Tackling mental health stigma will require more than just goodwill

Delivering the PM’s pledge should not rest on the shoulders of overstretched staff, it must be backed with appropriate resources

Tackling mental health stigma will require more than just goodwill

The prime minister, Theresa May, has pledged to tackle mental health stigma as part of her vision for her “shared society”. May announced plans to transform the way mental illness is dealt with not in our hospitals but in classrooms, at work and in our communities. The initiative has been largely welcomed, although there is concern that this is yet another governmental policy that hinges on goodwill rather than identifiable resource.

Jonny Benjamin: How mental health campaigner went from suicide attempt to MBE

He escaped hospital intending to kill himself. A fresh diagnosis of schizophrenia and incessant questioning about whether he was gay made him feel suicidal. Now he's been made an MBE

Jonny Benjamin: How mental health campaigner went from suicide attempt to MBE

By: Peter Walker, May Bulman  @petejohn_walker   A man who tried to throw himself from a bridge in London after escaping hospital has been made an MBE. A 20-year-old Jonny Benjamin tried to take his own life on Waterloo Bridge while struggling to come to terms with a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis and being gay.  Nine years on, […]

“Last Christmas we had an NHS And the very next year We gave it away…”

Good Sir Richard Leese went out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even

“Last Christmas we had an NHS And the very next year We gave it away…”

CARDS, CAROLS AND ELVES TO SAVE GREATER MANCHESTER NHS   Last Christmas we had an NHS And the very next year We gave it away…and sometimes to no-one special…’   Save the NHS campaigners were out at the Albert Square Christmas Market in Manchester today, singing festive songs and carols with suitably changed lyrics, much […]

Over 120,000 British children will be homeless this winter

Over 120,000 British children will be homeless this winter

By Joe Mount     More than 120,000 children in the UK will be homeless this Christmas, according to a report by the charity Shelter. This is the equivalent of four children at every school in the country. This figure comprising children living in temporary accommodation, such as emergency bed and breakfasts and hostels, or […]

Man reportedly raped on Manchester psychiatric ward at Park House by another patient

An investigation has been launched following the incident at Park House

Man reportedly raped on Manchester psychiatric ward at Park House by another patient

By Todd Fitzgerald   Police are investigating after a man was reportedly raped on a psychiatric ward in north Manchester by another patient. The man was allegedly attacked at Park House, on the grounds of North Manchester General Hospital, last week.   Inpatients at Park House facilities include those who have been detained under the […]

Two years after a promising boxer was found hanged, his distraught mum is still fighting for answers

"All I want to know is why we weren’t given more help when we needed it"

Two years after a promising boxer was found hanged, his distraught mum is still fighting for answers

BY: CHARLOTTE DOBSON Macauley Moran   As a child Macauley Moran had dreams of boxing for England. A charismatic boy with a fierce talent, the Withington youngster was tipped as one of Manchester’s rising boxing stars. But outside of the ring, Macauley was fighting a darker battle. From a young age he was plagued by extreme […]

Meeting With Care Quality Commission Monday 28th November 2016, 1.30pm.

Meeting With Care Quality Commission Monday 28th November 2016, 1.30pm.

“MANCHESTER USERS’ NETWORK” Have your say on your Treatment & Care!! Meeting with the Invited Kirsty Mc Kennell and Sharron Haworth Inspectors Of Health and Social Care Services. Monday 28th November 2016, 1.30pm. Held in the Users’ Office, Park House Hospital. All Patients, (Sufferers from Mental illness) WELCOME.

PM unveils package designed to prevent homelessness

"As a first step towards this change, I'm announcing a new £40 million package to both prevent and tackle the causes of homelessness.

PM unveils package designed to prevent homelessness

  Theresa May has announced a £40 million package designed to prevent homelessness by intervening to help individuals and families before they end up on the streets. The Prime Minister said that the move was a first step in a policy shift moving the focus away from dealing with the consequences of homelessness and putting […]

Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the mental health charity Mind

Mind faces boycott call after policy and campaigns manager joins DWP

Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the mental health charity Mind

Disabled activists have called for a boycott of the mental health charity Mind, and called on its chief executive to quit, after one of its managers agreed to spend a year working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They say the move by policy and campaigns manager Tom Pollard is just the latest […]

Discovering Lost Photos of a Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital

Growing up near Prestwich as a kid, we were always suspicious of 'mental patients'. We didn't know any better.

Discovering Lost Photos of a Prestwich Psychiatric Hospital

By Austin Collings   I first met Don when I lived in Prestwich, North Manchester in 2005. At the time I was working with Mark E Smith of The Fall, co-authoring his autobiography,Renegade. Don (real name Gordon Charles Montgomery) and Mark go back. Occasionally they’d drop acid and get shitfaced together in the 80s, with John […]