Deepcut inquest to examine bullying claims – The Guardian

Posted June 19th, 2017 in armed forces, bullying, harassment, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A fresh inquest into the death of a soldier at Deepcut barracks will examine whether he was hounded to death by “bullying and harassment”, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2017

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Munira Ali: Examining the dissolution of the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into mental health and deaths in prisons: another missed opportunity? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The issues relating to imprisonment of individuals with mental health problems in the UK has attracted considerable attention, as the number of self-inflicted deaths has risen to the highest number since records began in 1978. With a rate of one prison suicide every three days, the director of the Howard League described the current rate as having reached “epidemic proportions”. The steady rise of deaths in custody has prompted a series of inquiries in recent years, and has drawn scrutiny from UN bodies and Special Procedures, and more recently, UN Member States as part of a periodic review of its human rights performance. However, despite this, little progress has been made.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 2017

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Audi garage not to blame for bullied mechanic killing himself, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2017 in inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘An Audi garage where an apprentice mechanic was bullied before he killed himself was not to blame for his death, a coroner has decided.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2017

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Families of men who killed themselves at Woodhill jail lose high court case – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2017 in human rights, judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The relatives of two inmates who killed themselves at a prison with the highest rate of self-inflicted deaths in England and Wales have lost a high court case calling for action to protect prisoners.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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Suicide jail failed to improve, says doctor – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, psychiatrists, suicide by tracey

‘Safety improvements were not made at a prison with the highest suicide rate in England and Wales despite a spate of deaths, a psychiatrist has told the BBC.’

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BBC news, 22nd May 2017

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Nearly half of female prisoners have attempted suicide, figures reveal – The Independent

Posted May 9th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, reports, suicide, women by tracey

‘Almost half of female prisoners in England and Wales have attempted suicide, figures show, prompting urgent calls for the next government to address the growing mental health crisis in the penal system.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2017

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Ministers ‘should have legal duty to combat rise in prison suicides’ – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘The next government should introduce legislation to “end the shocking rise in self-harm and suicides in prisons”, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has reported.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

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Priory’s care plan for anorexic teen Pippa McManus ‘inadequate’ – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘No adequate care plan was in place for an anorexic teenager who killed herself five days after being released from a psychiatric hospital, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 2nd May 2017

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Debt-ridden courier’s suicide after bailiff visit prompts call for reforms – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2017 in bailiffs, debts, inquests, news, suicide by sally

‘A debt-ridden young man took his own life shortly after bailiffs clamped the motorcycle that was essential to his work as a courier, an inquest has heard, in a case that has prompted calls for reform of the debt-collection industry.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2017

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Call for inquiry over ‘unbroken pattern’ of deaths at prison – The Guardian

‘The prison service is facing calls for a corporate manslaughter investigation after a litany of failures at one Milton Keynes site resulted in an “unbroken pattern of deaths”, with 18 inmates taking their own lives in four years.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2017

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Debating the right to die – OUP Blog

Posted April 25th, 2017 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, human rights, news, suicide by sally

‘There are so many reasons why we value and promote choice and autonomy. The country and news media quite rightly protests with outrage when bad things happen to good people as their lives and civil liberties are destroyed by acts of terrorism and grievous crimes.’

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OUP Blog, 21st April 2017

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Mentally ill mother who jumped off cliff with newborn did not get help from medics because she was ‘articulate’ and ‘middle class’, review finds – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 7th, 2017 in hospitals, mental health, news, pregnancy, social services, suicide by tracey

‘A mother who jumped off a cliff with her newborn daughter was failed by medics because she was “articulate” and “middle class”, a review has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th April 2017

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Bereaved families bring case against government over prisoner suicides – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2017 in death in custody, judicial review, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘Relatives of prisoners at HMP Woodhill who have taken their own lives are to bring a legal challenge against the institution’s governor and the justice secretary for allegedly failing to introduce basic safety measures. Eighteen prisoners have killed themselves at the jail in Milton Keynes since early 2013 despite repeated recommendations and guidance from coroners’ reports and official bodies that investigate deaths in custody.’

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The Guardian, 7th April 2017

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Dead man’s child sexual abuse convictions overturned – BBC News

Posted April 7th, 2017 in appeals, child abuse, news, sexual offences, suicide by tracey

‘Appeal judges have overturned the child sex abuse conviction of a former Sussex boarding school worker who killed himself before the end of his trial.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2017

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Prisons watchdog condemns lack of action on rising female suicides – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, suicide, women by sally

‘The prisons and probation ombudsman has hit out at a “lack of concerted and sustained action” following a rise in the number of suicides among female prisoners.’

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The Guardian, 28th March 2017

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Hannah was petrified,’ say parents of student who killed herself during rape inquiry – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, mental health, news, rape, suicide, universities, victims by sally

‘Amanda and Paul Stubbs give first interview after prosecutors drop charges against daughter’s fellow student.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2017

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If you’ve ever thought that prison is the place for mentally ill criminals, you need to hear about the tragic life of Vishnu Wood – The Independent

Posted February 24th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, suicide by sally

‘I’m not a vindictive person by nature. But when I attended Vishnu’s funeral after mentoring him through so many highs and lows, I wanted the judges who had sent him to Wormwood Scrubs to be there.’

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The Independent, 24th February 2017

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Prisons need ‘profound culture change’, charities say – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in charities, mental health, news, prisons, reports, statistics, suicide by sally

‘Prisons in England and Wales need a “profound culture change” which focuses on inmate safety, a new report says.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2017

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Retired dentist who tried to murder wife after falling victim to fraud spared jail as she begs judge not to send him to prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A retired dentist who tried to strangle his wife with a tie after he was conned out of £200,000 has been spared jail after she begged the judge not to send him to prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

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Prison suicides rise to record level in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2017 in news, prisons, statistics, suicide by sally

‘A record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, figures show.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2017

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