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Mental health news this week - part 1



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A mum has created the UK's first awareness week dedicated to neonatal mental health. The charity Leo's is about to launch Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week on Monday. It will run until April 21 - Mum launches first UK neonatal mental health week from her kitchen

A new Youth Charter will be developed to set out a vision for young people over the next generation and beyond, Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society announced. The charter will reaffirm Government’s commitment to give young people a strong voice on the issues they care about such as combating serious violence and knife crime, addressing mental and physical health challenges and concerns about the environment and climate change - New Youth Charter to support young people across the country

Mental health of a third of UK adults affected by Brexit – survey - Mental health of a third of UK adults affected by Brexit – survey - AOL

A study by the Children’s Commissioner has found that spending on child mental health services has fallen in more than a third of areas in England - Child Mental Health Services A 'Postcode Lottery'

Police officer 'Big Jim' opens up about mental health. A police officer has called for more people to talk about their mental health after he had a breakdown at work - PC 'Big Jim' opens up on mental health

Criminals with mental illnesses and learning difficulties are to be sentenced according to new guidelines aiming to determine their level of responsibility for offences - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...uidelines-learning-difficulties-a8862381.html

Hollyoaks actor Luke Jerdy, who plays Jesse Donovan, has spoken out about his own battle with mental health in the wake of Lily McQueen’s tragic death, and encouraged fans to talk about their problems. Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/11/holl...ealth-issues-wake-lily-mcqueen-death-9166847/

Hachette UK has developed an online learning programme on wellness and mental health in partnership with the Samaritans. Staff can use the resource to learn about emotional health and offer help to colleagues before they reach crisis point. The project, Hachette Minds, has been introduced as part of the company’s Wellbeing Network - https://www.thebookseller.com/news/hachette-uk-launches-wellness-and-mental-health-programme-982126

A TEENAGER who struggled with mental health problems took his own life, an inquest heard. Cian Proctor, 18, was found hanged in woodland near Beech Street, in Padiham (Lancashire) in January - https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co....or-killed-himself-after-mental-health-battle/

A photo series created by photographer Charlie Clift and artist Kate Forrester aims to make the mental health issues visible. Mental illness is all too often dismissed or ignored because, unlike a physical illness, it can’t always be seen. Let’s Talk is a project dedicated to visualising what’s going on inside someone’s mind, featuring people who have struggled with their mental health with their inner thoughts painted across their face. The pictures will be shown to the public in Guildhall Yard, London, from 12 May to 22 May. Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/09/peop...thoughts-faces-powerful-photo-series-9136176/

A Northumberland-based charity has helped over 60 people living with severe mental health issues and or learning disabilities to achieve professional-level qualifications as part of an innovative in-house training scheme. Delivered by qualified trainers, service users from Blyth Star Enterprises have had the opportunity to participate in two different vocational courses as an extension of the charity’s day services at its Woodfuel Centre and Stakeford Nurseries - https://www.charitytoday.co.uk/ment...rvice-users-gain-professional-qualifications/

Sunderland FC Fans - Give A Quid! Foundation of Light’s mental health campaign - https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/20...ghts-mental-health-campaign-is-a-worthy-cause

STAFF at a Taunton firm where potentially more than 100 have experienced mental health issues due to work are being offered first aid and support. Claims Consortium Group is calling on other businesses in the town to care for workers who could be suffering from work-related stress, depression or other mental health problems - https://www.thisisthewestcountry.co...ial-100-plus-staff-with-mental-health-issues/

A report into the death of 14 students who had taken their own lives found eight had already sought help for mental health issues. The University of the West of England (UWE) report stated the deaths were mostly among white male students whose average age was 21 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-47883358

Students at a campus where four people died suddenly in less than a year have called on university bosses to lobby for better mental health services. The University of East Anglia Students' Union (UEASU) has highlighted concerns about NHS services, course workloads and waiting times in a new manifesto. Four students have died on the campus in Norwich since May 2018 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47709212

Campaigners are calling for a radical improvement in mental healthcare because ministers do not know how many former servicemen and women have taken their lives. Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan has secured a Commons debate this week in which he will set out why he believes veterans are being let down - https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1107812/army-veterans-suicide-mental-health

A mental health patient who took her own life was "failed" by an NHS trust, her family has said. Maria Duarte, 49, known as Joey, was found dead in her room Antelope House, Southampton, run by Southern Health NHS Trust - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-47867302

Members of the Scottish Parliament have called for research to be carried out on the impact of social media on young people's mental health - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47562071

An independent review of Scotland's mental health legislation is to be carried out - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47629868

Britain's Liam Broady says he considered quitting the "dog-eat-dog world" of tennis last year as he struggled with his mental health - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/47806817

