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Connor Sparrowhawk mother attacks ‘barbaric’ treatment by tribunal

Sara Ryan says she felt retraumatised after questioning by defence lawyer at Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

The mother of a vulnerable teenager who suffered a seizure and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit has called for an overhaul of medical tribunals, saying she felt “retraumatised” after participating in a two-week hearing into her son’s death.

Sara Ryan, whose son Connor Sparrowhawk died in 2013, demanded changes to the “barbaric” treatment of bereaved families at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

“You’re a grieved mother, you’re stripped of any other identity and you’re fair game for any kicking that comes your way and it must happen all the time,” she said. “It’s a terrible treatment of families in this setting. There needs to be change.”

 

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Connor Sparrowhawk had an epileptic fit and drowned while taking an unsupervised bath in 2013. 

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Here is a story on how there is no help regarding Mental Health

Susan is in her thirties and has had mental health issues for many years because she has a slight physical disability. Because she cannot cope with her disability she has taken to drinking to numb the emotional pain, she still lives with her parents.

She is constantly depressed, has no quality of life and spends her days in her bedroom. The situation has got so bad that when she drinks she becomes like someone possessed. Her whole personality changes, she becomes violent and not in control of what she is doing.  The police have come to the house often as the neighbours cannot take the foul language, screaming and shouting through the night.

So, what happens? The police take her away to a cell to dry out overnight. She appears in front of the Judge in Court the next day. All the proof is there (as this has happened many many times before) that this girl needs 24-hour help and support away from home. But what does the judge do? Gives her 20 hours community service and sends her home yet again.

Her parents in their 70’s are at their wit’s end, it will not end well. Either Susan will try again to commit suicide or her mother and father will end up in hospital or worse. The authorities know this and do absolutely nothing.

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The Government is lying when they say mental health services are getting better – it’s time we did something about it

Mental health is as much a priority in Westminster as reducing the happy hour in the Commons bar.

Pre-election Theresa May was so confident as she pledged to prioritise mental health as part of her election promises. So sure was she that the Tories would do everything they could to revolutionise the mental health strategy and put the people first.

And, although a lot can change in politics, one thing has remained consistent throughout the years – mental health is as much a priority in Westminster as reducing happy hour in the Commons bar.

Year after year we are told by the experts that we are at breaking point. That the services are beyond the salami slicing process and are hitting bone.

And year after year they plea to those in charge to act on their words, to take reasonable action and to see the mental health epidemic for what it is. We sit and watch and wait as the Government do nothing at all.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-nhs-service-cuts-counselling-suicide-theresa-may-getting-worse-a7830616.html

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How can this be happening?

A young lady 37 years old who for 15 years ago has had mental health issues which leads her to drink. When under the influence of alcohol she is aggressive and verbally and physically abusive which has led to her being taken away by the police from her family home where she lives with her mother and father in their early 70’s and put in a cell to dry out.

When she dries out she is remorseful and cannot remember what has happened. She has been taken to hospital on many occasions only to be told that after the psychiatric team have assessed her she is fit to return home.

The last episode was a few nights ago when the hospital phoned her parents and said they are sending her home at 2.30 in the morning as nothing is wrong.

She is slowly killing herself but no one will help. A once a week counseling session is not enough. She needs 24-hour care 7 days a week to get to the very heart of her troubled mind which she only finds comfort in alcohol.

What will it take for someone to help? Will she just become another statistic when she dies?

How do her parents get the health professionals to listen and believe that she is ill.

Please give me your thoughts and how can they get help.

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Mother claims she has to restrain mentally-ill son, 24, with handcuffs due to ‘lack of support from NHS

A mother claims she has to put her mentally-ill son in handcuffs at home because of a lack of support from mental health services.

Joely Hignett alleges she has to physically restrain 24-year-old son Kyle Hignett – who has a borderline personality disorder and suffers from psychosis – to stop him from harming himself or others. The 44-year-old mother of two, from Warrington, Cheshire has released “distressing” footage of Kyle sobbing and screaming to raise awareness of his condition and said she feels “let down” by the mental health system.

