Scotland’s drug death crisis in six charts

Almost 1,200 died of drug-related deaths in Scotland last year, a rise of 27% on 2017 and the highest recorded rate in Europe. The deaths were directly caused by drugs, which were usually acquired illicitly and most often among people who are known to be dependent users. 1. The worst rate in Europe? Scotland’s drug-related death rate is higher than all other EU countries but it needs to be said that there are recognised issues with under-reporting in some countries. While it seems likely that the problem in many countries is worse than official figures suggest, Scotland’s drug-related death rate – 218 per million of the population – is by far the highest. It is about three times that of …

Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘chained to bed’ in hospital

In a press release, the Free Nazanin Campaign said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, told her husband she was “broken” by the experience. ‘Proper torture’ Speaking to him on the phone on Sunday and Monday, he said she told him: “They did all they could to me – handcuffs, ankle cuffs, in a private room two by three metres, with thick curtains, and the door closed all the time. “I wasn’t allowed to leave the room, as I was chained to the bed. It was proper torture. It was tough, and I was struggling.” He said she continued: “I never thought I would end up there. I always found myself strong, and then finding myself there – it was really traumatising. “There …

Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne primary school teacher: “We cry together over what we hear children say”. Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from 46 health trusts indicate they rose from 21,125 to 31,531. Seven trusts said they had rejected an individual pupil for treatment at least five times over the last four years. The government says it is “determined to improve mental health support”. Pupils had also spent more than a year on a waiting list for mental health services at 12 different trusts. Image caption …

Does 5G pose health risks?

These waves travel shorter distances through urban spaces, so 5G networks require more transmitter masts than previous technologies, positioned closer to ground level. Radio waves are non-ionising The radio wave band – used for mobile phone networks – is non-ionising, “which means it lacks sufficient energy to break apart DNA and cause cellular damage,” says David Robert Grimes, physicist and cancer researcher. Higher up the electromagnetic spectrum, well beyond those frequencies used by mobile phones, there are clear health risks from extended exposure. The sun’s ultra-violet rays fall within this harmful category, and can lead to skin cancers. There are strict advisory limits for exposure to even higher energy radiation levels such as medical x-rays and gamma rays, which can …

Army rejects call for mental health checks

Both men were serving with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles and had previously been in active service in Afghanistan. They were based at Abercorn Barracks in Ballykinler, County Down, when they died. Image copyright PA Media Emma Norton, solicitor for the two soldiers’ families and head of legal casework for Liberty, said there was still “a very serious problem” within the forces. “The families are really devastated, not only at the way in which the MoD conducted itself during this inquest towards them; they are also very saddened by the response of the head of the Army to the coroner’s perfectly reasonable recommendation.” Carol Mitchell, the mother of Rifleman Mitchell, added: “The only person that can keep your son safe …

Health trust apologises for ‘serious failings’

‘Limited chances’ She said the patient’s limited chances of survival from her illness, liver disease, were dependent on her receiving timely and appropriate care. In a statement to BBC News NI, the NHSCT said the patient’s treatment had fallen short of the accepted standard. “We have apologised unreservedly to the family of the patient that the treatment and care she received fell short of the standard that we strive to achieve,” it said. “We have identified and taken on board the learning from this case and this will continue to be reflected in practice going forward.” Related Topics Coleraine NHS Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Electric cars ‘will not solve transport problem’

CREDS is an academic consortium of more than 80 academics across the UK. “Car use is a massive blind spot on government policy,” Prof Jillian Anable, one of the authors of the report, said. She added: “For many years ministers have adopted the principle of trying to meet demand by increasing road space. “They need to reduce demand instead.” What’s your diet’s carbon footprint? What is a climate emergency? How can I help? But what about people who depend on their cars? The authors say there will always be people who depend on cars, especially in the countryside or suburbs. But, they point out that many young people in cities are choosing not to buy cars. Instead they are using …

Freeman ‘overruled’ opening of sick kids hospital

Image caption The new hospital had been due to open in autumn 2017 The health secretary said she was informed on Tuesday that the “final validation check” of the ventilation system in Critical Care at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People was not meeting national standards. She said: “Because this was picked up so late I want to be sure that all other safety checks in the rest of the hospital are also conducted again. “The decision I took was that it was too great a risk.” Image caption Staff were ready to leave the old Sick Kids hospital Ms Freeman said she should have the results of the additional safety checks “very soon”. If everything was …

