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Why alcohol can lead veterans to make terrible decisions

Why alcohol can lead veterans to make terrible decisions

by Aasma Day “Suicide is often an impulsive act and that is more likely when someone is intoxicated.” Prof Neil Greenberg, professor of defence mental health at King’s College, London, says it is widely recognised that veterans are more likely to have alcohol difficulties. Prof Greenberg, who served in the armed forces for more than […]

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‘There is definitely the capability to have people’s records show they are veterans’

‘There is definitely the capability to have people’s records show they are veterans’

by Aasma Day Recording the previous occupations for all those who have died as a result of suicide would give useful comparison data – particularly for those who have been exposed to any form of trauma during their working life. That is the view held by Prof Neil Greenberg, professor of defence mental health at […]

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New research into veteran suicide rates could save lives

New research into veteran suicide rates could save lives

by Dean Kirby, i Northern Correspondent The author of the last major UK study into the suicide deaths of armed forces veterans says new research into the issue could help the Ministry of Defence to monitor trends and ultimately save lives. Professor Nav Kapur, the head of research at the Centre for Suicide Prevention at […]

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We’re failing our veterans by not recording suicides properly

We’re failing our veterans by not recording suicides properly

By Aasma Day The “British stiff upper lip” attitude to death and the UK system of recording deaths means there is not enough accurate information about suicides in this country. That’s the view of Dr Walter Busuttil, consultant psychiatrist and medical director at Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. He explains: […]

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Best man or bridesmaid? Here’s what you can expect to pay for your role in a wedding

Best man or bridesmaid? Here’s what you can expect to pay for your role in a wedding

A wedding may be a joyous occasion, but the big day can rack up some hefty costs – especially if you’re a member of the wedding party. Although being invited to be a part of the bride and groom’s special day may be an honour, it can become stressful in terms of money, with many […]

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Will more parts of the UK face hosepipe bans this summer? Everything you need to know

Will more parts of the UK face hosepipe bans this summer? Everything you need to know

The recent heatwave and lack of rain has taken its toll on water supplies, to the extent that hosepipe bans are now being introduced in some parts of the UK. A hosepipe ban was introduced in Northern Ireland at the end of June, but now millions in the north-west of England are now also facing […]

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How to avoid tick bites this summer – and what to do if you find one

How to avoid tick bites this summer – and what to do if you find one

The summer season is a great time to make the most of the great outdoors, with hiking, camping and gardening all much easier and more enjoyable in warmer weather. But spending more time outside means a heightened risk of tick bites, which can, in some cases, result in Lyme disease. What are ticks? Ticks are […]

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Mamma Mia 2: every ABBA song featured in the new movie

Mamma Mia 2: every ABBA song featured in the new movie

Musical movie sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again hits cinemas this week. And fans of the exuberantly enjoyable original will be keen to know which ABBA songs they can sing along to in Mamma Mia 2. The first film included a fair few of the Swedish pop act’s biggest hits. But the new outing, […]

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Rugrats is getting a TV reboot – and a live-action movie

Rugrats is getting a TV reboot – and a live-action movie

If you grew up with ’90s children’s cartoon Rugrats, you might be delighted to learn that a new animated TV reboot is in the works. But you may also be alarmed to hear that a live-action film is being lined-up too. The good news Following the exploits of a group of toddlers – plucky Tommy, […]

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Why your 50p coin could be worth up to 320 times its face value

Why your 50p coin could be worth up to 320 times its face value

It’s time to rustle through your loose change. That humble 50 pence coin in your pocket could worth as much as £160. According to a “scarcity index” released by changechecker.org earlier this year, special editions of the 7-sided coin depicting Kew Gardens could fetch up to £160 – 320 times its face value. There are […]

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