5, 2013: A proven alternative to the medical model in mental health
care? Psychminded publishes chapter of a new book,in which Fiona
Venner and Michelle Noad detail the philosophy and success of Leeds
Survivor Led Crisis Service
Jan 15, 2013:
How we produced Spectrum Star - the world's first autism outcomes
measurement tool - by
Sue Hahn, deputy manager of Brookdale Care’s Milton Park Hospital,
20: First ever autism outcomes tool released
Star instrument to assess how individuals with autistic spectrum
condition progress while in care
6: CBT not anti-psychotics should be first-line treatment for people
at risk of psychosis, urge researchers
- study also finds just 8% of people judged to be “at
high risk” of developing psychosis went on to be diagnosed
with the condition.
8: We need cabinet minister for mental health, urges influential
former Labour adviser
Richard Layard says mental health is a "sixth pillar"
of the welfare state and is overlooked by policy makers.
10: DSM-5 is "unscientific" and "dangerous"
mental health professionals criticise new planned diagnosis manual,
produced by American Psychiatric Association
31, 2012: Self strength - The greater the loss of selfhood,
the more likely we are to have a major mental health problem, argues
author Dr Terry Lynch
24: Psychiatrists should have less influence over psychiatric patients,
says report - more emphasis instead on peer support states Mind
charity after inquiry into crisis mental health care in England
18: Landmark Broadmoor patient loses appeal to be released from
detention - Albert Haines, who refuses to
have psychiatric treatment, should not be discharged from his mental
health section, tribunal panel decides
14: 'Scrap NHS reforms' psychiatrists tell government - just
one in 10 psychiatrists think planned NHS reforms will lead to better
patient care - and eight in ten want plans ditched entirely
26: Measuring wellbeing not a "gimmick" but can tackle
inequalities in society - says Simon Lawton-Smith, head of policy
at the Mental Health Foundation
17: Get to know your voices over cup of tea or cake, psychologist
advises people with psychosis -
new online advise by Rufus May on “changing the power relationship”
April 29, 2011: Peer support - cheaper and just as effective as
CBT - Train ordinary people to be compassionate and psychologically
helpful. They could do as good as job as CBT therapists, argues
6, 2011: Psychiatrists should “pay attention” to criticisms
from people who have experienced psychosis - Prof Tim Kendall
urges change after experiences of people who hear, or have heard
voices, are documented online
2, 2011: I can't have schizophrenia - I'm a psychology student!
Emma Harding became psychotic while studying
for a degree in psychology. Now recovered she works as a clinical
psychologist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust,
and works with people with psychosis.
2: Government extends psychological therapies programme - four-year
action plan launched by care minister Paul Burstow
21: Psychotherapist's cafe to open up psychology to public -
former head of psychological therapies aims to make psychotherapy,
psychology and mental health more accountable
3: Peer support reduces NHS mental health costs but improves outcomes
- new report highlights possible increased role of service users
16: NHS psychological therapists enable four in 10 people to recover
- study on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme
states 44% of 12,388 people who completed their cognitive behavioural
therapy (CBT)-based intervention benefited significantly.
29: PR agency guarantees media coverage to mental health groups
- Springup PR has unique offer to help raise profile of
mental health clients
14: Mental health groups praise government - Future Vision Coalition
releases report supportive of government's achievements during first
100 days, despite looming deep public-sector cuts
28: More than 17,000 prison officers trained in mental health in
three years - figure revealed by former mental health 'tsar'
Professor Louis Appleby in new report
30: Government repeats Labour promise to end mixed-sex mental health
wards - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says failing trusts
would be fined from next year.
22: Rate mental health services on recovery 'star', charity urges.
- Rethink says it has
piloted evidence-based measure which assesses how services's
14: Asylum life to be featured in BBC documentary - programme
focuses on former High
Royds hospital, (left), near Leeds
5, 2010: "Want user-led mental health services? We've done
it for a decade - Leeds Survivor-Led Crisis Service has for
10 years run a multi-award winning non-medical sanctuary for people
with mental health problems. It prides itself on being user-led.
