Non-pharmacological alternatives to PRN psychotropic medication

Psychotropic medicines are used frequently in mental health settings; however, concerns have been raised over the safety and lack of evidence of effectiveness of this practice. Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust conducted a survey exploring the non-pharmacological interventions used by nurses to support agitated service users. It used their responses to create a clinical aidContinue reading “Non-pharmacological alternatives to PRN psychotropic medication”

Adult social care and mental health services to be ‘streamlined’ in Trafford

Agreements have been struck between the NHS and Trafford Council to improve mental health services and care for vulnerable adults across the borough. One Section 75 partnership agreement has been signed between the local authority and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMHFT).  Another is due to be signed off between the council and Trafford ClinicalContinue reading “Adult social care and mental health services to be ‘streamlined’ in Trafford”

New Crisis Mental Health Hub Open at North Manchester General Hospital

A new mental health facility, based at North Manchester General Hospital’s Emergency Department, is welcoming patients who are in need of urgent mental health care. Manchester Evening News, 4th August 2021 The joint programme between the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) repurposed an area adjacent toContinue reading “New Crisis Mental Health Hub Open at North Manchester General Hospital”

Three young people have died at Prestwich mental health hospital in the last nine months

“We are deeply concerned to see a pattern of deaths of young people in this hospital. Families expect that their children and loved ones are in the safest place possible when they are a mental health inpatient.” Jodie Anderson, caseworker at the charity INQUEST Three young people have died in a nine month period atContinue reading “Three young people have died at Prestwich mental health hospital in the last nine months”

Hearing Voices | Seeing Visions | Making Zines with Liv Winter and Voice Collective (September 2021)

Do you want to help people understand what it is like to be a young person who hears, sees, or senses things that others don’t? Join artist Liv Wynter for a series of online zine-making workshops to explore experiences of hearing voices and seeing visions! Open to anyone aged 16-25 with lived experience of voice-hearing.Continue reading “Hearing Voices | Seeing Visions | Making Zines with Liv Winter and Voice Collective (September 2021)”

Long-covid mental health and psychological support service to launch by Pennine Trust

Recent research from The Lancet shows that an estimated 34 per cent of people diagnosed with Covid-19, go on to have a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within the following six months Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has received £593,000 in funding from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to establish a new long-covid mental health and psychological supportContinue reading “Long-covid mental health and psychological support service to launch by Pennine Trust”

Pennine Mental Health Trust failed young musician due to gap in provision

Self-taught drummer James Theophine was reported to the police in April 2019 and his mum Melanie Theophine said that the allegations ‘rocked his world’. James became dependent on alcohol and died from multi-organ failure in October 2020, aged 20. The court heard that James slipped through a gap in mental health services in the run upContinue reading “Pennine Mental Health Trust failed young musician due to gap in provision”

Game-changing homelessness project in Greater Manchester facing an uncertain future

‘Housing First works’ – but government funding currently runs out next year Housing First – an approach to entrenched rough sleeping already used to huge success in other countries, including Finland and the United States – has been undergoing pilots in Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham since 2018. It works on the basis that onceContinue reading “Game-changing homelessness project in Greater Manchester facing an uncertain future”

GMMHT receives 30,000 calls to 24/7 Helpline since March 2020

Mental health phonelines run by the NHS have answered around three million calls during the pandemic since being fast-tracked a year ago. The dedicated 24/7 NHS mental health crisis helplines were fast-tracked four years earlier than planned to ensure support could be provided during the pandemic. The lines are staffed by mental health professionals whoContinue reading “GMMHT receives 30,000 calls to 24/7 Helpline since March 2020”

NHS is failing half of young people with mental health issues

Up to half of all children and teenagers referred to mental health, learning disability and autism services in the run-up to the pandemic were left without proper support, with parents telling the Observer of children waiting years for treatment and a seven-year-old girl denied support as she was not suicidal. Data published by NHS Digital shows that in 2019-20 –Continue reading “NHS is failing half of young people with mental health issues”