would immediately send a report to a real reviewer, who could…
A father whose son killed himself in prison after failings by the authorities has warned that others will die unless minsters urgently improve care behind bars. Stay-at-home dad Dean Saunders, 25, was suffering from mental health problems when he killed himself at Chelmsford Prison in January last year. The prisons…
A culture change is needed to halt the rising number of suicides in prisons, according to a new report. Campaigners said a "profound" shift was needed to move from a primarily punitive approach to one centred around recovery, wellbeing and rehabilitation. Staff shortages and a "toxic" working environment were highlighted…
Suicides, assaults and self-harm in prisons have all reached new record levels, new figures reveal. There were 354 deaths behind bars in England and Wales last year, including 119 which were apparently self-inflicted. Self-harm incidents jumped by 23% to 37,784, while there were 25,049 assaults in the 12 months to…
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