She claims her son’s breakdown in the video, which has racked up more than 950,000 views and nearly 5,000 shares on Facebook, was caused by him being told by doctors he was soon to be discharged.

Ms Hignett, who is full-time carer to Kyle and 22-year-old daughter Tyler Hignett, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said: “I know my son is the most beautiful, kindest person in the world. “He is so respectful, he would never want to hurt anyone in the street. But when this thing takes over we have to put him in handcuffs to prevent him from killing himself or harming someone else. He gets in rages and feels extremely dangerous. “Luckily, thank God, he works with me. We just feel totally overwhelmed and scared, but no one seems to care.

“We feel the mental health system is letting my son down, his family down and everybody else down who suffers every day with mental health.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/25/mother-claims-she-has-to-restrain-mentally-ill-son-24-with-handc/

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Joely Hignett claims she has to physically restrain her 24-year-old son Kyle to stop him from harming himself or others

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5 News investigation: Failures in mental health trusts exposed

Channel 5 reports on our failing mental health trusts.
Three in the country rated ‘inadequate for safety’. 

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Pregnant mental health patient ‘pinned to floor’

A mental health trust has launched an investigation after a heavily pregnant patient was allegedly dragged from a seat and pinned to the floor by staff.

The woman was knocked face down to the floor by a male nurse in a psychiatric hospital, according to a witness. Three members of staff are said to have then held her down. The Central and North West London NHS trust said a member of staff had been removed from clinical duties while the incident was investigated.

The alleged incident occurred on the night of 10 July while a former adviser to the health secretary on patient safety was an inpatient at the unit. The former adviser, Alison Cameron, said that while the woman, who was eight and a half months pregnant, was being verbally aggressive she hadn’t made any physical threats.

“A male nurse came marching over from the treatment room to the dayroom,” said Ms Cameron.  “He was threatening the woman saying ‘If I hear your voice again, I will, I will…’ and without finishing his sentence, he physically manhandled the woman from her seat to the floor. Three other members of staff then pinned her down.” Ms Cameron, who has been a patient advocate for years, said the use of force was wholly unnecessary. “I know safe restraint, and this wasn’t it.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36806300

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‘This isn’t acceptable’: outcry at state of NHS mental health care funding

Ministers given wake-up call after YouGov poll shows huge support for greater spending on mental health care

A cross-party inquiry by MPs into the funding of mental health services has received more than 95,000 personal submissions in an unprecedented display of anger over the state of the NHS.  One woman who submitted testimony linking the lack of support to suicide rates said the failure of the system to respond to people in trouble was often “what pushes you over the edge”. She wrote: “I’m scared my husband could become one of these statistics.”

A separate YouGov poll commissioned and crowdfunded by the campaigning organisation38 Degrees found that 74% of voters believe that funding for mental health should be greater or equal to funding for physical health. The amount actually spent on mental health by the NHS last year, despite government pledges to establish parity, was just 11.9% of overall NHS spending.

Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the public accounts committee holding the inquiry, said the scale of the response underlined the strength of feeling that mental health was being underfunded. “We shall question NHS England and the Department of Health on how they can meet the government’s pledges,” she said.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/11/public-anger-soaring-mental-health-care-nhs?CMP=twt_gu

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Priory Hospital in Ticehurst ‘neglected’ girl, 14, found hanged

The death of a 14-year-old girl may have been prevented if she had received proper care at a Sussex mental health hospital, according to an inquest jury.

Amy El-Keria was found hanged in her room at the Priory Hospital, Ticehurst, after tying a scarf around her neck. The inquest in Horsham heard staff were not trained in resuscitation and did not call 999 quickly enough.

The jury said Amy died of unintended consequences of a deliberate act, contributed to by neglect.  It said staffing levels were inadequate, and a lack of one-to-one time caused or contributed to the teenager’s death in November 2012 in a “significant” way.

