Ear to the Ground

 New Book: Advance Information Sheet  SURVIVOR SERVICE USER MAD IDENTIFIED ( SSuMI ) and ALLY VOICES Organisation and Action in the UK from 1971 to 2010  Catalogue of a Personal Collection In Mental Health  Anne E Plumb  Ear to the Ground  Anne Plumb has catalogued her lifetime personal collection of over 850 papers and artefacts, to be held forContinue reading “Ear to the Ground”

Crisis in Manchesters Mental Health Services Public Meeting 12th May 2021

On the 12th May we held a public meeting attended by over 50 people to discuss why Mental Health Services in Manchester are being overwhelmed by the level of need. This video is a record of the proceedings. It’s time for us to get together and say what’s needed. As the crisis in community careContinue reading “Crisis in Manchesters Mental Health Services Public Meeting 12th May 2021”

Exploring the experiences of voice hearers in the UK who identify as belonging to a minority ethnic group.

Research Participants Wanted!! My name is Zafirah and I am a trainee clinical psychologist. I am currently looking for adult voice hearers from minority ethnic groups to participate in my doctoral research project. What is the research? This study aims to explore the experiences of voice hearers in the UK who identify as belonging toContinue reading “Exploring the experiences of voice hearers in the UK who identify as belonging to a minority ethnic group.”

North-West Right to Refuse Electroshock: A little history

Campaigning for the right to refuse ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy, or ‘Electroshock’) has a long history, including in the North West of England. In 1994, in Manchester, we created an organisation called ‘Psychology Politics Resistance’ (PPR), and produced six newsletters, the first of which is here. PPR brought together those who use mental health services, those whoContinue reading “North-West Right to Refuse Electroshock: A little history”

Grave concerns about the rapid, widespread rollout of the High Intensity Network’s ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM) intervention across NHS England

SIM is a “coercive” approach using police officers as interventionists and is being rolled out across England.SIM is designed for people who have not committed a crime, but are in contact with mental health services, are frequently at high risk of suicide and self harm and are deemed “high intensity users” of emergency services. StopSIMContinue reading “Grave concerns about the rapid, widespread rollout of the High Intensity Network’s ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM) intervention across NHS England”

Global Families for Dialogic Approaches (GFDA) Family Survey A request for your assistance

A message from the Global Families for Dialogic Approaches (GFDA), a global group of individuals, family and social network members who have experiences with mental health supports and services. They are asking for your help, either by completing the survey below and/or sharing this survey link with others. They are getting ready to present a sessionContinue reading “Global Families for Dialogic Approaches (GFDA) Family Survey A request for your assistance”

Woman had fatal heart attack due to years of taking antipsychotics, inquest hears

An inquest jury has identified a series of failings in medical services following the death of a woman suffering with mental health issues for nearly 20 years. The long-term side-effects of an antipsychotic drug given 58-year-old Elaine Mylchreest caused her to die of heart problems, the hearing at South Manchester Coroner’s Court in Stockport concluded.Continue reading “Woman had fatal heart attack due to years of taking antipsychotics, inquest hears”

Mental health boss says it’s too much work to find out if legal consent has been given before administering controversial ECT Treatment

Dr Alice Seabourne, medical director at GMMH defends overuse of ECT in Greater Manchester saying it is in line with NICE guidelines. See full M.E.N article here Dr Alice Seabourne disputes the findings of the recent Freedom of Information audit of the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) that showed that GMMHT uses ECT at theContinue reading “Mental health boss says it’s too much work to find out if legal consent has been given before administering controversial ECT Treatment”

Parents of man who killed himself after death of sister say he was ‘let down’ by GMMHT mental health services

Assistant Coroner Chris Murray recorded a conclusion of suicide of suicide following a three day inquest at Stockport Coroners’ Court, on Wednesday (May 5). Mr Murray raised concerns about some aspects of Mr Thurm’s care and said he would be writing a ‘prevention of future deaths’ report. During the inquest Mr Thurm’s parents, Alan andContinue reading “Parents of man who killed himself after death of sister say he was ‘let down’ by GMMHT mental health services”

The Crisis in Manchester’s Mental Health Services: How do we do it better?

18.30 12th May 2021 Zoom Meeting A Conversation and Discussion Mental Health Services in Manchester are being overwhelmed by the level of need. Can’t get the support you need? It’s time for us to get together and say what’s needed. As the crisis in community care has increased so have hospital admissions. This is aContinue reading “The Crisis in Manchester’s Mental Health Services: How do we do it better?”