Mother’s fury as son with mental health problems is moved 270 miles away

A furious mother has condemned mental health officials in Plymouth who moved her teenage son nearly 300 miles without telling any of his family.

She she discovered the troubled 19-year-old had been transferred when she went to visit him and discovered he wasn’t there.

The teenager had been taken from the Glenbourne unit near his family in Plymouth to The Priory Hospital, in Manchester.

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health
442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics condemn government plans and call on Labour and other parties to denounce anti-therapeutic practices

Man Uni student suffering from schizophrenia faces daily battle with ‘evil voices’

Man Uni student suffering from schizophrenia faces daily battle with ‘evil voices’
A Manchester man who suffers from schizophrenia has got his life back on track despite still hearing ‘disturbing voices’ on a daily basis.

Colin Evans, 31, from Littleborough, was diagnosed with the disorder at university in 2003, aged 20, and subsequently had to drop out and move back home with his parents.

Services Users, and Carer’s issued the following letter concerning Manchester mental health to Secretary of State for Health The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP

Services Users, and Carer’s  issued the following letter concerning Manchester mental health to Secretary of State for Health The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP

Because of the very drastic cuts by the NHS and Manchester City Council, it is quite obvious to Service Users, Carers and other members of the public that Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust, cannot provide Services in order to treat patients who suffer from “severe & enduring mental illness”, which is putting them at serious and dangerous risk, such as their physical health, their absolute poverty (e.g. homelessness, starvation, hardship etc), as well as their need for formal in-patient services and suicide or other premature death.

Help to “Stage the Heart” this Valentine’s Day against Killer Cuts to Mental Health & Homelessness Services 11am Prompt Manchester Town Hall Steps

Help to “Stage the Heart” this Valentine’s Day against Killer Cuts to Mental Health & Homelessness Services 11am Prompt Manchester Town Hall Steps

The message is clear and members of the public, Unison members and members of MUN turned out on Valentines Day asking those who Love Manchester to tell Manchester City Councillors not to implement cuts to Manchester Mental Health Services already cut to the marrow as Manchester City Councillor Paul Andrews (Bagley) recently said: “These cuts are already down to the marrow.” MUN’s Chair Paul Reed in response said: ” This mean further killer cuts will mean the loss of lives and that’s something Manchester User’s Network is not prepared to allow, if this Council implements these killer cuts MUN would seek legal action against Manchester City Council.”

Greater Manchester Police & Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Working Together

Greater Manchester Police has collaborated with Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW ) to provide a training programme for staff that improves the understanding of mental health.

ManVCam: Protesters prepare for Albert Square government cuts rally

Manchester celebrities Shaun Ryder, Terry Christian, Rowetta and Claire Mooney are to lead hundreds of protesters in a rally against ‘appalling’ coalition cuts that have affected the city.

The Mancunian icons will lead crowds in what they are calling a ‘smart rally’— an emulation of the pro democracy demonstrations that took place in Hong Kong back in September 2014.

NHS mental health care ‘pushed to breaking point by lack of beds’

The lack of acute beds available to mental health patients has left the system at breaking point, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said.

Illustrating the scale of the problem, the college said it understood that on one occasion last year there were no beds available for adults in England. It called for action to tackle the problem.

The college president, Simon Wessely, said: “There is mounting evidence – such as the doubling of the number of patients having to be sent out-of-area for care between 2011/12-2013/14 – that there are simply not enough mental health beds available in some areas.

Press Release – Manchester Users Network

Press Release – Manchester Users Network

Criminal Treatment, is how many Mental Health Stakeholders describe the way people who suffer with Severe & Enduring Mental illness are being sent to Prison and are relying on food banks and are homeless, leading to suicide and other premature death, especially in Manchester, after the closure of the Psychiatric Hospital in Central Manchester “Edale”, as Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust are still in debt of £350 000 to Central NHS Manchester Foundation Trust.

MUN’s vice chair gives ‘Report & Experience’

About a month ago, I was walking home from Park House Hospital, when I saw a fellow User CB who seemed quite happy telling me that his benefit is safe after a Work Capability Assessment (WCA). I was a little bit concerned, attending the WCA on his own, because apart from him suffering from Severe Depression, he has moderate learning difficulties (Caused in a road accident as a teenager Obtaining brain damage) also some physical disabilities. Manchester City Council have assessed him being Severe Mentally Impaired (SMI) He had no money and was not receiving housing benefit, which could make him homeless, due to his lack of capacity, impairment, he did not understand the result of the WCA.