In this special report Jennifer Williams catches a glimpse of the lives of those that sleep rough on Manchester's streets
BY JENNIFER WILLIAMS The figure in the Royal Exchange doorway is motionless. It’s 8.45am. Commuters are rushing through St Ann’s Square in the icy drizzle, heads bent over coffee cups as drama quietly plays out nearby. Kelly is vaguely known to the council’s homelessness team, but they don’t know her well. “I’ve not come […]
A very high proportion of rough sleepers who died in the capital last year had mental health problems
BY: Jon Stone @joncstone Charities are calling for improved mental health support for rough sleepers Getty The number of people with mental health problems sleeping on the street is rising, extensive new research by a homelessness charity suggests. St Mungo’s surveyed professionals working with homeless people across the country and found that 62 had seen […]
Dr Alan Smith, the bishop of St Albans, says proposed cuts will hit those the prime minister wants to help
Daniel Boffey Observer policy editor Saturday 20 February 2016 The Bishop of St Albans Dr Alan Smith has questioned the prime minister’s stance on welfare reforms affecting those with mental health issues. Photograph: Alamy David Cameron’s claim to be backing a revolution in the treatment of the mentally ill has come under attack from […]
Paul Reed, Chair, Manchester Users Network: invited to speak at seminar in Central Manchester on implementation issues for £6bn devolved health and social care budget to Greater Manchester.
On FRIDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY 2016 At: RENAISSANCE MARRIOTT, BLACKFRIARS STREET, MANCHESTER M3 2EQ THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED:- Guest of Honour: Warren Heppolette, Strategic Director, Health and Social Care Reform Greater Manchester Please note that this seminar will take place in Central Manchester. Delegates at this conference will assess implementation issues for the £6bn devolved […]
Tearful scenes as last winter residents leave former Manchester United player’s building facing uncertain future
It is estimated Neville spent up to £150,000 on keeping the project going during the winter months. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images BY:Diane Taylor The former Manchester United star Gary Neville closed the doors of his hotel to homeless people, after allowing them to stay there rent-free with a package of support for more than […]
Inquiry call as new figures show a 26% rise in the number of mental health patients attempting or committing suicide
BY JASON BEATTIE More help needed: figures show rise in number of mental health deaths MPs have blamed government cuts for the “appalling and tragic” rise in the number of mental health deaths. New figures show unexpected deaths among mental health patients in NHS care have soared by more than a fifth over the […]
“This is going to mean huge losses of services all across the board – and North Manchester General will face extinction as a general hospital.
18 Jan 2016 – 01:21PM | By Emma Powys Maurice North Manchester General Hospital may face ‘extinction’ as the shocking scale of budget cuts proposed by the government’s Healthier Together programme becomes clear. NHS campaigners gathered in Manchester this weekend in a conference to protest against the cuts, claiming that the knock-on effects are likely to impact […]
Mental health patients going through a psychotic episode are set to be spared time in prison cells by a new service
13 Th January, 2016 Mental health patients going through a psychotic episode are set to be spared time in prison cells by a new service. Dyfed-Powys Police launched a pilot project in January 2015, where a triage van was sent to their aid. This has since prevented more than 100 people being kept in cells […]
We set up a group at a secure hospital for LGBT patients. These people were very isolated – they needed the help. We set up drug and alcohol projects, we set up mental health services in-house
We’ve delved into the GT vault this festive season, to give you some holiday reading. GT talks to the chief executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust, and life-long gay rights campaigner, Tim Sigsworth. It was 30 April, 1989. Albert Kennedy was 16-years-old, being chased by a group of angry, homophobic thugs wanting to attack […]
"At Christmas time, they [others] are preparing the table and enjoying the Christmas moment…[it makes me feel] I want a family." Kris.
Homelessness has soared since 2010 Natalie Bloomer Sleeping rough is never easy but at Christmas it’s particularly hard. The hoards of shoppers, the lights, and the carols, only serve to remind those who won’t be celebrating with loved ones, just what they’re missing. Christmas can also be a time when conflict between homeless people increases. […]