Adam James explains why it has made its
mark in mental health history.
5: BBC documentary was 'anti-loony pornography' - service users
attack broadcast on killings committed by people diagnosed with mental
15: Compulsory ECT is wrong - Psychiatry
has a history of using damaging interventions, so it's time to end
the magical faith in electroconvulsive therapy, argues psychiatrist
2 : Ruby Wax to perform at private psychiatric unit - outpatients
and staff are among audience for dates at Birmingham clinic
22: Psychiatric unit defends seclusion after complaint - Nottinghamshire
NHS trust publicly states isolation used "as last resort"
after patient kept in one room for past eight weeks.
22: Her own way - Judi Chamberlin's book On Our Own was held
up as a rallying cry for the mental health service-user movement
when it was published in 1977. Louise Pembroke
remembers the American activist who died on January 16.
15: Meditation could "prevent thousands" relapsing with
depression every year - claim made as charity promotes mindfulness
therapy for NHS
7, 2010: "It’s the sort of place I would not mind going
on holiday" - are new therapeutic and light and airy mental
health units really that good, asks Adam James?
18: Government to provide web mental health training for professionals
working with children -
pledge aims to help workers alert to how mental health problems
can present themselves.
18: Eight out of 10 people recover after CBT, reports study
- new research claims effectiveness for government's psychological
6: Surge in mental health treatment by force -
threat of compulsion now "hangs heavy" over patients,
says Mind chief executive Paul Farmer
6: Probe into mental health patient's police van death - Independent
Police Complaints Commission to examine death of Bournemouth man
26: Psychoanalysts threaten legal action against health regulator
lawyers for 1,500 Freudian therapists write to Health Professions
Council with judicial review warning over “unlawful”
failure to assess whether statutory regulation is necessary for
psychoanalysts. Adam James reports.
14: Gordon Brown urges end to mental ill health stigma - Prime
Minister joins the ranks of those calling for "change in attitudes"
towards mental illness.
6: NHS launches online mental health checker
- people advised to call 999, visit a GP or speak to an NHS Direct
1: Has Labour kepts its promises on mental health? Ten
year ago the government set itself targets to meet on mental health
provision. Mental health tsar Louis Appleby, left, says
they've been met. Others are not so sure. Report by Adam
18: People with mental health problems to be prescribed self-help
books - pilot initiative launches in London
14: Every mental health trust should employ service users to promote
recovery, charity urges - "Cultural transformation"
needed, says psychologist Geoff Shepherd
28: ASBO for schizophrenia man is "inappropriate"
- stigma and distress caused by an ASBO could make matters worse,
28: Cameron criticised over mental health omission - Conservative
leader failed to mention plans for mental health during speech on
27: Equality and human rights to be basis of mental health, vows
government - New Horizons
document outlines mental health priorities until 2020.
July 17: Suicide at lowest recorded level in England
rate is now 7.5 deaths per 100,000 people, new statistics reveal.
1: Psychiatric patient gets £400,000 compensation after failed
suicide bid -
judge said patient had experienced "undue suffering" after
being insufficiently monitored by the staff in hospital
28: Public less likely to help person crying than if knocked to
ground, finds survey - charity launches mental health first
aid campaign to help people with knowledge and confidence to respond
18: Zito Trust to close
- objectives have been met, declares group which pushed for tighter
controls over potentially violent psychiatric patients
11: Charity's rock of support - Phil Harvey (left)
is a member of Coldplay, one of the most popular rock bands on the
planet. He also is an aspiring psychologist and a volunteer for
a mental health charity in London. In a rare interview Harvey talks
exclusively to Adam
22: NHS trust boss defends reputation after "shocking"
mental health patient death data -
Erville Millar, chief executive of Kent and Medway NHS and Social
Care Partnership Trust, points to "significant flaws”
15: Therapist anger at NHS "downplaying" of counselling
and psychotherapy - NICE states patients should be explained
about the "uncertainty" of counselling and psychodynamic
psychotherapy for depression
30: "Alarm" as therapists reduce feelings of homosexuality
- "Homosexuality is not an illness and therefore is not curable,"
says Tom Warnecke of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
in response to new research.
