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The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed arrangements for delivery of Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service, beyond April this year. The current contractor, Contact (Northern Ireland), had decided not to accept the offer of extension after March 2018 and with PHA unable to source a suitable alternative provider,…
The NHS should strive for "zero suicides" throughout its mental health services in England, the Health Secretary has said, as he described the suicide rate as a "litmus test" for healthcare quality. The Government will require every mental health facility in England to draw up detailed plans for preventing suicide,…
Too many young people are killing themselves because NHS professionals are not sharing information with their families, a charity has warned. Ged Flynn, chief executive of youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus, has written to the head of every NHS trust in England urging them to encourage staff to share information…
Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a "damning indictment" of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned. In a highly critical assessment, MPs argued there are "deep-rooted failures" in the management of prisoners' mental well-being. The deteriorating prison estate and long-standing under-staffing have created an…
Commuters are being urged to help prevent suicides on the rail network by striking up conversations with vulnerable people. A new campaign has been launched to promote the message that suicidal thoughts can be temporary and interrupted by a simple question. The Small Talk Saves Lives initiative commissioned a survey…
A record number of children have sought help from Childline over suicidal thoughts. NSPCC help and advice service provided 62 counselling sessions each day last year for children tormented by thoughts of ending their own lives. Children as young as 10 were reaching out for help after contemplating suicide, the…
Soaring rates of suicide and self-harm in prisons must be dealt with urgently, but it is unclear how the authorities will meet ambitious aims for improving inmates' mental health, the public spending watchdog has said. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said prisons had "struggled to…
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…
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