Preventing suicide: your thoughts and experiences

The Department of Health has published its first annual report on England's cross-government suicide prevention strategy. Among other things, the report calls for a renewed commitment by health care professionals to listen more closely to friends or family who worry someone close to them may be at risk of self harm.

The Social Care News blog would be interested to hear your views on the report and to share your experiences from both a personal and professional perspective. What more could and should we be doing to prevent self harm and suicide in this country?

You can share your thoughts and experience by clicking here to view the full article and leaving a comment at the bottom.

Poll shows 9 in 10 of the public support new rights to time off work for caring for loved ones

Carers UK, backed by journalist Jackie Ashley, have launched a campaign for statutory paid leave for the nation's carers. The charity is calling for a legal right to a minimum of five days paid 'care leave' and for a debate on rights to longer periods of leave to care for disabled, older seriously or terminally ill loved ones.

Read more: Poll shows 9 in 10 of the public support new rights to time off work for caring for loved ones

BBC: Children 'still being held illegally in police cells'

Last October the Howard League for Penal Reform, a charity that has campaigned against the practice, revealed that more than 40,000 children had been detained in custody in 2011 in contravention of the law.

As reported by the BBC, Manchester Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley told a group of MPs that police and councils needed to be reminded of their statutory duties. She said the lack of suitable accommodation was a "growing concern" because of "shrinking resources".

Read more: BBC: Children 'still being held illegally in police cells'

'Young People Being Denied Access to Mental Health Support Online'

According to the Huffington Post, the new internet filters introduced by David Cameron not only block pornographic and extremist websites but are also preventing access to websites on mental health, LGBT support, contraception, domestic violence and more.

As reported by the New Statesman, websites such as ChildLine, Refuge, mental health site Minds Like Ours and many more are blocked by the new filters, meaning many young people who rely on support from these websites may have to request that their parents remove the filter or 'suffer in silence'.

Read the latest Ofcom report on internet safety measures here.