More mental health patients sent hundreds of miles

"It's a discrimination, at the heart of our NHS, against people with mental ill health" Norman Lamb, Lib Dem MP

More mental health patients sent hundreds of miles

By Michael Buchanan Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC News Nearly 5,500 mental health patients in England had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of hospital beds, new figures show. Some patients had to travel nearly 300 miles, while one trust had to declare a major incident. The figures, obtained through Freedom […]

Doctors look after our mental health but who looks after theirs?

A number of health and professionals from other industries have been studied in recent years and many, not unsurprisingly, also show high levels of stress

Doctors look after our mental health but who looks after theirs?

Jamie Hacker Hughes Anglia Ruskin University   No matter their age, gender or experience, health professionals from all walks of life have experienced mental health problems A new study from Cardiff University has revealed nearly 60% of doctors have experienced mental illness and psychological problems at various stages in their career. That is bad enough […]

‘We’re really excited’: Big buzz for Manchester’s new Health and Wellbeing Service

Manchester’s new Health and Wellbeing Service ‘buzz’ has been launched, following the redesign of the sectors across the city.

‘We’re really excited’: Big buzz for Manchester’s new Health and Wellbeing Service

By Nic Marko One of only five combined mental health and social care Trusts in England and Wales, buzz has been implemented to improve the health of people in Manchester. Bridget Hughes, General Manager for buzz Health and Wellbeing Service, believes the resource will allow the local population to live in better physical and mental […]

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 […]

Funding for mental health social worker fast-track scheme

Sarah Carr, who chairs the National Service User Network, [NSUN] said: "Support from a social worker with the right skills and expertise can be transformational for people living with mental health problems.

Funding for mental health social worker fast-track scheme

Health Social workers are specially trained to support people and families dealing with mental health problems   The Department of Health is giving £10m to a fast-track scheme training graduates to become social workers in community mental health teams. The scheme run by charity Think Ahead aims to recruit 300 graduates by 2018 to work […]

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, […]

Mental health badge launched for Girl Guides

Following training early in April, 100 Peer Educators will start running "Think Resilient" sessions for girls aged seven to 25 in guiding groups across the UK, including for Brownies, the youngest group.

Mental health badge launched for Girl Guides

By Judith Burns Education reporter   Education & Family   Girl Guides across the UK will be able to take a new badge in mental well-being and resilience from early April. The badge, “Think Resilient”, follows research showing nearly half of young women aged 17 to 21 in the UK have needed help with a mental health […]

Winston Churchill’s Brilliant But Troubled Son, Randolph

Was He Bi-Polar? Evidence in New Book Suggests Randolph Suffered Behavioral Ills

Winston Churchill’s Brilliant But Troubled Son, Randolph

After World War II, Randolph Churchill, Winston’s only son, still believed his destiny was to become prime minister, and that the name Churchill alone would carry the day, regardless of the mounting evidence against his chances. Many had predicted greatness for young Churchill a decade earlier, when he boldly displayed his gifts as a public […]

William and Kate meet mental health campaigner and the man who stopped him jumping off Waterloo bridge

Royals met man behind #FindMike - who tried to track down a passer-by who stopped him leaping to his death

William and Kate meet mental health campaigner and the man who stopped him jumping off Waterloo bridge

BY:SEBASTIAN MANN   The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met a mental health campaigner and the man who saved him from taking his own life as they championed efforts to prevent suicide. Jonny Benjamin started the #FindMike search in 2014 to find an unknown passer-by who stopped him leaping to his death from Waterloo Bridge […]

Service Users & Unison Union Meeting 7th March Ahead of Lobby

Update on actions so far presentation of petition to Manchester CCG in January responds to MMHSCT consultation (UNISON Manchester Community and Mental Health branch and Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public)

Service Users & Unison Union Meeting 7th March Ahead of Lobby

Manchester deserves better mental health services   Campaign meeting: Chorlton Health Centre, 1 Nicolas Road, Chorlton, M21 9NJ  (SATNAV M21 9NJ) In Conference Room upstairs (there is a keypad on door at bottom of stairs – please ring Caroline Bedale on 07960 988596 if there is no-one at that door to let you in) Monday […]