What people are saying about Manchester’s £1.5m mental health cuts

Here’s what patients, trade unionists, politicians, commissioners and mental health workers are saying about yesterday’s decision

What people are saying about Manchester’s £1.5m mental health cuts

When revealed the plans back in October they prompted a public outcry. But despite a public consultation finding people massively against the move – and warnings that it will cost lives – the trust has pushed ahead with the cut, arguing it doesn’t have enough money to balance its books otherwise. Patients, trade unions, politicians […]

Depressed mental health campaigner abruptly discharged from care after being told nothing can be done for him

John Byron has been under the care of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust for nine years, and now they've decided they can do no more for him

Depressed mental health campaigner abruptly discharged from care after being told nothing can be done for him

BY: JENNIFER WILLIAMS Mental health patient John Byron   A severely depressed mental health campaigner has been abruptly discharged from care after nearly a decade – and told there is nothing else that can be done for him. John Byron, 49, has long been under the care of Manchester’s community mental health team to help […]

Former mental health worker blasts NHS after death of Natasha Wise and says she was failed by the system

Natasha's dad says she was in A&E at least four times with injuries from self-harm, yet nothing was done despite them begging for a faster process

Former mental health worker blasts NHS after death of Natasha Wise and says she was failed by the system

BY TODD FITZGERALD ,  SAM YARWOOD Natasha Wise   A former mental health worker says a young woman who fell to her death after an 18-month battle for counselling for depression was failed by the system. Natasha Wise died after plunging from a bridge in Whalley Range on Tuesday, just hours after celebrating her birthday. The 22-year-old, […]

Manchester mental health services in deep crisis

Manchester Users Network leader and NSUN member, Alan Hartman warns of the deepening crisis in Mental Health Services that puts even more people at risk of suicide.

He states “the new round of £1.5m worth of cuts will hit more than 650 patients and a huge fear for service users is that services will not provide any therapeutic support but resort only to giving medications which can cause devastating side effects and can make people worse.”