Mental Health Articles

 

 

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Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBath and North East Somerset Council and CRUSE launch support group for adults bereaved by suicide (16 August 2017)

 

Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced a new group run by CRUSE for adults bereaved by suicide. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMen “twice as likely” to experience mental health issues due to work (15 August 2017)

 

New research from mental health charity Mind shows that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to problems outside of work. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthHeadStart Wolverhampton Conference planned for October (8 August 2017)

 

City of Wolverhampton Council has announced plans for the HeadStart Wolverhampton conference in October. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthDerbyshire NHS mental health services for children cited as “outstanding” in CQC report (7 August 2017)

 

Children’s mental health services provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been cited as “outstanding” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthDerbyshire NHS mental health services for children cited as “outstanding” in CQC report (7 August 2017)

 

Children’s mental health services provided by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have been cited as “outstanding” in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPresident of Family Division calls services for children requiring specialist mental health care “worryingly inadequate” (4 August 2017)

 

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has criticised the lack of specialist facilities for child and adolescent mental health patients during a ruling on the care of a 17-year-old mental health patient known as X. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind welcomes mental health plan – and calls for longer term strategy to cope with demand (2 August 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has welcomed the government’s commitment to boosting the number of mental health workers, in a plan which will give mental health parity with physical health in the NHS. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health£1bn investment in expanding and transforming mental health services (2 August 2017)

 

The government has set out plans to treat a further one million mental health patients by 2020-2021 – and finally give mental healthcare parity with physical healthcare. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind welcomes Supreme Court ruling on employment tribunal fees (31 July 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a Supreme Court ruling that charging complainants in employment tribunals is illegal, saying that for those who feel they have been forced out of jobs because of their mental health, the fees were “yet another barrier for us in the fight for fairness and equality in the workplace”. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNHS Providers report reveals numerous concerns over mental health services in England (24 July 2017)

 

NHS Providers have published a report, ‘The State of the NHS Provider Sector July 2017’, which has revealed the concerns of senior staff surrounding mental health services in England being at risk of becoming overwhelmed. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthDWP announces hardship payments will be immediately accessible for mental health patients and the homeless (20 July 2017)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that extra protections are being put in place for people receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) who have a mental health condition – or who are homeless and have had their benefits reduced because of a sanction. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthFunding and staffing are main concerns of mental health bosses, new report shows (17 July 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind says that a new report by NHS Providers shows the scale of the challenge facing NHS mental health services. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMore than half of CCGs missing targets on talking therapies for mental health patients (13 July 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind says that new data on talking therapies have given an insight into how Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are performing with regard to delivering talking therapies. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMental health charities say substance misuse among young people may signify underlying trauma (13 July 2017)

 

Mental health charities YoungMinds and Addaction say young people who misuse substances may have underlying trauma which is not being addressed – and are calling on local commissioners to take action. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthThrive LDN will address London’s mental health issues (11 July 2017)

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that a new movement called Thrive LDN will improve mental health and wellbeing across the capital. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthEvery secondary school to be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020 (28 June 2017)

 

The government has pledged that every secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020, as part of its pledge to transform mental health services for young people. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLincolnshire Fire and Rescue signs up to Mind’s Blue Light Programme (27 June 2017)

 

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has joined other emergency services and associations in signing up to a campaign against mental health stigma: Mind’s Blue Light pledge. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind responds to Grenfell Tower fire and offers “Blue Light” programme to emergency services (23 June 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the Grenfell Tower fire and the trauma that residents and emergency service staff have suffered. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind responds to Queen’s Speech and government proposals on mental health legislation reform (22 June 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the Queen’s Speech by welcoming the government’s proposals to reform mental health legislation, including the Mental Health Act. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBracknell Forest Council and Mencap join forces for Learning Disability Awareness Week (21 June 2017)

 

Bracknell Forest Council and Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap have announced a programme of activities to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week – which runs from Monday, 19 June to Sunday, 25 June 2017. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMoD consults on cancelling UK Armed Forces mental health mid-year report and Episode tables in annual summary (19 June 2017)

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a consultation on the proposed cessation of the UK Armed Forces mental health mid-year report and the production of Episode tables in the UK Armed Forces mental health annual summary. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCourt of Protection Judge has ruled that a mentally ill woman should have surgery against her will (8 June 2017)

