Rise in prison suicides prompts calls to tackle overcrowding – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2018 in mental health, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The number of suicides among prisoners this year has already exceeded 2017’s death toll, prompting penal reform campaigners to renew calls for urgent action to tackle overcrowding.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2018

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Judges handling difficult cases “given psychological support” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 19th, 2018 in case management, health & safety, Judaism, judiciary, mental health, news, standards by sally

‘Judges dealing with difficult caseloads are receiving annual one-to-one meetings with psychologists, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th November 2018

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Families whose loved ones died in NHS mental health care call for inquiry and reforms as police drop investigation – The Independent

‘A decision to drop the investigation into the deaths of up to 25 people in the care of NHS mental health services has been described by as a “bombshell” that leaves them without “accountability or recourse”, by their families. Essex Police had spent nearly two years investigating deaths across nine sites at North Essex Partnership University Trust since 2000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2018

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SRA urged to tackle mental health problems with ‘fitness to practise’ regime – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) needs to activate a dormant power that allows it to introduce ‘fitness to practise’ rules, in the wake of yesterday’s ruling about the role of mental health in solicitors’ misconduct, regulatory experts have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2018

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Mental health problems “do not justify” solicitors’ dishonesty – Legal Futures

Posted November 14th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘Pressure of work or extreme working conditions “cannot either alone or in conjunction with stress or depression” justify not striking off dishonest solicitors, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2018

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Dad jailed for ‘cannabis-induced’ baby murder attempt – BBC News

‘A young father who repeatedly tried to smother his newborn son amid a cannabis-induced psychosis has been jailed for ten years.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Legislating on loneliness: limitless or lonesome? – Family Law

Posted November 7th, 2018 in carers, elderly, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Olwen Dutton, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, discusses the key aspects of the government’s loneliness strategy. Dutton also considers any potential ethical issues stemming from the social prescription aspect of the strategy, whereby GPs will be able to refer patients who are experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services.’

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Family Law, 6th November 2018

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Minister Orders Urgent Investigation Into Autistic And Learning Disabled Patients Being Locked Up – Rights Info

‘The Health Secretary has ordered a review into the use of seclusion and segregation in the care of people with learning disabilities and autism in secure hospitals.’

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Rights Info, 5th November 2018

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Inspectors warn of worsening conditions for mentally ill inmates – The Guardian

Posted November 1st, 2018 in delay, hospitals, mental health, news, prisons by sally

‘Mentally ill prisoners in the largest high-security jail in the UK face “totally unacceptable” delays in being transferred to a secure hospital, leading to a further deterioration in their conditions, inspectors have said.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2018

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MPs and peers demand changes to Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill requires further changes to protect the human rights of vulnerable people, MPs and peers have warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st October 2018

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Budget 2018: Here’s What It Means For Our Human Rights – Rights Info

Posted October 30th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, education, health, housing, human rights, mental health, news, roads, statistics by sally

‘In his final budget before Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has declared that austerity is coming to an end and reiterated Theresa May’s £8.4 billion spending pledge to the NHS.’

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Rights Info, 29th October 2018

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Poor healthcare in jails is killing inmates, says NHS watchdog – The Guardian

‘Almost half of England’s jails are providing inadequate medical care to inmates, whose health is being damaged by widespread failings, the NHS watchdog has told MPs in a scathing briefing leaked to the Observer.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2018

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Man pleads guilty to murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2018 in guilty pleas, mental health, midwives, murder, news by sally

‘A man has admitted murdering the midwife Samantha Eastwood in a bout of “intense rage” after a “longstanding affair” with her.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2018

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Duty to care for student mental health has legal implications for universities – OUT-LAW.com

‘Universities have a duty to support students with mental health issues, but there are a series of legal issues that they need to consider which should shape how they do so.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th October 2018

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Reporting restrictions on Bethany’s dad – children’s rights or concealing system failure? – Transparency Project

‘On Saturday, the Times reported: ‘Father beats legal bid to silence him over autistic girl in hospital “cell” ‘ [paywall]. Social affairs editor, Greg Hirst, reported that Jeremy (who is not using his surname publicly) succeeded in contesting an application by Walsall Metropolitan County Borough Council for an injunction to stop his social media campaign that is drawing attention to the plight of his 17-year-old-daughter.’

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Transparency Project, 16th October 2018

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Breast enlargement ads shown during Love Island banned by ASA – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, cosmetic surgery, mental health, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘Adverts for breast enhancement surgery that were shown during ITV Two’s Love Island have been banned by the advertising watchdog after it backed campaigners who complained they were exploitative of young women’s insecurities.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2018

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What does the Proposal to Introduce Trial-by-Video Link Mean for Justice? – Rights Info

‘The government’s plans for court modernisation, under Her Majesty’s Courts, Tribunals Service Reform Programme (HMCTS), include the development of fully-video hearings, where all parties join via electronic links and no one is in a courtroom.’

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Rights Info, 9th October 2018

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Remembering Louis Blom-Cooper, A Human Rights Champion – Rights Info

‘Lawyer and human rights champion Sir Louis Blom-Cooper passed away in London, aged 92, on September 19, 2018. Here are some of the ways in which Blom-Cooper blazed a trail for human rights.’

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Rights Info, 2nd October 2018

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William Billingham guilty of murdering eight-year-old daughter – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in domestic violence, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘A factory worker who stabbed his eight-year-old daughter through the chest in an apparent act of revenge against his ex-partner has been found guilty of murder.’

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The Guardian, 1st October 2018

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Council apologises to mother over unlawful restrictions on contact with children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 14th, 2018 in children, contact orders, human rights, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘Cumbria County Council has apologised to a mother who had unlawful restrictions placed on her level of contact with her three children, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th September 2018

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