British army identifies serious failings over soldier’s death – reports – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2021 in armed forces, bullying, complaints, delay, inquiries, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The British army has identified serious failings in its handling of the death of a soldier whose body lay undiscovered at a base for three weeks, according to reports.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2021

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Dove v HM Coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool [2021] EWHC 1738 (Admin) – Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog

‘In this article, Richard Ive discusses the case of Dove v HM Coroner for Teesside and Hartlepool [2021] EWHC 1738 (Admin), which raises important questions relating to Article 2 (the right to life). On 11 June 2021, the Administrative Court heard procedural arguments concerning a late application by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to join, as an interested party, a claim pursuant to the Coroners Act 1988 s.13 for a further inquest into the death of a highly vulnerable woman who took her own life shortly after all her Department of Work and Pensions (“DWP”) benefits were stopped. The Secretary of State’s application was successful, providing her with the opportunity to make submissions at the full hearing heard by the Divisional Court on 22 June 2021.’

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Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog, 29th June 2021

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R (Morahan) v HM Coroner for West London [2021] EWHC 1603 (Admin) – Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog

Posted June 25th, 2021 in coroners, human rights, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘In this article, Ed Ramsay discusses the recent case of Morahan, which deals with the issue of when the enhanced investigative duty under Article 2 of the ECHR will be automatically engaged in an inquest.’

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Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog, 22nd June 2021

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Court of Protection case update – Local Government Update

‘Aaqib Javed and Holly Littlewood review the latest cases of interest to Court of Protection practitioners.’

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Local Government Update, 25th June 2021

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Jodey Whiting: Disabled woman’s suicide ‘a direct result’ of benefit cut – BBC News

‘A disabled woman’s suicide was “a direct result” of having her benefits cut, the High Court has been told.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2021

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Deepcut: Fifth Army recruit died at barracks – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2021 in armed forces, harassment, inquests, news, suicide by tracey

‘A fifth soldier died at an Army base where four recruits were found dead between 1995 and 2002, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2021

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Torture victims kept in solitary by Home Office for up to a year – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has pursued a policy of psychological brutality by locking up scores of torture survivors in solitary confinement for indefinite periods, according to fresh testimony from immigration detainees.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2021

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Philippa Day death: family launches legal challenge against DWP – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2021 in benefits, bereavement, compensation, families, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘The family of Philippa Day, a mentally ill single mother who died from a deliberate overdose after her benefits were wrongly cut off, is to seek compensation from the government.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2021

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Deaths of people on benefits prompt inquiry call – BBC News

‘The family of a woman who took a fatal overdose after her benefit payments were cut say they have begun a legal claim against the government.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2021

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Teenage refugee killed himself in UK after mental health care failings – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2021 in inquests, mental health, news, refugees, suicide, young persons by sally

‘A teenage refugee killed himself after the serious nature of his mental illness was not recognised, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2021

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Fatal truth: how the suicide of Alex Reid exposed the hidden death toll of domestic violence – The Guardian

‘Nine months after the outgoing and talented nurse started dating Peter Yeung, she was dead. Her story highlights a shockingly common but overlooked cause of death among women.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2021

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Judge hits out at lack of regulated placement for vulnerable, suicidal 16 year old, despite 11 High Court hearings and sending series of judgments to ministers – Local Government Lawyer

‘An exasperated High Court judge has sent a fourth judgment to ministers over the continuing unavailability of a regulated placement for a vulnerable 16 year old with multifaceted difficulties and at a high risk of serious self-harm or suicide.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2021

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Number of prisoners in England and Wales on suicide watch rises steeply – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2021 in mental health, news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The number of prisoners put on suicide or self-harm watch has risen dramatically over the past decade, a Guardian investigation has found, as experts warn the scale of the mental health crisis in prisons has escalated during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2021

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Inquest finds mother took overdose after removal of disability benefits – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2021 in benefits, coroners, government departments, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A severely mentally ill young mother died from a deliberate overdose after the removal of her disability benefits left her destitute, trapped in a months-long state of high anxiety and haunted by suicidal thoughts, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2021

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Assange cannot be extradited, but free speech arguments dismissed — an extended look – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In The Government of the United States v Julian Assange (2021), the District Judge sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court discharged the American extradition request against the founder of WikiLeaks because there is a substantial risk that he would commit suicide. Given Julian Assange’s political notoriety as an avowed whistle-blower, however, the judgment is significant for its dismissal of the defence’s free speech arguments. This article analyses why these human rights submissions were unsuccessful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st January 2021

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Oxfordshire boy groomed by gangs ‘failed’ by authorities – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2021 in children, drug trafficking, education, gangs, news, police, reports, social services, suicide by sally

‘A boy found dead in his bedroom was groomed into a world of drug trafficking and “failed” by the authorities, a serious case review said.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2021

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A duty of care – what does the new standard of proof in inquests mean? – 5SAH

‘On the 11th of July 2016 a prisoner Mr James Maughan was found dead in his prison cell having hanged himself. The investigation into the factual circumstances surrounding his death found that he had a history of mental health issues and had previously made threats of self-harm. The evening before his death he had been in an agitated state.’

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5SAH, 7th January 2021

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Article 3 psychiatric cases: history and latest developments (Part 1) – Ruby Peacock – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 8th, 2021 in deportation, human rights, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘In this two-part article, Ruby Peacock, an aspiring barrister and currently a legal and policy intern at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, examines the history of medical claims brought under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th January 2021

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Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder extradition to US blocked by UK judge – BBC News

Posted January 4th, 2021 in disclosure, extradition, mental health, news, suicide, whistleblowers by sally

‘Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2021

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Online harms bill: firms may face multibillion-pound fines for illegal content – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2020 in bills, child abuse, consumer protection, fines, internet, news, suicide, terrorism by tracey

‘Social media companies will need to remove and limit the spread of harmful content or face fines of billions of pounds, the UK government has announced, as it finally reveals the details of its proposed internet regulation. The online harms bill, first proposed by Theresa May’s government in April 2019, sets out strict new guidelines governing removal of illegal content such as child sexual abuse, terrorist material and media that promotes suicide, which sites must obey or face being blocked in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2020

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