 

A Court of Protection judge has ruled that a mentally ill woman who doctors fear have cancer should undergo exploratory surgery against her will. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNorth Tyneside launches resource pack to promote positive mental health in young people (6 June 2017)

 

A resource pack aiming to promote positive mental health in North Tyneside’s young people was launched on Tuesday 24 May. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind survey reveals disparity in mental health support for workers in private and public sectors (6 June 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has revealed “shocking” differences between mental health support for public and private sector workers – and has called on the next government to make mental health in the public sector a top priority. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMore than 1,300 engage with Mental Health Awareness Week in Cheshire (1 June 2017)

 

Halton Borough Council in Cheshire has said that more than 1,300 local people engaged with Mental Health Awareness Week, held earlier in May. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSANE welcomes police investigation into Linden Centre deaths (30 May 2017)

 

Mental health charity SANE has welcomed a police investigation into a series of deaths at the Linden Centre mental health unit in Essex – which the charity says has been repeatedly criticised over the handling of patient safety. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSANE welcomes police investigation into Linden Centre deaths (30 May 2017)

 

Mental health charity SANE has welcomed a police investigation into a series of deaths at the Linden Centre mental health unit in Essex – which the charity says has been repeatedly criticised over the handling of patient safety. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind research suggests benefit system increases damage to those with mental health problems (24 May 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has said that people with mental health problems are made “more unwell” by the benefits system. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthEssex NHS Trust under investigation following several deaths (22 May 2017)

 

The Linden Centre, based at Broomfield acute general hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, has been the site of seven suicides by hanging since 2000 despite a number of warnings about their safety features, and the dangers of ligature points on features in the room or furniture. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind election manifesto calls for next government to commit to improvements in mental health care (19 May 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has launched its manifesto for the General Election 2017, with the campaign slogan “Making it Happen”. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthRoyal Borough of Greenwich hosts event to mark Dementia Awareness Week (18 May 2017)

 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London is hosted a free event to mark Dementia Awareness Week. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSeven out of ten children with mental health issues are treated away from their local area (18 May 2017)

 

NHS figures have revealed that seven out of ten children with serious mental health issues are treated outside of their home area. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBristol marks Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of Wellbeing campaign (10 May 2017)

 

Bristol City Council is to mark Mental Health Awareness Week beginning on Monday 8 May with a series of events marking Five Days of Wellbeing. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNewham Council hosts events in support of Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May 2017)

 

Newham Council in east London is holding a wide range of advice, support and awareness raising sessions during Mental Health Awareness Week this week, to highlight the services available to Newham residents affected by mental health conditions. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLeeds City Council launches MindMate Lessons to help school pupils address mental health issues (9 May 2017)

 

As part of the city’s MindMate Champion programme, the MindMate Lessons have been developed to respond to children and young people wanting to learn more about mental health before issues occur. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBradford Council aims for 72 new places for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (8 May 2017)

 

Bradford Council says it expects to create 72 new places for pupils between the ages of ten and 19 who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind Cymru rolls out Blue Light Programme in Wales (5 May 2017)

 

Mind Cymru has launched the Blue Light Programme in Wales, under which support will be offered to emergency services staff and volunteers in the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue services across Wales. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthKent County Council rolls out new school services for physical and mental health care (28 April 2017)

 

Kent County Council is rolling out new school health services, which will see greater access to support for children and young people with physical and mental health issues. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls for “meaningful change” after recent success of London Marathon highlighting mental health issues (28 April 2017)

 

The CEO of mental health charity Mind says that, following the promotional success of the London Marathon in raising awareness of mental health issues, it is now time to translate that success into “meaningful change” for the one in four people living with mental health problems. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPrince William and Prince Harry are praised by mental health experts for breaking taboos (20 April 2017)

 

Prince Harry recently revealed that he sought counselling after “bottling up” his grief about his mother’s death for 20 years. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls for 48-hour follow up for mental health patients discharged from hospital (18 April 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has revealed that thousands of mental health patients are left to cope alone after leaving a mental health hospital, potentially putting their lives at risk. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind hosts first annual Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards (11 April 2017)

 

The First Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index has revealed how well employers are supporting staff mental health. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPeople with mental health conditions and disabilities continue to face hardships, report shows (7 April 2017)

