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Category Archives: Mental Health

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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New hope for patients with Alzheimer`s.

Scientists are currently working on the production of a new medication for Alzheimers. If tests are considered successful (these will be carried out later this year) then the drug called, Intepirdine, will be the first new treatment for Alzheimers in over a decade. Alzheimers is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only…
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Rising number of children with mental health needs left in police cells

A report has revealed that children with mental health problems are being held in prison cells, on adult wards or moved to hospitals out of their local area because of “serious gaps” in the mental health system. According to the Education Policy Institute (EPI), 1 in 10 local health areas have no plan to improve…
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Dementia: a life-sentence in more ways than one

A recent report by the Law Commission has highlighted how a Supreme Court decision on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has had a negative impact on people with dementia and learning difficulties. The decision by the Supreme Court in 2014, has so greatly widened the definition of those who should be subject to DoLS checks,…
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30% of eating disorder sufferers are not referred for adequate treatment

A survey conducted by Beat, a leading charity for eating disorders, has found that 3 out of 10 sufferers are not referred to Mental Health Services, despite medical guidance that the need for this care is immediately necessary. Within this study of 1,420 eating disorder sufferers, it was also found that half of those who…
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Unexpected mental health deaths rise 50% in three years

Theresa May, Prime Minister, has been urged to take “tangible action” as it has emerged that the number of unexpected patient deaths reported by mental health trusts in England has risen by 50% in three years. This is unacceptable. Unexpected mental health patient deaths include death by suicide, neglect and misadventure. In 2012-13, the Trusts…
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