Green light for £105m Park House mental health unit in North Manchester

ospital bosses have been given the green light for a new £105.9 million specialist mental health unit in Manchester. The UK Government has given its final approval for the major new site at North Manchester General Hospital. It will replace Park House, the hospital’s existing mental health inpatient unit which provides assessment and treatment for adultsContinue reading “Green light for £105m Park House mental health unit in North Manchester”

NHS England proposes new mental health access standards 

The NHS is set to take another major step towards improving patient access to mental health services with the introduction of five new waiting time guarantees. The proposals could ensure that patients requiring urgent care will be seen by community mental health crisis teams within 24 hours of referral, with the most urgent getting helpContinue reading “NHS England proposes new mental health access standards “

Journeys of Hope And Freedom: A lived experience perspective

A CHARM Zoom Public Meeting Wednesday, 8th December 2021 18:30 – 20:30 Book your place via EventBrite here Tracey Higgins & Elisabeth Svanholmer reflect on their own journeys and how they found roads to autonomy and fulfilment Two lived experience perspectives on the challenges of hearing voices and other extreme states. Our speakers will reflect on theirContinue reading “Journeys of Hope And Freedom: A lived experience perspective”

Mental Health Counselling Crisis: Just 12 counsellors for 2826 students at University of Manchester

The Mancunion has revealed that the University of Manchester has just 12 counsellors and 5 mental health nurses in their counselling service, although 2826 of their current students have disclosed mental health issues. The number of students registered with the Disability Advisory Support Service (DASS) for mental health issues has increased steadily from 2333 in 2018/19,Continue reading “Mental Health Counselling Crisis: Just 12 counsellors for 2826 students at University of Manchester”

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust care workers vote for strike action over increase in hours

GMMHT care workers have voted to strike against plans to make them work seven days a week. Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust has asked the workers, who help “extremely vulnerable people,” to “volunteer” to increase their working week from five days to seven days, their union said. The 25 workers, who are members of theContinue reading “Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust care workers vote for strike action over increase in hours”

Inquest into death of baby thrown into River Irwell to look into dad’s treatment beforehand

An inquest into the death of an 11-month-old baby who was thrown into the River Irwell will look into the treatment his father received beforehand. Zakari William Bennett-Eko died after his dad hurled him into the river, in Radcliffe, on September 11, 2019.  Zak Bennett-Eko was later found guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility,Continue reading “Inquest into death of baby thrown into River Irwell to look into dad’s treatment beforehand”

Pennine Mental Health Trust boss apologises to heartbroken mother after her son, 24, who ran away from carer on walk to the shops dies

A health chief has apologised to the family of a mentally ill young man for a series of failings in his care before he died. Sam Copestick, 24, died at Oldham Royal Infirmary three days after attempting to kill himself in May 2019, a Rochdale inquest jury has heard. Sam, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia,Continue reading “Pennine Mental Health Trust boss apologises to heartbroken mother after her son, 24, who ran away from carer on walk to the shops dies”

“I told them he wanted to die… and then he was sent home”: Young man found dead in park – one week after dad ‘warned hospital’, court hears

James Rice twice attended A&E with mental health concerns in the months before his death. James’s father told Rochdale Coroners’ Court he had stayed with his 20-year-old son for five hours at Fairfield Hospital in Bury, but within an hour of leaving him in the hospital’s care, Mr Rice had already been sent home. AndContinue reading ““I told them he wanted to die… and then he was sent home”: Young man found dead in park – one week after dad ‘warned hospital’, court hears”

‘He deserved a chance at life’: Parents and coroner slam Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust after man, 24, found dead on train tracks

The parents of a young man who killed himself on train tracks in Salford are calling for lessons to be learned after a coroner found that gross failings by a mental health trust contributed to his death. Identified failures by mental health team include: At the beginning of the inquest, GMMH admitted that while AlexContinue reading “‘He deserved a chance at life’: Parents and coroner slam Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust after man, 24, found dead on train tracks”