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Depression kills, so why aren't people getting better NHS care?

Depression is the most common mental health problem associated with suicidal ideas, but care services adopt a uniform approach that doesn’t always work<p>Jen is desperate. She is starting to think about taking her own life. Her GP referred her to the Improving access to psychological therapies (Iapt) …

In the mind: Growing up with 'not a normal dad'

<b>What is it like growing up with a parent who needs reminding to take the medication that stems the voices in his head? And what is it like to be the father who relies on his young daughters to get him through the day?</b><p>BBC News takes a look into the life of a family from Sussex. In their own words, …

Mental Health

Leaked report reveals scale of crisis in England's mental health services

Damning confidential report reveals suicides are rising and 75% of those needing help are not receiving it<p>A leaked report by a government taskforce has painted a devastating picture of England’s mental health services, revealing that the number of people killing themselves is soaring, that …

Mental health affects all of us and we need to talk about it

The #itaffectsme campaign aims to create a conversation around mental health issues and show just how prevalent they are. Laura Darrell, the woman behind the campaign, explains why it’s so important to her<p>Mental health issues, they affect me. I suffer from anxiety, and find the pressures of the …

Can't Focus? It Might Be Undiagnosed Adult ADHD

When Cathy Fields was in her late 50s, she noticed she was having trouble following conversations with friends.<p>"I could sense something was wrong with me," she says. "I couldn't focus. I could not follow."<p>Fields was worried she had suffered a stroke or was showing signs of early dementia. Instead …

Autism

Poverty causes depression, brain connectivity changes in children – study

Children growing up in poorer families are at a higher risk of suffering from depression caused by its impact on their brain connections, new …

Father calls for review of mental health system after daughter's death

Inquest rules that failings at NHS trust allowed Abbi McAllister to abscond and then fall from multistorey car park<p>The father of a student who killed herself has called for a review of the mental health system after an inquest found a series of failings led to his daughter’s death.<p>Abbi McAllister, …

Mental Health

Transgender: identity is never one single thing so tick the box that says 'other'

Allison Glock-Cooper and T Cooper, authors of sci-fi transgender novel Changers, on the fluidity of gender and why you should always break the rules<p>Read the first chapter of Changers book one, Drew here<p><i>She said</i><p>When I was growing up, my mother often fretted that I wasn’t “more ladylike”. She …

This Is Why You Should Sleep on Your Left Side (Backed by Science)

We all know that duration of sleep is critical for mental and physical wellbeing, but it turns out that sleep position may be another important …

Sleep

4 Jokes About Mental Illness You Need to Stop Making

Person 1: <i>Someone forgot their meds this morning! Lol!</i><p>Person 2: <i>Someone else forgot that someone listening takes meds and thinks this joke is offensive! Lol!</i><p>Don't get me wrong, I think humor is incredibly therapeutic. Even during my darkest times I was cracking jokes. A good, authentic laugh during a …

Mental Health

We asked a neuroscientist if Sherlock Holmes is actually a sociopath and his answer surprised us

At one point in the MASTERPIECE/PBS TV series, which is based on the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, policeman Philip Anderson derogatorily calls Sherlock a psychopath.<p>His dry response — <b>"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research"</b>— is …

Psychology

This female pilot was denied equal pay during WWII. Now Arlington Cemetery bars her remains.

Elaine Harmon and her comrades flew Army planes across the country. They helped train pilots on how to operate aircraft and instruments. They towed targets behind them while soldiers below fired live ammunition during training. Harmon was aware that her service could cost her life: For 38 other …

Military

The Science Behind How Cute 'Tuxedo' Cats Get Their Patchy Fur

From the two-tone coats of cats that look like they're sporting dapper tuxedos to the distinctive piebald patterns flaunted by some horses, many animals that we've grown to love have fur marked by white patches. But where do these patches come from?<p>Scientists previously thought that piebald …

There's Rage-Inducing New Data On The Amount Of Plastic In The Ocean

Plastic pollution in the ocean frequently appears as seabird guts filled with cigarette lighters and bottle caps, marine mammals entangled in fishing gear and drifting plastic bags mimicking a gelatinous meal. Last year, a study estimated that around eight million metric tons of our plastic waste …

