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Calais Jungle child refugee with aunt in UK still languishing in France two years on 13 Nov 12:30pm Calais Jungle child refugee with aunt in UK still languishing in France two years on
The Independent
Exclusive: Home Office accused of 'playing games' with Eritrean teenager's life as he remains stranded in France with deteriorating physical and mental health two years on from Jungle closure
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8 Nov 4:26pm Ian Long: What we know so far about California Shooter in Thousand Oaks
The Independent
He was a Marine Corps veteran who a mental health professional had cleared as not dangerous
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28 Oct 9:14pm More UK students seek mental health support, BBC analysis finds
BBC
National Union of Students says university fees and a competitive job market behind the rise.
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Budget 2018: Mental health services to receive £2bn per year boost, Philip Hammond will say 28 Oct 6:58pm Budget 2018: Mental health services to receive £2bn per year boost, Philip Hammond will say
The Independent
Injection of money forms part of PM's £20bn package for the NHS announced earlier this year
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Build nurseries in NHS hospitals to allow elderly to mix with toddlers, health secretary Matt Hancock says 26 Oct 7:49am Build nurseries in NHS hospitals to allow elderly to mix with toddlers, health secretary Matt Hancock says
The Independent
Matt Hancock also challenges social media giants to enforce age limits to tackle mental health crisis
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24 Oct 9:57am Mother releases footage of herself suffering a panic attack to raise mental health awareness
The Independent
'Some people may find it strange I picked up my phone, but it shows real life at its most ugly and raw'
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20 Oct 8:41pm Two in five newly qualified teachers experience mental health problems, new study reveals
The Independent
'I would need to pull my car over to be sick before I arrived at school'
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NHS 'failing self-harming over-65s' despite suicide risk increasing with age 15 Oct 6:57pm NHS 'failing self-harming over-65s' despite suicide risk increasing with age
The Independent
Charities warn signs of depression in older people are being written off by doctors and inequalities will grow as the spiralling demand for mental health support increases
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World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister 10 Oct 3:08am World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister
BBC
Theresa May says "too many lives" are being taken, as she pledges £1.8m in funds for the Samaritans.
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10 Oct 2:52am World Mental Health Day: PM appoints suicide prevention minister
BBC
Theresa May says "too many lives" are being taken, as she pledges £1.8m in funds for the Samaritans.
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10 Oct 1:01am The Papers: Child mental health, and teetotal under-25s
BBC
'Well-being' assessments in schools, alcohol abstinence among young adults, and that Strictly kiss feature on Wednesday's front pages.
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30 Sep 5:35am Social media guidelines for young people to be drawn up
BBC
The health secretary - a father of three - says he is is worried about the impact on children's mental health.
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Social media guidelines for young people to be drawn up 30 Sep 5:18am Social media guidelines for young people to be drawn up
BBC
The health secretary - a father of three - says he is is worried about the impact on children's mental health.
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30 Sep 3:14am Social media guidelines for young people to be drawn up
BBC
Guidelines will be drawn up by health experts amid fears about the impact on children's mental health.
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25 Sep 7:01pm Eating junk food raises risk of depression, says multi-country study
The Guardian
Analysis of 41 studies leads to calls for GPs to give dietary advice as part of treatment Eating junk food increases the risk of becoming depressed, a study has found, prompting calls for doctors to routinely give dietary advice to patients as part of their treatment for depression. In contrast, those who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet are much less likely to develop depression because the fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables that diet involves help protect against Britain’s commonest mental health problem, the research suggests.
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Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen refuses court-ordered mental health test after tweeting pictures of Isis executions 20 Sep 6:13pm Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen refuses court-ordered mental health test after tweeting pictures of Isis executions
The Independent
'I'd like to see how the judge would try and force me do it', says former presidential candidate
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Women in mental health care drown in sheriff's van while police escape 20 Sep 3:37am Women in mental health care drown in sheriff's van while police escape
The Independent
'Why the hell would they leave a safe, dry area to go to God knows what?'
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'I was gearing up for suicide': How London's knife crime epidemic has created a crisis in youth mental health 19 Sep 3:07pm 'I was gearing up for suicide': How London's knife crime epidemic has created a crisis in youth mental health
The Independent
'It's not normal that I was coming home to a block that has blood on the stairs. It's not normal that I experienced my friend die not due to natural causes, but because he was stabbed. But apparently you're just meant to get on with it'
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Ruth Davidson puts her mental health and relationship first as she rules herself out of any bid to become Tory party leader 16 Sep 4:24am Ruth Davidson puts her mental health and relationship first as she rules herself out of any bid to become Tory party leader
The Independent
'You have to want it, and I don't want to be Prime Minister,' she says, 'I value my relationship and my mental health too much'
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Students should declare eating disorders and self-harm under reformed Ucas forms, university boss says 9 Sep 9:41am Students should declare eating disorders and self-harm under reformed Ucas forms, university boss says
The Independent
'Our job is to encourage students with poor mental health to disclose it before university'
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Nearly one in four girls aged 14 self-harmed in past year, study shows 28 Aug 7:10pm Nearly one in four girls aged 14 self-harmed in past year, study shows
The Independent
Findings prompt concerns that shortfall in social care funding and lack of support in schools leading to 'crisis in children's mental health'
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The mental health chatbot 27 Aug 7:13pm The mental health chatbot
BBC
Chatbots are being used to help people deal with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
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UK household debt balloons to £19bn as bailiff problems multiply, new figures show 20 Aug 7:02pm UK household debt balloons to £19bn as bailiff problems multiply, new figures show
The Independent
Citizens Advice says aggressive tactics used by bailiffs can cause serious knock-on effects such as more debt or mental health problems
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15 Aug 2:46pm A-level results day: Universities should do more to tackle growing student mental health crisis, Ucas boss says
The Independent
'Exam stress can be the straw that broke the camel's back - I am seeing more and more young people suffering from low self-esteem and a lack of a sense of their own abilities'
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10 Aug 7:12am Jacinda Ardern: ‘Having a baby around changes the tone a little bit’
The Guardian
In an interview with the Guardian, New Zealand PM reflects on life after giving birth Jacinda Ardern is having a busy week. By early Friday afternoon she had launched a plastic bag ban, negotiated an end to a strike by nurses and announced plans for a new mental health hospital. From the outside it appears to be business as usual for New Zealand’s prime minister. But seven weeks ago Ardern became only the second leader in the world to give birth while in office, and on Monday she returned to work having to juggle the responsibilities of office with the demands of parenthood.
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Ellen Joyce Loo: Hong Kong Cantopop star and campaigner for LGBT+ rights 8 Aug 2:58pm Ellen Joyce Loo: Hong Kong Cantopop star and campaigner for LGBT+ rights
The Independent
She bravely made clear that her career success failed to make her happy and sought to promote further awareness about mental health and the challenges facing LGBT+ people
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29 Jul 9:50pm Texas police refuse to take immigrant woman with schizophrenia to hospital after ICE request
The Independent
Tania Silva, 21, was arrested after her family called in a missing person report to Austin police, saying young woman had gone missing during mental health emergency
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28 Jul 12:10pm Texas police refuse to take immigrant woman with schizophrenia to hospital after ICE request
The Independent
Tania Silva, 21, was arrested after her family called in a missing person report to Austin police, saying young woman had gone missing during mental health emergency
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25 Jul 8:42pm Theme parks might be branded as 'for kids', but we could all do with a slide or rollercoaster in our office or local pub
The Independent
When most of us spend the majority of our weeks working, worrying about finances, trying to stay on top of life admin and suffering from increasingly poor mental health, there is nothing more precious than a place intended simply for fun
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18 Jul 7:35pm Private firms cash in on over-stretched NHS
BBC
Hospitals, ambulances and mental health services are spending £1bn a year on care from outside the NHS.
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Thailand cave rescue: How will being trapped underground affect boys' health? 6 Jul 2:13pm Thailand cave rescue: How will being trapped underground affect boys' health?