I've been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for 20 years – it's no surprise that patients are being abused while detained under the Mental Health Act. Lack of awareness by health professionals means, for example, that female abuse survivors can be forcibly restrained and injected, often by a team of men, without consideration of how this might be triggering - https://www.independent.co.uk/voice...ychiatric-hospital-abuse-trauma-a8332301.html

Belfast mum Michelle Bradley experienced serious mental health struggles throughout her three pregnancies and is now helping others with her new book - https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/...n-motherhood-and-mental-illness-37953638.html
Teenagers who live in cities are more likely to develop mental illness. Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/28/teen...ly-develop-mental-illness-study-says-9041312/

New and expectant mothers across the country are now able to access specialist mental health care closer to home - https://www.shropshirestar.com/news...l-health-support-where-they-live-nhs-england/

Ancient woodland passion saved IT expert from mental breakdown - https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/1102408/rob-mcbride-mental-health-ancient-woodland-passion

A violent racist with a history of mental health problems who admitted a terrorist offence and stockpiling equipment to bomb a mosque has been jailed for four years. Steven Bishop, 41, amassed commercial grade fireworks and other equipment - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/10/man-jailed-four-years-plot-bomb-south-london-mosque

People with OCD are ‘six times more likely to have serious money problems’. - Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/27/people-ocd-six-times-likely-serious-money-problems-9033857/

A top prosecutor wants people to have their say on how individuals with mental health issues are treated by the criminal justice system, following the sentencing of Ethan Mountain. Mountain, 19, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and told police how voices in his head had compelled him to carry out a random fatal attack on Joan Hoggett, 62, in Sunderland - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cps-seeking-your-advice-mental-16021718

Mentally-ill Broadmoor patient attacked three men before biting policeman. Paul Holder is being treated at the hospital and looks set to receive extended treatment. A hospital order looks likely.Police were called in after a report of a man assaulting people and claimed he had left someone dead in a flat in the Knowle area of Bristol - https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/broadmoor-patient-attack-bristol-court-2736379

Hull woman who abducted baby as mum waited for taxi moved to mental hospital. A woman who abducted a baby from Hull Royal Infirmary has been moved from jail into a hospital where there are people "who understand and want to help her". Alicia Steward, now 24, snatched the two-month old boy from his mother as she waited for a taxi in the hospital foyer in December 2017 - https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hull-woman-who-abducted-baby-2735223

A man has been given a hospital order after admitting carrying out a stabbing in Trowbridge (Wiltshire). Stephen Alford, 40, of Berryfield Park, Melksham, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place. The court passed a Hospital Order, under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act, meaning Alford will be detained at a secure unit indefinitely - https://www.heart.co.uk/wiltshire/news/local/man-given-hospital-for-trowbridge-stabbing/

Melanie Shaw, the woman who was one of the first people to report historic sex abuse at Beechwood children's home, has been given a hospital order and will stay in Rampton to be treated. The 48-year-old was sentenced today, Tuesday April 2, after setting fire to the bedding in her prison cell because she felt her human rights were being abused - https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/melanie-shaw-given-hospital-order-2711679

A woman, who carried out a savage hammer attack on an assistant librarian, has been ordered to remain indefinitely in a secure mental hospital. Olga Newson had been banned from Sittingbourne Library just minutes before launching the "ugly" attack after breaching time restrictions on the computers. After issuing "explicit and violent" threats against victim Janice Bestal, 53, Newson produced the weapon from her bag - https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sittin...mmer-attacker-sent-to-mental-hospital-200929/

A sixteen year old girl was punched in the face by a kidnapper as he tried to snatch her four year sister off the street. The schoolgirl desperately clung onto to her little sister by the head and shoulders as Jamie Gledhill tried to pull her away by her legs. A court heard the 31-year-old had taken drugs at the time of the attack which happened on Pioneer Street, Thornhill, Dewsbury, in November last year. Gledhill was made the subject of the hospital order "without limit of time" under the Mental Health Act - https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co...-and-punched-her-sister-in-the-face-1-9689775

Arrest of Andrew Dixon after heartbreaking case in Cleethorpes which left his wife with life-changing brain damage. Andrew's schizophrenia would eventually blow their loving relationship apart and leave wife Aimee with devastating brain injuries after her husband attacked her with an iron dumbbell bar at their Cleethorpes home. Dixon is likely to end up in Rampton high-security hospital after a jury decided he caused his wife's injuries - a fractured skull and bleeding and bruising on her brain - https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/...ophrenia-violence-attack-brain-damage-2706010

Residents of leafy Pembroke Close in Cornwall found the peace and quiet of their Par neighbourhood shattered when psychotic Brian Downie chased down 81-year-old Lesley Davies and started stamping on her head. Downie, who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court to a hospital order - https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/face-psychotic-killer-who-stamped-2726858

