Mental health

Fact checks covering mental health service provisioning, self harm, suicide, anxiety and depression

25 October 2023

Age UK did not say that elderly suicides rose during lockdown

A Telegraph article reported comments made during the Covid Inquiry, which inaccurately described the content of Age UK’s witness statement.

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Age UK did not say that elderly suicides rose during lockdown
1 September 2023

A patient did not wait in A&E for 36 days

FOI information obtained by Labour contained errors, which made it appear that a patient had waited continuously in A&E when in fact they left the hospital and returned the following …

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A patient did not wait in A&E for 36 days
23 May 2023

The suicide rate may not have been rising in recent years

Sir Keir Starmer claimed the suicide rate is “going up”, based on a rise since 2007. But data for the last few years gives a mixed picture.

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The suicide rate may not have been rising in recent years
14 October 2022

Sunday Express misinterprets suicide data

We do not yet know whether suicides in young people rose in 2021. Suicide registrations did rise, but this may have been caused by delays earlier in the pandemic.

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Sunday Express misinterprets suicide data
20 June 2022

Child self-harm numbers in the Guardian, Mirror and Independent don’t reflect survey’s actual findings

About 3% of parents taking part in a survey said their children had begun to self-harm in response to the cost of living crisis.

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Child self-harm numbers in the Guardian, Mirror and Independent don’t reflect survey’s actual findings
12 May 2022

Reports that ‘most teachers’ are suffering from depression are based on a self-selecting survey

The data comes from members of the NASUWT teaching union who chose to complete its survey, so it can’t reliably tell us about the wellbeing of teachers as a whole.

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Reports that ‘most teachers’ are suffering from depression are based on a self-selecting survey
10 September 2021

New figures on healthcare workers' suicides should be treated with caution

Most of the suicides registered in the first half of 2020 occurred in previous years.

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New figures on healthcare workers' suicides should be treated with caution
17 August 2021

Samaritans doesn't have a text number anymore

A post on Facebook shares out-of-date information about contacting the charity.

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Samaritans doesn't have a text number anymore
10 May 2021

Sun wrong to claim lockdown doubled suicide rates

Evidence suggests suicides did not increase after the first lockdown.

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Sun wrong to claim lockdown doubled suicide rates
5 March 2021

It’s not clear if antidepressants cause hair loss

Research reported in the Express does not establish any link between the medication and losing your hair.

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It’s not clear if antidepressants cause hair loss

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