The Independent
'We can expect that a sizeable proportion of the young people involved – 10 to 20 per cent – will develop more enduring mental health problems'
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Love Island breast enlargement adverts criticised by NHS chief and top psychiatrist 1 Jul 9:20am Love Island breast enlargement adverts criticised by NHS chief and top psychiatrist
The Independent
'Reprehensible' advertising strategy targeting vulnerable young viewers of wildly popular show is contributing to national mental health crisis, experts say
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29 Jun 6:08pm Schools fuel mental health crisis by isolating children in harsh 'consequences booths', ministers warned
The Independent
Department for education urged to investigate draconian punishments of pupils by some academy chains – for the entire day, often for trivial reasons
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Student mental health support must improve, universities told 27 Jun 7:56pm Student mental health support must improve, universities told
BBC
Institutions are being urged to "dramatically improve" the support services they offer their students.
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12 Jun 11:35am LSD and magic mushrooms could heal damaged brain cells in people suffering from depression, study shows
The Independent
Psychedelics could be 'next generation' of safer treatments for mental health
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10 Jun 7:17pm Student loan debt harms mental health, careers and home ownership for many years, study says
The Independent
'It seems to have a harmful effect on many aspects of graduates' lives once they leave higher education'
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People who don't drink alcohol take more sick days off work than moderate drinkers, study says 6 Jun 3:38am People who don't drink alcohol take more sick days off work than moderate drinkers, study says
The Independent
Absences for mental health, respiratory and digestive issues more common among people who did not drink
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Jeremy Corbyn warns 'perfect storm' of economic pressures facing workers fuelling 'mental health epidemic' 19 May 6:32am Jeremy Corbyn warns 'perfect storm' of economic pressures facing workers fuelling 'mental health epidemic'
The Independent
Labour leader says that job insecurity, the housing crisis, rising debt and failing living standards are leading to escalating levels of anxiety and stress in Britain
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14 May 4:09am Sharp rise in mentally ill children aged under 11
BBC
New figures show sharp rise in number of primary-age children referred for mental health help.
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Sharp rise in mentally ill children aged under 11 13 May 10:33pm Sharp rise in mentally ill children aged under 11
BBC
New figures show sharp rise in number of primary-age children referred for mental health help.
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11 May 8:39pm Thirty-hour crossbow siege comes to an end in Stoke
The Independent
Man finally detained willingly under the Mental Health Act
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9 May 1:20am News Daily: Iran nuclear deal and child mental health care criticised
BBC
Your morning briefing for Wednesday 9 May 2018.
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30 Apr 7:08pm Mentally ill subject to 'physical violence and verbal threats' while held under Mental Health Act, finds report
The Independent
'The inherent power imbalance means detained patients are vulnerable to potential coercive mistreatment, abuse and deprivation of human rights, leading to physical and psychological harm'
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Home-schooling in the UK increases 40% over three years 25 Apr 7:11pm Home-schooling in the UK increases 40% over three years
BBC
Mental health and avoiding exclusion are among reasons given for removing children from classrooms.
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25 Apr 5:27pm Kim Kardashian says 'mental health is no joke' in attack on media
The Independent
Also backs Kanye West's right to speak out in support of Donald Trump
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£6m pledge for children of alcoholics 23 Apr 2:59am £6m pledge for children of alcoholics
BBC
The government funding will go towards mental health services and outreach programmes for parents.
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£6m pledge for children of alcoholics 22 Apr 11:30pm £6m pledge for children of alcoholics
BBC
The government funding will go towards mental health services and outreach programmes for parents.
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12 Apr 2:38pm 'Sexual safety' review of NHS mental health wards launched
The Independent
NHS staff flag 900 sexual incidents or risks in three-months, but severity of cases uncertain
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8 Apr 7:49pm Creditors should give people being treated for serious mental health issues more time, MPs say
The Independent
Exclusive: Labour's Luciana Berger warns of a 'vicious cycle' for people trying to deal with mounting debts while getting mental health treatment
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8 Apr 4:21pm Thousands of parents consider withdrawing primary school children from Sats exams over mental health concerns
The Independent
'Too many of our children and young people at school are experiencing failure after failure after failure. This is just unethical and immoral'
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1 Apr 7:59pm School mental health problems extend to primary-age pupils amid cuts to support
The Independent
Two in five teachers know of primary school children showing signs of mental health issues including anxiety, panic attacks and depression
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27 Mar 7:03pm Fixed-odds betting terminals cost taxpayers £210m a year, research finds
The Independent
Addictive gambling machines cost £116m in hospital inpatient visits, £32m in secondary mental health services and £16m through criminal behaviour, study says
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22 Mar 4:06pm Home Office subcontractors force asylum seekers to share bedrooms in breach of council policy
The Independent
Exclusive: Company providing asylum accommodation takes council to court in attempt to appeal ban on shared bedrooms despite claims it has 'serious effect' on residents' mental health
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'Harrowing' failings in NHS mental health treatment laid bare by ombudsman report 20 Mar 8:14pm 'Harrowing' failings in NHS mental health treatment laid bare by ombudsman report
The Independent
Death of 28-year-old after he was discharged for missing an appointment among 'serious failings' highlighted
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13 Mar 7:08am Home Office holding torture victims with 'high level' mental health needs in detention, finds watchdog
The Independent
Inspectorate says Home Office must 'think again' to improve conditions in Harmondsworth IRC after finding vulnerable torture victims being held in dirty, prison-like conditions
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10 Mar 6:38pm Man having 'mental health crisis' dies after being restrained by police officers in London
The Independent
Watchdog launches investigation into death of 35-year-old detained by Metropolitan Police
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25 Feb 7:01pm Social media firms failing to protect young people, survey finds
The Guardian
Cyberbullying inquiry finds the mental health of young people is severely affected by online abuse Social media companies such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter have been accused of failing to protect young people from harassment after a cyberbullying inquiry found that online abuse severely affects their mental health. Almost half of young people have experienced threatening, intimidating or abusive messages on social media, pushing some to the verge of suicide in the most extreme cases, according to a survey commissioned by the Children’s Society and YoungMinds.
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23 Feb 10:32am Home Office tells GP to deliver deportation notice to patient with mental health problem
The Independent
'It's the GP's job to look after the health of patients, not to act as some kind of border agency. It clearly has been very disturbing for the practice'
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21 Feb 7:47pm Doctors should prescribe more antidepressants for people with mental health problems, study finds
The Independent
Data from 522 trials, involving 116,000 patients found that every one of the 21 antidepressants used were better than a placebo
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20 Feb 7:40pm Mental health trusts left with less funding than 2012 due to government cuts, new analysis reveals
The Independent
Income for mental health trusts £105m lower in 2016-17 than five years earlier in real terms
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Tasers used 58 times in mental health settings 1 Feb 5:45am Tasers used 58 times in mental health settings
BBC
Police drew, aimed or fired Tasers in mental health hospitals, wards, and clinics 58 times in the first six months of figures being recorded.
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31 Jan 2:11pm Duke and duchess high-five children on Sweden tour
BBC
William and Kate visited a school involved in a mental health project during their visit to Sweden.
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Man with mental health issues who sewed his lips together being 'unlawfully' held in detention 29 Jan 4:16pm Man with mental health issues who sewed his lips together being 'unlawfully' held in detention
The Independent
Exclusive: Zayed Khan, who arrived in the UK after fleeing dangers in Afghanistan, is being kept in immigration detention despite 'deteriorating' state of mental health including acts of self-harm
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25 Jan 8:49pm Mental health care crisis looming because trainee nurses are being driven away by bursary cuts, MPs warn
The Independent
Specialist training programmes being closed down because of a lack of graduates
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Young people who experience racism more likely to take up smoking, study suggests 24 Jan 1:59pm Young people who experience racism more likely to take up smoking, study suggests
The Independent
'Racism affects both physical and mental health outcomes, addressing racism is an important public health priority for young people'
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19 Jan 2:32pm More than 160,000 people could get disability benefit back-payments from Department of Work and Pensions
The Independent
DWP says it won't dispute High Court ruling that benefit system 'blatantly discriminates' against people with mental health problems
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Confronting others over racist remarks has positive impact on mental health, experts suggest 17 Jan 5:15am Confronting others over racist remarks has positive impact on mental health, experts suggest
The Independent
Counsellors see psychological boost in calling out friends and colleagues on offensive comments like US President Donald Trump's alleged dismissal of 's***hole countries'
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16 Jan 7:18pm Senior managers put in an average of one day of unpaid overtime every week, shows CMI survey
The Independent
One in ten managers have taken time off for mental health in the last year
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13 Jan 7:54am Mentally ill 'exploited' by unaccredited online counselling
The Independent
Unlicensed online therapists 'preying' on desperation of people with mental health problems as NHS struggles to meet rising demand, experts warn
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8 Jan 10:32am Donald Trump compares mental health accusations to treatment of Ronald Reagan during his presidency
The Independent
The President responds to explosive claims written in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, but critics point out Reagan did go on to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's
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7 Jan 10:10pm Government tackles youth anxiety and depression with $110m package
The Guardian
$46m of the funding will help teach students about good mental health in early learning, primary and secondary schools The federal government has announced a $110m package targeting youth anxiety and depression, including $46m in funding to a beyondblue program to teach students about good mental health in early learning, primary and secondary schools. Online and phone support services including Kids Helpline and ReachOut will share an extra $1.8m in funding over two years, while $13.5m has been allocated to the Orygen National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
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Fire and Fury: Trump book row overshadows Republican summit 6 Jan 7:53am Fire and Fury: Trump book row overshadows Republican summit
BBC
Republicans meet over 2018 plans as Mr Trump hits back at mental health claims, saying he's a genius.