 

A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), titled Being Disabled in Britain: A Journey Less Equal has revealed the hardships faced by disabled people living in Britain. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLondon Assembly Health Committee visits mental health unit for patients struggling with deafness (4 April 2017)

 

Members of the London Assembly have visited a specialist mental health service in Tooting, southwest London, offering services to those who are deaf. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthFigures show risk of suicide amongst care workers is twice the national average (31 March 2017)

 

New data commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) shows that that suicides are less common for females than males and that there are differences in the types of occupation where suicide is more common. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health“Unintended operational and legal consequences” for people with mental health problems as a result of PIP changes (21 March 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind says that a committee of welfare experts has warned of “unintended operational and legal consequences” for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities following changes to assessment criteria for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which came into force on 16th March. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthFemale mental health patients more likely to experience facedown restraint (14 March 2017)

 

New figures from Agenda – the alliance for women and girls at risk – show that vulnerable women and girls are being repeatedly restrained in the facedown position in mental health units. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSpring Budget’s extra funding for social care and A&E GPs “will benefit metal health patients” (10 March 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2017, welcoming additional funding which the charity says will benefit mental health patients. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind may mount legal challenge to government’s changes to PIP for mental health patients (8 March 2017)

 

Mental Health charity Mind has responded to government changes in the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), saying that the changes “call into question” the government’s commitment to treating mental health on a par with physical health. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCQC to prosecute Southern Health over alleged failure to protect patients at risk (7 March 2017)

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust will be prosecuted over an alleged failure to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable harm to a patient – and other patients being exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBrent Council launches scheme to help those with mental health conditions find employment (7 March 2017)

 

Brent Council has launched a pilot service to give employment support to those with common mental health problems. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNew figures show spike in London’s suicide rate (1 March 2017)

 

New figures from the London Assembly Health Committee show that, every week, an average of 14 Londoners choose to end their own lives. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWomen with mental health conditions during or after pregnancy “receiving inadequate mental health care” (28 February 2017)

 

A new report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has found that only 7% of women with mental health problems during or after pregnancy are referred to specialist care. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthProposal to rate mental health trusts on use of financial resources “may undermine quality of care delivered” (23 February 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a consultation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS Improvement on their proposals to change how they rate a trust based on the use of financial resources. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls for review of benefits sanctions which “impact negatively” on mental health patients (22 February 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a government report recognising the negative impact that benefit sanctions have on people suffering from mental illness. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthDay service for mental health patients in Reading saved (21 February 2017)

 

A day service for mental health patients in Reading has been saved after the council and its partner Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) met to discuss options for the continuation of the service. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthKent launches consultation on proposed Mental Health Promoting Independence Service (20 February 2017)

 

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a six-week consultation to hear the public’s views on the proposed Mental Health Promoting Independence Service. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind says sanctions for mental health patients will not help them back into work (13 February 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind says that the government should postpone cutting disability benefits, after publication of a report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee recommending the postponement. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMental Health ‘epidemic’ in UK Prison system (8 February 2017)

 

It is apparent that the issue of poor mental health staffing levels in prisons across the UK has become a regular feature in the news of recent weeks. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSheffield Council’s Springboard cafés are a boost to those with mental health issues (31 January 2017)

 

A volunteer at Sheffield Council’s Springboard Café which hosts a drop in service for mental health patients needing a chat has spoken out about how St Mary’s Springboard has helped him.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthFragmented care for mental health patients “unacceptable and unnecessary” (27 January 2017)

 

Mental health charity Mind has said that it is “unacceptable and unnecessary” that people with mental health problems are dying younger because of fragmented care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSefton Council invites views on Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (25 January 2017)

 

Sefton Council on Merseyside has set up a working group looking into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthJury finds neglect contributed to death of mental health patient in custody (24 January 2017)

 

The charity INQUEST has responded to a verdict on the death of a young father who died in HMP Chelmsford after taking his own life, saying that his death was “entirely preventable”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMental Health care overhaul pledged by Theresa May (12 January 2017)

 

