Mad? I’m furious!

Mad? I’m furious!

My first contact with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC) was in February 2003, when I wrote them a very terse letter complaining bitterly that I had been unable to access a place at their national Snakes & Ladders Conference & denouncing them for exclusivity & poor communication.
Fast-forward 9 months, & they advertised a post with a person specification clearly stating that lived experience of mental distress was a ‘desirable quality’.

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice

User involvement in professional education was pioneered in social work, where service user and carer involvement is required at all stages. Students, service users, carers and educators all strongly support such involvement and see it as a key way of improving the culture of practice.

Male suicide: How Andy’s Man Club helps Oldham men struggling to cope with changing societal role

Male suicide: How Andy’s Man Club helps Oldham men struggling to cope with changing societal role

Andy’s Man Club was established by Luke Ambler in 2016 after his brother-in-law Andy committed suicide. It is a volunteer led organisation in which men suffering from mental health problems, including suicidal tendencies, can go for help.

Mental health patients are being forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment

A lack of hospital beds means NHS bosses are having to pay for in-patients from Greater Manchester to be treated across the country - at a £9m cost to the region’s taxpayers

Mental health patients are being forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment

A lack of hospital beds means NHS bosses are having to pay for in-patients from Greater Manchester to be treated across the country – at a £9m cost to the region’s taxpayers

Mental health patients and police face ‘scandalous’ wait for treatment

Mental health patients and police face ‘scandalous’ wait for treatment

“Scandalous” waits to get mental health patients access to treatment are letting down vulnerable people and wasting police resources, an MP said.

A Freedom of Information request by Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb found some patients detained by police faced long waits for doctors, beds or ambulances.

Alarm over restraint of NHS mental health patients

New figures reveal that girls, young women and black people are more likely to be held down by staff on wards

Alarm over restraint of NHS mental health patients

Patients in mental health units were physically restrained by staff more than 80,000 times last year in Britain, including 10,000 who were held face down or given injections to subdue them, new NHS figures show.

Police reveal ‘unlawful’ mental health detentions

Police reveal ‘unlawful’ mental health detentions

By Ross HawkinsPolitical correspondent, BBC Radio 4 Today   Police chiefs in England and Wales say they may be unlawfully detaining arrested people needing mental health care more than 2,000 times a year. Some people have been held in police cells for several days because there is no hospital bed for them, the National Police […]

BIG INCREASE IN PHYSICAL, SEXUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ELDERLY IN SALFORD

BIG INCREASE IN PHYSICAL, SEXUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ELDERLY IN SALFORD

There’s been a big increase in cases of abuse concerning Salford’s vulnerable and elderly people, rising from 492 referrals in 2015/16, to 731 in 2016/17, up by 33%.

Compulsory mental health care orders at 15-year high

Compulsory mental health care orders at 15-year high

The number of compulsory mental health treatments in Scotland has hit its highest level in at least 15 years, according to a watchdog report.

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