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3 Jan 8:06pm Swansea prison accused of 'inexcusable failures' after four inmates kill themselves within week of arrival
The Independent
Despite stark warnings in 2014, self-harm has soared and mental health provision is failing to meet level of need, watchdog reveals
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Students wait up to nine months for mental health support at UK universities 1 Jan 6:02pm Students wait up to nine months for mental health support at UK universities
The Independent
Exclusive: Investigation reveals 'deeply concerning' waits to see counsellors for struggling undergraduates across the country
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26 Dec 2017, 4:53pm Women 'hit hardest' by 'shameful' short prison sentences, new figures reveal
The Independent
'A few weeks in prison are enough to lose your home, children and job and cause harm to mental health'
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23 Dec 2017, 4:31am Man charged with 18 counts of attempted murder after 'driving into Christmas shoppers in Melbourne'
The Independent
Police say Saeed Noori suffers from mental health problems and is known to use drugs
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Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians 21 Dec 2017, 6:05am Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians
BBC
A driver who hit pedestrians has "mental health issues" but no known terrorism links, police say.
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9 Dec 2017, 11:04am Young offenders deprived of psychology services amid 'epidemic' of mental health problems in prisons
The Independent
Exclusive: Children in custody left with urgent needs unmet due to reduced services in secure training centres — with one child left waiting more than seven months for mental health intervention
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Pledge to boost mental health support in schools 3 Dec 2017, 4:12am Pledge to boost mental health support in schools
BBC
The government promises to bring in new mental health support teams and improve waiting times.
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Pledge to boost mental health support in schools 2 Dec 2017, 7:51pm Pledge to boost mental health support in schools
BBC
The government promises to improve waiting times and bring in new mental health support teams.
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Mental health support to be offered in schools under radical overhaul of services for children and young people 2 Dec 2017, 7:04pm Mental health support to be offered in schools under radical overhaul of services for children and young people
The Independent
'If we catch mental ill health early we can treat it and stop it turning into something more serious,' says Jeremy Hunt
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30 Nov 2017, 12:51pm One in 10 teenage girls referred to mental health and learning disability services in past year, finds NHS report
The Independent
'People presenting with issues are getting younger and younger. It's like a slow epidemic,' says psychotherapist Lindsay Percival
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30 Nov 2017, 4:14am Donald Trump's aides 'terrified' over President's mental health, says Art of the Deal co-author
The Independent
Tony Schwartz spent 18 months shadowing and interviewing billionaire for bestselling memoir
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29 Nov 2017, 1:11pm Man who killed and cooked his pet dog jailed for two years
The Independent
The former mental health nurse used a lead to strangle the pet
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27 Nov 2017, 7:04pm Non-white children are less likely to access traditional mental health services, report finds
The Independent
Exclusive: Review of online counselling service shows black and minority ethnic children considerably more likely to access mental health support if they can remain anonymous
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Manus Island: health experts push for right to assess refugees and asylum seekers 26 Nov 2017, 12:00pm Manus Island: health experts push for right to assess refugees and asylum seekers
The Guardian
Clinicians ‘deeply concerned’ about physical and mental health of men removed from former detention centre A group of Australia’s most senior clinicians has offered to conduct free health assessments of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island to ensure they are not being deprived their human rights. In an open letter signed by 18 current and former heads of peak medical bodies and royal colleges of medicine, the clinicians said they were “deeply concerned” about the ongoing physical and mental health of the men who were removed from the decommissioned detention centre last week.
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25 Nov 2017, 2:12pm Home Office systematically ignores medical advice to keep mentally ill immigrants in detention
The Independent
Exclusive: Hundreds of immigrants with mental health conditions being held in detention centres against advice of medical practitioners and in breach of Government policy
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24 Nov 2017, 5:13pm NHS could introduce four week waiting target for young mental health patients, shows leaked report
The Independent
Funding pressures mean target is unlikely to proceed beyond local pilots until 2021, leaked details reveal
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19 Nov 2017, 8:43pm Child abuse survivor reveals horrific treatment at mental health unit being investigated by police
The Independent
Exclusive: Man describes beatings and forced sedation at Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit
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One in four people with acute mental health problems unable to get the help they need, study finds 15 Nov 2017, 9:05pm One in four people with acute mental health problems unable to get the help they need, study finds
The Independent
Community mental health services falling into 'damaging pattern of decline' as research suggests growing number of people who reach crisis point are not receiving adequate support
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14 Nov 2017, 1:15pm NHS tasks mental health trusts with cutting numbers sent for care miles away from home
The Independent
Trusts now have individual targets for reducing out-of-area mental health placements before 2021
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Texas shooting: Donald Trump brands Baptist church gunman Devin Kelley 'deranged' 6 Nov 2017, 1:45am Texas shooting: Donald Trump brands Baptist church gunman Devin Kelley 'deranged'
The Independent
US President says tragedy indicates 'mental health problem at highest level'
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Leading charities urge Government to address 'crisis' of mental health services in UK 4 Nov 2017, 5:34pm Leading charities urge Government to address 'crisis' of mental health services in UK
The Independent
Exclusive: Twelve mental health bodies write open letter urging ministers they 'cannot go on' with so many patients 'locked out' of vital services
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One in seven GPs admit using drink and drugs to cope with stress 2 Nov 2017, 3:20pm One in seven GPs admit using drink and drugs to cope with stress
The Independent
Comes as a GP mental health service launched to treat growing demand reports it's already beyond it's annual capacity with two months left of the year
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 11,000 could see mental health hit by Grenfell 29 Oct 2017, 10:17pm 11,000 could see mental health hit by Grenfell
Daily Mail
The unprecedented need following the blaze has transformed the Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) into 'the largest trauma service in the UK', according to psychologist John Green.
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29 Oct 2017, 8:05pm Thousands seeking mental health help after Grenfell tower disaster, experts say
The Independent
Central and North West London NHS Trust has become 'largest trauma service in the UK'
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Finland urged to press EU for end to daylight savings time 27 Oct 2017, 5:53am Finland urged to press EU for end to daylight savings time
The Independent
Over 70,000 citizens sign petition pressing for axing of seasonal time-shift on grounds that it leads to sleeping disorders and mental health issues
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26 Oct 2017, 7:36pm Children and young people with mental health problems waiting up to 18 months before they get help, finds report
The Independent
Investigators find youngsters are facing 'agonising waits' for treatment
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26 Oct 2017, 4:36am Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year
BBC
Bosses are urged to help struggling staff, with mental health work plans and encouraging open discussion.
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26 Oct 2017, 2:33am Mental health sees 300,000 people leave their jobs each year
BBC
Poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year, the Thriving At Work report suggests.
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300,000 people lose jobs each year due to poor mental health 26 Oct 2017, 12:20am 300,000 people lose jobs each year due to poor mental health
BBC
Poor mental health costs the UK economy up to £99bn each year, a report concludes.
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12 tips on what to pack for a mental health hospital 18 Oct 2017, 8:34pm 12 tips on what to pack for a mental health hospital
BBC
Like Minds: What to pack if you’re going into a mental health unit.
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Chief Executive of NHS England attacked over 'unacceptable' mental health care 15 Oct 2017, 8:21am Chief Executive of NHS England attacked over 'unacceptable' mental health care
The Independent
Simon Stevens accused of 'denigrating' research on the issue
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Assaults on mental health staff up 25% in four years 7 Oct 2017, 7:08pm Assaults on mental health staff up 25% in four years
BBC
Workers describe a "powder keg" as a result of staffing shortages and service cuts.