Amy had a complex range of problems and mental health diagnoses, and died within three months of being moved to the Priory after being asked to leave her specialist boarding school in Berkshire.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-36435330

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Mother whose son killed himself ‘let down’ by mental heath services

A mother whose son plunged to his death from a bridge hours after threatening to do so says he was let down by mental health services.

Tyler Smith died after suffering horrendous injuries following the 100ft fall from Stockport Viaduct. Deborah Cooper, 47, said her son had made multiple threats to jump from the viaduct to police and mental health staff hours earlier – and had tried to kill himself four times in 48 hours.

Tyler, 19, was discharged from Stepping Hill hospital by Pennine Care staff six hours before the fall after being admitted following a prescription drug overdose. He had earlier tried to strangle himself in a police cell when he was detained for stealing paracetamol after escaping from hospital. After returning to Stepping Hill, medics discharged Tyler with a prescription for three-days worth of medication. This was despite numerous suicide attempts in the previous two days and threats he would jump from the viaduct.

He downed the pills and fell from the viaduct hours later on October 9, 2014. Tyler died of his injuries a week later at Wythenshawe hospital.  His death was ruled accidental after a coroner was told by a police officer he slipped from the bridge.

Mrs Cooper accused police of failing to tell mental health staff Tyler had tried to kill himself when he was detained – and slammed officers for arresting him in the first place. She said he should have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as he was considered ‘high risk’.

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http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2016-03-28/mother-whose-son-killed-himself-let-down-by-mental-heath-services/

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NHS child mental health money ‘missing’ despite investment

Some mental health trusts in England have seen “no significant investment” in psychiatric services for children despite government plans to overhaul provision, say experts.

Last summer ministers said they would invest an additional £143m in the services this financial year. The Mental Health Network suspects the funding has been used to support other NHS services. NHS England says it can show where the money has been allocated. The additional funding was part of a £1.25bn investment over five years announced by the chancellor in the Budget in March 2015.

While campaigners expected £250m to be made available this year, the Department of Health said in August that only £143m would be spent, as providers did not have the capacity to spend any more. However, the body representing mental health trusts says it has seen little of even that reduced amount.

How the £143m was allocated:

  • £75m – Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • £21m – Health Education England
  • £15m – Perinatal care (£11m underspend)
  • £12m – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme
  • £10m – Hospital beds
  • £5m – Administrative costs for NHS England (£4m) and Department of Health (£1m)
  • £2m – Improving care for young people in the justice system
  • £2m – Joint programme with Department for Education to improve services in schools
  • £1m – Support for children with learning disabilities in long-term care

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35747167

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2,300 assaults on West Midlands NHS staff in a year

There have been more than 2,300 physical assaults on NHS staff in the West Midlands in the last year.

Nationally, there were 67,864 attacks throughout in 2014/15. The figures have been released by NHS Protect and show that many of the attacks were the result of ‘medical factors’ – by people who did not know what they were doing due to illness, treatment or severe learning disability. The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs New Cross, reported a total of 102 violent incidents.

Of those assaults, 77 were the result of medical factors and 25 were without. There were 340 assaults at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, 306 with medical factors and 34 without.

Toby Lewis, chief executive said: “We actively encourage staff to report all incidents of physical assault so that we can put measures in place to address safety and security.”

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/11/23/2300-assaults-on-west-midlands-nhs-staff-in-a-year/

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Mental health time bomb warning as NHS ‘turns children away’

Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them for treatment, including youngsters who have been abused and neglected, a charity has found.

Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them for treatment, including youngsters who have been abused and neglected, a charity has found. The NSPCC warned of a “time bomb” of serious mental health conditions after it emerged that more than a fifth of children referred to NHS services for treatment for mental health issues were rejected.

