Broadmoor nurse sold stories about killers to newspaper

A mental health nurse at Broadmoor high security hospital has admitted selling stories about patients to journalists.

Kenneth Hall, 49, from Bridgwater, Somerset, sold details about killers held at the hospital to the News Of The World and Mirror newspapers.

They included Robert Ashman, who attacked MP Nigel Jones and killed his assistant with a samurai sword in 2000.

Hall pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced next month.

Mental health and the death of the “headclutcher” picture

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.

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.

Veterans’ mental health: Referrals rise by 26%

Veterans’ mental health: Referrals rise by 26%
Mental health referrals for ex-servicemen and women have increased by 26% in the last year, says a specialist mental health charity for veterans.

Combat Stress said referrals for ill mental health or post-traumatic stress disorder rose from 1,802 to 2,264.

It said an increase in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking help was the main reason for the rise.

Lil’ Chris’ family issue statement after Lowestoft death

Lil’ Chris’ family issue statement after Lowestoft death
Relatives of singer Lil’ Chris, who was found dead last week, said he had mental health issues and depression.

The 24-year-old, whose real name was Chris Hardman, was found in Lowestoft, Suffolk, on Monday.

A statement from his family said: “Chris had struggled with mental health issues and depression in recent years.

Election Special for Patients staff and the Public 22 nd April 7pm-9pm

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.

Mental health service budgets ‘cut by 8%’

Mental health trusts in England have seen their budgets fall by more than 8% in real terms over the course of this parliament, figures suggest.

The reduction, worth almost £600m, was revealed through research by BBC News and the online journal Community Care.

Nurse Karen Reissmann to stand in closed mental health Edale Unit , Ward Against Labour MP Gerald Kauffman

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 faces ‘complex and severe’ problems

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”.

Mental health warning to councils running own services

Short-term savings in mental health budgets may lead to long term problems, the charity warns

Local councils trying to provide mental health care are “storing up problems” for the future, a charity has claimed.

Replacing specialist services with generic care to cut costs would result in long-term problems for some, Hafal chief executive Alun Thomas said.

He claimed many people would “end up losing portions of their lives”.

The Welsh Local Government Association said councils were doing their “utmost” to protect services for vulnerable people but faced “massive pressures”.