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Police officers cleared over death of black mental health patient they restrained with 'excessive force' 6 Oct 2017, 6:40pm Police officers cleared over death of black mental health patient they restrained with 'excessive force'
The Independent
'After a seven-year wait, this is a bitter outcome for Seni's family. We are a lesser society for a system that fails to hold to account police action leading to these preventable deaths'
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Woman with bipolar denied travel insurance amid outrage at industry's unwillingness to cover mental health sufferers 3 Oct 2017, 2:15pm Woman with bipolar denied travel insurance amid outrage at industry's unwillingness to cover mental health sufferers
The Independent
'I was just absolutely appalled,' Elizabeth Watson tells The Independent. 'I just couldn't believe the blatant discrimination'
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21 Sep 2017, 1:00am IPCC: police had series of chances to help man who died after arrest
The Guardian
James Herbert, 25, who had mental health problems, died after being restrained by officers and then left naked in a cell Police missed a string of opportunities to help a young man with mental health problems who died after he was restrained by officers, locked up in a van on a hot night and then left naked in a cell, a watchdog has said. Avon and Somerset police knew
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Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding 20 Sep 2017, 7:51pm Nine in 10 GPs rated good or outstanding
BBC
Inspectors praise innovation by GPs as they outperform hospitals, mental health and social care in ratings.
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19 Sep 2017, 7:34pm Government accused of 'empty promises' on mental health as NHS plans to slash funding
The Independent
New figures reveal half of CCGs plan to reduce proportion of their budgets spent on mental health
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Number of firefighters off sick with mental health problems jumps by a third in the last year 17 Sep 2017, 1:12pm Number of firefighters off sick with mental health problems jumps by a third in the last year
The Independent
Separate research suggests that stress caused by cuts to emergency services may be a greater factor than post-traumatic stress disorder
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Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30% 17 Sep 2017, 7:16am Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30%
BBC
London Fire Brigade says the number of staff taking long-term mental health leave has doubled in six years.
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Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30% 16 Sep 2017, 8:38pm Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30%
BBC
The London Fire Brigade says the number of its staff taking long-term mental health leave has doubled in six years.
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6 Sep 2017, 8:23pm Justine Damond shooting: police examine mental health records of Minnesota officer
The Guardian
Background records sought for Mohamed Noor, who fatally shot the Australian as she approached his squad car US investigators are looking into the mental health and medical records of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Australian native Justine Damond in July. A search warrant filed publicly Tuesday shows an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was seeking investigative background records, including pre-employment psychological exams and unredacted personnel files, of Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
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26 Aug 2017, 12:03am Student charged with assault over attack at Australian National University
The Guardian
Alex Ophel referred for mental health assessment after being accused of approaching lecturer with baseball bat A student who allegedly attacked an Australian National University lecturer with a baseball bat on Friday has been referred for mental health assessment. Alex Ophel, 18, fronted the ACT magistrates court on Saturday morning after being charged with several counts of assault, including intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm.
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24 Aug 2017, 7:27pm Grenfell Tower: The mental health toll
BBC
Six hundred people are receiving counselling in the area around Grenfell - including 100 children.
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23 Aug 2017, 7:34pm Tough new GCSE exams risk pupils' mental health, warn school leaders
The Independent
School leaders warn they are already seeing the effects of increased exam time on increasingly stressed and anxious school pupils
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13 Aug 2017, 2:00pm Patients challenge order to undergo electroconvulsive treatment
The Guardian
Man and woman to tell Victorian supreme court they were incorrectly declared too unwell to give consent Lawyers for two mental health patients who were ordered to undergo compulsory electroconvulsive treatment are challenging the decision in the Victorian supreme court, saying they were incorrectly declared too unwell to give consent. The patients, a man known as PBU and a woman known as NJE, were both ordered to undergo the treatment by the mental health tribunal, which ruled that they were unable to give consent and that no other, less invasive medical treatment was available. Both have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, though PBU contests his diagnosis.
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11 Aug 2017, 1:35am Donald Trump is 'dangerous and sick of mind' and should be removed from office, says former Republican senator
The Independent
'We cannot leave our national security and our families' safety in the hands of a President whose poor judgement, belligerence, vindictiveness and reckless impetuosity constitute an indictment of his mental health'
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2 Aug 2017, 11:57pm Mental health patients stranded in units for years
BBC
Nearly 100 patients have spent more than a year awaiting discharge; seven waited more than two years.
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1 Aug 2017, 2:37pm Prankster says he targeted Scaramucci over mental health insult
The Guardian
Briton used Reince Priebus guise to email White House communications chief after use of ‘paranoid schizophrenic’ A British prankster who tricked the former White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci into an email slanging match has said he targeted him because he used “paranoid schizophrenic” as an insult. The anonymous hoaxer, believed to be a 39-year-old from Manchester who has had mental health problems, pretended to be Scaramucci’s White House rival Reince Priebus and baited him by saying that he was “breathtakingly hypocritical” and “at no stage have you acted in a way that is remotely classy”.
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31 Jul 2017, 1:53pm Reality Check: More mental health staff for the NHS?
BBC
The health secretary promises 21,000 new mental health jobs by 2021 - can it achieve this?
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30 Jul 2017, 8:27pm Mental health staff recruitment plan for England
BBC
More nurses, consultants and therapists will be among thousands recruited, says the health secretary.
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30 Jul 2017, 7:00pm Jeremy Hunt to 'create 21,000 new NHS posts' as part of mental health expansion
The Independent
The Health Secretary's plan has been met with concern by the Royal College of Nursing, which says that the policies 'appear not to add up'
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26 Jul 2017, 4:25pm 'At least 20 suicide attempts' after Grenfell Tower fire, faith leader claims
The Independent
Community urges Kensington and Chelsea Council to put more money into mental health services
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19 Jul 2017, 9:05pm 40 per cent of mental health units out of date or unsafe
Daily Mail
Two in five mental health services inspected in the last three years have not met safety requirements, while wards are out-of-date and staffing levels are not being met, a new report says.
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18 Jul 2017, 6:59pm Midwives call for 'urgent' funding for mental health care for new mothers after postnatal depression death
The Independent
Call follows death of mother who died following battle with postnatal depression
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15 Jul 2017, 3:58pm Grenfell survivor 'still calls and texts her dead friend every day' as MP warns of looming mental health crisis
The Independent
'We have already had one threatened suicide and one attempted suicide... we can be sure many affected people will need urgent and intensive treatment at some point'
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9 Jul 2017, 8:16am Number of university students claiming special circumstances for mental health problems 'soars'
The Independent
Treble the number of students at Cambridge University were granted special allowances such as extra time in exams as a result of mental health problems last year compared to five years ago
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7 Jul 2017, 12:42am Virginia executes William Morva using controversial three-drug mixture
The Guardian
Governor dismisses mental health concerns, and his own views on death penalty, as he denies clemency petition A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 has been executed after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s life over concerns about his mental health. William Morva, 35, was pronounced dead at 9.15pm on Thursday after a lethal injection at Greensville correctional center in Jarratt. It was the first execution in Virginia under a new protocol that makes more of the lethal injection procedure secret.
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5 Jul 2017, 8:02pm How virtual reality may change your life
BBC
From film-making and music to mental health care, could the use of virtual reality now truly become the norm?
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5 Jul 2017, 1:07pm Bill that would remove Donald Trump for being mentally unfit gains increasing support
The Independent
Proposal would lead to creation of a new organisation to assess US President's physical and mental health
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4 Jul 2017, 9:02pm Is there institutional racism in mental health care?
BBC
Statistics suggest black people are four times more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
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1 Jul 2017, 5:43pm Teenager detained almost 24 hours a day in solitary confinement speaks out about 'depressing' ordeal
The Independent
Exclusive: Kyefer, who is routinely held in his cell for 23-and-a-half hours a day, tells The Independent solitary confinement is having a compounding impact on his mental health
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26 Jun 2017, 2:10pm Number of mental health patients treated miles from home surges by 40%
The Independent
One from Somerset was sent to the Scottish Highlands 587 miles away, new figures show
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26 Jun 2017, 11:29am Mental health experts criticise new Netflix film about anorexic girl
The Guardian
To the Bone, starring Lily Collins, could glamourise eating disorders and should come with trigger warning, charities say Mental health experts have said a Netflix trailer for a film about a teenage girl with anorexia could trigger psychological issues for sufferers and should come with a warning.
