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Shrien Dewani, who is accused of organising the murder of his wife Anni, has lost a High Court bid to block his extradition to South Africa until he is fit to stand trial.

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Adam Lanza, the young man who gunned down twenty children and six staff members in a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the US last year, had an “obsession with mass murders, in particular the April 1999 shootings at Columbine high school in Colorado,” according to a report on the investigation into the bloody attack.

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The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is increasing

Stop using police cells for those experiencing mental health-related emergencies

If you’d just had a heart attack you’d never be held in a custody

Channel 4's ‘Bedlam’ is right to expose the tough reality of severe mental illness

We must ensure that our desire to protect vulnerable people from media exploitation doesn’t result in censorship of mental health issues

Paranoid schizophrenic Lloyd Drew at home with his father, Ray

The schizophrenia stereotype scares the sufferer too

David Nath explains why he hopes his ‘Bedlam’ TV series will help change ingrained attitudes to psychotic illness

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What it’s really like to tell people you have schizophrenia

Some people have been hounded out of jobs, or sacked on the spot when their employers found about their illness

Home comfort: Dominic, here with his wife, Rachel, featured in 'Bedlam' on Channel 4

TV review: Bedlam, Channel 4

The abiding image from last night's episode of Bedlam (Channel 4) was of two male patients sitting in a grey canteen striking up an impromptu duet of the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City". This took place in the South London and Maudsley crisis centre, the focus of this second episode, but also served as a visual metaphor for this mental health documentary series as a whole: determinedly optimistic, despite some very bleak circumstances.

Inside television: Deadly Dexter is the real deal

TV watcher have long since made peace with the fact that not everything that happens on television is an exact replica of real life. TV writers reserve the right to improve on the everyday by making faces prettier, comebacks wittier and stereotypes lazier.

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23-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after killing Wayne Busst and Ian Watson-Gladwish

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The cheek of it! New health minister’s crackdown on builder’s bum

Jane Ellison has announced her first priority is urging construction workers to 'get into shape'

World Mental Health Day: Nobody should ever be alone with a mental health problem

Mental illness accounts for a third of all illnesses, so there is absolutely no reason not to talk about it

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