Here at Duncan Lewis in the Mental Health department, we are always seeking to raise the profile of mental health issues in order to ensure that our clients, and indeed all those suffering these problems, gain access to the care they should be receiving. We are therefore keen to highlight any new government plans to improve mental health services. The Prime Minister has given a speech at the Charity Commission addressing her plans to tackle the hidden injustice of mental illness. Within those plans; additional training is to be provided for teachers, an extra £15 million is to be allocated to Community Care, and a £67.7 million investment into online services such as self-checks is to be made. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind responds to government’s mental health care plans (10 January 2017)

 

Mind has responded to a package of measures to address mental health issued announced by the government on Monday (09/01/17), saying that mental health should be at the heart of government. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthDorset County Council and CCG review provision for vulnerable adults and mental health patients (9 January 2017)

 

Dorset County Council has announced that it is working with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to look at how it provides care and support to older people, adults with physical disabilities and people with mental health issues. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNew suicide prevention strategy for Warwickshire (19 December 2016)

 

Warwickshire County Council has launched a new suicide prevention strategy to combat the number of deaths from suicide across the county.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthDuncan Lewis’ Aqsa Sattar provides an overview on the legal powers of a nearest relative has under the Mental Health Act 1983 (12 December 2016)

 

The Mental Health Act 1983 provides the authority in England and Wales to detain and treat people suffering from, or believed to be suffering from a mental disorder on a psychiatric unit without their agreement. A detained person is protected under the Act, and provided with certain rights, such as a right to challenge their detention in hospital. This can be done through exercising a right of appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPHE report finds more than 110,000 London children “suffering with significant mental ill health” (8 December 2016)

 

A new report by Public Health England (PHE) into the mental health of children in London has found that more than 110,000 children in the capital are suffering with significant mental ill health.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLondon Assembly debates whether capital should have pan-London suicide prevention plan (29 November 2016)

 

The London Assembly Health Committee is holding a meeting on Tuesday 29 November, to discuss suicide in London – including how suicide prevention work is co-ordinated and whether or not London should aspire to be a “zero suicide city”, like Detroit in the US.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNSPCC calls for government to do more to improve children’s access to mental health services (28 November 2016)

 

The NSPCC has responded to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, saying that the government “has again missed the opportunity” to show it is making progress on a country that works for vulnerable children and the mental health crisis they face.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls on government for urgent action to prevent police holding mental health patients in cells (22 November 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind is calling on parliament to end the use of police cells as “places of safety” for people in mental health crisis, after new data from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Lead for Mental Health revealed that some forces are still putting people who have a mental health condition in cells on a daily basis.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSefton Council establishes working group looking into CAHMS (21 November 2016)

 

Sefton Council on Merseyside has set up a Working Group looking into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) in the area – and is calling on service users to share their views.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls for removal of sanctions threat for mental health patients at Jobcentre Plus (17 November 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a report about Jobcentre Plus, saying it is concerning that soon Work Coaches in Jobcentres will become the only source of support for thousands of people with mental health problems who are currently out of work.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind responds to Inquiry by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (14 November 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to the publication of an Inquiry by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD). . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthRecord numbers of children are contacting the NSPCC about suicidal thoughts (10 November 2016)

 

According to the NSPCC’s Childline, children as young as 8 years old have contacted the Charity seeking help with anxiety. In fact the number of young people reaching out for help has increased sharply.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSelby hosts second mental health conference in November (1 November 2016)

 

Selby District Council in North Yorkshire has announced a second mental health conference, following the success of the first ever mental health conference in Selby.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLondon Health Committee event considers mental health among the LGBT community. (31 October 2016)

 

A City Hall event in London has highlighted mental health among the LGBT community.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthThree times as many patients under mental health crisis teams take their own lives, says new report (21 October 2016)

 

University of Manchester’s 20th National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH) report has found that more than 200 suicide deaths per year now occur in patients under mental health crisis teams – three times as many as among inpatients.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWelsh government draft budget secures an extra £20m for mental health services (20 October 2016)

 

Welsh mental health charity Mind Cymru has responded to the Welsh government’s proposal of an extra £20 million in funding for mental health services in Wales, published in a draft budget on Tuesday (18/10/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNew mental health strategy for Wales (17 October 2016)

 

Welsh Assembly Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has launched the Welsh Government^s new delivery plan to improve mental health and wellbeing in Wales.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthHinckley & Bosworth Borough Council marks World Mental Health Day with free event (10 October 2016)

 