How Ian Brady got access to teenagers in jail

As he lost weight, he was moved to the prison hospital. He was allowed to stay there even after he began eating again, in a room on the Mental Observation Landing, known as G2. Image copyright PA Image caption Brady was keen to leave the Wormwood Scrubs segregation unit The staff had had to move boys off the landing to get them away from him, he added. But despite numerous objections made by staff and others over the years, arguing that Brady should be moved, he stayed on the Mental Observation Landing, and his privileges steadily increased. Brady was allowed to watch television with other patients and given duties that enabled him to move beyond the landing, cleaning toilets and …

The care home that built a replica High Street

Image caption The “sensory street” is home to a butcher’s, a tea room and a post office A care home in Birmingham has built a “sensory street” – complete with tea room, sweet shop and post office – to help stimulate its residents. It is particularly helpful to those living with dementia, but how does it work? When you first arrive at Robert Harvey House, the first thing you hear is music – songs from the 1950s onwards playing over the sound system throughout the home. And then you take a walk outside the back door. A goat jumps up and greets you hoping for some scraps of vegetables, a parrot squawks a loud “hello” and then you see a …

Breakdancing to help mental health fight

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamie Berry turned to breakdancing as an escape from bullying After years of bullying, when he was just 13 Jamie Berry tried to take his own life. Then Jamie turned to breakdancing – known as breaking – which he says has saved him from suicide numerous times. In Rhondda, he is using breaking to help others in a class which GPs can now refer people to. Public health experts hope community classes like Jamie’s, run by Avant Cymru in Cymmer, could help ease pressure on NHS services. “It’s a way to get the demon off my back and to be free,” he said. Image copyright Huw Dale Photography Image caption Jamie Berry …

Javid to run for Tory party leader

Tory leadership contenders – who’s standing? The people who will choose the UK’s next prime minister In a video, Mr Javid said he wanted to “rebuild trust, to find unity and create new opportunities for our country”. He said the results of the European elections – which saw his party score less than 10% of the total vote, compared to nearly 25% in 2014 – made it “all too clear” that the government “must get on and deliver Brexit to ensure there is renewed trust in our democracy”. He added: “We must bridge divides to heal communities, reminding us of our shared values as a United Kingdom, and we must strengthen our society and economy so that everyone can benefit …

‘Too many’ young in mental health hospitals

Research shows a clear need to “focus on children’s journeys before they are admitted into inpatient care”, the report says, but often this is not happening. “Children, families and staff working in this area spoke again and again about how the failure to provide appropriate support to children when they are in school and living in the community, and particularly when they reach a crisis point, has contributed to inappropriate hospital admissions and delayed discharges,” it says. Child mental health ‘postcode lottery’ Is young people’s mental health getting worse? The review says there were 250 children identified as having a learning disability or autism in mental health hospitals in England in February 2019, compared with 110 in March 2015. According …

‘My parents might have aborted me’

“My mum had a really open conversation with me even when I was quite young, and she said they probably would of terminated the pregnancy if they’d known.” Baroness Grey-Thompson added that people were “shocked” by this but she values her parents’ honesty. But she said that operations like the one carried out to repair the spine of Sherrie Sharp’s son Jaxson might not mean everything is “done and dusted”, as people can become disabled later in life. Related Topics Youth and disability Spina bifida Disability Pregnancy Cardiff Abortion Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

What’s the secret of life satisfaction?

Its analysis found that age also mattered: the young have higher life satisfaction than those in their 40s but life satisfaction rises again in later years, before falling again for those in their 80s. Higher income boost Living circumstances were also important. Those who own their homes or have mortgages rate their life satisfaction more highly than those in private and social rented housing. Households with dependent children were also more likely to be satisfied than those without, the ONS found. But while spending is more important than income, households with an income of between £24,000 and £44,000 would feel more satisfied if their income increased, the ONS found. The ONS, which is looking beyond the official GDP gauge to …

William reveals mental health pressures

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Duke of Cambridge says he felt “pain like no other pain” after the loss of Princess Diana The Duke of Cambridge has said he felt “pain like no other pain” after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Prince William made the disclosure in a BBC TV documentary about mental health. He said the “British stiff upper lip thing” had its place when times were hard, but people also needed “to relax a little bit and be able to talk about our emotions because we’re not robots”. William also spoke of how working as an air ambulance pilot left him feeling that death was “just around the door”. He said dealing …