BY: Emma Youle Demi died in March this year. Picture: Family of Demi Williams Demi Williams, 22, was found dead in her Archway flat on March 15 – 11 days after she last spoke to mental health workers, St Pancras Coroner’s Court heard. An inquest into her death last week concluded that Demi had […]
260 people were detained under the Act over past year - more than twice the number of other UK areas
BY: JAMES RODGER People in Birmingham are more than twice as likely to be sectioned as those in other parts of the country. Data released today shows that 260 people have detained under the Mental Health Act in the Birmingham South and Central CCG area in the 12 months to the end of March […]
An investigation has been launched following the incident at Park House
By Todd Fitzgerald Police are investigating after a man was reportedly raped on a psychiatric ward in north Manchester by another patient. The man was allegedly attacked at Park House, on the grounds of North Manchester General Hospital, last week. Inpatients at Park House facilities include those who have been detained under the […]
Two years after a promising boxer was found hanged, his distraught mum is still fighting for answers
"All I want to know is why we weren’t given more help when we needed it"
BY: CHARLOTTE DOBSON Macauley Moran As a child Macauley Moran had dreams of boxing for England. A charismatic boy with a fierce talent, the Withington youngster was tipped as one of Manchester’s rising boxing stars. But outside of the ring, Macauley was fighting a darker battle. From a young age he was plagued by extreme […]
SHOCK SUICIDE SURGE ‘Lack of mental health care’ means more women than ever are now killing themselves
Politician describes suicides as a major national public health concern with increase in women's suicide labelled 'worrying'
BY: SHAUN WOOLLER WOMEN’S suicide rates are at their highest for a decade, alarming new figures reveal. But men are still three times more likely to kill themselves. An average of 17 people a day took their own life in the UK last year as the overall suicide rate rose slightly from 6,122 in […]
By New Scientist staff and Press Association Effects that last a lifetime Being a member of the Scouts or Guides during childhood is linked to a lower risk of mental illness in middle-age. That’s according to a study by Chris Dibben at the University of Edinburgh and his colleagues. They analysed data from a long-running study […]
By Naomi Ishmael A dorm in Holloway prison. All photos are from inside Holloway prison *Names have been changed to protect the identities of prisoners Pink butterfly stickers were pasted all over light blue walls inside Katleen’s* cell. The 28-year-old of Romany Gypsy origin peered through the hatch of her door as she told […]
'When you’re in that situation you aren’t thinking straight at all. I find it really hard not to get involved in the threads on Facebook when people are making those kind of comments...'
BY: CHARLOTTE DOBSON A mum who tried to take her own life by throwing herself off a motorway bridge has spoken out about her experience in a bid to end the stigma around mental health. The mum-of-two, from Greater Manchester, describes the darkest moment of her life in her own words to promote greater awareness of […]
Gordon Anglesea spent years denying any of the attacks, with one key witness hanging himself before the case got to trial.
By Tom Parmenter, Sky News Correspondent Ex-police chief jailed for child sex abuse Survivors who spent nearly four decades fighting for justice cheered in court as a “predator” former policeman was finally jailed for child sexual abuse offences. Former superintendent Gordon Anglesea, 79, showed little emotion as he was sentenced at Mold Crown […]
Budget cuts to mental health services are deadly, and are driving people to the edge.
BY:SAM WOOLFE HEALTH, UK The latest figures show that the number of mental health nurses has dropped by 15% since the Conservatives came to power in 2010. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) chief executive Janet Davies said: These numbers make it very clear why so many mental health patients are simply not getting the care they […]