Welcome to CHARM

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020   We are a campaign calling for radical changes in the way psychiatric services are provided in Manchester. We’ve teamed up with people with lived experience, trade unions, family groups and citizens to challenge theContinue reading “Welcome to CHARM”

Melanie Hogben fell to her death from Arndale car park after battling mental health issues, inquest hears

Melanie, who leaves behind a son and a daughter, had been struggling with mental health issues for several years. She was sectioned under the Mental Health Act just months before her death after battling Schizoaffective disorder. An inquest into her death at Manchester Coroners’ Court heard she was discharged from a mental health unit inContinue reading “Melanie Hogben fell to her death from Arndale car park after battling mental health issues, inquest hears”

Increasing numbers of mental health patients are being ‘dumped’ on their GP and discharged from psychiatric care, damning report says

People with severe mental health conditions are being discharged by psychiatrists and ‘dumped’ on their local GP in Manchester, report has revealed. One person said: “There is a rolling back of adult mental health services for those of us with severe enduring diagnoses who need ongoing support. “The medical model has been superseded by theContinue reading “Increasing numbers of mental health patients are being ‘dumped’ on their GP and discharged from psychiatric care, damning report says”

CHARM Demands

We have established CHARM, following the concerns that we raised about the lack of meaningful consultation and co production that took place regarding the redevelopment of Park House as a single site psychiatric hospital. We have analysed the situation in Greater Manchester and reflected on the policy changes that are currently being addressed by theContinue reading “CHARM Demands”

Desperate families, staff shortages and surging lockdown demand – inside Greater Manchester’s mental health care crisis

‘It’s a house of cards and it’s already falling down’Manchester Evening News, 21/02/2021 “Following her own experience with the service, Anandi Ramamurthy decided to set up CHARM, a support group which works with patients, families and mental health professionals. She said: “It’s the system – not the people who work in it. We have members ofContinue reading “Desperate families, staff shortages and surging lockdown demand – inside Greater Manchester’s mental health care crisis”