Many young men feel hopeless – is it a surprise they turn to gambling? | Harrison Jones

With such poor prospects in jobs, housing and savings, it’s little wonder young men turn to a heavily advertised, supposedly masculine form of escape

Men of my age often feel trapped between one group of people telling us to “man up” and another suggesting that our plight is less grave than that of others. Indeed, many will probably shrug when they learn that a new study suggests that a quarter of men between 18 and 24 have a gambling problem. Yet it does not take a genius to see a link between gambling and millennial males’ current place in society. We are a group lacking hope – and gambling is just one symptom.

My demographic is gambling for a number of reasons – some of them innocent – but economics and mental health are crucial. Of course, the cause of minority groups are generally more pressing than that of millennial men – we should not feel uneasy about asking not to be forgotten, while advocating other progressive issues. It is coherent to champion both.

16% of young men think that no matter how hard they try, their life will amount to nothing

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After my suicide crisis I set up a centre to give others a safety net | Joy Hibbins

At Suicide Crisis we build personal connections so people trust us when they need to call someone at 3am

It took just minutes for a deeply traumatic experience in March 2012 to fracture my life. I experienced such terror during those moments that I couldn’t sit with my back to a door for weeks. I was convinced that someone would come in and harm me. The event replayed constantly in my mind. I couldn’t escape. I was in the grip of severe post-traumatic stress disorder and within days I was at the point of suicide.

I called my out of hours GP and was referred to a mental health crisis and home treatment team, but I found it hard to connect with the number of different people involved in my care. Their methods were very practical. They would tell me to distract myself when I felt suicidal. But what I wanted was emotional support from a team who knew and understood me as an individual. The clinical distance of psychiatric staff left me feeling detached and alone

Related: Losing my husband inspired me to tackle farming’s suicide problem

One of our clients says he carries us in his pocket. He feels that we are always with him

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M&S launches mental health drop-ins as part of Ruby Wax project

Retailer to host fortnightly ‘Frazzled Cafes’ in 11 stores at which people can share their stories
Marks & Spencer is to host mental health drop-ins in its store cafes as part of an initiative designed to soothe stressed shoppers.

The Frazzled Cafe project is fronted by the comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax. The fortnightly sessions, which will be hosted by trained volunteers in restaurants that have closed for the day, will initially be held in 11 stores with more locations to be added in the coming months. The branches taking part include three in London as well as outlets in Nottingham, Leeds and Newcastle.

Related: M&S enjoys cracking Christmas as clothing sales rise

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Why Donald Trump should play even more golf | Patrick Barkham

There’s a furore over how much he’s played in his first few weeks as president. But evidence shows that being outdoors could be the best way for him to stay calm and sane

Scrolling through Twitter last night, I wondered why I felt so well. Not smug, just mystified by a mental and physical glow that made me strangely impervious to the toxic aspects of social media.

Related: Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health | Florence Williams

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Thomas Orchard death: police cleared of manslaughter

Sergeant and two detention officers found not guilty over death of Orchard after he was restrained at Exeter police station

Three Devon and Cornwall police staff have been cleared by a jury at Bristol crown court of the manslaughter of a man with mental health issues who collapsed while in custody after a heavy webbing belt was placed around his face.

Thomas Orchard suffered a cardiac arrest and brain damage after the belt was held across his face for more than five minutes.

Related: ‘He was really really let down’: Thomas Orchard’s family speak out

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If we hide our mental health issues, we make it easier for society to ignore us | Clare Allan

The invisible nature of mental health problems underlies the discrimination many people face – and makes it easier to cut their benefits

People with mental health issues are being expected to “prove it” as never before. Whether, as individuals, being assessed for disability benefits or, collectively, campaigning for services and adequate welfare provision, the pressure to demonstrate genuine need, to prove that one is “really disabled”, to quote the Tory MP George Freeman, is greater than ever.

The invisible nature of mental health problems, the fact that they do not show up on an x-ray, that no blood test can diagnose depression, underlies much of the discrimination people with mental health issues face. Humans are strongly predisposed to believe in what they can see. For many people, it is hard to accept that severe anxiety, for example, might incapacitate someone from leaving their house as genuinely as if they were suffering from a physical paralysis. The fact that the problem cannot be seen makes it easier to dismiss. They could, if they really wanted to; they’re just not trying hard enough; everyone gets stressed sometimes, and so on. Of course, the help a person with anxiety needs to enable them to leave the house will be different from that of a person with a physical disability, but that doesn’t make the need any less real.

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‘Inadequate’ celebrity mental health clinic ordered to improve

Regulator concerned for safety of patients at risk of suicide or self-harm at Priory hospital, which treated stars including Amy Winehouse

A private mental healthcare clinic that treated celebrity patients such as Lily Allen, Johnny Depp and Amy Winehouse has been ordered to make improvements amid concerns for the safety of patients at risk of suicide or self-harm.

The Priory hospital is based in a Grade II-listed building in Roehampton, south-west London.

Related: Child deaths in Priory hospitals provoke calls to cancel NHS contract

Related: US-owned Acadia Healthcare buys the Priory for £1.28bn

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‘He was really really let down’: Thomas Orchard’s family speak out

Family of man with mental illness who died after being restrained in custody say situation was ‘clearly a medical crisis, not a criminal one’

The ordeal began for Thomas Orchard’s mother, Alison, as she strolled beside a river in Devon in October 2012. She took a call from her son’s social worker saying he had missed an appointment for a mental health assessment.

Related: Thomas Orchard death: police cleared of manslaughter

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Disabled people are confronting the spectre of social death | Jane Campbell

Superficially the UK leads the world on disability rights, but colossal cuts are undermining the progress made over the last few decades

On Monday, disabled representatives from disability organisations across England, Scotland and Wales presented reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva. It is now eight years since the UK ratified the UNCRPD with cross-party support and this is the committee’s first full examination of the UK’s performance.

So how are we doing? The government is fond of claiming that the UK is a “world leader” on disability rights. Superficially, this claim remains fairly accurate. We have the most comprehensive and proactive equality law anywhere in the world; social care legislation and practice that embodies the principle of choice and control; a social security system that claims to recognise the extra costs of disability; and law and regulations to advance accessibility. It is important to remind ourselves of what disabled people have achieved over the past 30-40 years of disability rights activism, as we have charted our journey from objects of care and charity to becoming active, contributing citizens. But any assessment of progress cannot be confined solely to what we now have, or where we were in the past. And judging by the UK’s direction of travel, the government’s claim of world leadership quickly unravels: we are seeing big cuts to services and watering down of rights and opportunities of disabled people.

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Thousands of vulnerable people held unlawfully in care homes – report

Law Commission study, laid before parliament, reveals growing strain on already overburdened care system

Tens of thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities are being detained unlawfully in hospitals and care homes across Britain, the Law Commission has said.

Replacing the “administrative and bureaucratic nightmare” system of deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) would speed up checks and allow care workers to concentrate on those most at risk, the legal study recommends.

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