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A plan to end Golden Gate Bridge suicides

On the bridge's 80th anniversary, it is hoped that new measures will prevent suicides.

On the Golden Gate Bridge's 80th anniversary, it is hoped that new measures will prevent suicides - a plan strongly backed by Kevin Hines, the man who jumped in 2000 but survived against almost all odds. More than 1,500 people have taken their lives since the bridge first opened, but it is hoped a new barrier will act as a deterrent. Dave Lee reports from San Francisco.

Up to 20 deaths at mental health unit to be probed

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Police are investigating up to 20 deaths over the past 17 years at an NHS-run mental health unit in Chelmsford.

The inquiry has begun following the death of Matthew Leahy, found hanged at Linden Centre in 2012.

The North Essex NHS Trust said patient safety was a "top priority".

Matthew Leahy with his mother
BBC

Essex Police told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme it was "conducting initial inquiries into a number of deaths which have occurred at the Linden Centre since 2000".

Matthew Leahy (pictured with his mother Melanie) was admitted to the Linden Centre in 2012, aged 20, after his mental health problems had spiralled following cannabis use.

The Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust said the history of serious incidents at the Linden Centre was of "great concern". It added it was "improving systems to ensure that investigations are carried out rigorously".

During an inspection of the Linden Centre in August 2015 by the regulator, the Care Quality Commission, inspectors reported that "one patient attempted to strangle themselves with a ligature". A year later they found safety was still a concern.

"The trust must ensure that action is taken to remove identified ligature risks," the report said.

Last week, an inquest jury found that another patient, Richard Wade, died in May 2015 at the Linden Centre after staff failed to remove a dressing gown cord that he used to take his own life.

Can social media harm your mental health?

A British charity says it is potentially harmful to mental health

The Royal Society for Public Health says that "social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis" in young people. Let's hear from some young users and Shirley Cramer from the Society. (Picture: social networking friends. Credit: franckreporter)