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Category Archives: Mental Health

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – Mental Health in the workplace

This year the theme for the day in Mental Health in the Workplace. Wow! Huge topic to tackle I think. Recently I kept a diary for one week about my own Mental Health and whether I was “Surviving or Thriving”.  A lot of that was focused on my job and whether the day had been…
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Mental Health Crisis

Entire regions of England left without beds for children with mental health problems. Mental Health Crisis. As the mental health crisis in the UK deepens a new report highlights more worrying news. Whole regions of England left without any specialist inpatient mental health beds for children on 3 separate occasions last year. Child and Adolescent…
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Govt plans could lead to reduced Autism Diagnoses

During the course of my job I receive a lot of enquiries from parents who feel that they are being failed by their GP and by their local Mental Health Trust because they are not able to access appropriate investigation for a child they suspect may suffer from Autism. I am asked the same question…
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Instagram has worst effect on young people’s mental health

According to a recent survey of almost 1,500 teens and young adults, Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and well-being. The #StatusofMind survey found that Instagram got points for self-expression and self-identity but it was also associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the “fear of missing…
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Mental health awareness – break the stereotype

In this week of raising awareness of mental health, a major issue has to be addressing how society views and treats those suffering mental health problems. It is commonly accepted that approximately 40% of our population will, at some point in their lives, experience problems with their mental health. It may be that as you…
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Mental Health Awareness Week – s117 Mental Health Act 1983 Aftercare

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, have you ever wondered what entitlements you have to aftercare should you be detained under a treatment section of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA 1983)? Section 117 MHA 1983 deals with such entitlements. The provision of aftercare is often the defining factor between an individual “surviving”…
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Community mental health patients and the law

Many people will assume that mental health Lawyers can only assist when a patient is detained under the Mental Health Act and that a Lawyers’ involvement stops when a patient is discharged from Hospital back home or into supported accommodation. That does not have to be the case.  There are circumstances where a mental health…
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Mental Health Awareness Week: Diary of a Mental Health lawyer

In aid of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, Melanie Lidstone Land, specialist Mental Health lawyer, has invited us in to a detailed diary of her week to explore what has the ability to affect her mental well being from a personal perspective. First instalment: "When our team sat down to decide what we could do…
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Drugs for depression could slow down dementia

A new study has claimed drugs used to treat cancer and depression could also help slow down the effects of dementia and other Neurodegenerative diseases. If they are proven to work, experts say it is a "very exciting first step in treating these disorders". Trazodone was shown to reduce brain shrinkage in early tests –…
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New possible therapy for Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers believe that they have found an effective way to treat/ reverse Parkinson’s disease. At the moment, treatment is available for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. However, treatment that is currently available alleviates the symptoms rather than stops Parkinson’s disease from progressing further. Due to brain cells dying, individuals with Parkinson’s disease lack dopamine (an essential…
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