A professional schism hinders Britain’s mental-health system

A professional schism hinders Britain’s mental-health system

THE day after Mandy Peck tried to electrocute herself in the bath her family took her to a mental-health centre in Chelmsford and asked for help. They were told that there were no beds available and sent home. Two days later Ms Peck jumped to her death from a multi-storey car park. She left a daughter behind.

Ms Peck would not have been turned away had she arrived at hospital with a broken leg. Yet the National Health Service (NHS) often fails those suffering from a broken spirit. The numbers are fuzzy, but about one Briton in four suffers a mental-health problem at some time in their life, ranging from mild anxiety to severe schizophrenia. Less than a third of those receive treatment. That is in part because many sufferers are ashamed to seek help, but it is also due to funding gaps and disorganisation within the NHS. The result is a system in crisis, says Sue Bailey, a former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

A first person account of a man in his mid-20s who struggled with depression

A first person account of a man in his mid-20s who struggled with depression

The suicide of 20-year-old mum Ceri Linden , who had been battling depression, has prompted a man to speak out about his own experiences.

One in four of us are said to suffer with mental health issues at some time – in Wales the rate of suicide for men is higher than the UK average. Due to the stigma attached to the condition, the man writing his moving story wants to remain anonymous:

Service Users Meeting with Commissioners Wednesday 27th August 2014 10.30am

Service Users Meeting with Commissioners Wednesday 27th August 2014 10.30am

Meeting with Commissioners AGENDA Wednesday 27th August 2014. 10.30am.
1. Examples & Experiences of poor or Zero-User Involvement.
2. Proposals for Genuine User Involvement (Proposals & Ideas), Independent User & Carers Forum, Mental Health Charter, Three step process of User Engagement & Consultation, Patient’s Council and ladder of participation.
3. Joint Steering Group meetings needed! (Trust, Commissioners, Local Authority, Independent Sector and Users & Carers.
4. Funding for Users’ Group.
5. A.O.B.

Suicide should not be hidden away but instead discussed with children

Suicide should not be hidden away but instead discussed with children

Suicide should not be hidden away but instead discussed with children to aid their understanding, claims a kids charity worker.

suicide_-_ashley_rose_-_flickrThe warning comes as researchers, charities and former sports stars prepare to come together this September to host The University of Manchester’s suicide bereavement conference.

The Marketing of Madness ,Disease Mongering and What Is the Tie to Medicalization?

This powerful video contains interviews with experts, parents, and victims. It is the story of the high-income partnership between drug companies and psychiatry which has created an $80 billion profit from the peddling of psychotropic drugs to an unsuspecting public. How did these drugs, with no target illness, no known curative powers, and a long and extensive list of side effects, become the go-to treatment for every kind of psychological distress?

This is an excellent documentary detailing how the psychiatric drug industry was born and its powerful and profitable partnership with the drug industry, which has turned psychiatry into an $80 billion drug profit center.

Greater Manchester Police has launched a new pilot scheme to deliver enhanced support to people with mental health

Greater Manchester Police has launched a new pilot scheme to deliver enhanced support to people with mental health

Greater Manchester Police has launched a new pilot scheme to deliver enhanced support to people with mental health
Greater Manchester Police has launched a new pilot scheme to deliver enhanced support to people with mental health problems.

Crisis Intervention Launch 06In an effort to develop a more holistic approach to dealing with mental health in the community, 17 Police Constables have received comprehensive mental health awareness training to become ‘Crisis Intervention Officers’. The scheme has been initially unveiled in the North Manchester area and is considered to be the first of its kind in the country.

completed their training and were officially launched into the community on Wednesday 20 August. With the additional training they are specially equipped to attend incidents involving people who are seen to be experiencing mental health issues, understand the issues and provide support accordingly.

Council chiefs in Rochdale are refusing compensation to a victim of child sex abuse

Council chiefs in Rochdale are refusing compensation to a victim of child sex abuse

Council chiefs in Rochdale are refusing compensation to a victim of child sex abuse because they say that his claim is out of time.

Sir Cyril SmithTheir stance that the claim is “statute barred” could hit many who were sexually abused decades ago as children in the care of Rochdale borough council, where the paedophile MP Sir Cyril Smith was a dominant figure for many years.

The victim, whose identity Exaro is protecting and who asked to be referred to as “Peter”, said that from the age of 12 he suffered a horrendous catalogue of sexual abuse by a staff member at a children’s home.

A college lecturer jumped 50ft to her death

A college lecturer jumped 50ft to her death

A college lecturer jumped 50ft to her death

A college lecturer jumped 50ft to her death from the top of a building just hours after hospital staff put her severe suicidal depression down to ‘sleep deprivation’, an inquest has heard.

Rowena Golton, of Whalley Range, Manchester – who believed she had ‘lost in ego’ syndrome and would die a ‘lonely death’ – had urged her mother to take her to the euthanasia clinic Dignitas after a long-term romance had ended.

Despite being referred three times for urgent treatment due to concerns about her mental health, the vicar’s daughter was sent home by a psychiatric nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The nurse thought 45-year-old Miss Golton – a former prop maker for children’s TV shows including Bill and Ben and Bob the Builder – was suffering from exhaustion and advised to return for further assessment the following day.

Instead she walked to the top of a mill in Stockport where she was involved in bible meetings and threw herself from the roof. Miss Golton was taken to hospital by ambulance but later died from multiple internal injuries.

It later emerged that waiting lists in Manchester for long-term psychotherapy treatment spanned from at least 12 weeks to nine months, which led to Miss Golton becoming more anxious due to the lack of support she deemed necessary.

Work outdoors helps banish the blues by raising serotonin levels

Work outdoors helps banish the blues by raising serotonin levels

Caring Jennie Street knew from 40 years of experience that work outdoors helps banish the blues by raising serotonin levels

Caring Jennie Street has turned her love of growing veg into a cure for the depressed and anxious.

She knew from 40 years of experience that work outdoors helps banish the blues by raising serotonin levels.

So in 2011 she created a project to coax people with a fear of going outside and other anxiety disorders to grow produce.