Vancouver Island teen’s tragic death renews calls for youth mental health resources

The tragic end to a search for a missing Vancouver Island teenager has renewed calls for access to mental health services for youth. Andre Courtmarche was found dead in Goldstream Provincial Park Saturday, concluding a week-long search for the 16 year old. Read more: Missing Vancouver Island teenager found dead after week-long search; foul play … Read more

US Carries Out Its 1st Execution of Female Inmate Since 1953 | Missouri News

By MICHAEL TARM and HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling an expectant mother in Missouri and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate. Lisa Montgomery, 52, was … Read more

Coronavirus: Quebec doctor’s death by suicide sends shockwaves through Canada’s medical community

The death of a Granby, Que., emergency physician has sent shockwaves throughout the Canadian medical community. Dr. Karine Dion, 35, who was also the mother of a young son, died by suicide earlier in January. Her family said it was the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to her death. “Her family and her … Read more

Best Advertiser stories of 2020 – free to read for a limited time

In a year like no other, our SA newsroom created a plethora of premium content for our loyal subscribers. Here are our best 25 pieces of subscriber-only journalism from 2020 – now unlocked and free for all to experience until January 27. In a year like no other, the newsroom of The Advertiser, Sunday Mail … Read more

Distraught boyfriend of missing backpacker Esther Dingley is ‘crippled with nightmares’

The boyfriend of missing backpacker Esther Dingley issued a fresh plea for answers last night, admitting her disappearance has left him crippled with nightmares. In a heartbreaking first newspaper interview, Dan Colegate told the Sunday Mirror: “Since Esther went missing I’ve been lost in a world that no longer makes sense to me.” Tomorrow will … Read more

Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system

WHEN OTHER MENTAL health services are closed during Covid-19, the mental health services provided by specialist liaison psychiatry teams of doctors and nurses based in EDs remain open. In the ED, we treat people with mental health emergencies, including those presenting with self-harm and attempted suicide. It can be distressing work, with high risk of … Read more

Urgent warnings over military care failings after RAF sergeant took his own life

A coroner has sent an ­urgent alert to military top brass over care failings after an airman hanged himself. Sonia Hayes took the rare step of issuing a Regulation 28: Report to Prevent Future Deaths notice after RAF sergeant Paul Hills’ inquest. Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, the head of the RAF, and legal … Read more

Depressed and lonely carer who ‘hid from world’ shed 17st and is ready for love

When Jenny Irons weighed over 27 stone she found the world a “very lonely place” – but now, at an enviable 10 stone 5lb, she ­cannot wait to find someone to share it with. The carer says: “I’m much more confident now, I don’t hide behind big baggy clothes any more and I’d love to … Read more

Mum urged son to come home for his mental health weeks before he took own life

A mother urged her son to come home for his mental health weeks before he took his own life, an inquest heard. Jack Kelly, 23, was found dead in the bathroom of his Salford flat in Greater Manchester on September 14, after enjoying a drink with his boyfriend and a friend just one night before. Described … Read more

Everything we know about Long Covid – symptoms including ‘brain fog’ and muscle pain

The terrible toll ‘Long Covid’ wreaks on sufferers has been laid bare as researchers find symptoms ranging from ‘brain fog’ to depression – and even testicular pain. New research reveals many patients with long Covid have been unable to return properly to work as much as six months after infection, and many claim they are … Read more

After #EndSARS, community support helps Nigerians heal wounds | Mental Health News

Lagos, Nigeria – More than two months after she was attacked while protesting against the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos, Clara Igwe*, 23, still finds it difficult to sleep. “Four [police] men cocked their guns and were facing me [saying] that I should lay down,” she recounts to Al Jazeera. “The next thing, … Read more

Kris Boyson says exercise saved his life when mental health battle left him in dark place

Kris Boyson says exercise saved his life when he reached such a low point that he didn’t know if he could go on. The personal trainer opened up about his battle with mental health as he launched his own fitness app to pass on what he’s learned to others. Kris, 31, is launching a new … Read more

Black communities have long faced barriers to mental-health care. These organizations are working to change that

When Elaisha Jade Green was in her early 20s, she tried to find a way to access mental health resources, but stalled multiple times. It took eight months to get an intake appointment after she was referred to a clinic that specializes in supporting women of colour. It took another two months to finally get … Read more

Coronavirus: Advocate says lack of masks can lead to isolation

A woman who depends on the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program said she is struggling to afford face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that limits where she can go and when and she feels isolated as a result. An advocate, who is part of the Saskatoon Inter-Agency Response to COVID-19, said … Read more