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council in Leicestershire is holding a free event to mark World Mental Health Day today (10/10/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLeeds City Council uses new audit findings to tackle suicide rates (10 October 2016)

 

Leeds City Council has welcomed the publication of a suicide audit completed by public health professionals in Leeds.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthHartlepool Council supports World Mental Health Day with free event (7 October 2016)

 

Hartlepool Council has announced it will be holding a free event to mark World Mental Health Day on Monday (10/10/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls for urgent action to ensure mental health has parity with physical health (5 October 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to new figures published by NHS Digital (formerly the Health and Social Care Information Centre) estimating the prevalence of mental health problems across the country.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNumber of people dying with dementia diagnosis “more than doubles” (3 October 2016)

 

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that the proportion of people dying with a recorded dementia diagnosis has more than doubled since 2001.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMental health services in England now accessed by one-third of adults with anxiety or depression in 2014 (30 September 2016)

 

New research by NHS Digital shows that one in three adults (37%) aged 16-74 with conditions such as anxiety or depression who were surveyed in England were accessing mental health treatment in 2014.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind calls for more integrated approach to mental health care (27 September 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about the need for a whole-government approach to mental health services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCCGs “spending less on mental health services” (26 September 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind has said that many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reducing the amount they are spending on mental health services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind supports call for reduction in use of restraint in mental health patients (26 September 2016)

 

Chief executive of the mental health charity Mind, Paul Farmer, has responded to data obtained by MP Norman Lamb and shared with the BBC, which highlight that the use of physical restraint has increased in many mental health trusts in England.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWelsh government launches £7.2m programme to help mental health patients and substance abusers back into work (21 September 2016)

 

The Welsh Assembly (WA) has announced an EU-backed programme to help 6,000 people recovering from substance misuse and mental health conditions into work.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBradford Council encourages more men to talk about mental health to lower suicide rates (19 September 2016)

 

Bradford Council is encouraging more people to talk about their anxieties and worries – and to seek help if they need to – as a key part of efforts to cut suicide rates in Bradford.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPapyrus offers suicide prevention training in Wolverhampton in run up to World Suicide Prevention Day (6 September 2016)

 

Wolverhampton Council is offering training to organisations and individuals who may come into contact with someone at risk of suicide, as part of a range of activities taking place in Wolverhampton to mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday (10/09/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWolverhampton Council to encourage residents to reach out to others to mark World Suicide Prevention Day (5 September 2016)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council has announced a series of activities to mark Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthThames Reach calls for improved mental health care for rough sleepers (2 September 2016)

 

The charity Thames Reach is calling for more to be done to highlight and address the needs of rough sleepers with mental health conditions in London.
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Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthStudy suggests possible link between TBI in youth and increased risk of psychiatric illness (30 August 2016)

 

UK, US and Swedish researchers have found that sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a child or as a young adult might increase the risk of health problems in adult life, including a higher risk for mental health conditions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health£6.1m funding given to NHS trusts to keep mental health patients out of police cells (24 August 2016)

 

The government has announced that 41 projects have been awarded funding for places of safety for people in mental health crisis.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPoor mental health may contribute to homelessness, says new report (22 August 2016)

 

A report by the Communities and Local Government Committee on factors contributing to homelessness says that many homeless people are affected by one or more contributing factors, such as poor mental health, substance addiction or experience of abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWigan Council launches SHARE mental health project for children and teenagers (15 August 2016)

 

Wigan Council has launched a project offering mental health support for children and young people.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthYoung adults with psychosis “not receiving EIP therapy within two-week target” (11 August 2016)

 

New figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that, out of 170 of 209 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, a total of 23% said they had applied a two-week target for mental health patients aged 14 to 35 years to receive treatment for psychosis symptoms.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNHS Trust fined after mental health patient drowns during water sports activity (4 August 2016)

 

The Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for safety failings, after a patient drowned during a canoeing activity event.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthYork Council and CCG launch second phase of pilot to improve mental health of schoolchildren (1 August 2016)

 

A partnership between the City of York Council, the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and York schools has agreed funding to roll out a pilot project to further improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people across the whole city.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthReading Council consultation into how mental health services are delivered (25 July 2016)

 

Reading Council has launched a consultation to help inform how Reading^s Mental Health Day Services are delivered.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCentre for Mental Health says awareness of children’s mental health needs is “poor” (19 July 2016)

