Hospitals ask for hundreds of millions from government to build mental health ‘super centres’ in Manchester

NHS bosses are asking for more than £200m to build ‘two world class mental health super centres’ in Bury and South Manchester. Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is bidding for £220m in government funding to build a mental health centre on the Fairfield General Hospital site in Bury, and a second centre in either Stockport or Tameside.  The StockportContinue reading “Hospitals ask for hundreds of millions from government to build mental health ‘super centres’ in Manchester”

Coroners warned of mental health care failings in dozens of inquests

Observer investigation identifies 56 cases in which patients lost their lives after being unable to access the help that they needed. Shortfalls in mental health services and staffing have been flagged as concerns in dozens of inquests since 2015, the Observer can reveal, with coroners issuing repeated warnings over patients facing long waiting lists or falling through gapsContinue reading “Coroners warned of mental health care failings in dozens of inquests”

Nutrition Diet and Mental Health Evidence-Based Approaches for the 21st Century

Saturday 16th. October 2021 for 9.00am – 13.15 pm With covid 19 and other health issues, there are many more people experiencing psychological and mental health problems. Chy-Sawel a mental health charity is holding a morning online event to bring the latest Evidence-Based Approaches for the 21st Century on Nutrition, Diet, and Mental Health. GoodContinue reading “Nutrition Diet and Mental Health Evidence-Based Approaches for the 21st Century”

Mental Health Service Users are experiencing difficulties when applying for Transport Passes from Transport For Greater Manchester

Alan Hartman from North Manchester Service User Group reports on the impact of “Stepping Down” and the high case loads of mental health staff on people with severe and enduring mental health issues. This is especially hitting people in the pocket and leaving people with little or no mobility. Patients with Severe and Enduring MentalContinue reading “Mental Health Service Users are experiencing difficulties when applying for Transport Passes from Transport For Greater Manchester”

Seni’s law: Use of Force (Mental Health Units) Act 2018

This event is a contribution to the current debate on race, the experience of mental health and mental health services, on detention and deaths in custody. It is open to, everyone including stakeholders, people with lived experience, carers, healthcare, mental health and social care professionals, ‘ activists, members of the legal profession and emergency services.Continue reading “Seni’s law: Use of Force (Mental Health Units) Act 2018”

Black History Month & Mental Health

October is Black History Month. The event recognises the contribution and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage. It’s also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes. Here we list events in Manchester and online with a focus on well-being and mental health.Continue reading “Black History Month & Mental Health”

Magical thinking and moral injury: exclusion culture in psychiatry

“This is an article about exclusion. We might not like to admit it – even fail to realise it – but National Health Service (NHS) mental health service structures have become increasingly focused on how to deny people care instead of help them to access it. Clinicians learn the art of self-delusion, convincing ourselves weContinue reading “Magical thinking and moral injury: exclusion culture in psychiatry”

“Unless similar units cease to receive public money, such lethal outcomes will persist” says independent report into deaths of adults with learning disabilities at hospital

An independent report into the deaths of King, Nicholas Briant, 33, and 36-year-old Joanna Bailey, who all died at Cawston Park, said their relatives described “indifferent and harmful hospital practices”. The report, published on Thursday, makes reference to “excessive use of restraint and seclusion by unqualified staff” and a “high tolerance of inactivity”. “Unless thisContinue reading ““Unless similar units cease to receive public money, such lethal outcomes will persist” says independent report into deaths of adults with learning disabilities at hospital”

“Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health, Equity and Dignified lives ” Mental Health Issues

Link to previous article published in July here Background: The report was published in July 2021, commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Entitled ‘Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives’, it includes recommendations on how to reduce health inequities and build back fairer from the COVID-19 pandemicContinue reading ““Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health, Equity and Dignified lives ” Mental Health Issues”

Fifteen new mental health workers to be recruited as ‘crisis’ looms for service in Bury

More than £750,000 per year has been allocated to recruit new mental health professionals in Bury. Fifteen new mental health professionals are to be recruited in Bury in a bid to avert ‘significant patient risk’ as waiting lists grow and demand increases. Health chiefs in Bury heard this week that unless there was investment asContinue reading “Fifteen new mental health workers to be recruited as ‘crisis’ looms for service in Bury”