Police custody deaths hit 10-year high, with experts citing austerity – The Guardian

‘Police custody deaths have hit their highest level in a decade with police, campaigners and experts warning that austerity and a crisis in mental health services have driven the figure up.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Pte Sean Benton: Deepcut soldier’s death was suicide, coroner rules – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The death of a young soldier at Deepcut barracks 23 years ago was suicide, a coroner has ruled after a new inquest.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2018

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Inquest criticises police over London killing of Dutch academic – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2018 in diminished responsibility, homicide, inquests, mental health, news, police by tracey

‘An inquest jury has criticised police failings over the killing of the academic Dr Jeroen Ensink, who was stabbed by a stranger suffering from psychosis as he posted cards announcing the birth of his daughter.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham – Supreme Court

Posted July 5th, 2018 in bills, disabled persons, human rights, judges, mental health, speeches, treaties by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham. Is it time for yet another Mental Health Act?’

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Supreme Court, 24th June 2018

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New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

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Gaia Pope: Police watchdog launches new probe over handling of rape allegation two years before teenager’s death – The Independent

Posted July 5th, 2018 in complaints, mental health, news, police, rape, suicide, victims, young persons by tracey

‘Police who failed to act on an allegation of rape made by Gaia Pope two years before her tragic death are under investigation in a fresh probe.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2018

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Home Office separating scores of children from parents as part of immigration detention regime – The Independent

Posted July 5th, 2018 in children, detention, families, immigration, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Home Office is separating scores of children from their parents as part of its immigration detention regime – in some cases forcing them into care in breach of government policy.’

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The Independent, 4th July 2018

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Homelessness and capacity – Nearly Legal

Posted July 4th, 2018 in homelessness, housing, local government, mental health, news, statutory duty by sally

‘In WB v W DC (2018) EWCA Civ 928, the Court of Appeal revisited the question of whether a person without capacity to make choices about their accommodation can make an application for homelessness assistance. The House of Lords in R v Tower Hamlets LBC ex p Ferdous Begum (1993) AC 509 (linked with Garlick, in which it was argued that an application could be made by minors) held that a person had to have capacity to “comprehend or evaluate” an offer of accommodation and could not be treated as a person in priority need. As Lord Griffiths put it, “In my view it is implicit in the provisions of the Act that the duty to make an offer is only owed to those who have the capacity to understand and respond to such an offer and if they accept it to undertake the responsibilities that will be involved.” There is a personal element to this issue – Ferdous Begum and Garlick were cases which first captured my academic interest in homelessness law back in 1992, mainly because the decision seemed wrong discursively (even then) and also because of the real difficulties which occur in practice in the distinction between homelessness and care duties.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd July 2018

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UK to ban discredited ‘gay cure’ therapies under LGBT action plan – The Guardian

Posted July 3rd, 2018 in health, homosexuality, mental health, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The government will appoint a national LGBT health adviser and take measures to end so-called conversion therapy as part of a plan to deliver what Theresa May has promised will be “real and lasting change”.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2018

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Dealer of toxic diet pills that killed student guilty of manslaughter – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2018 in drug offences, food, homicide, mental health, money laundering, news by sally

‘An online steroid dealer who sold toxic slimming pills that killed a bulimic student has been found guilty of manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2018

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Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder ‘could have been avoided’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in mental health, murder, news, racism, reports, social services by tracey

‘The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient “could have been avoided” had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Jeffrey Barry release ‘blunders’ led to neighbour murder – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2018 in mental health, murder, news, secure hospitals by tracey

‘A series of failings led to the murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient, the BBC has learned. Jeffrey Barry stabbed neighbour Kamil Ahmad at their supported flats in Bristol in July 2016, hours after his release from a secure mental hospital. Barry had been detained after hearing voices and threatening to murder Mr Ahmad. But an independent panel was not told of his history of violence towards his neighbour before approving his release.’

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BBC News, 14th June 2018

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Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind

‘The Ministry of Justice’s top civil servant has told MPs that the government’s massive court reform programme will have failed if it does not carry the support of those who use the courts.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2018

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The door-knock that brought back years of abuse – BBC News

‘A knock on the door by two detectives changed everything for Mark, bringing back the horrors of sexual abuse he had suffered as a child. Like other survivors of child abuse, he says he found it hard to get any support afterwards.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2018

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Slough inquest: No missed opportunities in rail deaths – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2018 in inquests, mental health, news, railways, suicide, unlawful killing by tracey

‘A coroner has said there were “no missed opportunities” in the care of a mother who jumped in front of a train with her 10-year-old son.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2018

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Kent and Medway NHS Trust rapped over mental health care – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2018 in hospitals, mental health, news, reports, suicide by tracey

‘A health trust which apologised for its treatment of a suicidal woman has been ordered to take action to protect patients it says are still at risk.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

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Nine police officers under investigation over death of mentally ill man restrained in custody – The Independent

Posted May 9th, 2018 in death in custody, mental health, news, police, restraint by tracey

‘Nine police officers are being investigated over the death of a man who was taken to hospital after being restrained by police.’

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The Independent, 9th May 2018

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Barristers in England and Wales ‘in grip of mental health crisis’ – The Guardian

‘Criminal barristers are in the grip of a mental health crisis caused by significant increases in the amount of digital evidence, the number of historical sexual assault cases and long hours, the body that represents them has said.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2018

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Mentally ill subject to ‘physical violence and verbal threats’ while held under Mental Health Act, finds report – The Independent

Posted May 1st, 2018 in care homes, human rights, mental health, news, reports by tracey

‘Mentally ill people are being subjected to “distressing experiences” including physical violence and verbal threats while detained under the Mental Health Act, a government-commissioned review has found.’

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The Independent, 1st May 2018

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Legal profession facing talent drain as mental health problems surge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 27th, 2018 in mental health, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The proportion of trainees who have experienced mental health problems has more than doubled in the last year, a survey has found, as junior lawyers continue to report severe levels of stress. In its 2018 resilience and wellbeing survey, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) found that 39% of trainees reported suffering from mental health problems, up from 19% last year. Among the division’s members as a whole, 38% of respondents said they had experienced mental health problems in the past year, up from 26% last time.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th April 2018

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