 

An evidence review published by the Centre for Mental Health – Missed Opportunities by Lorraine Khan – finds that mental health problems are very common among young people, but awareness is poor and most attempts by parents to get help for their children are unsuccessful.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthResearch shows link between TBI, poor mental health and risk of re-offending (18 July 2016)

 

Research published by Centre for Mental Health suggests that traumatic brain injury (TBI) costs the UK a total of £15 billion every year, including the costs of lost work, of health and social care and of premature mortality – and puts young people at higher risk of poor mental health and offending.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health£12m funding to increase mental health services to those arrested (14 July 2016)

 

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced that an additional £12 million is to be spent over the next two years to expand services making mental health assessments available to individuals arrested.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthEssex County Council seeks feedback on children’s and young people’s mental health services (4 July 2016)

 

Essex County Council is inviting residents to share their experiences of children and young people’s mental health services in the county.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBarnet Council’s children’s centres awarded special health status (4 July 2016)

 

Barnet Council in London has announced that all of Barnet’s ten children’s centres have now been awarded a Healthy Children’s Centre special health status, to recognise their work in helping to improve the health of children and families in Barnet.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthIneffectiveness of antidepressants for children leaves gap in treatments available, says SANE (29 June 2016)

 

Mental health charity SANE has said that new research suggesting that most antidepressant drugs are ineffective for children and teens leaves “a gap in any treatments that are available” to youngsters with mental health issues.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthStockton-on-Tees invites mental health patients to take part in Community Learning Mental Health pilot (27 June 2016)

 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is inviting anyone in the borough who has a mental health condition to take part in its programme of workshops and activities for people with mental health issues, as part of a national research project.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthGloucestershire appoints ASIST trainer to support mental health patients at risk of suicide (24 June 2016)

 

Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC) public health team has funded training for an officer to train frontline staff in how to support people who are feeling suicidal.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCambridgeshire launches Keep Your Head mental health website for young people (21 June 2016)

 

Cambridgeshire County Council is to launch a new website to help children and young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough tackle mental health issues.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSouth Gloucestershire introduces suicide prevention training for frontline workers (17 June 2016)

 

South Gloucestershire Council is introducing a suicide prevention training programme, which aims to help reduce the number of suicides in South Gloucestershire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWarwickshire County Council supports Mental Health Awareness Week this week (17 May 2016)

 

Warwickshire County Council is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 16th to 22nd May.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCamden Council invites mental health patients to share experience of services (16 May 2016)

 

Camden Council is inviting residents to share their experiences of the mental health services provided by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthRotherham Council supports Dementia Awareness Week from 15 May (16 May 2016)

 


Rotherham Council is encouraging the public to support Dementia Awareness Week by taking part in free Dementia Friends sessions run by the Alzheimer’s Society.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthChange in reporting of mental health statistics for Armed Forces (12 May 2016)

 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that, following consultation on a proposed reduction in the frequency of reporting of Official Statistics on mental health in the UK Armed Forces, in the future mental health statistics for veterans will be published biannually, rather than quarterly.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health£15m fund made available to fund places of safety for mental health patients (10 May 2016)

 

The government has opened bidding to fund health-based places of safety to prevent people with mental health conditions being held in police cells.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCAMHS single contact pilots offer “improved outcomes for children and their families” (9 May 2016)

 

Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has told a meeting at the Anna Freud Centre in London that single contact points in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) can maintain “an open channel of communication” and act as the bridge between a school and CAMHS.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCroydon Shared Lives scheme given outstanding CQC rating for mental health and learning disabilities services (9 May 2016)

 

A Croydon Council-run service that helps adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthGovernment announces funding for UK’s first ever Dementia Research Institute (5 May 2016)

 

The government has announced that a quarter of a billion pounds has been pledged towards the UK’s first ever Dementia Research Institute (DRI).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthEssex Council welcomes report into looked after children’s mental health services (4 May 2016)

 

A report into mental health services for looked after children – for which Essex County Council provided written and oral evidence – has found that nearly half of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder, with looked after children four times more likely than their non-looked after peers to have a mental health condition.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPortsmouth library launches “Shelf Help” scheme offering mental health books free to young people (3 May 2016)

 

