Peer Support Group Facilitation training course

This is a free course facilitated by Jessica Pons for Manchester Mind3rd, 10th and 12th October, online 12.30-5.30pm Outline: It’s experiential so although there are slides, we’ll have lots of discussions with the aim of developing self-reflective skills throughout. If you want to know more, please email me and I can let you know howContinue reading “Peer Support Group Facilitation training course”

The link between mental health and social conditions

Readers and healthcare professionals respond to Dr Sanah Ahsan’s article which argued that for too long, the dominant mental health narrative has located problems in individuals, and not in social injustice or inequality. For too long, the dominant narrative locates problems in individuals, medicalises them and leaves people feeling helpless, ill and stigmatised. It isContinue reading “The link between mental health and social conditions”

Review into deaths of three young people at Prestwich Hospital will be ‘ready’ this month

The full report would be available for the coroner to read ‘on or around September 30’. It will be not be published for external viewing.  An independent review into the deaths of three young people at the same mental health unit will be ‘ready’ this month, an inquest has heard. Rowan Thompson, 18, died whileContinue reading Review into deaths of three young people at Prestwich Hospital will be ‘ready’ this month

I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health

We are living, we’re told, through a “mental health crisis”. Mental health services cannot cope with the explosion of demand over the past two years: 1.6 million people are on waiting lists, while another 8 million need help but can’t even get on these lists. Even children are showing up at A&E in despair, wanting to die. ButContinue reading “I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health”

Union launches campaign for safe staffing at Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust after poor CQC report

The watchdog recently rated some of the city-region’s community mental health teams as ‘inadequate’, which the trade union says the problems stem from a lack of staff. A leading trade union has launched a campaign for safe staffing levels at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) following the latest ruling by the watchdog.Continue reading “Union launches campaign for safe staffing at Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust after poor CQC report”

Man shouting he would kill himself told ‘go to McDonald’s’ by MRI security staff moments before he was hit by a taxi, inquest hears

A man was told to ‘get a coffee from McDonalds’ after attempting to take his life after being discharged from Manchester Royal Infirmary, an inquest has heard. Daniel Kirton, 35, told hospital security staff “I am going to run in front of a car. Watch. Watch” minutes before lying down and ‘rolling’ into the roadContinue reading “Man shouting he would kill himself told ‘go to McDonald’s’ by MRI security staff moments before he was hit by a taxi, inquest hears”

Prestwich Hospital mental health service’s safety rated ‘inadequate’

An NHS Trust based in Prestwich does not have enough staff to keep patients safe according to an independent review by the health and social care watchdog. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a focused inspection of Greater Manchester NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust’s adult mental health services in April. The inspection was carried out atContinue reading “Prestwich Hospital mental health service’s safety rated ‘inadequate’”

Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created Our Mental Health Crisis’

Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created Our Mental Health Crisis by James Davies (2022) You can purchase the book here Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created Our Mental Health Crisis is a provocative and shocking look at how western society is misunderstanding and mistreating mental health problems, at the depoliticization of distress and just how damaging theContinue reading Sedated: How Modern Capitalism Created Our Mental Health Crisis’

£2bn cost of mental ill health in the North of England

A report out by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and northern National Institute for Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs), with contributions from University of Manchester researchers, shows that a parallel pandemic of mental ill health has hit the North of England with a £2bn cost to the country at theContinue reading “£2bn cost of mental ill health in the North of England”