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
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, […]
Mental health services in Alabama prisons are provided by a private contractor called MHM Correctional Services. According to the suit the company fails to provide adequate numbers of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health providers.
By: ideasintoaction Inmates in a dorm at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama A trial has begun in Alabama regarding inadequate mental health services to inmates. The class action suit was originally filed in 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama alleging that the treatment of inmates with physical and mental disabilities […]
Why is there so much stigma attached to mental health? It's time to treat mental health sufferers like normal human beings.
BY: GEORGIA ELIZABETH WILLIAM “Watch out! The killer Bipolar zombie is back at work” said no one, ever. But, how come you feel you can’t talk to Mary, who’s back to work after a long battle with depression? Imagine. You trip whilst playing a sport, breaking a leg that was already pretty tender. You blatantly can’t […]
'Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it's when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. This study gives us a clue why this is the case'
Siobhan Fenton @siobhanfenton The study found that the brain regions which showed the greatest MRI changes during adolescence were those in which genes linked to schizophrenia risk were most strongly expressed. Teenagers’ brains can reveal whether they will develop mental health conditions later in life, research has found. Brain scans can therefore […]
Rebel MPs need to get behind Corbyn and get back to work holding the Government to account over the continuing mental health crisis
BY:Harriet Williamson Luciana Berger the former Shadow Minister for Mental Health Rex. Today, Labour supporters, MPs, and mental health campaigners alike are disappointed to learn that in the wake of the Labour Coup, the position of Shadow Minister for Mental Health has been scrapped. The first MP to hold the post, Luciana Berger, was […]
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
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 […]
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to meet a mental health campaigner and the man who saved him from taking his own life when they champion efforts to prevent suicide.
Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, who was saved from suicide, is to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Jonny Benjamin started the #FindMike search in 2014 to find the unknown passer-by who stopped him leaping to his death from Waterloo Bridge in central London six years earlier. Mr Benjamin, then 20, had been […]
“We need to be tackling this now. I just see mental health provision getting worse.”
Mr Benjamin was talked out of killing himself – so he’s returning the favour BY: Katie Grant @kt_grant Jonny Benjamin on Waterloo Bridge, where he tried to kill himself Channel 4 On a January morning in 2008 a young man from south London approached the edge of Waterloo Bridge and prepared to throw himself off. Jonny Benjamin […]
The heartbroken parents of a 26-year-old man are demanding answers after he was discharged from hospital just 20 days before taking his life.
Vicar Tony Hardy and his wife Helen said their world had been left devastated after their son, James, hanged himself – but claim Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust discharged their son without adequate support.
With Caribbean people in the UK nine times more likely than white British counterparts to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a University of Manchester mental health researcher has visited Jamaica and Barbados to find out what lessons can be learned.