The psychologist, below, said the case of 15-year-old Matthew Garnett was a “breach of human rights”.
BY: SOPHIE GOODCHILD Protest: Matthew Garnett, 15, on the psychiatric ward in an image online calling for him to be moved to a specialist unit. TV presenter Tanya Byron is among thousands of people supporting a family’s fight to secure the right care for their autistic teenage son. The psychologist, below, said the case of […]
How has society managed to produce a generation of teenagers in which mental-health problems are so prevalent?
Geraldine Bedell @geraldinebedell Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years Illustration by Matt Murphy On most counts, young people’s lives are improving. Drinking, smoking and drug-taking are down in the UK; teen pregnancies are at their lowest level for nearly half a century. Yet there […]
A very high proportion of rough sleepers who died in the capital last year had mental health problems
BY: Jon Stone @joncstone Charities are calling for improved mental health support for rough sleepers Getty The number of people with mental health problems sleeping on the street is rising, extensive new research by a homelessness charity suggests. St Mungo’s surveyed professionals working with homeless people across the country and found that 62 had seen […]
One in five British workers admit to being skeptical about colleagues who take time off work for mental health issues, such as depression, stress or anxiety, new research has revealed.
Willis PMI Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, commissioned a study 1,388 finding that 14% still do not believe that stress is a genuine mental health condition. However, 29% of those questioned claim to have suffered from mental health problems themselves. Mike Blake, Director at Willis PMI Group, said: “These results highlight the extent of […]
Tom McAlpine, who set-up the MoodSwings charity in Manchester in 1999 with a belief that it is possible for those suffering even severe mental health issues to make a good recovery.
All this week BBC News has been looking at Britain’s growing problem with mental illness, hearing from sufferers, politicians and the professionals who are in the front line of care. But, up and down the country, there are also charities and voluntary organisations dedicated to helping those who have developed mental health problems. One […]
Charlie Walduck from Manchester weighed a whopping 50 stone but slimmed down
By: Nicola Fifield Obese: Charlie Walduck at his heaviest Charlie Walduck weighed 50 stone at his heaviest – before losing more than 35 stone in two years. The 47-year-old from Manchester, who has since put back on a few stone, said: “Regardless of whether someone is obese, an alcoholic or a drug user – if they […]
Dr Alan Smith, the bishop of St Albans, says proposed cuts will hit those the prime minister wants to help
Daniel Boffey Observer policy editor Saturday 20 February 2016 The Bishop of St Albans Dr Alan Smith has questioned the prime minister’s stance on welfare reforms affecting those with mental health issues. Photograph: Alamy David Cameron’s claim to be backing a revolution in the treatment of the mentally ill has come under attack from […]
Inequality, public transport and affordable housing are all on his hitlist as he puts his name forward to be mayor of Greater Manchester's ten boroughs
BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS Friday, 19Th February, 2016 This morning Bury South MP Ivan Lewis officially launched his bid to become Labour’s mayoral candidate in next year’s first Greater Manchester-wide election. He is the second hopeful – after police commissioner Tony Lloyd – to throw his hat in the ring. But what would he do if crowned Greater […]
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “For too long there hasn’t been enough focus on mental health care in this country meaning too many have had to suffer in silence.
By Lauren Applebey This week saw the publication of a long awaited report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce which commits to the biggest transformation of mental health care across the NHS in a generation, pledging to help more than a million extra people and investing more than a billion pounds a year by 2020/21. […]
The total number of cases of under-18s reporting to NHS Accident and Emergency units with 'psychiatric conditions' – and having to wait more than the Government’s target of four hours - has nearly trebled since David Cameron came to power in 2010.
By Paul Waugh The number of children with mental health problems forced to spend long hours in A&E has soared under the Tory-led Government, new figures reveal. The total number of cases of under-18s reporting to NHS Accident and Emergency units with ‘psychiatric conditions’ – and having to wait more than the Government’s target of […]