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24 Jun 2017, 12:01pm NHS doctors turning to substance abuse amid rising levels of stress and burnout
The Independent
Exclusive: Rising number of GPs seeking help for addiction and mental health problems
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22 Jun 2017, 6:00am Police killings: the price of being disabled and black in America
The Guardian
Normal police procedures often force people with disabilities to stay closeted, even to themselves. How can there be justice without addressing the stigma of disability and race? On Sunday morning, Charleena Lyles called the Seattle police to report a burglary. She was a black woman, pregnant, the mother of four children (including a child with Down syndrome), living in housing for formerly homeless individuals. The police showed up, found her in a mental health crisis and allegedly armed with a knife, and
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21 Jun 2017, 7:11pm Britain's unregulated plastic surgery industry 'targeting children and causing mental health problems'
The Independent
'Under 18s should not be able to just walk in off the street and have a cosmetic procedure'
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20 Jun 2017, 9:48pm Officers who killed Seattle woman in her home had mental health crisis training
The Guardian
Questions raised over why two police officers, who knew Charleena Lyles had mental health issues, used deadly force within minutes of arriving Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman who they knew had a previous volatile encounter with law enforcement and had been having mental health issues.
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13 Jun 2017, 7:05pm Inmates at Pentonville prison facing 'totally unacceptable' delays in mental health provision, report finds
The Independent
One prisoner forced to wait six months for psychiatric transfer amid 'significant concern' over conditions in notorious London prison
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2 Jun 2017, 11:14am UK schoolchildren attempting suicide to qualify for mental health treatment, say charities and teachers
The Independent
Third of NHS children's mental health services are facing cuts or closure
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29 May 2017, 4:07pm One in three refugees on Greek island of Chios has witnessed suicide since arriving, report finds
The Independent
Exclusive: Charities urge situation is 'at breaking point' as research shows one in three has witnessed a suicidal death on island and majority have no access to mental health support
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27 May 2017, 11:33am Policing in 'intensive care' as one in 20 emergency service workers attempt suicide
The Independent
Mind, a mental health charity, conducted a poll of more than 1,600 staff members and volunteers
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22 May 2017, 10:44am Third of NHS children's mental health services 'face cuts or closure'
The Independent
Between 2010 and 2015, spending on children's mental health services fell by nearly £50m – more than six per cent in real terms
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22 May 2017, 12:26am Mental health deaths probed at Essex NHS trust
BBC
Essex police are looking into about 20 deaths, according to the mother of one of those who died.
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20 May 2017, 8:45am Donald Trump's mental health poses 'existential threat' to the world, leading psychiatrist warns
The Independent
US President's inability to feel guilt leaves us all 'vulnerable', according to expert
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18 May 2017, 10:37am Tory manifesto promises to tackle 'injustice' of mental health but will give no extra funding for services
The Independent
Theresa May accused of 'tokenism' for plans to end stigma around mental health
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16 May 2017, 12:01am Pregnancy problems are leading global killer of ​​females aged 15 to 19
The Guardian
More than 1.2 million adolescent girls and boys die annually – most from preventable causes - says World Health Organisation Pregnancy complications are the leading cause of death globally among females aged 15-19, with self-harm in second place, a global study has found. More than 1.2 million female and male adolescents die annually, the World Health Organisation (WHO) report said – the majority from preventable causes including mental health issues, poor nutrition, reproductive health problems and violence.
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15 May 2017, 12:06pm Theresa May accused of mixing up learning disabilities with mental health issues
The Independent
Prime Minister's slip-up 'very worrying', say charities
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11 May 2017, 7:04pm Mental health patients forced to travel hundreds of miles
BBC
Charities and clinicians say the practice is detrimental to their recovery.
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5 May 2017, 7:18pm Two thirds of adults experience mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, survey finds
The Independent
Less than a fifth of Britons experience high levels of positive mental health, according to findings
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4 May 2017, 2:00pm Noise pollution is drowning out nature even in protected areas – study
The Guardian
Human noises are often 10 times that of background levels, impairing our enjoyment of natural parks and impacting animal behaviour, scientists have found The sounds of the natural world are being overwhelmed by the blare of human activity, even in protected wildlife areas, new research has revealed. The racket is not only harming people’s enjoyment of natural havens, which are known to have significant benefits for both physical and mental health, but it is also affecting wildlife, with animals less able to escape predators and birds less able to find mates.
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3 May 2017, 8:54pm Mother psychotic when she killed eight children, Queensland court rules
The Guardian
Raina Thaiday’s long-term cannabis use triggered schizophrenia so she believed she was saving her four sons, three daughters and a niece, psychiatrists say A lifelong abuse of cannabis probably triggered the schizophrenia that led a Cairns mother, Raina Thaiday, to murder eight children, a court has found. Last month Justice Jean Dalton ruled in Queensland’s mental health court that Thaiday had suffered a psychotic episode when she killed her four sons, three daughters and a niece at the family’s Manoora home on 19 December 2014.
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3 May 2017, 5:48am Mental health services failed anorexic 15-year-old who took her own life, inquest finds
The Independent
Pippa 'Pip' McManus was struck by a train five days after being discharged after Priory failed to provide adequate care and support, jury hears
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2 May 2017, 7:22pm Facebook likes don't make people any less miserable, study confirms
The Independent
The study shows just one small way that social media can affect our mental health, researchers said
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1 May 2017, 5:18am Sats tests endangering children's learning and mental health, MPs warn
The Independent
'High stakes' national curriculum tests for primary school children are too closely linked to school performance and even damage children's education, a cross-party report states
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28 Apr 2017, 8:48pm US psychiatrists 'fear reprisals if they speak out' on Donald Trump's mental health
The Independent
One therapist tells of flood of 'very crude hate mail' after he went public
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28 Apr 2017, 1:56am 13 Reasons Why: New Zealand bans under-18s from watching suicide drama without adult
The Guardian
Office of Film and Literature creates new censorship category to address concerns over the series, which chronicles teen’s sexual assault and suicide The New Zealand classifications body has created a new category of censorship for controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, after complaints from mental health bodies that it glorified suicide and could prompt copycats. New Zealand has the highest rate of teenage suicide in the OECD, with an average of two young people taking their own life each week.
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27 Apr 2017, 6:07pm Husband of antiques expert on postpartum psychosis inquest verdict
BBC
Alice Gibson-Watt suffered a cardiac arrest at a mental health unit four weeks after giving birth.
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25 Apr 2017, 8:18am Updated Widow of academic killed in London denied legal aid for inquest
The Guardian
Nadja Ensink-Teich says police and CPS have questions to answer over husband’s death at hands of a paranoid schizophrenic The widow of a man stabbed to death in a random attack outside his London home has been denied legal aid to be represented at his inquest, which is set to explore the actions of police, prosecutors and mental health professionals leading up to his death. Jeroen Ensink, 41, was killed in December 2015 by student Femi Nandap, 23, who had paranoid schizophrenia, and just days earlier had knife and assault charges against him dropped.
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25 Apr 2017, 2:24am Mental health funding cut by millions in five regions despite NHS England call for £1 billion to be spent by 2021
The Independent
Clinical commissioning groups in Sefton, Scarborough, the Isle of Wight, St Helens and Walsall are reducing spending on mental health by £4.5m
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20 Apr 2017, 7:05am Marijuana only rarely causes psychosis, says expert
The Independent
Academic says research shows 'weak' link between the drug and mental health problems but stronger strains like 'skunk' could be more dangerous to health
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20 Apr 2017, 6:49am Police cannot continue to fill gaps left by mental health cuts, report says
The Guardian
Chief inspector of constabulary says forces increasingly used as service of first resort and face ‘unacceptable drain’ on resources Police cannot continue to pick up the slack for cuts in other public services, especially the shortage in mental health provision, Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary has warned. In an annual state of policing report, Sir Tom Winsor highlights a “modern tsunami of online fraud” and increased police awareness of crimes against the elderly and child sexual exploitation as among the increasing daily pressures facing officers.
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19 Apr 2017, 5:13pm Fresno shooting decried as anti-white hate crime, but truth is complicated
The Guardian
Family of Kori Ali Muhammad, accused of racially motivated killings, say his rage was linked to mental health issues that were never properly treated
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19 Apr 2017, 4:42pm Updated Kate hosts a reception for Heads Together Marathon runners
Daily Mail
Kate, 35, hosted the athletes running for Heads Together, the mental health campaign she has spearheaded alongside the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, at Kensington Palace.
