Mental health

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

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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

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A post on Facebook shares out-of-date information about contacting the charity.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
It’s not clear if antidepressants cause hair loss
15 February 2021

A Bangladesh study doesn’t show that depression follows Covid-19

The Telegraph misreported a scientific study which found that many former Covid-19 sufferers had depression, but did not say whether the virus was to blame.

Read more…
A Bangladesh study doesn’t show that depression follows Covid-19
2 September 2020

There’s no evidence the number of people taking their own life fell during the Covid-19 pandemic

Health secretary Matt Hancock was wrong to say figures for England show a decrease in the number of people taking their own life.

Read more…
There’s no evidence the number of people taking their own life fell during the Covid-19 pandemic
27 August 2020

Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country

A study which found that students’ anxiety levels were lower during the pandemic than in October 2019 was conducted among year 9 students in the south west of England.

Read more…
Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country

Full Fact fights bad information

Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.