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Let's not drag gender stereotypes into L'Wren Scott's death

18th March 2014

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Coverage of the designer's apparent suicide has focused on her childlessness and unmarried status, when the truth is that 90% of those who kill themselves suffer from psychiatric disordersWhat makes a beautiful, successful and extremely rich woman take her own life? In lieu of any sort of evidence, the suspected suicide of designer L'Wren Scott is as baffling as it is heartbreaking for anyone who believes that depression is the sole preserve of the poor and ugly.Unless, of course, you believe that a childless, unmarried woman has every reason in the world to be depressed.It's there in so much of ...

Roseanne Fulton: federal minister steps in to case of jailed Aboriginal woman

18th March 2014

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Nigel Scullion writes to WA and NT attorneys-general about case of mentally impaired womanBridie Jabour

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland review – 'A startling piece of work'

17th March 2014

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Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonMadness looks confusing – and a lot like ordinary life – in this dramatic argument for a new way to treat mental illnessEarlier this year, Jon Haynes, co-artistic director of Ridiculusmus, listed on his blog several things that "may have contributed" to the company's new show. One was reading a book by the psychiatrist RD Laing as an undergraduate and "finding the idea of madness quite attractive"; another, being sectioned and discovering that "madness wasn't so attractive after all". The four characters in The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland are all experiencing or assimilating mental illness ...

Bereaved relatives criticise police watchdog over deaths in custody

17th March 2014

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Independent Police Complaints Commission said to lack 'empathy, sensitivity and compassion' regarding deathsBereaved families have criticised the police watchdog – the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) – saying its members lack "empathy, sensitivity and compassion" when investigating deaths in police custody.In an IPCC report into the way the commission handles inquiries, relatives said they "felt they and those who had died were wrongly characterised or unfairly judged". And the report noted the impression that police receive more favourable treatment than members of the public.The report, published on Monday, called for better training for IPCC staff on issues related to race ...

Newtown charities fear funding for mental health care is drying up

16th March 2014

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Demand for services following fatal school shooting in 2012 ‘well beyond anything we could have predicted’

Inequality 'costs Britain £39bn a year'

16th March 2014

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Thinktank puts a figure on the annual cost of the gap between rich and poor and calls for politicians to actThe ever-increasing gulf between rich and poor in Britain is costing the economy more than £39bn a year, according to a report by the Equality Trust thinktank. The effects of inequality can be measured in financial terms through its impact on health, wellbeing and crime rates, according to statisticians at the independent campaign group.Researchers pointed to the fact that the 100 wealthiest people in the UK have as much money as the poorest 18 million – 30% of all people ...

Northern Territory 'passing the buck' on jailed Roseanne Fulton

15th March 2014

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Government accused of “passing the buck” on care of mentally impaired woman, in jail despite no conviction

Jailed without conviction: send Rosie Anne Fulton home | Mick Gooda and Graeme Innes

14th March 2014

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Mick Gooda and Graeme Innes: Around 30 Australians who have not been convicted of a crime call prison their home – and the length of time they will spend there has not been determinedMick GoodaGraeme Innes

More NHS money – yes, but no restructuring | @guardianletters

13th March 2014

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The government must listen to David Nicholson's stark warnings that the NHS cannot survive if it is denied "extra cash", but another top-down reorganisation is not the answer (NHS told to spend billions on reform or face oblivion, 13 March). It cannot sustain services given the combined pressure of rising patient demand and falling resources. Change that puts doctors and patients at the heart of decision making is needed, but centralising hospital services would be an unnecessary restructure that would damage the flexibility to respond to the needs of local communities.The government must ensure that clinical needs come first, NHS ...

Sharing the (self) love: the rise of the selfie and digital narcissism

13th March 2014

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Social media and the internet are making us more narcissistic, but can this trend be reversed?What do Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber have in common? Grandiose exhibitionism, inflated self-views, superficial personalities and shameless self-promotion. In that sense, they are just like millions of their Facebook and Twitter fans around the world, except successful.Welcome to the age of digital narcissism, a world of endless ostentation opportunities and unlimited bragging possibilities. Showing-off has never been easier and, ironically, more celebrated.Until the 90s, the media provided an escape from reality by transporting consumers to the fictional universe of sitcoms, soap operas ...