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19 Apr 2017, 1:46am The Duke of Cambridge meets mental health marathon runners
BBC
The Duke of Cambridge met a group of people who are preparing for the London Marathon.
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18 Apr 2017, 7:42am Prince William talks about 'tipping point' of dealing with suicides and mental health
The Independent
'Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK – which is absolutely appalling', says the heir to the throne
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18 Apr 2017, 6:32am Prince William FaceTimes Lady Gaga for mental health film
Daily Mail
The pair joined forces from his London study to the pop star's kitchen in Los Angeles in the Heads Together #oktosay film series.
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18 Apr 2017, 4:11am Prince William and Lady Gaga discuss mental health
BBC
Watch an excerpt of their video conversation from their homes in London and Los Angeles.
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18 Apr 2017, 12:42am The Papers: Praise for Prince Harry and fears over Turkey
BBC
Reaction to Prince Harry's interview about his mental health makes the front pages, alongside fighting talk from North Korea and the US.
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17 Apr 2017, 6:53pm The Papers: Praise for Prince Harry and nuclear threats
BBC
Reaction to Prince Harry's interview about his mental health makes the front pages, alongside fighting talk from North Korea and the US.
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17 Apr 2017, 1:12pm The mental health benefits of boxing
The Guardian
Prince Harry has revealed that he found boxing to be a good way of relieving aggression – but he’s not the first to find refuge in the ring If it takes a prince to alert the nation to the safety-valve powers of boxing in coping with mental stress – as
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17 Apr 2017, 11:17am Why Prince Harry's mental health message to men is so important, according to experts
The Independent
'Men can often feel isolated and unable to tell people how they are feeling – a culture of men shouldering pain alone has developed'
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16 Apr 2017, 7:11pm One in ten teachers taking antidepressants to cope with work stresses
The Independent
Union leaders have called for 'mental health first-aid' to be made available in all schools, allowing both staff and pupils access to professional counselling
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14 Apr 2017, 7:57pm NHS reveals mental health crisis of British seaside towns
Daily Mail
Blackpool takes the top spot for the most prescriptions - followed closely by Sunderland and East Lindsey in Skegness out of Britain's 326 districts.
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14 Apr 2017, 6:55pm Mental health crisis of British seaside towns
Daily Mail
Blackpool takes the top spot for the most prescriptions - followed closely by Sunderland and East Lindsey in Skegness out of Britain's 326 districts.
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14 Apr 2017, 2:19pm Jerusalem stabbing: British woman killed close to Old City
The Guardian
Hannah Bladon, a University of Birmingham student, allegedly killed by Palestinian assailant on light railway A British woman in her early 20s has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims descended on the city’s holy sites for Good Friday and the Passover holiday. The attack, which police said involved a Palestinian assailant with a history of mental health issues, took place on the city’s light railway, not far from the Old City. According to witnesses, paramedics at the scene attempted to give CPR to the unconscious victim who had been stabbed in the chest several times.
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14 Apr 2017, 7:10am Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers
BBC
Children as young as four are suffering from mental health problems, says teachers' union.
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14 Apr 2017, 2:00am Therapy on a bench: the grandmas beating mental illness in Harare – video
The Guardian
One in four people in Zimbabwe experiences mental health problems but there are only 13 psychiatrists in the country. To help plug the gap, Dixon Chibanda has developed a scheme to train an army of grandmothers, who offer a listening ear on park benches. The scheme challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and provides the women with company
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13 Apr 2017, 8:31pm UK schools are struggling to provide support for surge in mental health issues in children
The Independent
Children as young as four are suffering from mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders, teachers warn
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13 Apr 2017, 7:20pm DWP asked disability benefit claimant why she had not killed herself
The Independent
The DWP said the PIP assessors were able to explore mental health problems 'sensitively'
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12 Apr 2017, 7:20pm Thousands of mental health patients 'left to cope alone' after leaving hospital, new figures show
The Independent
'You come out and you're a rabbit in the headlights – you're so vulnerable,' says one patient
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11 Apr 2017, 10:34pm My mental illness insists on joining me on holiday
BBC
As people prepare to head off on holiday one artist illustrates the challenges travellers with mental health difficulties may face.
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31 Mar 2017, 8:35am Depression the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, WHO finds
The Independent
Call for greater investment in mental health as cost to global economy estimated at a trillion US dollars annually
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31 Mar 2017, 6:44am Depression is leading cause of disability worldwide, says WHO study
The Guardian
Report a ‘wake-up call’ for countries to rethink approaches to mental health, says agency, revealing that cases have grown by almost 20% in a decade Cases of
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30 Mar 2017, 5:02am How can Australia improve the mental health of its veterans – Australian politics live
The Guardian
Dan Tehan, the minister for veteran affairs, tells Katharine Murphy that incidents of self-harm and suicide double when servicemen and women re-enter civilian life. What can the government do to tackle these problems? If any of the material in this podcast raises issues for you, you can contact Lifeline Australia on 131114, 24 hours, seven days a week.
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29 Mar 2017, 2:21pm Fifth Bristol university student takes own life this academic year
The Guardian
Languages student Elsa Scaburri’s death raises concerns about mental health among students A third year languages student is understood to have killed herself in the fifth case this year of suspected suicide involving students at the
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27 Mar 2017, 7:12pm Twofold rise in female prisoner suicides linked to 'inadequate' mental health support in prisons, report finds
The Independent
Female suicides per 1,000 prisoners higher than men for the first time since 2007, with overall deaths more than doubling in 2016 compared to the previous year
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20 Mar 2017, 9:52pm Julia Gillard to take over from Jeff Kennett as chair of beyondblue
The Guardian
Board elects former PM unanimously as founder steps down, saying he will miss ‘my most important role’ outside family Julia Gillard is to take over from Jeff Kennett as the chair of the mental health organisation beyondblue when he steps down on 1 July. The former prime minister, who
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20 Mar 2017, 8:02pm Britain denied payout to war hero 'reduced to skeleton by Gestapo'
The Independent
Jack Thorez Finken-McKay suffered partial blindness, memory loss and mental health issues due to his incarceration in Colditz
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19 Mar 2017, 8:12pm Huge surge in online mental health appointments attacked by specialists
The Independent
Exclusive: New figures show almost ninefold rise in online appointments over three years
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18 Mar 2017, 2:37pm Updated More than 2,500 former soldiers jailed last year
The Guardian
Experts voice concerns over impact of Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns on mental health issues in UK armed forces
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17 Mar 2017, 4:23am £800m care fund used to bail out debt-ridden hospitals 
Daily Mail
Up to £800million of NHS cash that was meant for struggling GP surgeries and mental health care is being used to bail-out debt ridden hospitals.
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16 Mar 2017, 8:40am Updated Schools must do more on mental health, say School Reporters
BBC
A third of teenagers with mental health issues lack the confidence to confide in teachers, research suggests.
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15 Mar 2017, 8:01pm Child refugees attempting suicide amid increasing desperation among thousands of trapped migrants in Greece
The Independent
EU-Turkey deal driving mental health crisis as more refugees die at sea than ever before
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15 Mar 2017, 7:46pm Is the dark really making me sad?
The Independent
Scandinavians have been trying to find innovative ways to capture sunlight for more than a century in order to combat seasonal depression. Linda Geddes delves into the disputed relationship between mental health and the sun
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15 Mar 2017, 6:04am Marks & Spencer launches 'Frazzled Cafes' for people to talk about their mental health
The Independent
Fortnightly 'talk-in' sessions will provide people who are feeling 'frazzled' with the opportunity to exchange personal stories 'in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment,' M&S said
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14 Mar 2017, 1:03pm DWP tells disability benefits assessors to discriminate against people with mental health conditions
The Independent
It comes after ministers suggested people with anxiety do not really need help
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10 Mar 2017, 6:01am Updated Man arrested after injuring seven people in Düsseldorf axe attack
The Guardian
Police say there is no indication of terrorist motive after detaining 36-year-old from the former Yugoslavia A man was arrested after injuring seven people with an axe at Düsseldorf’s main train station on Thursday night, police have said. In a statement, they described the man as a 36-year-old from the former Yugoslavia who apparently had mental health problems. Police said three of the victims were seriously injured, with the others suffering minor injuries. The suspect was also injured.