Figures from 35 mental health trusts in England revealed that of 186,453 cases referred to them by family doctors and other professionals, 39,652 did not receive help. In six trusts where children who had problems associated with abuse or neglect were referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), 305 of the 1,843 cases were rejected – one in six.

The NSPCC said the lack of support for such children could lead to serious long-term mental health problems as young people are not getting the help they need early on.

Peter Wanless, the charity’s chief executive, said: “If children don’t receive the right kind of help and support following a disclosure, the damage can last a lifetime and include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or suicidal thoughts in adulthood.” Abused and neglected children were often denied treatment because their cases did not meet the “high clinical threshold” required at a CAMHS, the NSPCC said.

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Hospital suicide man’s dad hits out over trust ‘failures’

The father of a man who took his own life after he absconded from a psychiatric hospital ward has claimed that a health trust failed “to provide a safe and secure place” to treat his son.

Maurice Campbell was speaking after the inquest into the death of 26-year-old Patrick, who died at the Ulster Hospital after he fell from its multi-storey car park shortly after scaling an outside fence nearly two years ago.  Coroner Suzanne Anderson said in her findings that the Queen’s University student from Donaghadee, Co Down, had died on September 16, 2013 “by his own act when the balance of his mind was disturbed”.

She accepted a consultant psychiatrist’s evidence that open wards, where Mr Campbell was being assessed, had to “strike a balance to provide an environment that is safe but not necessarily restrictive”. She agreed with his view that a single-purpose psychiatric care unit should be provided by the South Eastern Health and Social Services Trust to replace the current three units, none of which were purpose-built, and will send her findings to Health Minister Simon Hamilton.

A spokeswoman for the trust said the lessons had been learnt and recommendations implemented from the serious adverse incident review conducted after Patrick’s death. “The trust concurs with the views of the coroner that a purpose-built inpatient mental health unit would benefit the treatment of our patients in an open ward environment,” she said. “The death of a patient by suicide is a tragedy, and one that our mental health professionals, doctors, nurses and social workers continually strive to prevent.”

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/hospital-suicide-mans-dad-hits-out-over-trust-failures-31483740.html

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Detainee’s mental health in Yarl’s Wood was not treated seriously: The whistleblower’s story by Noel Finn

‘I compiled a report detailing the poor clinical practices but after I handed this in, my working relationship with the management at Yarl’s Wood deteriorated massively. I felt I was being marginalised and bullied by senior staff. It would have been easier to keep quiet about what I was experiencing but I knew I couldn’t do that and so I also raised a grievance about the bullying’ Noel Finn

This week’s report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) into Yarl’s Wood detention centre raised many issues about healthcare, systems failures, and a disbelief of detainees’ stories which are only too familiar to me.

I worked at Yarl’s Wood between 2012 to 2013 as a mental health nurse. Almost immediately after arriving I had concerns about the mental health of the residents and when I first raised these with management they appeared to acknowledge my worries. But things didn’t improve. I was the only dedicated mental health professional for over 400 potential patients. The other nurses (including other mental health nurses) were focused on physical care and had more of an administration role – checking residents were fit for deportation.

Many of the issues I noticed at Yarl’s Wood were similar to those I had seen at other locked institutions, however I had never seen the same level of sexual undercurrent in the way officers interacted with residents as I did there.

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http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2015/08/13/yarls-wood-the-whistleblowers-story

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Health boss warns GPs risking mental health and suicide

The amount of GPs seeking help for work-related stress and mental health problems is increasing according to the former head of the Royal College of GPs.

Dr Clare Gerada told the BBC that doctors are taking their own lives due to the pressure.

Breakfast’s Tim Muffett has been to meet some GPs who are struggling to keep up with the work.

Click on the link to watch this BBC report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33281930

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Shock figures reveal ‘unacceptable’ number of children being treated on adult mental health wards

Figures obtained by the M.E.N. show at least 67 boys and girls aged 16 and 17 have been placed in adult beds since April 2011.

