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Hospital breached duty of care to psychiatric patient, supreme court rules

NHS trust contravened 'operational obligation' under European law by allowing home release for patient who then killed herself.
An NHS trust breached its duty of care to a 20-year-old patient who killed herself while on home release from a psychiatric unit, the supreme court has ruled. ...
Feb 13

Study into fish oils and psychiatric disorders

Fish oils and, in particular, Omega 3 fatty acids have long since been considered beneficial to health.  The effectiveness of Omega 3 for treating Psychiatric symptoms is now being studied by researchers at Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Programme. ...
Feb 13

Concerns over surge in Welsh NHS staff taking time off because of stress

THE number of NHS staff taking time off work due to stress has surged in health boards across Wales in the past three years.
BMA Wales described the jump in stress-related illness as “extremely worrying” and Unison warned that pressure on staff is intensifying as positions go unfilled. ...
Feb 13

Memory loss can begin from age 45, scientists say

Mental dexterity and brain power deteriorate earlier than thought, according to study of 7,000 civil servants.
As all those of middle age who have ever fumbled for a name to fit a face will believe, the brain begins to lose sharpness of memory and powers of reasoning and understanding not from 60 as previously thought, but from as early as 45, scientists say. ...
Jan 6

Antidepressant use in England soars

• Prescriptions rise by more than a quarter in three years • Depression costing economy nearly £11bn a year• Financial uncertainty thought to be factor
The use of antidepressants has risen by more than a quarter in England in just three years, amid fears that more people are suffering fromdepression due to the economic crisis. ...
Jan 6

Assisted suicide: GMC to publish guidance

Guidance on how to deal with complaints against doctors who may have assisted in suicides will be published by the General Medical Council.
The GMC's investigation committee and case examiners will be advised about what action to take over such allegations. ...
Dec 16

Annual mental health check call for 'stressed' MPs

A psychologist is urging MPs to have annual mental health check-ups to make sure their jobs are not proving too stressful.
Dr Ashley Weinberg says heavy workloads and absence from their families may affect politicians' abilities to do their jobs.
He also says David Cameron should have a regular "behind the scenes" test of his mental well-being. ...
Dec 16

Samaritans eyes Facebook's latest anti-suicide efforts

Support charity Samaritans has said it wants to offer greater help to distressed people via Facebook.
The website has improved its system in the US to put suicidal users directly in touch with support workers.
Once flagged by worried friends, users can talk to a trained counsellor via the social network's chat feature. ...
Dec 15

Predatory mental health nurse is struck off

A MENTAL health nurse who slept with a widow less than a week after she tried to kill herself and “groomed” two other vulnerable patients has been kicked out of the profession.
 Nicholas Crouchman (42) was struck off the nursing register after 12 allegations of misconduct during his time as a psychiatric nurse at the Edith Cavell Hospital between January 2007 and September 2008 were found proved at a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing. ...
Dec 15

Jobs, Cleaner Exhaust Fumes May Be Behind Fall in U.K. Suicides

Jobs, Cleaner Exhaust Fumes May Be Behind Fall in U.K. Suicides
By Chantal Britt Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Jobs and less toxic car exhaust fumes may be behind a drop in suicides among young men in the U.K. to the lowest level in 30 years, researchers said in the British Medical Journal. ...
Dec 3