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10 Mar 2017, 2:14am Düsseldorf attack: man arrested after injuring seven people with an axe
The Guardian
Police say there is no indication of terrorist motive after detaining 36-year-old from the former Yugoslavia A man was arrested after injuring seven people with an axe at Düsseldorf’s main train station on Thursday night, police have said. In a statement, they described the man as a 36-year-old from the former Yugoslavia who apparently had mental health problems. Police said three of the victims were seriously injured, with the others suffering minor injuries. The suspect was also injured.
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9 Mar 2017, 9:04am Mississippi pro-choice activist fired on International Women’s Day
The Guardian
Lori Gregory lost former program director position at Hope Haven, a children’s crisis mental health facility: ‘I’d rather go down for something I believe in’ Catholic Charities fired a Mississippi employee on International Women’s Day for discussing her former pro-choice advocacy work in a recent magazine article. Lori Gregory is the former program director of
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6 Mar 2017, 5:00pm Syrian children suffering staggering levels of trauma, report warns
The Guardian
A Save the Children study says Syria’s mental health crisis has reached a tipping point, and that severe distress among children could cause life-long damage Children in Syria are suffering from “toxic stress”, a severe form of psychological trauma that can cause life-long damage, according to a study that charts a rise in self-harm and suicide attempts among children as young as 12. A report by Save the Children and its partner agencies in Syria paints a harrowing picture of the country’s children, 5.8 million of whom are in need of aid, after a war which reaches its sixth year next week.
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5 Mar 2017, 6:32pm Number of mental health patients treated hundreds of miles from home hits new high
The Independent
Exclusive: Doctors warn of growing crisis that risks patient safety after huge cuts to specialist mental heath beds
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4 Mar 2017, 7:05pm End humiliating restraint of mentally ill people, say charities
The Guardian
‘Traumatising’ practice is more likely to be used on women and girls Mental health charities have called for an immediate end to the face-down restraint of patients, which is being used disproportionately on women and girls. Organisations including Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, YoungMinds and Agenda say the practice is “frightening and humiliating” and “re-traumatises” female victims of violence and sexual abuse.
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1 Mar 2017, 7:04pm Businesses ill-equipped to deal with growing mental health crisis, study finds
The Independent
number of days taken off work with mental health problems is up 25 per cent year on year, and stress, depression and anxiety are now the largest reason for workplace absence
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26 Feb 2017, 4:23pm Scrap benefits sanctions or risk mental health crisis, doctors warn
The Independent
Exclusive: Leading psychological organisations tell The Independent that evidence links sanctions to rising mental health problems
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26 Feb 2017, 3:42pm Disability benefits should go to 'really disabled people' not 'anxiety sufferers', says Theresa May's adviser
The Independent
George Freeman's comments 'will only feed into negative perceptions of disability and add to the stigma surrounding mental health issues', says campaigner
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22 Feb 2017, 3:34am States which legalise same-sex marriage see drop in LGBT suicide rates, study finds
The Independent
Equal marriage is thought to result in reduced stigma and social isolation for young LGBT people, meaning they experience fewer mental health issues
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17 Feb 2017, 7:05pm Growing number of politicians 'openly questioning Donald Trump's mental health'
The Independent
'I don't know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn't know if they're being rained on. And nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis,' says one official
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17 Feb 2017, 12:51pm Thomas Orchard trial: CCTV shows police restraining him – video
The Guardian
CCTV shown to jury members depicts officers restraining 32-year-old Thomas Orchard. The church caretaker, who had mental health issues, later suffered a cardiac arrest in his cell. Custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, deny Orchard’s manslaughter, who was arrested following a disturbance in Exeter city centre
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16 Feb 2017, 9:00pm Alarming number of cancer medics suffering burnout and stress
The Guardian
Oncologists worldwide experiencing emotional exhaustion and depression with some resorting to sedatives, finds study Alarming numbers of cancer doctors experience high levels of burnout, stress, sleep problems and depression, with some resorting to alcohol or sedatives to cope, research suggests. Meta-analysis of 43 existing studies, published on Friday in Psycho-Oncology, revealed that many oncologists were struggling with the burden of dealing with suffering patients, distressed relatives and heavy workloads. It found that a third of cancer doctors were suffering from high burnout, defined as high emotional exhaustion, and a quarter had mental health problems.
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13 Feb 2017, 2:48pm Journalists need to talk more about Donald Trump's mental health, urges conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan
The Independent
The President's unorthodox practices have unnerved many in Washington
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11 Feb 2017, 6:46am Two-thirds of young hospital doctors under serious stress, survey reveals
The Guardian
Trainee anaesthetists complain of fatigue, disillusionment, ‘burnout’ and fears for patients’ safety as pressure mounts on NHSAlmost two out of three young hospital doctors say their physical or mental health is being damaged because pressures on the NHS are putting them under intolerable strain. Many are so relentlessly busy that they go through entire shifts without eating or drinking, while others suffer stress, burnout, exhaustion and sleeping problems. Relationships with family and friends are also deteriorating as a result of the struggle to cope with the fast-rising demand for care.
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8 Feb 2017, 10:24am Mother charged with raping four-year-old boy 'after broadcasting vile sex act live on Periscope'
The Independent
Family member says Ms Kirksey suffers from mental health problems
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5 Feb 2017, 7:43pm Unexpected mental health deaths up 50% in three years
BBC
Unexpected deaths at mental health trusts include suicide, neglect and misadventure.
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3 Feb 2017, 9:17am Donald Trump 'just wants to be loved' and presidency will damage his mental health, says friend Howard Stern
The Independent
'All of this hatred and stuff directed towards him. It's not good for him. There's a reason every president who leaves the office has grey hair'
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3 Feb 2017, 8:05am Manchester school put into lockdown after reports of man with gun
The Guardian
Police say a man was arrested under Mental Health Act but no firearm yet located after incident at primary school in Dukinfield A primary school went into lockdown in Manchester after reports of a man in a stab vest carrying a firearm. Police were called to the school in Dukinfield after receiving calls about a man outside with a gun. The pupils at Yew Tree Lane community primary school were kept inside while police tried to locate him.
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1 Feb 2017, 1:08pm South African scandal after nearly 100 mental health patients die
The Guardian
Gauteng minister resigns after facilities found to be ‘unable to distinguish between proper care and a business opportunity’ At least 94 patients with mental health issues died after South African authorities moved themfrom hospitals to unlicensed health facilities that were likened to concentration camps, a government investigation has revealed. Many of the deaths were due to pneumonia, dehydration and diarrhoea as the patients were hurriedly moved to 27 “poorly prepared” facilities in an apparent cost-cutting measure that showed evidence of neglect.
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1 Feb 2017, 11:56am Thomas Orchard trial: mother tells court he did not bite or spit
The Guardian
Church caretaker with mental health issues died after being restrained by three officers who face manslaughter charges The mother of a church caretaker with mental health issues who died at a police station after a large webbing belt was placed across his face told a jury she had never known him to bite or spit. Thomas Orchard, 32, told police officers he was struggling to breathe before he suffered a cardiac arrest, the court heard, and died in hospital seven days after being restrained.
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27 Jan 2017, 10:50am Donor pledges C$380,000 for suicide prevention in First Nations community
The Guardian
Wapekeka First Nation were denied federal funds to hire mental health workers months before declaring state of emergency over suicides of two 12-year-old girls A private donor is being lauded by aboriginal leaders for stepping in “where the government of Canada has failed” after anonymously pledging C$380,000 to provide mental health workers for a suicide-stricken First Nations community in northern Ontario.
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24 Jan 2017, 4:27am Updated Banks face mental health challenge
BBC
Banks must offer simple account options to help those with mental health conditions, a think tank says.
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23 Jan 2017, 12:25pm Manager to patient
BBC
A social media post written by a former NHS director of mental health about her own depression has gone viral
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22 Jan 2017, 7:06am Three-month-old baby dies after after Melbourne car attack
The Independent
A three-month-old baby has died in hospital a day after a man with a history of mental health and drug issues drove a car through a lunch-time crowd in a pedestrian-only street in Australia's second largest city.