Ötzi the Iceman's 5,000-year-old stomach bug sheds light on human migration

Mummified remains of man killed in European alps provide clue to timing of migration from north Africa<p>The gut microbes of the Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a European glacier in 1991, have shed new light on the history of human migration, scientists said on …

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game

Irish DNA originated in Middle East and eastern Europe

Genome analysis shows mass migration of Stone Age farmers from Fertile Crescent and Bronze Age settlers from eastern Europe was foundation of Celtic population<p>Scientists from Dublin and Belfast have looked deep into Ireland’s early history to discover a still-familiar pattern of migration: of stone …

Tiny Tudor treasure hoard found in Thames mud

Small gold items discovered over several years by eight different metal detectorists may all be from a 16th-century hat<p>A very small treasure hoard – a handful of tiny fragments of beautifully worked Tudor gold – has been harvested from a muddy stretch of the Thames foreshore over a period of years …

London must stop sucking up cash from the rest of Britain

It’s obscene that the capital gets whatever it wants – more bridges, concert halls, railways – while the regions are starved of funding<p>Britain’s capital city is becoming a spoiled brat. It is stupendously rich. It sucks population out of the rest of the country and then whinges when this drives up …

New 'Gender Tax' study shows women are charged more for being woman

The study, based on products in New York City, found that, on average, products geared toward girls and women cost 7% more than similar goods for males<p>It apparently costs more to be a woman.<p>A study into the "Gender Tax", looking at products aimed at women compared to products aimed at men, found …

UK chicken farming puts workers and food safety at risk

A climate of fear and often appalling conditions grip workers in the UK’s chicken abattoirs and processing plants<p>Britain’s poultry sector is in the midst of its annual Christmas bonanza as consumers splash out on festive supplies. But as people rush to get their meat they may be unaware of a dark …

Most cancer cases are avoidable, say researchers

Study says environment and lifestyle factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation are main cause of disease<p>Most cases of cancer result from avoidable factors such as toxic chemicals and radiation, according to a study.<p>The findings clash with research published earlier this year which found that …

‘Thriving off conflict’: UK is world’s second largest arms seller

Britain continues to sell arms to countries that commit human rights abuses and is now ranked second in the world for weapons sales, a report shows.<p>The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) found the UK was second only to the United States in selling weapons in 2014.<p>Britain’s …

BAE Systems

Staying put in Poland: ‘The brave ones leave and the others feel inferior’

In Grajewo, a town of ‘22,000 people with nothing to do’, there is a shortage of skilled workers and resentment at suggestions Poles in UK are benefit scroungers<p>“I think Britain should leave the European Union. Then my brother and sister will come back to Poland,” half-joked Katarzyna Górecka. But …

Seal Pups Rescued from Storms in England: Pictures

England

Revealed: How Britons welcomed black soldiers during WWII, and fought alongside them against racist GIs

Black American GIs billeted in the UK during WWII found warm welcome from British families, in contrast to vicious racist abuse meted out by their fellow countrymen<p>This was no ordinary Saturday night punch-up outside a pub.<p>At the height of World War Two, with the country gripped in a life or death …

George Orwell

Marvel’s First Lesbian Tells All: Carrie-Anne Moss on Leaving ‘The Matrix’ with ‘Jessica Jones’

The star of modern-day classics ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Memento’ opens up about her groundbreaking character in the fantastic Netflix series ‘Jessica …

Comics

Many parents 'never talk about mental health' to children

<b>More than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety or depression, a survey has suggested.</b><p>A poll of more than 1,100 parents found that 55% had not spoken about the subject to their offspring.<p>Of those, 20% said they did not know how to address the issue.<p>The …

Mental Health

Incredible Photos by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action

At 26, Dickey Chapelle was photographing on the front lines, covering global rebellions and countries at war.<p>Long before the days of citizen journalism, where shaky smartphone videos and glib tweets serve as dubious reportage, intrepid individuals such as Dickey Chapelle (1919-1965) deliberately …

Ho Chi Minh City

Genetics

Genetic Changes and Cancer<p>Cancer is a genetic disease—that is, cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, …