The Mental Patients Union, 1973

The Mental Patients Union, 1973

The Mental Patients Union (MPU), in the early 1970s, could probably be seen as the first service user involvement movement. Founder member Andrew Roberts described the Union’s genesis:

Manchester’s role in Theresa May’s mental health plans

Manchester’s role in Theresa May’s mental health plans

  There has been much interest in Theresa May’s plans to do more to help those particularly young people, with mental health conditions. In her speech at the Charity Commission, the Prime Minister announced a number of pledges including a new review of employment and mental health and expansion of digital services. She also launched […]

Jonny Benjamin: How mental health campaigner went from suicide attempt to MBE

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

Jonny Benjamin: How mental health campaigner went from suicide attempt to 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, […]

Four worst performing mental health trusts named

Four worst performing mental health trusts named

By PA Regulators have named four organisations that are falling short on caring for patients with mental health problems. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was writing to four mental health trusts that performed “significantly worse” than others when service users were questioned about their experiences. Across the country the survey revealed that people’s […]

Many GPs lacking in mental health training – despite one-in-three appointments related to issue

Only 46 per cent of GPs undertook a training placement in the discipline before qualifying - and having more experience may mean they can look after their own well being

Many GPs lacking in mental health training – despite one-in-three appointments related to issue

BY NICOLA  FIFIELD Doctor   Most GPs don’t receive adequate training in mental health, despite one in three appointments being related to the issue. Data obtained by Mind shows just 46 per cent of GPs undertook a training placement in a mental health setting before qualifying.  The mental health charity’s research also found 82 per […]

Student mental health ‘lacks support’

The report author, Poppy Brown, is herself a student at Oxford University, conducting research on anxiety disorders.

Student mental health ‘lacks support’

By Sean Coughlan  Education correspondent  Education & Family There have been warnings of growing demand for mental health services for students   Universities are struggling to cope with rising demand for mental health services for students, says a think-tank report. The Higher Education Policy Institute says some universities need to treble how much they spend […]

Mental health deaths under-reported, says charity

The only certainty is that current reporting of deaths is confused and incomplete. The NHS places nearly half of all its young psychiatric patients in private psychiatric units and these are not subject to FoI requests.

Mental health deaths under-reported, says charity

BBC Panorama By Peter Marshall A charity for bereaved families is demanding the government investigates the way deaths of young people in mental health units are recorded. Research by Inquest suggests at least nine young people have died in England as in-patients since 2010. Health Minister Alistair Burt told BBC Panorama he didn’t know the […]

Germanwings crash father blames airline for letting co-pilot fly

"They should be more diligent about who they employ and have more safeguards to stop people slipping through the net."

Germanwings crash father blames airline for letting co-pilot fly

  Paul Bramley, 28, originally from Hull, was one of those killed (FCO)   The father of a British man killed in the Germanwings air crash has blamed the airline for allowing the pilot who caused the tragedy to fly. Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed in the French Alps on March 24 last […]

Nurses and junior doctors gather at rally in Manchester city centre to protest against plans to scrap NHS bursary

Currently student nurses and midwives receive an annual bursary from the NHS while they study - which they do not have to pay back and they don’t not have to pay tuition fees.

Nurses and junior doctors gather at rally in Manchester city centre to protest against plans to scrap NHS bursary

9 Th January, 2016 By: CHRIS SLATER Student nurses were left furious after George Osborne announced plans in November to scrap the NHS bursary Student mental health nurse Beth Byram at rally against changes to NHS bursary   Dozens of nurses and junior doctors gathered at a rally to protest against changes to their conditions. […]

YOUR SERVICE IS NEEDED SOS 8 Th December 1:30pm

YOUR SERVICE IS NEEDED SOS 8 Th December 1:30pm

YOUR SERVICE IS NEEDED SOS SAVE OUR SERVICES MEETING 8 Th December 1:30 pm Manchester City Council Joint Health & Scrutiny Committee Have Invited Manchester User’s Network (MUN) to attend a seminar to be held Wednesday 9th December at 10am in Committee Room 2, Level 2, Town Hall. The purpose of the seminar is to […]