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Category Archives: Mental Health

Mental Health is the biggest unaddressed health challenge

In a speech delivered by Burnham at a conference on Mental Health and wellbeing in Shrewsbury, he accused the government of cutting the mental health budget and hiding the reality of what is happening with mental health services. The Office for National Statistics reports an increase in Mental Health Services between 2010 and 2011: -         …
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Petition calls for Thorpe Park ‘Asylum maze’ name change

A petition calling for a Halloween maze named  ‘Asylum’ to be renamed is to be delivered to the attraction after collecting 5,800 signatures. The Asylum maze has been part of Thorpe Park’s annual Fright Nights for 8 years. Student mental health nurse Ms Katie Sutton, who started the petition, believes the attraction is stigmatising the…
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Offering incentives improves adherence to antipsychotic treatments

Offering “modest financial incentives” significantly improved adherence to anti-psychotic treatments, according to a study conducted by Professor Stefan Priebe of Queen Mary, University of London. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, is a study in which patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bi-polar disorder, who had been prescribed and consented to long acting…
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Mental Health: “Ecotherapy” should be prescribed on the NHS

Mental Health charity, Mind, said that introducing just five people to ecotherapy could save the state £35,000 a year in costs for medication, Job Seekers' Allowance and healthcare. -          7 out of 10 people with a mental health problem who took part in a program of ‘ecotherapy’ funded by the charity Mind, reported “significant increases…
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Mental Health Trust Beds At Full Capacity

An investigation into bed capacity for mental health trusts reveals that average occupancy levels for acute adult and psychiatric beds are running at 100% capacity.   According to a Freedom of Information request made to 53 mental health trusts, 28 had levels of 100% and all 53 trusts had an occupancy rate above the 85%…
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Research suggests crime victims with mental health issues are ignored

New research suggests that crime victims with mental health issues are more likely to feel dismissed, treated without respect and let down by police. Many of the 361 people questioned as part of the research said that they were often disbelieved when they sought help after becoming a victim of crime. This is despite the…
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Phillip Simelane is detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act

Written by Victoria Silsbury In March this year, 16 year old Christina Edkins had been travelling to Leasowes High School on the number 9 bus to take a mock exam when she was killed in a random attack by Phillip Simelane. Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith said CCTV captured Simelane carrying a white plastic bag containing what…
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Halloween costumes sent out wrong message about Mental Health

Supermarkets Tesco and Asda remove their ‘Mental Health Patients’ Halloween outfits from sale. Asda's outfit titled, "mental patient fancy dress costume" and Tesco’s "psycho ward" outfit are no longer available. Following criticism, both stores apologised and an Asda spokeswoman confirmed £25,000 would be donated to Mind. The Asda outfit included ragged clothing, fake blood, a…
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Opportunities missed to save mother of two

By Victoria Silsbury Former nurse Karen Welsh was killed when she gave John Constantine (formerly Kevin Astell) a place to stay after he was discharged from a Psychiatric Hospital with nowhere to live and no follow up care. Sadly, he was only diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenic after he had killed the 52 year-old despite…
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and medical treatment

Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is most associated with experiences of war and violence with victims suffering flashbacks and nightmares. As medical negligence experts, we have long associated the experience of serious medical problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A recent study in the Journal Psychological Medicine found that being a patient in intensive care…
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