Dozens of vulnerable children are being placed on adult mental health wards in Greater Manchester due to a shortage of beds. Figures obtained by the M.E.N. show that at least 67 boys and girls aged 16 and 17 have been placed in adult beds since April 2011. The figures, obtained under freedom of information laws, show the number of cases are increasing. Britain’s leading children’s mental health charity has called for urgent action to end the practice.

National guidelines say it is not appropriate to place vulnerable children on adult wards. The news comes after the M.E.N. revealed how hundreds of acutely-ill adult patients are being sent to private clinics up to 260 miles from Manchester due to a bed shortage. Lucie Russell, director of campaigns and media at children’s mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “It’s totally unacceptable that the numbers of children being treated on adult wards is on the increase.

“The legislation clearly states that an adult mental health ward is not an appropriate setting for vulnerable children with mental health problems. “Urgent action must be taken to ensure that the worrying increase in children on adult wards is halted and that both early intervention and crisis services improve.”

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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/dozens-vulnerable-children-greater-manchester-9011894

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Patient found hanging came after four similar deaths at Sunderland hospital

Paige Bell’s death at Cherry Knowle psychiatric unit in Sunderland comes after four previous deaths in similar circumstances in the same NHS trust. Paige, 20, died from oxygen starvation to the brain eight days after she was found hanging in her room on August 6, the inquest heard. She had been taken to the hospital by police after she was pulled from the wrong side of the railings of the Wearmouth Bridge in the early hours that day. Concerns had been raised over observations levels at Cherry Knowle as Paige had self-harmed twice the day she died, coinciding with check-ups from staff

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http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/health/patient-found-hanging-came-after-four-similar-deaths-at-sunderland-hospital-1-7118458

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Health trust shamed for dangerously restraining its patients: Body faces being put in special measures after using technique that can be fatal

A mental health trust where patients have been punished with a dangerous form of restraint faces being put into special measures. Inspectors found serious problems at the body that oversees mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk. These included patients being held in the face-down prone position and being put in seclusion as a punishment. The prone position involves two or more staff holding a patient face-down on the floor and pinning down their arms, legs and torso. It can result in compression of the chest and airways and can be fatal.

Last April, Lib Dem care minister Norman Lamb announced controls banning its deliberate use on patients. The Norfolk and Suffolk Trust’s secure unit had been told to review its procedures after 38-year-old patient David Bennett died while being held in the prone position for almost 25 minutes in October 1998. A 2003 inquiry into the incident led by Sir John Blofeld found prone position restraints were ‘always dangerous’ and should never be used for more than three minutes.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2938904/Health-trust-shamed-dangerously-restraining-patients-Body-faces-special-measures-using-technique-fatal.html

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The Norfolk and Suffolk Trust’s secure unit was told to review its procedures after 38-year-old patient David Bennett died while being held in the prone position for almost 25 minutes in October 1998

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Woman who took an overdose ’was ignored by NHS’

Joanna Lynch had begged for help from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s out-of-hours mental health helpline, Hospital at Home, in the weeks leading up to her death from an overdose, an inquest heard. But her desperate pleas to be admitted to hospital and threats to take her own life were not acted upon by staff. On July 4, 2014, after becoming concerned because they had not heard from her since the previous day, her parents called police who managed to get into her flat and found Miss Lynch dead. The 30-year-old had taken an overdose of prescription medication.

At the inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall Dr Ian McCafferty, a locum consultant psychiatrist from the trust, read out details of two calls made to Hospital at Home in the hours before her death in which Miss Lynch told a care worker ‘she couldn’t take it any more’ and she ‘might’ take an overdose. He said the notes read that the call was ended by the care worker who told her she should prepare for bed.

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http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/local-health/woman-who-took-an-overdose-was-ignored-by-nhs-1-6530817

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Nick Clegg calls for zero suicides across the NHS – Press Release

The Deputy Prime Minister hosts a major Mental Health Conference today to discuss the future of mental health services in England.

