Mental health

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

10 September 2021

New healthcare workers suicide figures 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 healthcare workers suicide figures 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A post on Facebook shares out-of-date information about contacting the charity.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
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.

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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.

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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.

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Claims of pandemic fall in child anxiety may not apply across the whole country
3 October 2019

Is the suicide rate up?

The number of registered suicides in England is up, but changes to how suicide is recorded may account for some of the rise.

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Is the suicide rate up?
17 May 2019

Mental health spending in the English NHS

Around one in every ten pounds spent by the Department of Health in England goes on mental health in the NHS.

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Mental health spending in the English NHS
9 August 2018

Has the number of teenage girls self-harming doubled?

The number of hospital admissions for girls under 18 because of self-harm increased by around 84% between 1997/98 and 2016/17.

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Has the number of teenage girls self-harming doubled?

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