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Probe after alleged suicide jokes.

PSYCHIATRIC staff entrusted with the care of vulnerable people have been accused of making inappropriate jokes about a suicidal patient on a social media website.

An internal investigation has been launched by Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust after four mental health professionals were reported by a patient. The exchange started when a link was posted on an open Facebook profile about a suicidal man in China who was blasted indoors from a window ledge with a high-pressure hose.

The exchange then starts with the words: "Think I might start writing that in my contingency plans."

Helen McStravick, chairwoman of Tyneside Mind, said that the comments were not acceptable.

She said: "Every day, people with mental health problems deal with bullying, misunderstandings and stigmatisation.

"It is not acceptable to laugh about any kind of debilitating illness, physical or mental, that has such a profound effect on people's lives."

The trust said they were investigating the matter.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2014
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