Why aren’t patients being told truth about electric shock therapy?

Information leaflets about ECT comply neither with NICE recommendations nor the principle of informed consent. Patients are being misled about the risks they are taking and the limited nature of ECT’s benefits. New research published today (15th June) concludes ECT Patient Information about ECT is misleading. See full abstract here See article in Daily MailContinue reading “Why aren’t patients being told truth about electric shock therapy?”

Care Work, Crewe and the Deindustrialised Economy

For those who can afford it care is expensive, yet the work itself is usually poorly-paid, performed under increasingly stressful conditions and often contracted out to private providers. John Merrick outlines the effects the care crisis is having in his hometown of Crewe.  John Merrick, Verso A crisis of care grips British society. For those who canContinue reading “Care Work, Crewe and the Deindustrialised Economy”

Stop forcing mental health workers ‘help’ police criminalise Muslim communities

Fighting for an alternative by Sarbjit Johal Sarbjit Johal reveals GMMH Trust’s involvement in the development of Vulnerability Support Hubs (VSHubs) funded by the NHS, Home Office and the counter-terrorism police.  A recent Medact report  (’Racism, Mental health and pre-crime policing, the ethics of Vulnerability Support Hubs’ May 2021) has highlighted the increasing securitization inContinue reading “Stop forcing mental health workers ‘help’ police criminalise Muslim communities”

Implementing; Culture for Children’s Mental Health

GM i-THRIVE are holding a workshop on Implementing Arts & Culture for Children’s Mental Health on Thursday 1st July 10am-12.30pm. The workshop will demonstrate the value of arts for children’s mental health, and explore on a locality level how arts and mental health projects can be implemented. This session is for any Greater Manchester serviceContinue reading “Implementing; Culture for Children’s Mental Health”

Reshaping ownership within adult social care

Adult social care is broken. After years of marketisation and outsourcing we are left with a service where large market players dominate. Taxpayers’ money, and the savings of older people, are being extracted out of the system for shareholder gain. The Centre for Local Economic Strategies have published a report on the issues involved.  TomContinue reading “Reshaping ownership within adult social care”

Stop Benefit Deaths Campaign

“People tell us that their experience in the welfare system puts them under a huge amount of pressure, that crucial payment and support is often delayed, and the assessment process itself can by highly intrusive and triggering. These characteristics of the welfare system can cause damage to people living with mental illness, but they affectContinue reading “Stop Benefit Deaths Campaign”

No systematic approach to supporting people with autism who are admitted to in-patient psychiatric units

A significant number of people with autism require in-patient psychiatric care. Although the requirement to adequately meet the needs of people with autism in these settings is enshrined in UK law and supported by national guidelines, little information is available on current practice. A recent research study has found that there is no systematic approachContinue reading “No systematic approach to supporting people with autism who are admitted to in-patient psychiatric units”

Minimal Medication Alternatives for Psychosis Needed

Source: Mad in America: http://madinamerica.com/2021/06/minimal-medication-alternatives-psychosis-needed/By Ayurdhi Dhar, PhD, June 2, 2021 Researchers question the long-term use of antipsychotics and suggest increased research and investment in psychosocial interventions. Mad in America In a new opinion piece in Psychosis, psychologist Ruth Cooper of the University of Greenwich and her colleagues make a case against the long-term useContinue reading “Minimal Medication Alternatives for Psychosis Needed”