Yoga on the NHS ? Manchester GP says free classes could help improve physical and mental health

Matt Joslin has written an open letter to the NHS after classes helped him deal with back problem and depression

Yoga on the NHS ? Manchester GP says free classes could help improve physical and mental health

BY CHARLOTTE DOBSON A Manchester GP is calling on the NHS to prescribe a different kind of treatment to patients… yoga. Dr Matt Joslin has written an open letter asking for the ancient form of exercise to be prescribed to patients on the NHS. He claims yoga has the potential to improve almost all aspects […]

It’s not too late to save the NHS – but we have to act NOW

Mental health services, which are already struggling under the strain of demand, historically inadequate funding and incompetent commissioning decisions, will not achieve parity at least in my life time. And the problem might get even worse before it gets better.

It’s not too late to save the NHS – but we have to act NOW

OPINION BY DR KAILASH CHAND     On almost every measure, the NHS in Greater Manchester is in a worse position than this time last year. And as we enter winter, this spells bad news. Last winter was the worst for a generation with A&E waits hitting their highest levels since targets were introduced in […]

Mental health early deaths ‘worrying in one in four areas’

Nearly one in four areas of England has unacceptably high rates of early deaths among people with mental health problems, a report suggests.
The warning by independent experts funded by the Cabinet Office came after they looked at deaths before 75 in 2011-12 in more than 200 local areas.

‘Counterproductive’: Mental health charity Mind calls for ‘fundamental’ government rethink on benefit cuts

The Government has ‘failed its duty of care’ to people with mental health problems, according to a senior figure in Mind charity.

The comments come after Conservative MP Priti Patel was last week condemned for claiming that there is no evidence to suggest that more people with mental health issues received cuts to their benefits than others.

Suicides highlight the grim toll of benefits sanctions in austerity Britain

Less than two years ago, 50-year-old David tried to take his own life in a council house in Salford. You can still see the scars when he stretches out his arm to light a roll-up cigarette.

“Everything just builds up after a while. I was walking around thinking where I was going to get money from, what [was] I going to do about the kids, how was I going to survive?” says David, as his two daughters sit quietly next to him on the sofa. “I’ve been through the bins and all sorts, trying to make ends meet. I’m not proud of it, but needs must at times.”

Tory councillor Mark Winn says food banks are only used by ‘those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems’

A Tory councillor has provoked a Twitter backlash after claiming that food banks are only visited by “those with drug, alcohol and mental health problems”.

Mark Winn, who is also a civil servant with the Ministry of Defence and until recently held an appointment on Buckinghamshire council’s health scrutiny committee, hit out at what he called “the BBC doing Labour’s bidding” after watching an episode of Casualty on Saturday night.

Lindsey Cree’s son was diagnosed with schizophrenia

Lindsey Cree’s son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, she turned to Rethink, a charity that helps patients and their families deal with the burden of mental illness

Who do you talk to you when your 10-year-old son tells you, racked with fear, that cameras have been installed in the school playground to spy on him? Or when, a couple of years later, he decides he is no longer able to drink anything because the water in the taps has been poisoned? How do you respond when he tells you he is worried that people are injecting toxins into the veins of his hands at night?

Oiling the Memory with fish oils

Oiling the Memory with fish oils

Rhode Island Hospital researchers have completed a study that found regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults. The study examined the relationship between FOS use during the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) and indicators of cognitive decline. The findings are published online in advance of print in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.