Alastair Campbell talked candidly to Maajid Nawaz about his mental health issues (Listen Here)

"The issue are being explored in a new documentary which features Campbell. "I had depression, also I talk about in the 1980's I had a psychotic breakdown," he said.

Alastair Campbell talked candidly to Maajid Nawaz about his mental health issues (Listen Here)

The former Downing Street communications boss explained the ripple effect that mental health issue can have on sufferer’s families. “The issue are being explored in a new documentary which features Campbell. “I had depression, also I talk about in the 1980’s I had a psychotic breakdown,” he said. “I think that sometimes its harder for […]

Openness good, stigma bad: We need to learn how to talk about mental health

New documentary Me and My Mental Illness airs on Tuesday November 1.

Openness good, stigma bad: We need to learn how to talk about mental health

  By Alastair Campbell Mental Health: Top facts from mental health charity Mind (IBTimes UK)     So if you tune in to ‘Me and My Mental Illness’ on Tuesday, you will almost certainly recognise ‘Frank, 54, bipolar disorder/three times sectioned’. You might also recognise ‘Alastair, 59, psychotic breakdown/depression.’ That’s me; and Frank is none […]

Mental health care worker jailed over patient sex offences

An ex-care worker has been jailed for more than four years for having sexual relations with a mental health patient.

Mental health care worker jailed over patient sex offences

Image caption  Robert Roberts used his wife’s cancer to try to silence his victim.   An ex-care worker has been jailed for more than four years for having sexual relations with a mental health patient. Robert Roberts, 60, of Hathersage Way, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, admitted eight offences of sexual activity with a patient in his care. […]

Editor’s Note 27/10/16

Thursday 27 Th October 2016 MANCHESTER USERS’ NETWORK held a meeting at Harpurhey Wellbeing Centre (HWC), on Church Lane, Harpurhey, Manchester.  HWC is a very important community based, purpose built building bringing together a community that needs this sort of building to help those within the community who’s needs will always need to be met. […]

About us / Get Involved / Constitution

Our Aims: About Us To support users and ex-users of psychiatric services in the Manchester area. The organisation provides a forum for services users to have a bona fide say in planning and provision of mental health services.   Get Involved We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds who have had experience of mental ill health. […]

The legality of psychiatric medicine and why our mental health system is so inadequate

A service user reflects on her experience

The legality of psychiatric medicine and why our mental health system is so inadequate

By Samantha Fogg           In 2016, can it really be said we have an adequate mental health system for the one in four of the 60 million people living in the United Kingdom who has, or will develop, a mental illness? The experiences of many patients and their families — as […]

The police can’t continue to pick up the pieces of Britain’s mental health cuts

Officers’ duty to protect the community from crime and terror is being jeopardised by the time they spend on people in crisis

The police can’t continue to pick up the pieces of Britain’s mental health cuts

By: Ian Blair Sir Ian Blair is former commissioner of the Metropolitan police and a crossbench peer     ‘Police across England and Wales are now using powers under section 136 of the 1983 Mental Health Act 50% more than they did a decade ago – nearly 30,000 times in 2014-15.’ Photograph: Janine Wiedel/Rex Shutterstock In […]

North Durham GPs’ private contract referral ‘disgraceful’, says MP

Richard Vautrey, from the BMA, said: "I'm a bit concerned if the clinical commissioning group does not believe that patients should be fully involved and fully informed about what is happening for their care.

North Durham GPs’ private contract referral ‘disgraceful’, says MP

Tyne & Wear The move is aimed at reducing hospital admissions   There is concern that patients in County Durham have not been notified that GPs must now ask a private company to decide on referrals to specialists. North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group has awarded a contract to About Health, which will advise on the […]

So child mental health services are failing. Why’s that then, Jeremy?

The health secretary recognises that the inadequacy of Camhs is leading to tragedies – and yet he refuses to fund it properly

So child mental health services are failing. Why’s that then, Jeremy?

BY: Hannah Jane Parkinson   @ladyhaja  ‘Hunt has the gall to tell us that mental health services are failing children and adolescents.’ Photograph: Con Tanasiuk/Design Pics Inc   Actions speak louder than words is perhaps the maxim that governments should live by; that governments should have as their desktop screensavers or written on Post-its on ministerial fridges. […]

Mental Health – STOP treating it like a taboo.

Why is there so much stigma attached to mental health? It's time to treat mental health sufferers like normal human beings.

Mental Health – STOP treating it like a taboo.

BY: GEORGIA ELIZABETH WILLIAM “Watch out! The killer Bipolar zombie is back at work” said no one, ever. But, how come you feel you can’t talk to Mary, who’s back to work after a long battle with depression?  Imagine. You trip whilst playing a sport, breaking a leg that was already pretty tender. You blatantly can’t […]

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