Mental health patients taken to private clinics hundreds of miles from Manchester at cost of £7m

Mental health patients taken to private clinics hundreds of miles from Manchester at cost of £7m
Hundreds of mental health patients are being taken to private clinics up to 260 miles from Manchester due to a shortage of NHS beds.

Acutely-ill people have been transferred to clinics as far away as Darlington, Harrogate, London and Bristol for emergency treatment more than 670 times since 2013.

Many have stayed away for weeks while undergoing treatment at a huge cost to the NHS in Greater Manchester.

Fleet mum supports ‘Get The Picture’ mental health campaign

Fleet mum supports ‘Get The Picture’ mental health campaign
How should the media illustrate mental health?

The question has been raised as campaigners try to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

To tackle the issue, Time To Change has launched a new campaign called ‘Get The Picture’.

It is pushing news outlets to avoid using the typical head in the hands photo, dubbed as a ‘headclutcher’, when running mental health stories.

Man Uni student suffering from schizophrenia faces daily battle with ‘evil voices’

Man Uni student suffering from schizophrenia faces daily battle with ‘evil voices’
A Manchester man who suffers from schizophrenia has got his life back on track despite still hearing ‘disturbing voices’ on a daily basis.

Colin Evans, 31, from Littleborough, was diagnosed with the disorder at university in 2003, aged 20, and subsequently had to drop out and move back home with his parents.

Welfare cuts will push Britain’s mental health services towards crisis

Welfare cuts will push Britain’s mental health services towards crisis
Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Iain Duncan Smith, recently proposed a further £12 billion of cuts to benefits. Making such cuts is likely to disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including those with mental health problems and other disabilities. After all, approximately half of people who need support from the disability benefit Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) do so because of their mental health.

CHIC Seminar ‘Apps for Mental Health’

CHIC Seminar ‘Apps for Mental Health’
The next Connected Health Innovation Centre Seminar on “Apps for Mental Health” will take place on 16th April 2015.
John Ainsworth, Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Infomatics and the Health e-Research Centre, will present ‘Adventures in Connected Health: ClinTouch, CareLoop, Actissist and beyond.’ John’s research focuses on areas such as applying information technology to improve healthcare, harnessing computing technology to enable novel clincial research and the development of software as a diagnostic/ therapeutic medical device.

More pupils have mental health issues, say school staff

More pupils have mental health issues, say school staff
More children have mental health issues than two years ago, a survey of school teachers suggests.

More than half of 850 staff surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) agreed more pupils had developed problems.

On Monday, the ATL’s annual conference will debate a call for more support for vulnerable pupils in schools.

General secretary Dr Mary Bousted blamed “poverty, poor housing, unemployment and financial insecurity”.

School staff have had to “plug the gaps in social care as best they can”, said Dr Bousted.