On Monday 19 January the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will host a major Mental Health Conference, bringing together leading clinicians, policy makers and campaign groups to discuss the future of mental health services in England.

Click on the link to read press release

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nick-clegg-calls-for-zero-suicides-across-the-nhs

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The NHS Frontline – The Reality of Mental Health Services

Please read this very well written article by Dr Zoe Norris who is a GP in the NHS, and her frustration in trying to get help for one of her patients

Click on the link to read

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-zoe-norris/nhs-mental-health-services-the-reality_b_6329050.html?

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My little boy tried to cut his wrists but the GP just told him to buck his ideas up

Shocking reading that this is happening… To quote from the Daily Mail, “It’s estimated 290,000 children aged five to 16 suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder”. This is an invisible disease which can prohibit any child/adult from enjoying life in the way they once knew. We need our health professionals to be trained into spotting the first signs of this silent epidemic. Joanna

“Putting the kitchen knives away and out of reach of our 11-year-old son for fear he would deliberately hurt himself has been, without doubt, our lowest point as parents. But we had no choice. Two months after starting ‘big school’ last year our lovely boy, Jack, our previously care-free fourth child, had made an attempt to cut his arm with a large chopping knife. Jack had skipped off to secondary school full of excitement. But within weeks he had descended into a mental health freefall — consumed with worry about being late to school and struggling with his homework, he became severely withdrawn and paranoid.  He wasn’t sleeping, and his anxiety was making him physically unwell. My husband and I were not remotely prepared for it. Three months after he tried to cut himself — and by now nearly halfway through his school year — Jack was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), which means you feel anxious about almost everything”

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2856438/Menatl-anguish-children-little-boy-tried-cut-wrists-GP-just-told-buck-ideas-up.html#ixzz3Kl1msCSE

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Seven mental health patients died waiting for beds

Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned. An investigation of coroners’ reports and NHS trust papers with the journal Community Care found another patient denied a bed later killed his mother. It comes as mental health beds are being cut in England – figures show more than 2100 have gone since 2011. The NHS England said spending on mental health was increasing in real terms. The investigation by BBC News and Community Care has also revealed an email that a chief executive of a mental health trust wrote to NHS England in frustration this summer after one of her senior officials came to tell her that: “Yet again there were no mental health beds in London in either the NHS or private sector.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30236927?

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Policy Paper – Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020 – First published: 8 October 2014

Sets out national waiting time standards from April 2015 and plans to provide better access to mental health services over the next 5 years.

This report shows what action the government is taking to provide better access to care in mental health services within the next year, including national waiting time standards for the first time. It also sets out its vision for further progress by 2020.

From April 2015, the following will be guaranteed:

  • treatment within 6 weeks for 75% of people referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, with 95% of people being treated within 18 weeks
  • treatment within 2 weeks for more than 50% of people experiencing a first episode of psychosis

Targeted investment will also help people in crisis to get effective support in more acute hospitals. This plan will start to ensure that mental and physical health services are given equal priority by 2020.

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-services-achieving-better-access-by-2020?

 

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Self-harm by mental health patients in NHS has risen by 56%, figures show

Growing numbers of people being treated in mental health units are harming themselves and trying to take their own lives, new NHS figures suggest.
The number of such incidents at 29 of England’s 52 NHS mental health trusts rose from 14,815 in 2010 to 23,053 last year, an increase of 56% over four years.
The average number per trust rose from 511 to 795 last year over the same period.
Labour, which obtained the figures under freedom of information laws, linked the increase to cuts in the number of doctors and nurses working in mental health units and their budgets.
“Mental health services have been squeezed year on year, the number of specialist doctors and nurses has dropped and there aren’t enough beds to meet demand. The pressure this is putting on mental health wards is intolerable”, said Luciana Berger, the shadow public health minister, who obtained the figures.
“It is unacceptable that people in touch with mental health services may not be getting the support they need. They are some of the most vulnerable patients in our NHS”, she added. That some mental health wards were running way above their recommended maximum capacity of 85%, sometimes reaching as much as 138%, was also a factor explaining the rise, Berger added.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/27/self-harm-suicide-mental-health-patients-nhs-rises-56-per-cent

