Category list : Suicide
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Disability campaigners have voiced concern about an attempt to change the law on assisted dying as the legislation faced its latest parliamentary hurdle.
Almost one in six mental health patients are attempting suicide as they face “unacceptably long” waits for help, experts have warned.
If anyone ever needed irrefutable evidence that depression doesn’t discriminate, the death of Robin Williams is surely it.
“People with certain gene mutation ‘may be more likely to end their life’,” reports the Mail Online. A postmortem study found a gene called SKA2 was less active in the brains of people with mental illness who had committed suicide.
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Staff may lack confidence in assessing suicide risk. Introducing reflective peer review can improve skills and confidence, maximising opportunities to prevent suicide
New research suggests that treating some mental health patients on psychiatric wards rather than at home could lead to a drop in suicides.
Serious mental illnesses reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, a loss of years equivalent or worse than that for heavy smoking, research has suggested.
About 60% of people struggling with suicidal thoughts do not receive any help, according to research.
Scotland’s largest health board has been told to remove plastic bin liners from all its mental health wards after two patients took their own lives.
The government must urgently improve support for mental health services in order to cut the number of young suicides in the UK, a charity has warned.