When Jonathen Hart's home in Wrington (Somerset) was under attack he shot the man responsible however he didn't have a certificate for his pistol. Trouble flared after Hart chased off youngsters from his property. A few hours later Todd Jukes turned up at Hart's home, smashed in the door and put through the front window. Hart, who suffers from mental health difficulties after a brain injury, called police before shooting Mr Jukes in the leg with a ball-bearing firing starting pistol. Hart denied assault but pleaded guilty to possessing two firearms without certificates as well as possessing pepper spray in June last year. A grievous bodily harm charge was not proceeded with. Judge Michael Longman handed him an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act - https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/householder-shot-man-who-kicked-2721225

A man who stabbed a stranger to death near a playground has been detained indefinitely at a secure hospital. Musician Glyn Rouse, 61, was "minding his own business" in Cherry Lane, Crawley (Sussex), when he was attacked by Vladimir Ivanov in November 2017. Ivanov, 23, of Juniper Road, Crawley, denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. He was given a hospital order under the Mental Health Act - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-47721025

A nurse invited patients to vote on whether they would like to see a fight between two others on a mental health unit, a misconduct hearing has found. Steven Boyd used the "inappropriate de-escalation technique" while working at a mental health unit in King's Lynn, Norfolk, in July 2016. Then in 2017, he greeted a patient with a history of self-harm with "are you dead yet?" at a mental health centre - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47773933

A man has been made subject to a hospital order after admitting killing a man in an argument in the street. Bradd Darby, 30, was stabbed in Nuneaton on 20 February 2018 and died in hospital. It happened after a row broke out between him, his killer James Norton, and three others, police said. Norton was sentenced earlier after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at a previous hearing - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-47673103

A CORONER has ordered an immediate investigation into the safety of a psychiatric ward she described as “total chaos” after a young woman was found dead. Bethany Tenquist had a history of mental health problems including bulimia, substance misuse and emotional unstable personality disorder. The 26-year-old was being treated in psychiatric hospital Mill View in Hove - https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/175...-view-hospital-after-woman-was-found-hanging/

A Gloucester judge paid tribute to staff at the city's Wotton Lawn Hospital after he sentenced a 58-year-old patient who assaulted 10 people in the mental health unit. At Gloucester Crown Court Andrew Newland was made the subject of a section 37 Hospital Order under the Mental Health Act - https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/wotton-lawn-patient-attacked-10-2137313

A mentally ill killer strangled his mother the day after she took him to a hospital to get help, before being sent away. Barry Levitt, 36, attacked his 68-year-old mother at his home in south-east London in 31 August. Celia Levitt was visiting him following a deterioration in his mental health. Levitt was placed under an indefinite hospital order at the Old Bailey after admitting manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47416029

A man who stabbed a gambling club employee in his ‘war’ on casinos has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act. Kien Ngyun, a 35-year-old from Bethnal Green in Lodon was sentenced after previously admitting causing GBH with intent and possessing an offensive weapon - https://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co...n-sentenced-under-mental-health-act-1-5848799

A man who carried out the "merciless killing" of a mum and daughter has been convicted of their manslaughter because of diminished responsibility. Paranoid schizophrenic Jack Ralph, 28, plunged a kitchen knife into his neighbours "in a blind rage" at a house in Carpenters Lane, Hadlow (Kent). Now a jury has rejected a defence of murder by insanity - but ruled he was guilty of their unlawful killings because of his mental illness - https://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/man-guilty-of-stabbing-neighbours-to-death-201034/

A Stafford man has been given an indefinite hospital order after trying to kill a father-of-three with a samurai sword. Arcadius Situn attacked a 27-year-old man with the sword in an unprovoked attack in Marston Road in October 2018 and the man has remained in hospital ever since - https://www.expressandstar.com/news...eft-stafford-man-with-partially-severed-head/

A Dundee man detained in a psychiatric hospital after allegedly severing a woman’s hand has had his treatment order revoked. Stephen Brisbane, who was under a court treatment order at the Murray Royal Hospital, has now been taken back to custody to await trial - https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/...-accused-of-severing-womans-hand-behind-bars/

A paranoid schizophrenic who held a knife to the throat and stomach of a 76-year-old shop assistant whilst yelling homophobic abuse did so in the midst of a psychotic episode a court has heard. Jason Deacon walked into Lucille Ladner’s general store in Penzance , just across the road from his flat, on September 8 of last year and threatened Lucille Ladner with a kitchen knife , telling her he was going to kill her homosexual son. Judge Carr made Deacon subject of a hospital order, whereby he must continue to be incarcerated and treated at a mental hospital until deemed fit by professionals to return to society - https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/shizophrenic-held-knife-shop-keepers-2614920


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