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Deaths linked to mental health beds crisis as cuts leave little slack in system - Community Care

Deaths linked to mental health beds crisis as cuts leave little slack in system - Community Care | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Investigation reveals health secretary was alerted to danger of delays in admission in Dec 2013
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The NHS can no longer act as if minds don’t matter

The NHS can no longer act as if minds don’t matter | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Juliette Jowit: The physical basis of mental illness is clear. ‘Parity of esteem’ in health services is a necessity, not a luxury
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It is worrying that the idea that there is a physical basis for mental illness will be used as way to argue for increased and equitable funding for mental health services.
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News: Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion

News: Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
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Inmate suicide figures expose human toll of prison crisis

Inmate suicide figures expose human toll of prison crisis | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Data obtained by Guardian reveals more than six prison suicides a month, with young men and mentally ill at high risk
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Mentally ill people are taking up a huge amount of police time

Mentally ill people are taking up a huge amount of police time | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Ben Ferguson: Out on call with police in north London, I witnessed the numbers of mentally ill people in crisis who have nowhere else to go
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More pressure on mental health services, highlighting the role of the police.  

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South London and Maudsley on film: humanity and humour

South London and Maudsley on film: humanity and humour | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Looking at a newspaper story about the murder of drummer Lee Rigby earlier in the year, Lloyd, who has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, said that hearing about schizophrenics in the news made...
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Interesting piece here about the new Channel 4 series on mental health. Worth watching. Starts today (31/10/13)
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Ethnicity has ‘no impact’ on odds of being detained under Mental Health Act, study finds - 7/5/2013 - Community Care

Ethnicity has ‘no impact’ on odds of being detained under Mental Health Act, study finds - 7/5/2013 - Community Care | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Study authors hope findings will put end to "lingering suspicion of institutional racism" in mental health care
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I'm not entirely sure about this.  This may be useful evidence but I think it will take more to convince me that institutional  racism in mental health care is eradicated. Perhaps I am being too negative, but I think there is lots more to do on this topic.

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We ignore the rise of suicide in people with mental illness - The Mental Elf

We ignore the rise of suicide in people with mental illness - The Mental Elf | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
This guest blog from The Conversation features Ian Cummins from University of Salford discussing mental health, stigma, violence and suicide
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This includes information about increasing incidence of suicide amongst people with mental health difficulties a gainst a backdrop of a decrease in the population overall.  The commentary refers to the impact of changes in benefits, difficulties in finding employment and the effect of stigma and social exclusion on people accessing mental health services. 

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Andy McNicoll spent two days shadowing a team of approved mental health professionals in Devon and reports on their experiences of working in a system one expert feels is close to collapse

Andy McNicoll spent two days shadowing a team of approved mental health professionals in Devon and reports on their experiences of working in a system one expert feels is close to collapse | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Andy McNicoll spent two days shadowing a team of approved mental health professionals in Devon and reports on their experiences of working in a system one expert feels is close to collapse
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There are many challenges involved in the role of an AMHP, some of which are highlighted by this report.
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Mental Health | The Equality Trust

Mental Health | The Equality Trust | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Correlations between income inequality and mental health: http://t.co/25iFhyRJgd
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Need to consider issues of inequality and relationship with mental health.  Social workers are well placed to take this into consideration when working with individuals and families.  

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Children in mental health crisis face being locked up by police

Children in mental health crisis face being locked up by police | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Norfolk, Hampshire and Devon have no dedicated space for children who are a danger to themselves or others
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Theresa May: police use Tasers too often against mentally ill

Theresa May: police use Tasers too often against mentally ill | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
• Half of those subdued are black or minority ethnic • Home secretary to order review of use of force
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News: Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion

News: Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
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Use of police cells during mental health crises to be halved

Use of police cells during mental health crises to be halved | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Deal signed by 22 national organisations follows official report on detentions under section 136 of Mental Health Act
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This sounds like progress but still a long way to go.
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Why mental health bed cuts make me ashamed to work for the NHS

Why mental health bed cuts make me ashamed to work for the NHS | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Alex Langford: Doctors are crossing their fingers that a bed is available when a patient with a mental illness arrives at A&E
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Obtaining beds seems to be a real challenge for AMHPS and causes much distress for individuals being assessed and their families, especially when beds may only be available some distance away from the local area.  This has significant implications for keeping in touch with family and friends once admitted. 

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Inequality and Mental disorders: opportunity for action - IHE

Inequality and Mental disorders: opportunity for action - IHE | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Lancet article by Michael Marmot
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You will need to access the Lancet article to read this, but inequality and mental health is central to thinking about a social perspective in mental health practice.

 

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Mental health services must act to avoid sleepwalking into the future

Mental health services must act to avoid sleepwalking into the future | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
Today we are publishing the final report from our year-long Inquiry into the future of mental health services.
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The challenges facing mental health services that are creaking at the seams.
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Global Mental Health and its Discontents

The field of Global Mental Health (GMH) is an emerging formation of knowledge and practice seeking to address mental illness on a global scale. A growing body of research has established mental ill...
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This raises some intersting points in the debates about global mental h ealth and highlights some of the tensions involved in setting the agenda and whose knowledge counts.  Interestingly there is little mention here of listening to the voices of those experiencing mental distress. 

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New Guide to Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights

New Guide to Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights | Social Work and Mental Health | Scoop.it
A quick post to draw your attention to the British Institute of Human Rights' excellent  new publication, Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights: Your Guide (PDF). The Guide is aimed at non-lawyer...
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A valuable guide to mental health and human rights.  

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