Mental health patients wait four years for counselling despite rules saying they must be helped in weeks

Probe finds NHS waiting list for help with conditions such as PTSD is up to 11 times longer than recommended

Mental health patients wait four years for counselling despite rules saying they must be helped in weeks

Getty A man talking with therapist in therapyPeople seeking counselling for conditions such as depression are facing unacceptably long waits   Patients wait up to four years for NHS counselling on mental health issues – despite rules saying they should be seen in weeks. A Sunday Mirror probe found the current waiting list for “talking […]

Mental health trust forced to cut services

The three local CCGs affected - NHS Central Manchester CCG, NHS North Manchester CCG and NHS South Manchester CCGs - said they had supported the cuts but that this did not mean they were not working to improve mental health services in Manchester.

Mental health trust forced to cut services

By:Hiba Mahamadi Outside Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust as Trust Board Meets .   A mental health trust in Manchester has cut seven front-line community-based services to save £1m, in one of the first major decisions taken since the city was given total control over its health budget. Manchester Mental Health and Social […]

“The writing has been on the wall for the Trust almost since the day it was set up”.

What I want to focus on at this moment is the importance of listening to users of services – particularly at a time of change. Over the years Macc has had strong involvement in mental health work with the public and voluntary sector (all led by my former colleague John Butler who left us only a few weeks ago following funding reductions).

Statement condemns the impact of welfare transformation and austerity on the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities in Britain

Statement condemns the impact of welfare transformation and austerity on the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities in Britain

Historic social work meeting agrees joint approach to safeguard and promote a valuable profession:

A meeting of UK social work organisations has agreed to campaign collectively to safeguard their valuable profession.

Mother’s fury as son with mental health problems is moved 270 miles away

A furious mother has condemned mental health officials in Plymouth who moved her teenage son nearly 300 miles without telling any of his family.

She she discovered the troubled 19-year-old had been transferred when she went to visit him and discovered he wasn’t there.

The teenager had been taken from the Glenbourne unit near his family in Plymouth to The Priory Hospital, in Manchester.

Lock-Out Privatisation at Manchester Royal Infirmary on Saturday May 30th, from 12pm

On Saturday 30th May, citizens of Manchester are uniting to show their support for the NHS. Padlocks, covered in reasons why individuals love the NHS, will be secured to the gates of MRI from 12 – 1pm. The event ‘Locking-out Privatisation’ is a celebration of everything people love about the NHS, with music, speeches and free food for all who attend.

Mental health spending cuts forecast

Mental health spending cuts forecast By Sophie Hutchinson Health correspondent From the section Health Mental health trusts in England are forecasting significant cuts to their funding over the next four years, figures seen by the BBC suggest. Data from three-quarters of trusts shows from 2014-15 to 2018-19 income is expected to fall by 8% in […]

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health
442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics condemn government plans and call on Labour and other parties to denounce anti-therapeutic practices

Austerity is having a ‘profoundly disturbing’ effect on Britain’s mental health, say experts

Austerity is having a ‘profoundly disturbing’ effect on Britain’s mental health, say experts

Austerity and cuts to benefits designed to drive people to work is having a “profoundly disturbing” effect on the people’s mental health, according to a letter signed by hundreds of psychotherapists, councillors and other experts in the field.

The letter, sent to The Guardian newspaper, warned that poverty and increasing inequality was causing a new wave of distress in Britain.

It said that what they described as the Government’s “get to work therapy” was “manifestly not therapy at all”.

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