Roseanne Fulton case: NT attorney general says up to WA to release her

13th March 2014

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Case of mentally impaired NT woman imprisoned without conviction in WA jail for 18 months has sparked public outcryMichael Safi

NT called to act over mentally impaired Indigenous woman 'ignored' in WA jail

13th March 2014

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Petition demands Adam Giles move Roseanne Fulton, who has been jailed without conviction, to a care facility in her NT homeMichael Safi

Vulnerable people 'being kept prisoner in care homes'

13th March 2014

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House of Lords inquiry finds safeguards being used to oppress those lacking mental capacity and force decisions upon themTens of thousands of the most vulnerable patients are effectively being kept prisoner in care homes and hospitals through misuse of mental health laws, a damning House of Lords investigation has found.In the worst cases, safeguards aimed at protecting patients with a range of conditions are being used to oppress people and force decisions on them, peers said.They found measures supposed to be used to look after at-risk patients – such as those with dementia who might get lost if they left ...

More on the threat to mental health services from funding cuts | @guardianletters

12th March 2014

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Your letter (12 March) about the risks associated with the deep cuts in mental health funding highlighted an issue of increasing concern to me. I am regularly contacted by constituents struggling with mental health issues and it's become clear that the services they access locally are under acute pressure. Therapies have long waiting lists; crisis teams cannot respond quickly enough; dedicated mental health workers are buckling under increased workloads and either going on long-term sick or seeking other careers. It is heartbreaking to see the pain many of my constituents go through, often because of past traumatic experiences or debilitating ...

Mental health funding changes in NHS will put lives at risk, say charities

12th March 2014

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Cutting money from April contradicts government promise to put mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing, they sayPeople with mental health problems could die because of controversial NHS funding changes which breach ministerial pledges to treat patients with psychological or physical conditions equally, patient charities are warning.Six leading mental health organisations say NHS England's decision to cut the amount of money the sector will receive in "tariffs" or fees for its services from April will badly hit an area of NHS care that is already "straining at the seams".They are angry that NHS bosses and Monitor, the NHS's economic ...

Risks of deep cuts in mental health funds | @guardianletters

12th March 2014

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The recent decision by NHS England and the health regulator Monitor to recommend cutting funding for mental health services by 20% more than that for acute hospitals completely contravenes the government's promise to put mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing and will put lives at risk.Following Mid Staffs, all NHS services were obliged to comply with the Francis report to improve care and safety for patients. NHS England funded the additional costs of implementing these recommendations, yet it withheld this from mental health services – creating a significant budget shortfall. Not only does this send out a disturbing ...

Troy Buswell supported by Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop amid drinking claims

11th March 2014

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Prime minister feels sympathy for ‘controversial’ WA treasurer, who allegedly crashed his car while under the influenceBridie Jabour

Self-harm sites and cyberbullying: the threat to children from web's dark side

10th March 2014

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Suicides linked to websites add to concerns as experts warn NHS is ill-equipped to deal with fallout from 'toxic digital world'"Some of the images do scare me, especially if it's my friends. Once my friend cut lines down the side of his face as a 'Chelsea Smile', he put it online and it was the worst thing I had ever seen. He's my friend, I don't want to see him that upset. He got so much hate for it and ended up going into hibernation, nobody heard from him for over a week and we honestly thought he had killed himself."Frankie* ...

Crossword blog: stop this madness

10th March 2014

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Would you prefer not to see clues that use mental health slang for wordplay?The good people who made felt hats used to come into contact with a load of mercurous nitrate, and the effect on their brains tended to be the reason given for the apparently irrational behaviour of some milliners. Hence the early-19th-century "mad as a hatter", as seen in Thackeray …… with the result that when Lewis Carroll later created a backstory for his eccentric tea party host, the Mad Hatter was a recognisable figure. The Victorian era is remembered for its workplace health and safety as much ...

WA treasurer Troy Buswell resigns after having a breakdown

10th March 2014

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Premier Colin Barnett says Buswell has been in hospital in Perth as well as a clinic in Sydney. ‘He is not in a good place’