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World Mental Health Day: How We Can Assist You and Your Loved Ones (10 October 2018)

As one of a select few law firms in the UK that have the legal aid franchise for Mental Health and Mental Capacity matters, we are keenly aware of the significance of this day.   Read more...

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Number of Mental Health Referrals in English Schools Rises Dramatically (18 May 2018)

According to statistics gathered by the NSPCC, the number of referrals made by English schools seeking mental health treatment for pupils has risen by more than a third in the last three years.  Read more...

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Rise in young people detained under The Mental Health Act prompts South Wales Police to call for better education (17 January 2018)

South Wales Police have recorded more than 48 detentions of young people under The Mental Health Act from 2016-2017, which is 12 more than the previous year. In recent years this upwards trend of mental health issues in young people has caused major concern, with many children and young people affected by the increasing pressure of exams and social anxiety brought on by exposure to social media.  Read more...

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UK-wide survey shows that mental health issues are affecting a third of mothers (6 December 2017)

According to surveys carried out by YouGov and BBC Radio 5 Live, a third of mothers are suffering from a range of mental health problems.   Read more...

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More support needed for those taking antidepressants (22 August 2017)

Mental health charity Mind has called for more support for those taking antidepressants, after research by Mind shows that patient do not receive adequate information about the side effects of antidepressants  Read more...

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Young people to receive additional support to improve mental health through new course (21 August 2017)

The Prime Minister has unveiled a new course to raise awareness of mental health among young people  Read more...

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Tower Hamlets Council promotes mental wellbeing at mental health event (17 August 2017)

Tower Hamlets Council in east London has hosted a community conversation as part of a London-wide initiative to improve mental health and wellbeing across the capital  Read more...

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Bath 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...

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Men “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...

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HeadStart Wolverhampton Conference planned for October (8 August 2017)

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

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Derbyshire 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...

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Derbyshire 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...

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President 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...

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Mind 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...

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£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...

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Mind 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...

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NHS 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...

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DWP 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...

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Funding 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...

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More 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...

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Mental 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...

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Thrive 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...

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Every 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...

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Lincolnshire 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...

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Mind 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...

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Mind 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...

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Bracknell 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...

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MoD 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...

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Court 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...

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North 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...

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Mind 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...

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More 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...

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SANE 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...

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SANE 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...

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Mind 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...

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Essex 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...

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Mind 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...

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Royal 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...

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Seven 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...

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Newham 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...

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Bristol 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...

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Leeds 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...

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Bradford 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...

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Mind 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...

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Kent 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...

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Mind 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...

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Prince 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...

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Mind 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...

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Mind 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...

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People 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...

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London 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...

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Figures 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...

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“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...

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Female 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...

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Spring 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...

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Mind 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...

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CQC 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...

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Brent 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...

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New 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...

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Women 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...

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Proposal 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...

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Mind 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...

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Day 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...

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Kent 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...

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Mind 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...

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Mental 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...

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Sheffield 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...

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Fragmented 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...

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Sefton 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...

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Jury 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...

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Mental 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...

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Mind 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...

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Dorset 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...


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