Portsmouth Library Service has launched a new scheme to support young people’s mental health, by offering expert endorsed books available to borrow for free.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCQC seeks patients with experience of mental health care involving stress, anxiety or depression for summer campaign (25 April 2016)

 

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking for people who have received care for depression, anxiety or stress to report their experiences to the CQC in a public awareness campaign running this summer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCombined symptoms of depression and metabolic disease may increase risk of Type 2 diabetes (19 April 2016)

 

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and colleagues have found that depression may add to the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in those with early symptoms of metabolic disease.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPresident of mental health charity Mind issues apology over sexual abuse comments (18 April 2016)

 

Mental health charity Mind has responded to comments made by the charity’s honorary president about child abuse victims.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSurrey supports mental health with new Safe Haven drop in centre (18 April 2016)

 

Surrey County Council has opened a café-style drop in centre, which offers help to people with mental health issues.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthEuropean study aims to discover biological markers linked to social withdrawal in mental health conditions (18 April 2016)

 

Researchers at the University of Exeter and colleagues from European institutions are studying the biological markers involved in social withdrawal, which can be a symptom of several mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, Major Depressive Disease and Alzheimer’s disease.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthHigher rates of smoking among those with mental health conditions found to lower life expectancy (18 April 2016)

 

A new report from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has found that smoking is the biggest contributing factor as to why people with mental health have a lower average lifespan, which is between 10 and 20 years less than the general population.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthSouthern Health NHS Foundation Trust facing more regulatory action over mental health patients’ deaths (7 April 2016)

 

NHS Improvement has advised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust that further regulatory action will be taken, to ensure that the trust improves existing issues quickly – and to ensure that in the future staff can spot and quickly mitigate any future risks to patients and service users.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWestminster Council launches public consultation on new ways of delivering mental health services (5 April 2016)

 

Westminster Council and its NHS partners are consulting on a new delivery of mental health services – including a move away from day centres towards tailored support focusing on recovery, with help to enable more people to receive the support they need.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWelsh Government announces mental health funding to improve patient support (4 April 2016)

 

The Welsh Government has announced that, as part of £30 million funding for mental health and older people in 2016-2017, the Welsh Government will invest £2.3m to create new teams to provide extra support – especially in the evening and at night – for people with mental health conditions, including dementia.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthKent launches mental health campaign to save the lives of men under pressure (4 April 2016)

 

Kent County Council has launched a new campaign, which aims to reduce the number of suicides among men.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNHS England appeals for opinions on mental health services for Armed Forces veterans (29 March 2016)

 

NHS England has launched a consultation on mental health services run for veterans.<. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMonitor moves in to improve mental health services at North Essex Partnership Trust (24 March 2016)

 

The government’s health regulator Monitor has announced that the quality of care provided to mental health patients at the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is set to improve, after Monitor stepped in to help the trust make changes to the way it is run.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWest Midlands holds listening events to garner opinions of mental health patients and practitioners (21 March 2016)

 

The West Midland Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Mental Health Commission is collecting evidence from people who have mental health experiences and the knowledge of professional mental health practitioners and organisations by holding a series of listening events across the region.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthKingston secondary pupils tackle mental health issues at conference (21 March 2016)

 

Kingston and Richmond Councils’ social enterprise company Achieving for Children (AfC) has held a mental health conference for year nine and ten pupils across Kingston, in partnership with Kingston Public Health.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthKingston Council appeals for more private landlords to house Syrian refugees (21 March 2016)

 

Kingston Council is appealing for more private sector landlords to come forward with properties suitable for families who have fled conflict in Syria.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthForces veterans invited to give feedback on NHS England mental health services (16 March 2016)

 

Former serving members of the Armed Forces are being invited to tell NHS England what they think about mental health services, in a survey which will help to shape service provision for the next five years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWelsh Assembly re-launches anti-domestic violence campaign (16 March 2016)

 

The Welsh Government is re-running its “Cross the line” campaign to tackle domestic violence, launching on 15 March and running until 5 April.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthHorsham youth conference addresses mental health issues in teenagers and young adults (14 March 2016)

 

A mental health convention in Horsham, Surrey has enabled teenagers and young adults to discuss their own assumptions about mental health – and discover that they have much in common with their peers when it comes to mental health issues.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCentral Bedfordshire Council promotes new mental health initiative (14 March 2016)

 

