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International disability community sign up to progress

The inaugural Global Disability Summit held in London this week saw 170 commitments made to tackle stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities

Thousands of mothers left to cope alone with mental illness

Thousands of women are having to cope alone with mental health problems caused by pregnancy or giving birth because the NHS cannot provide the necessary help, a leaked report has revealed.

Seven-year-old double amputee is cast by River Island to model its new active wear range - as the little girl's proud father says there's 'no stopping her'

Bouncing on her prosthetic blades, double amputee Daisy-May Demetre beams as she models for a high street fashion chain.

Blue badge scheme to provide ‘lifeline’ for mentally ill people

The “blue badge” scheme, which allows people with disabilities to park close to their destinations – including on yellow lines – is to be extended to those with hidden conditions, such as mental health difficulties, in the biggest change to the system in 40 years.

Watchdog’s ‘issues of concern’ over regulator’s treatment of PIP complaints

A regulator has been told there are “issues of concern” about the way it deals with complaints against health and care professionals, including those who write dishonest benefit assessment reports.

Antidepressant prescriptions for children on the rise

The number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen over the past three years, figures obtained by BBC's File on 4 reveal.

Government will pay arrears to thousands of benefit claimants

Ministers have caved in to pressure from anti-poverty campaigners and agreed to fully backdate benefit payments to ill and disabled claimants who were left thousands of pounds out of pocket as a result of a series of bureaucratic errors.

Patients face autism referral and assessment 'lottery'

Children and adults in England can face a wait of more than two years for an autism assessment, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Disability Confident employers promise less than one job each on average

Nearly 7,000 employers that signed up to the government’s much-criticised Disability Confident jobs scheme have promised to provide just 4,500 new jobs for disabled people between them, less than one per employer.

Could psychedelics transform mental health?

Think of magic mushrooms and LSD and it's likely that science is not the first thing that springs to mind.