Changes urged to tackle mental health ‘human rights scandal’

Changes urged to tackle mental health ‘human rights scandal’

“The disparities in physical health outcomes for people with mental illness are currently regarded as a human rights scandal. Patients with serious mental illness are two to three times as likely to have obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases – which impact on quality of life and recovery, while contributing towards a 20-year gap in life expectancy currently experienced by this underserved population.
Dr Joseph Firth”

Trust Block Peer Advocacy for Services Users In Manchester

Trust Block Peer Advocacy for Services Users In Manchester

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust (GMMH) is under fire due to policy changes that are said to be limiting peer advocacy and service user involvement.

In January, GMMH published its latest service user and carer engagement policy (SCE), which changed the definition of “service user” to mean anyone who has been discharged from its mental health services within the last 12 months. Only they are allowed to be involved in decision making about GMMH services.

Mad? I’m furious!

Mad? I’m furious!

My first contact with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC) was in February 2003, when I wrote them a very terse letter complaining bitterly that I had been unable to access a place at their national Snakes & Ladders Conference & denouncing them for exclusivity & poor communication.
Fast-forward 9 months, & they advertised a post with a person specification clearly stating that lived experience of mental distress was a ‘desirable quality’.

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice

User involvement in professional education was pioneered in social work, where service user and carer involvement is required at all stages. Students, service users, carers and educators all strongly support such involvement and see it as a key way of improving the culture of practice.

MUN Next Meeting Will Be Held On Wednesday 10th January, 2018 @ 1:30pm

MUN Next Meeting Will Be Held On Wednesday 10th January, 2018 @ 1:30pm

INFORMATION MEETING!!
Important Information, rights & news for patients!
Wednesday 10th January 2018, 1.30pm
Held at the
“Users’ Office”
Park House Hospital.

Tory deputy mayor: Best thing for disabled children is the guillotine

The retired GP made his sick suggestion to fellow councillors as they discussed sending the youngsters to a £3,000-a-week care home

Tory deputy mayor: Best thing for disabled children is the guillotine

The retired GP made his sick suggestion to fellow councillors as they discussed sending the youngsters to a £3,000-a-week care home

People with mental health problems made more unwell by benefits system

Mental health charity Mind has today revealed that a high proportion of people with mental health problems are being made more unwell by the benefits system. In particular, the process of being ‘sanctioned’ – having financial support cut or stopped altogether – is worsening people’s mental health.

People with mental health problems made more unwell by benefits system

Mental health charity Mind has today revealed that a high proportion of people with mental health problems are being made more unwell by the benefits system. In particular, the process of being ‘sanctioned’ – having financial support cut or stopped altogether – is worsening people’s mental health.

Tories Ready To Decimate NHS

When local NHS bosses and councils are bullied and bribed into compliance the writing is on the wall for the rest of us – organise and defend the NHS, says JOHN LISTER

Tories Ready To Decimate NHS

When local NHS bosses and councils are bullied and bribed into compliance the writing is on the wall for the rest of us – organise and defend the NHS, says JOHN LISTER

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:

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