‘We stop people killing themselves’

The barber “I am quite open about my mental health and people are sometimes shocked,” says 27-year-old barber Tommie McGuckin. “They look at your Instagram and think it is all parties and unicorns but nobody’s actual life is always like that.” The prison officers Alex McClintock was minutes from taking his own life when his daughter phoned to say she loved him. “That stopped me and I’ve been trying to build things skyward ever since,” he says. The 45-year-old prison officer, who was first diagnosed with depression when he was barely out of his teens, was scrambling for something to unlock his own struggles when it arrived in the form of Andy’s Man Club. The peer-to-peer support group for men …

Dad Wrote A Porno stars quizzed by real ‘Belinda’

Image copyright Netherton Foundry Image caption Maddy’s in the pots and pans industry Maddy: Working for Netherton Foundry, I’ve travelled all over Britain and to Germany and France to sell pans – and I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s actually turned on by pans. How has she found so many people so turned on by cookware? Alice: I feel like Maddy is taking this literally – I’m not sure it’s the touch of the pan and the stainless steel getting her going. I think, for Belinda, it’s the business she is turned on by – the entrepreneur. She’s turned on by suppliers, she’s turned on by distributors, it’s anything in the chain. Jamie: She’s very attracted to the passion that …

‘Patchy’ help for students’ mental health

It comes as an inquest opens into the suicide of a 19-year-old student. Parents ‘should be told of student mental health’ New system to spot troubled uni students Graduates ‘need mental health support’ Ceara Thacker, originally from Bradford, took her own life in May 2018 while studying at Liverpool University after her mental health deteriorated. She had struggled with it earlier in her teenage years, and attempted suicide in the February before her death. ‘In a fog’ Mental-health campaigner Sir Norman obtained information from 110 universities, under freedom-of-information laws, on the demand for, and investment in, mental-health support for their students. The responses revealed that many universities did not monitor how well services were used, or whether they were meeting …

Vets concerned over animal medicines in no-deal

Most of the veterinary medicines used in the UK are either produced in or enter via the EU, according to industry body the National Office of Animal Health. The government has confirmed that animal medicines are classed as “category 1” goods, which would be prioritised if there was disruption at the border after a no-deal Brexit. No-deal Brexit papers warn of shortages and riots Reality Check: Are pet passports under threat? Pet travel warning in no-deal Brexit plan Simon Doherty, the president of the BVA, said there were concerns over how lorry delays at ferry ports could affect short shelf-life medicines. “Where we have products which are short shelf-life products, you need the supply chain to be maintained on a …

Flintoff ‘fine’ after Top Gear drag race mishap

Richard Hammond injured in Swiss crash I’d love to be England coach – Flintoff Tuesday’s incident happened as Flintoff took part in a drag race with fellow presenters Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris. It took place at the same airfield where former Top Gear host Richard Hammond was seriously injured during filming in 2006. Flintoff was believed to have been driving a motorised trike known as a Time Bandit and was dressed in full motorcycle protective clothing and crash helmet. A BBC Studios spokesperson said: “The health and safety of our presenters and crew on Top Gear is paramount. “As viewers of the recent series will have seen, Freddie is often keen to get ‘off the beaten track’. “Tuesday’s filming …

PM ‘won’t be deterred’ from Brexit on 31 October

Bercow warns PM against disobeying Brexit law 10 ways no-deal Brexit could affect you How are the UK’s talks with the EU going? Earlier this week Parliament passed a law forcing Mr Johnson to ask for an extension to Brexit. He will have to write to the EU on 19 October to ask for an extra three months, unless he returns with a deal – then approved by MPs – or gets the Commons to back a no-deal Brexit. But despite the new law, Mr Johnson said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for an extension. The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, vowed to act with “creativity” if Mr Johnson ignored the law, saying it …

Transgender waiting lists ‘putting people at risk’

A BBC freedom of information request found that almost 2,000 patients are now under their care, with the number of referrals rising steeply over the past five years. At the start of 2019, almost 300 people had been waiting more than a year for a first appointment with a specialist. NHS guidelines say gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. The condition is not covered by the NHS’s 18-weeks referral-to-treatment target but the STA thinks the first appointment with a specialist should be within that timescale, because delays can take a “real toll” in terms of depression and anxiety. Image copyright Getty Images …

Plan to reduce NI’s suicide rate revealed

Instead it states early intervention can make a real difference. Additional funding Among the 10 objectives and 44 actions is ensuring suicide prevention services and support are delivered appropriately in deprived areas where suicide and self-harm rates are highest. The strategy secured cross-departmental support and additional funding of £1.35m through the transformation programme. That brings the total funding on suicide prevention in this financial year to more than £9m. Charities had hoped there would be at least £3m in additional funds. The document states that full implementation of the strategy will require additional funding in the future. Dr McBride told BBC News NI there needs to be a refocus and applauded the joint departmental approach. Stark figures Three times as …

How come all these animals keep flying on planes?