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Youth mental health care ‘in dark ages’, says minister

Mental health services for young people in England are “stuck in the dark ages” and “not fit for purpose”, according to a government minister.
Norman Lamb told BBC News he was determined to modernise the provision of psychiatric help for children.
The care and support minister is launching a task force to look into how to improve services.
One task force member said that “ultimately, money will have to be spent”.
The problems in children’s mental health services have been catalogued in a series of investigations by BBC News and the online journal Community Care

There has been an increase in the number of young people being treated in adult wards and travelling huge distances to receive help
A recent survey carried out by the charity Young Minds showed that councils were cutting services
A report from NHS England last month acknowledged it had no idea about the extent to which mental health problems affect young people. They are however to open an extra 50 beds for inpatient care

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28851443

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Mental health sector hit by dramatic reduction in nurse posts

More than 3,600 nursing jobs have gone in the past two years, with trusts suffering a 2.3 real terms funding cut, a major investigation into the state of the NHS mental health sector has revealed.
The analysis, based on freedom of information requests to the 57 mental health trust in England, found many had slashed beds and staffing levels – despite record demand for services and government pledges to ensure mental health was given the same priority as other sectors.
Data supplied by 52 trusts revealed an average reduction in nursing staff of 6% from 2011-12 to 2013-14, with six trusts reporting reductions of more than 10% (see table below). This represents and overall drop of about 3,642 whole-time equivalent nursing posts.
The findings have fuelled concern mental health services have been seen as an “easy target” by managers struggling to cut costs and implement new rules on safe staffing in the acute sector.
However, mental health trusts said the drop was also down to efforts to move more care into the community and the creation of new types of services employing a wider range of professionals.

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Mental health sector hit by dramatic reduction in nurse posts

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‘Don’t be sad I’m gone, be happy I’m not in pain’: Haunting blog of musician, 21, posted days after he was found dead

The haunting blog of a musician – detailing his battle with depression and telling his loved ones ‘not to be sad I’m gone’- has appeared online days after he died.
It is believed Brett Robertshaw timed the post for after his death – with the line: ‘If this post is live I’m probably not here any more.’
The talented musician was found in his bedroom in Blackpool, Lancashire, by his aunt on July 5 – seven days before the blog appeared.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722658/Dont-sad-Im-gone-happy-Im-not-pain-Haunting-blog-musician-21-posted-days-dead.html

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NHS cuts branded an ‘utter disaster’ – MORE suicide attempts, a surge in anti-depressant usage and pressure on the NHS will spiral under cuts to a mental health service

A report sent by Yvonne Taylor, the chief operating officer of Oxford Health, that has been leaked to the Oxford Mail, states that cuts to funding in the county will see a “huge reduction” in support for 700 people with personality disorders.

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http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11325169.NHS_cuts_branded_an__utter_disaster_/

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2014: Why Is Our Anxiety Getting Out Of Control?

Anxiety is a big issue in British society, and although sometimes it has its place – like when studying for an exam, visiting the doctor or going for a promotion – it becomes a problem when it starts to feel too overwhelming.
According to the charity Mental Health Foundation, levels of anxiety are rising.
Almost one in five people from around the UK feels anxious a lot or all the time, the charity said ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week. A survey conducted by the charity found that almost half of Britons feel more anxious than they used to.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/12/anxiety-increase-brits-worry_n_5307837.html

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Find Mike campaigner reunited with the stranger who stopped him from taking his life

What a wonderful story, and now this young man is a mental health campaigner thanks to the Good Samaritan that saved his life

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/findmike-campaigner-reunited-with-the-stranger-who-stopped-him-from-taking-his-life-9094545.html

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