Yoga on the NHS ? Manchester GP says free classes could help improve physical and mental health

Matt Joslin has written an open letter to the NHS after classes helped him deal with back problem and depression

Yoga on the NHS ? Manchester GP says free classes could help improve physical and mental health

BY CHARLOTTE DOBSON A Manchester GP is calling on the NHS to prescribe a different kind of treatment to patients… yoga. Dr Matt Joslin has written an open letter asking for the ancient form of exercise to be prescribed to patients on the NHS. He claims yoga has the potential to improve almost all aspects […]

Mental health now area of most public concern within NHS

Quite a few of those experiencing mental ill-health want to be able to refer themselves directly to NHS mental health services, rather than having to wait for a GP to do that

Mental health now area of most public concern within NHS

Inadequate support of greater concern than trouble getting a GP appointment and desire for more joined-up services The government has increased the NHS budget for mental health to £11.7bn. Photograph: Joe Fox Photo/Alamy Mental health has become the area of NHS and social care the public most worry about and want improved, with delays in […]

Andrew Flintoff ‘quit drinking to beat depression’

Andrew Flintoff has revealed that he has given up drinking, as it makes his bouts of depression worse.

The former England all-rounder had a reputation for being a hard drinker and famously attended a Downing Street reception for England’s winning 2005 Ashes team while drunk.

However, Flintoff told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that he has given up drinking in a bid to improve his mental health.

Pursuit of unhappiness: Most people with ‘depression’ are just a bit blue, claims expert

Most people with ‘depression’ are not medically ill and are actually just unhappy, according to a Manchester mental health boss.

Mancunians Google the search term ‘depression’ every two minutes, however a number of mental health professionals MM spoke to claimed this doesn’t necessarily mean they are depressed.

The findings, released by leading mental health rehabilation service The Priory Group, show that people in the city are searching for information on the topic more than 26,000 times a month.

But mental health experts in Manchester warn of the dangers of confusing unhappiness with depression, revealing that that 9

‘Depression and Christmas just don’t go’

On the day many people will be waking up to the prospect of a fortnight at home, blogger Charlotte Walker shares how she plans to take care of her mental health during the festive season.

I have often found Christmas difficult. This year I’m recovering from a mental health crisis which makes seasonal planning particularly challenging. It’s common to feel under pressure to create a magical Christmas but if you are already stressed, anxious or depressed, that pressure can be magnified.

Depression is a flaw in chemistry not character

Living with a chronic mental illness can sometimes feel like waiting for the other shoe to drop (hopefully it’s at least something stylish). Up until this point, I have distanced my writing from my present by focusing on my past. Well, I’m going to take a huge leap of faith and discuss the state of my current mental health. And the fact is, I’m struggling.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveal that the Trust is one the country’s top performers

Manchester’s mental health services have come up trumps after being ranked one of the best in the country by inpatients.
Results released by the Care Quality Commission reveal that the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust is one the country’s top performers in five key areas of patient care.
The Trust also received the highest marks in the country for how well staff listen to patient’s personal circumstances.