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:

MUN Invites Community Matron Ann Wainwright A Chance To Get Answers To Your Questions 18th January 2017. 1.30pm

MUN Invites Community Matron Ann Wainwright A Chance To Get Answers To Your Questions 18th January 2017. 1.30pm

“MANCHESTER USERS’ NETWORK” Meeting Wednesday 18th January 2017. 1.30pm. Invited        Community Matron  (Ann Wainwright)                                                      CPAs!   Stepping Down means (Discharge or part discharge) Held in the Users’ Office. Park House Hospital. Some Questions & Comments *What does a Community Matron do? * I have no Copy of my CPA! * I do not […]

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

Charity calls on government to make more funds available as it helps NHS cope with increased demand for health services.

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

    The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” in the British National Health Service (NHS) as it struggles to cope with overcrowding and a lack of resources. Teams from the medical charity were deployed at a number of hospitals in the East Midlands region of England in early January to alleviate the […]

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 […]

Szasz argued that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real

Szasz argued that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real

Thomas Szasz: Does mental illness exist? A conversation with Thomas Szasz. Filmed at the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health where he discusses ‘does mental illness exist? “If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”–Thomas S. Szasz. Wednesday 10 Th September, 2014 Thomas S. Szasz received […]

Hundreds of mental health deaths may not have been investigated

A report commissioned by NHS England suggested that hundreds of unexpected deaths at Southern Health were not investigated.

Hundreds of mental health deaths may not have been investigated

BY: Laura Donnelly, Health Editor Analysis suggests an “alarming” lack of investigation of some mental health deathsCREDIT: DOMINIC LIPINKSI   Hundreds of patients who died while detained under the Mental Health Act may have been denied inquests, an investigation has found. All such deaths are supposed to be reported to a coroner so they can be […]

‘How my mental health issues helped me help others’

Tom McAlpine, who set-up the MoodSwings charity in Manchester in 1999 with a belief that it is possible for those suffering even severe mental health issues to make a good recovery.

‘How my mental health issues helped me help others’

  All this week BBC News has been looking at Britain’s growing problem with mental illness, hearing from sufferers, politicians and the professionals who are in the front line of care. But, up and down the country, there are also charities and voluntary organisations dedicated to helping those who have developed mental health problems. One […]

More mental health cuts inevitable without funding reform, warns boss of under-fire trust

Mental health services will be cut further unless the government reforms the NHS funding system to give them a fairer settlement, the boss of an under-fire provider has warned.

Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, told Community Care that the current NHS payment system drove commissioners to divert more funds into acute hospitals at the expense of mental health and community providers. Unless more funding is allocated to mental health, trusts will “simply have to reduce services”, he said.

A professional schism hinders Britain’s mental-health system

A professional schism hinders Britain’s mental-health system

THE day after Mandy Peck tried to electrocute herself in the bath her family took her to a mental-health centre in Chelmsford and asked for help. They were told that there were no beds available and sent home. Two days later Ms Peck jumped to her death from a multi-storey car park. She left a daughter behind.

Ms Peck would not have been turned away had she arrived at hospital with a broken leg. Yet the National Health Service (NHS) often fails those suffering from a broken spirit. The numbers are fuzzy, but about one Briton in four suffers a mental-health problem at some time in their life, ranging from mild anxiety to severe schizophrenia. Less than a third of those receive treatment. That is in part because many sufferers are ashamed to seek help, but it is also due to funding gaps and disorganisation within the NHS. The result is a system in crisis, says Sue Bailey, a former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

“It’s gob-smacking and you would really question your faith in Salford City Council’s political system today”

“It’s gob-smacking and you would really question your faith in Salford City Council’s political system today”

FURY AS SALFORD COUNCILLORS REJECT VULNERABLE ADULTS CUTS CALL IN

Star date: 24th July 2014

SALFORD PEOPLE UNANIMOUSLY IGNORED BY SCRUTINY COUNCILLORS AS £4.4MILLION CUTS GET GO AHEAD

“It’s gobsmacking and you would really question your faith in Salford City Council’s political system today” Steve North, Salford City UNISON
There was fury yesterday as six councillors sitting on Salford Council’s Budget Scrutiny Committee unanimously voted to reject a `call in’ to reconsider over £4million of cuts to services for vulnerable people in the city.

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