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Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental health crisis is violating human rights

As the mental health crisis deepens in the UK report shows human rights are being violated. Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), has prepared a report showing serious failings in the mental healthcare provided to people in crisis. In some cases there are violation of human rights. Campaigners said the PHSO report, titled…
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Should mental health patients ever be kept in police cells?

In Devon and Cornwall the practice of putting people experiencing mental health crises into police cells has been completely stopped. This raises the question of whether mental health patients should ever be kept in police cells rather than in a psychiatric unit. Lack of specialist beds in the region of Devon and Cornwell resulted in…
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Mental health investment disturbingly low

MQ is the first major mental health charity investigating research into mental health and they are looking at launching a drive to increase investment in this vital area as investment has been found to be disturbingly low. £115 million is spent on mental health research in Britain every year, with 85 per cent funded by…
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Portsmouth hospitals report over 800 serious incidents

NHS trusts covering Portsmouth report over 800 serious incidents during 2016-2017. Serious incident covers events such as: Avoidable or unexpected injury or serious harm Avoidable or unexpected death Patient abuse Events that lead to widespread public concern Events that affect the trust’s capacity to provide an acceptable level of care Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which…
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Your child’s mental health matters – Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The third annual one. In 2015 Place2Be launched the first Children’s Mental Health Week to shine light on the rarely discussed subject. This year Place2Be are highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Treatment for children with mental health problems is sporadic and difficult to obtain. Children often find…
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Troubled children at risk from mental health proposals, warn therapists

Children at risk from mental health therapists. Therapists have warned Ministers that young people with the most serious mental health problems will be harmed by flawed government plans to boost services in schools for troubled children. A green paper has been prepared outlining proposals to improve mental health services in schools, however, according to the…
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Perinatal Depression: 1 in 4 pregnant women suffering

There is more awareness of postnatal depression, but have you heard of perinatal depression? The definition of perinatal depression is mental health issues experienced during pregnancy and up to a year following the birth of a baby. So, you have probably heard of more specific prenatal and postnatal depression. Prenatal referring to before birth and…
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Mental Health in the UK – suicide rate falls

Mental health in the UK has been at the forefront of the news for much of the year. Official figures reveal suicide rates in the UK have seen the largest fall in 20 years. This is great news for mental health in the UK. But, it cannot be ignored that the rates are still very…
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Concerns over restraint of mental health patients

New NHS data raises concerns over the restraint of mental health patients. Young women and black people are significantly more likely to be restrained on mental health wards compared to other patients. We are very alarmed to hear this news. As stated by MIND, Mental Health Charity, the emotional damage of restraint of mental health…
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Our children are attempting suicide to get help

Children attempting suicide. Not a sentence that anyone wishes to read. In the UK, it is fair to say that we are in a Mental Health Crisis. Access to services to help is difficult and takes time. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, has said pupils as young as 13 years old feel they need to…
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