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21 Jan 2017, 2:29pm Campaigners condemn the care of young people in mental health units, after the Government reveals 11 deaths in just four years
The Independent
Ministers are accused of failing to come up with a plan to end 'confusion and secrecy' and to learn lessons – after admitting they do not know the total number of deaths
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20 Jan 2017, 2:01pm Updated Dean Saunders inquest: Jury finds serious failings in case
BBC
Mental health services and the prison system "let down" an inmate who electrocuted himself, a jury finds.
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20 Jan 2017, 2:51am Bourke Street attack: arrested man had history of family violence, police say
The Guardian
Police say man who allegedly killed pedestrians in Melbourne had background of mental health and drug-related issues The 26-year-old man
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10 Jan 2017, 1:16pm Updated Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients
BBC
The number of people going to A&Es for mental health problems is rising steeply, figures show.
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9 Jan 2017, 11:21am Updated Northern Ireland executive heading for collapse as Martin McGuinness announces resignation - Politics live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s speech on the ‘shared society’ and mental health
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9 Jan 2017, 10:04am Updated Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM
BBC
Pledges to help schools and companies deal with the "injustice" of mental illness are announced by the prime minister.
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9 Jan 2017, 9:24am Updated May denies that hard Brexit is inevitable - Politics live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s speech on the ‘shared society’ and mental health
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9 Jan 2017, 8:31am Updated Mental health care overhaul pledged by Theresa May
BBC
Pledges to help schools and companies deal with the "injustice" of mental illness are announced by the prime minister.
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9 Jan 2017, 8:25am Updated Theresa May declares war on school cyber-bullies to tackle scourge of mental illness
Daily Mail
The Prime Minister warned poor mental health 'destroys lives' and unveiled a raft of policy measures to help sufferers
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9 Jan 2017, 8:20am Theresa May dodges question over NHS spending child mental health money elsewhere
The Independent
Prime Minister facing renewed calls to protect £1.25bn funding announced by George Osborne
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9 Jan 2017, 7:02am Updated Theresa May delivers her social reform speech- Politics live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s speech on the ‘shared society’ and mental health
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9 Jan 2017, 6:53am Updated Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul
BBC
Theresa May pledges to help schools and companies deal with the "injustice" of mental illness.
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9 Jan 2017, 4:28am Using children's mental health funding to plug NHS gaps is 'like theft', says former health minister
The Independent
Norman Lamb adds new pledges by Theresa May are 'puny response to a burning injustic'
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8 Jan 2017, 8:18pm May declares war on school cyber-bullies: Teachers to be trained on how to spot the signs under plans to tackle the scourge of mental illness 
Daily Mail
Prime Minister Theresa May (pictured) will use a wide-ranging speech on social reform to unveil a new fight against the 'burning injustices' suffered by those suffering mental health problems.
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8 Jan 2017, 7:04pm Theresa May pledges to tackle 'stigma' of mental health but dismisses call for extra funding
The Independent
The Prime Minister is expected to pledge new initiatives for schools and employers to provide mental health support
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7 Jan 2017, 6:04am Florida shooting suspect was treated for mental health issues, say relatives
The Guardian
Esteban Santiago had told FBI officials the government was controlling his mind and forcing him to watch Islamic State videos The Iraq war veteran who allegedly
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7 Jan 2017, 4:53am Carrie Fisher's funeral urn was a giant model of a Prozac pill
The Independent
Star is remembered for mental health activism
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6 Jan 2017, 9:05pm Theresa May promises the return of pre-fabs to boost new homes
Daily Mail
Government sources say new housing, education and economic policies will help millions of struggling Britons. Mental health will also be a key focus.
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6 Jan 2017, 12:05am Blocked beds blight mental health care
BBC
Bed blocking in the NHS in England is much worse in mental health trusts than in acute hospitals.
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31 Dec 2016, 12:20pm Jonny Benjamin: How mental health campaigner went from suicide attempt to MBE
The Independent
He escaped hospital intending to kill himself. A fresh diagnosis of schizophrenia and incessant questioning about whether he was gay made him feel suicidal. Now he's been made an MBE
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29 Dec 2016, 5:50am Specialist officers monitoring 400 stalkers who could be threat to Royal Family
Daily Mail
The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, a joint police and mental health unit, is closely observing more than 400 'stalkers' of the Royal Family, including 20 people deemed to be 'high risk'.
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28 Dec 2016, 5:31am Specialist officers are monitoring more than 400 stalkers who could be a threat to the Royal Family
Daily Mail
The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, a joint police and mental health unit, is closely observing more than 400 'stalkers' of the Royal Family, including 20 people deemed to be 'high risk'.
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26 Dec 2016, 7:08pm Scottish teachers take 500,000 days off for mental health reasons in three years
The Independent
'The fact that numbers are rising year-on-year shows they are clearly not receiving the right support'
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21 Dec 2016, 12:03pm Home Office criticised for opaque child refugee transfer process
The Guardian
Human Rights Watch says ‘non-transparent and arbitrary’ methods of bringing minors to the UK are harming their mental health The campaign group Human Rights Watch has condemned the Home Office for its “non-transparent and arbitrary” process for transferring unaccompanied child refugees to the UK. In a scathing attack, it said the process was so ill-considered that the government had ended up separating siblings, in breach of the
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17 Dec 2016, 1:34pm Dylann Roof says mental health should not be factor in death penalty decision
The Guardian
Charleston church shooter says he will not call on experts in trial’s penalty phase: psychology is ‘Jewish invention and does nothing but invent diseases’ Dylann Roof does not want jurors to consider his mental health when they decide next month if he should face the death penalty for killing nine black Charleston church worshippers, according to a handwritten motion he filed.
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12 Dec 2016, 4:47pm Anne Deveson, writer and broadcaster, dies aged 86
The Guardian
Deveson remembered for her writing on social issues and mental health, as literary world also mourns the death of her daughter, novelist Georgia Blain The journalist, writer, broadcaster and filmmaker Anne Deveson has died aged 86. Those paying tribute remembered her for a particular focus on social issues and mental health.
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11 Dec 2016, 7:16pm Unhappiness more likely to result from poor mental health or being single than economic factors, major new study finds
The Independent
LSE academics want to 'revolutionise how we think about human priorities' and promote use of 'subjective wellbeing' as a measure of successful governance, instead of economy
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8 Dec 2016, 7:02pm Changing minds
BBC
Since the recession more people have reported feeling stressed at work, and that can lead to mental health problems. How do you support the workforce by breaking the taboo around mental illness?
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6 Dec 2016, 6:53pm Marine jailed for killing Afghan insurgent could have conviction quashed
The Guardian
Courts martial appeal court to hear case of Sgt Alexander Blackman, known as Marine A, again after new evidence was presented about his mental health A former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found.
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5 Dec 2016, 3:27am Mental health patient who stabbed her mother to death is suing the NHS
Daily Mail
Ecila Henderson, 44, was held under the Mental Health Act after being charged with the murder of her 69-year-old mother Rosemary Armstrong (pictured) following an incident in Bournemouth.
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5 Dec 2016, 3:21am Mental health is one of main issues facing Australia, says youth survey
The Guardian
Alcohol and drugs and equality concerns made up the top three issues according to 15- to 19-year-olds surveyed by Mission Australia Rising numbers of young Australians believe mental health is the most pressing issue facing the nation, according to an extensive survey of teenagers. The Mission Australia survey of 22,000 young people aged between 15 to 19 found that coping with stress, school or study problems, and body image were the three top issues of personal concern.
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1 Dec 2016, 12:29pm Emma Jane Kirby: Teaching children about mental health
BBC
A programme teaching primary school children about mental health through fun games is being rolled out in south London.
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25 Nov 2016, 8:07pm Pregnant women and new mums in mental health funding boost
BBC
Twenty areas across England are to receive funding to help pregnant women and new mums with severe mental health problems.
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24 Nov 2016, 9:07pm University of Bristol reviews mental health services after suspected suicide of three students 
Daily Mail
The university where three students died in suspected suicides during the first weeks of term has launched a review of its mental health services.
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23 Nov 2016, 11:28am Jo Cox murderer Thomas Mair was a loner who spent his life on mental health drugs
Daily Mail
Unknown to those around him in the Yorkshire town of Batley, Thomas Mair was filling his head with hate-filled beliefs and plotting the first assassination of a female MP in British history.
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18 Nov 2016, 4:16am Government inaction on mental health condemned by every former Health Secretary of past 20 years
The Independent
Former health minister Norman Lamb said inaqeuate mental health is a 'stain on our country'
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