Report End of Twitter post by @ecnowak They’re different to service animals like guide dogs or assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Last year America’s United Airlines said requests for “support pets” had risen by 75% to 76,000 in a year. But a “support peacock” known as Dexter was turned away from a flight, with the airline saying it didn’t meet guidelines because of its weight and size. Image copyright Moesha Mitchel Image caption This turkey was on board a plane in America The Emotional Support Animal Registry’s trying to get legal recognition, so flights from the UK would have to let support animals on board. It’s campaigning for a change for cats and dogs first. It says politicians “understand …

Tory MP cleared over sex texts to women

‘Damaged reputation’ But, “given his state of mental health both now and at the time”, it concluded further action would be inappropriate. Mr Griffiths reportedly sent the women more than 2,000 messages in 21 days, weeks after the birth of his first child. A resolution letter from the watchdog said: “Mr Griffiths’ conduct has undoubtedly damaged his own reputation, as well as his health and family relationships. “However damaging these events have been for Mr Griffiths personally, I am not persuaded that the texts he exchanged with the two women have caused significant damage to the reputation of the House of Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.” Related Topics Uttoxeter Andrew Griffiths Original Article : HERE ;

Banned driver jailed for PC fence crush

The 26-year-old, of Charnley Road, had also previously admitted driving while disqualified and conspiracy to possess a Class A drug with intent to supply. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Staffordshire Police officer Ms Bond suffered a broken knee cap and leg in the attack Ms Bond was trapped against a fence, dragged along for about 6ft (2m), and then thrown to the ground, moments after she had attempted to grab the keys from Malhi’s BMW. Malhi fled and was picked up by Bullmore in a Range Rover Evoque. She drove dangerously while Mahli threw child seats out of the vehicle’s windows at pursuing police vehicles, the court heard. Cocaine with a street value of more than £2,000 was subsequently …

Who were the Conservative Brexit rebels?

So who rebelled? Philip Hammond Image copyright PA Media Theresa May’s former justice secretary is another key figure – so much so that he and his anti-no-deal associates have been dubbed the “Gaukeward squad”. The 48-year old former solicitor – who was George Osborne’s number two at the Treasury in pre-referendum days – has said a no-deal exit would be a “big mistake” for the UK and he would not be “complicit” in something which would see people lose their jobs. The South West Hertfordshire MP faced calls earlier this year from some activists in his constituency to deselect him. Confronted with the same threat now from No 10, he said he was prepared to put the national interest ahead …

3m fund to help UK nationals with EU forms

Under the withdrawal deal agreed between Theresa May and the EU, UK nationals would have kept their freedom of movement rights during a transition period. However the deal was repeatedly rejected by MPs and the UK is currently set to leave the EU on 31 October without a deal. Brexit: How would no deal affect UK citizens in the EU? MPs ask EU to protect UK citizens in no-deal Brexit Brexit: Will Britons in the EU still get healthcare? There is uncertainty about what a no-deal exit would mean for Britons living in the EU but expats are being advised to register as residents of the country in which they live. The rules on residency – including deadlines for paperwork …

Kidneys with hepatitis C used in transplants

Mrs Carpenter, who had her transplant in May and is coming to the end of her course of treatment, said: “Before having a kidney transplant, I was dialysing every night for about seven months. I’m a positive person so I didn’t let it affect me too much but I did find it difficult to plan to do things. “When the team asked me if I would consider a kidney with hepatitis C, I didn’t hesitate, I jumped at the chance. I felt as though I had nothing to lose and wasn’t at all frightened. “Saying thank you isn’t enough because what they have given me is simply my freedom. “Since the operation, my treatment to cure my hepatitis C has …

‘PCs taken off beat for mental health calls’

Police ‘dealing with more mental health incidents’ Meet the London’s first ‘mental health’ police unit Mental health dominates armed police time Dyfed-Powys Police chief constable Mr Collins, who leads on mental health and policing for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said officers should always respond in an emergency but should not be responsible for “lower level calls” The Welsh Government said it spent more on mental health services than on any other part of the NHS. All four police forces in Wales, whose combined budget is around £600m, use specialist mental health-trained staff in their call centres or in triage teams that attend mental health-related incidents. But the true cost of the police hours spent on mental health-related incidents would …

Javid pledges cash for schools, NHS and police

Ministerial sources said bringing the review forward was intended to provide certainty ahead of Brexit, which the government has promised will happen on 31 October. But BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley said it also increases speculation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing the ground for a general election in the autumn – something that Downing Street denies. Mr Johnson would require the support of two-thirds of MPs to call an early election – or one would follow a successful no-confidence vote in the government. No-deal Brexit opponents agree strategy Chancellor announces Brexit spending review What should we expect from the new chancellor? Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), said Mr Javid should be able to …