Mental health and the death of the “headclutcher” picture
A campaign backed by Stephen Fry has been launched to try to change the type of images used by the media for stories about mental health. But what is wrong with the ones currently used?
A solitary figure, with their head in their hands, more often than not cast in dark, sombre lighting. These stock images, often termed the “headclutcher”, have become a familiar sight in media portrayals of mental illness.
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.
Karen Reissmann, a local nurse who is standing against Labour MP Gerald Kauffman, said, “People in Gorton are looking for change. There is a deep sense of betrayal at Labour’s failure to represent ordinary people. It cuts through every conversation, even with Labour loyalists.”
Child MENTAL HEALTH services England must be prioritised more to tackle the complex and severe problems they face, a leaked draft taskforce report says.
The review, headed by senior NHS England and Department of Health officials, said addressing the issue must become a “national ambition”.
It highlights rising waiting times and the lack of age-appropriate hospital services.
But it noted attempts had STARTED being made to improve care.
The taskforce was set up by ministers. In particular, its draft report praised the push by the government on MENTAL HEALTH since 2011, when ministers said they wanted “parity of esteem with physical health services”.