Veterans’ mental health: Referrals rise by 26%

Veterans’ mental health: Referrals rise by 26%
Mental health referrals for ex-servicemen and women have increased by 26% in the last year, says a specialist mental health charity for veterans.

Combat Stress said referrals for ill mental health or post-traumatic stress disorder rose from 1,802 to 2,264.

It said an increase in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help was the main reason for the rise.

Lil’ Chris’ family issue statement after Lowestoft death

Lil’ Chris’ family issue statement after Lowestoft death
Relatives of singer Lil’ Chris, who was found dead last week, said he had mental health issues and depression.

The 24-year-old, whose real name was Chris Hardman, was found in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on Monday.

A statement from his family said: “Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years.

‘Creaking’ mental health care keeps children waiting years

‘Creaking’ mental health care keeps children waiting years
Vulnerable children with mental health problems are being forced to wait for up to three and a half years for assessments and almost two years for treatment, a Times investigation has found, revealing a system that is “creaking at the seams”.

Coronation Street actor killed himself hours after finding out about his father’s death

Coronation Street actor killed himself hours after finding out about his father’s death

Coronation Street actor Trevor Smith killed himself just hours after learning that his father had died, an inquest heard.
Police discovered the 42-year-old had been struggling with his stuttering career, stress and his sexuality in the months before he committed suicide.
Only a week before he threw himself into a lagoon at a disused quarry after self-harming at his home when he became overwhelmed by events in his life.

Election Special for Patients staff and the Public 22 nd April 7pm-9pm

Election Special for Patients staff and the Public 22 nd April 7pm-9pm
Manchester Users Network will be hosting an Election Special for Patients staff and the Public to attend so they will have a chance to ask questions of Parliamentary Candidates.

Manchester Users Network hosts ‘A Question Time Special’ 22 nd April 7pm – 9pm

North West Health Journalist And Television Broadcaster Elaine Dunkley will be chairing the Question Time Special.

Mental health report finds staffing problems linked to ward suicides

Suicidal patients who are under observation may be put at risk by relying on inexperienced staff and agency nurses, according to a new report issued today.

Resist Tory lies over benefits as day of action fights against sanctions

I’m waiting for a letter, and it’s terrifying. Like thousands of other people hit by the bedroom tax and other benefit cuts, I rely on a discretionary housing payment (DHP) from the council.

But these are all up for renewal in April—and the government has slashed the total amount by £40 million.

Disabled People Against Cuts hold day of action to minimise Maximus

There were protests outside 31 Maximus offices and assessment centres across Britain on Monday of this week, as it began testing sick and disabled claimants of ESA benefit.

The “work capability assessments” were carried out by Atos until last year when it pulled out after widespread protests.

Mental health service budgets ‘cut by 8%’

Mental health trusts in England have seen their budgets fall by more than 8% in real terms over the course of this parliament, figures suggest.

The reduction, worth almost £600m, was revealed through research by BBC News and the online journal Community Care.

Cyril Smith child abuse probe ‘scrapped after his arrest’

Cyril Smith child abuse probe ‘scrapped after his arrest’

An undercover police operation that gathered evidence of child abuse by Cyril Smith and other public figures was scrapped shortly after the MP was arrested, BBC Newsnight has been told.

The Liberal MP, who died in 2010, was held during a 1980s probe into alleged sex parties with teenage boys in south London, a source told the programme.

He was allegedly released within hours of being taken to a police station.

The Met is looking into the handling of historical child sex abuse cases.