Scotland is falling behind other parts of the UK in caring for the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers, according to an expert group.The panel, which includes health, charity and education professionals, has called for more investment to tackle a “fragmented and inadequate” level of support. Read More
Dave Lee reached a crunch point in 2006. He had built his way up and made a good career in construction, reaching the level of contracts manager, despite an unpromising start in which he spent his teenage years in and out of jail. Read More
The number of suicides in England and Wales has hit a 15-year high, according to the latest figures.
identifiedA total of 5,199 people took their own lives in 2015 – a rise year on year over the last five.
The number of men killing themselves is also three times higher than women, although the figure has dropped slightly since 2014.Read More
To the smartphone-addled among us, advising the use of apps to fix mental health problems might seem like telling someone who needs to get fit to live on jam and fags. But it’s happening all the same. While gadget and social media addiction are lampooned for increasing teenage depression, and complaints abound that the constant compulsion to check apps and message conduits leaves us frazzled and scatterbrained, purveyors of wearable tech, app designers and even the NHS really want us to use our phones for soul-soothing. Read More
Railway staff, police officers and members of the public have saved over 1,100 people in 2015/16, having intervened in potential suicide attempts on Britain’s railway. That’s according to figures released by Network Rail. 112 of these are in Network Rail’s Wessex region, which stretches from Waterloo to Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. Read More
SCOTLAND is facing a mental health crisis and people are dying because they are not offered the right support in time, campaigners claim.
Online campaigning organisation 38 Degrees, which has received more than 10,000 responses to its call for submissions to the Scottish Government’s mental health consultation, said the stories of ordinary Scots – several of whom spoke to the Sunday Herald – exposed the human impact of chronic shortages in funding. Read More
A charity that supports men and women with perinatal depression is calling for specialist mother and baby units in Wales.
PANDAS Foundation is highlighting the issue at the launch of the first national awareness week in the UK.
It comes after a recent survey of parents found many suffer with suicidal thoughts and say there’s not enough help for them before and after they have a baby. Read More