Central Bedfordshire Council and partner organisations are promoting Five Ways to Wellbeing – an initiative to encourage people to think differently about mental health.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBarnet council’s programme for helping mental health patients into work accredited as Centre of Excellence (7 March 2016)

 

A service funded by Barnet Council and delivered by London charity Twining Enterprise has been commended as a Centre of Excellence.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthFarm prosecuted after worker suffocates in grain silo while clearing blockage (29 February 2016)

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a farm after a young worker was killed while trying to clear a blockage in a grain bin at Hawick in Scotland.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMental health charity says prevention is a key strategy in mental health care (29 February 2016)

 

The Mental Health Foundation has responded to the government’s Mental Health Taskforce Report, saying that the emphasis on preventing mental health conditions is a “pivotal moment”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMind mental health charity responds to government’s proposed cuts to ESA (25 February 2016)

 

The chief executive of mental health charity Mind has responded to MPs in the Commons overturning House of Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which would have protected the amount of money paid to those who receive disability benefits.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNew book for mental health professionals deals with mental health at different life stages (22 February 2016)

 

Shropshire Council has announced that mental health academics from Australia, Wales and England will join with lecturers from the University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) for the launch their new book, which provides an introduction to mental health at each stage of life.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthNew study finds horticultural activities can help mental health patients (18 February 2016)

 

A review into a nature-based mental health therapy has found that those with a mental health condition may benefit from carrying out horticultural past-times.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health£1.5m funding to help young people set up peer support groups and mental health networks (18 February 2016)

 

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced £1.5 million in funding to help young people spot signs of mental illness via new peer support networks.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthMinister for Syrian Refugees thanks local authorities for resettlement efforts (17 February 2016)

 

The Minister for Syrian Refugees Richard Harrington has praised local authorities and encouraged more to come forward and support government plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the UK.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCouncil refurbishes 4,000th home in £50m spending programme (16 February 2016)

 

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has completed the refurbishment of a landmark 4,000th home, as part of a £50 million package of repairs and improvements to 6,000 council properties.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthExtra £1bn annual funding to help mental health patients back into employment (16 February 2016)

 

The Prime Minister has announced that tens of thousands of people with mental health conditions will be supported to find or return to work.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWest Sussex Council signs up to Time to Change mental health campaign (15 February 2016)

 

West Sussex County Council has made a commitment to end the stigma and discrimination people with mental health problems can experience.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthPolicing and Crime Bill will take forward government pledge on limiting detention of mental health patients in police cells (10 February 2016)

 

The Home Office has announced that the government will take forward legislation to greatly restrict the circumstances when a police cell can be used to detain people with mental health conditions.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWiltshire Council re-commissions mental health services (9 February 2016)

 

Mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness has been re-commissioned by Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council to support vulnerable people through crises and help them live independently.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCouncil prepares for mental health national campaign day (1 February 2016)

 

St Helens Council is supporting the national campaign day for mental health on Thursday 4 February – and will encourage residents to join the nation in talking about mental health to help end the misconceptions around it.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthCouncil’s mental health campaign to support men reaches 160,000 people in four weeks (1 February 2016)

 

A campaign started by Buckinghamshire County Council to help improve the mental health of men has attracted nearly 3,000 people to the Heads Up website.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthWelsh Government consults on three-year plan to improve mental health services in Wales (25 January 2016)

 

Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a new three-year plan to improve mental health services in Wales.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthBuckinghamshire campaign to support men with mental health anxieties (18 January 2016)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has launched a local mental health campaign, which aims to prompt men to recognise if they are feeling low and to take action.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthLGA responds to government announcement of additional funding for mental health (18 January 2016)

 

The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to the government’s announcement on additional funding for mental health services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental Health£7.2m fund to help mental health patients back into work in Wales (12 January 2016)

 

The Welsh Government has said that a £7.2 million EU-backed funding programme will help up to 6,000 people recovering from substance misuse and mental health conditions into employment.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthGovernment announced £1bn package for mental health services (12 January 2016)

 

The government has announced a revolution in mental health services, with nearly one £1 billion in investment in mental health.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Mental HealthGovernment to regenerate sink estates and build safe and affordable homes (12 January 2016)

 

The Prime Minister has pledged to improve some of the country’s most needy sink housing estates and replace rundown homes with “attractive and safe” housing and affordable homes.. Read more...