19: CBT "does not work” says high-profile clinical psychologist
Oliver James accuses government ministers of being "downright
dishonest” on depression cure claim
11: Professionals never engaged therapeutically with psychiatric
patient before he killed - investigation into care of Ismail
Dogan, diagnosed with schizophrenia, revealed treatment only ever
involved anti-psychotic medication
6: Government rapped over take up of computerised CBT
treatment fully available in just nine of 152 primary care trusts
in England, according to new figures.
Feb 13: New dialogues on voices - Cognitive behavioural therapy
has long been accepted as a valid therapeutic intervention for people
who hear voices. So what does the future hold for more
radical approaches, such as voice dialogue, asks Adam James
30: We'll check on government promise to end mixed-sex wards, say
- NHS trusts which fail to provide single-sex accommodation face
fines, says health secretary
26: CBT in the classroom to be piloted - if successful the cognitive
therapy at school could be rolled out to the rest of the UK, says
Professor Paul Stallard
12: 'No evidence' for psychiatric medication by force - literature
review authors, including Professor Len Bowers (left),
call for more research on the validity of compulsory treatment
9: Half of mental health trusts now have foundation status
29: Mental health advocacy qualification launched - "independent
mental health advocates" will support detained patients who,
under new law, are entitled to support and advice on their rights.
27: Council to "champion” good mental health of children
in Britain - new body to “hold government to account”
on delivery of CAMHS review's recommendations.
19: Feel the power? -
Can an empowering "personalisation" approach - incorporating
Buddhist retreats and dating agencies - apply to mental health care?
7: NHS trust promises improvements made after five-week delay ended
in anorexia death - criticised Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health
Trust says changes now implemented after problems caused by staff
7: People with mental health problems not to be forced into work,
pledges minister - Anne McGuire says "safeguards”
of new benefits system will ensure people not put into crisis by
taking up inappropriate or unsupported work
23: Use of powers to detain people under mental health law increased
by fifth - detentions for mental disorders in England increased
by 20% from 1996 to 2006
23: NHS psychiatrist criticised after patient's overdose death -
consultant rapped for failing to comply with care programme approach
and not organising multi-disciplinary meeting
Oct 9, 2008: Cognitive behavioural therapy; no more than a Labour
quick fix - the government is recruiting CBT therapists to "cure"
people with depression and anxiety. But CBT simplifies what distress
is, says Dorothy Rowe
11: Psychiatrists becoming 'more trusted' - community psychiatric
nurses also praised in Healthcare Commission survey of community
patients. But three
in ten patients say they are not told of medication side effects
Sept 3, 2008: Psychotherapists and counsellors should refuse registration
- state control will fail to protect the public from abuse and will
threaten psychoanalysis, says Ian Parker
8: Homicides by mentally ill at record low, states research -
new study likely to call into question how best to assess number
of killings attributable to mental ill health
7: Top names in radical mental health at conference - event
will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology, says co-organiser
Ian Parker, left
29: Triple prison mental health staff, urges charity
this will ensure those diagnosed with severe mental illness get
equivalent level of service as patients in community, states report.
15: Don't charge people with mental health problems for overdrafts,
charity tells banks -
more than half of Mind survey respondents say they have gone without
food due to crippling debt.
15: Don't charge people with mental health problems for overdrafts,
charity tells banks -
more than half of Mind survey respondents say they have gone without
food due to crippling debt.
1: Psychologist's non-drug approach provokes storm of reactions
psychiatrists call NHS clinician's work “dangerous”.
But other professionals give support
18: Underground recovery - Clinical
psychologist Rufus May
explains why, when using a non-drug approach to help a doctor who
heard voices, he had no choice but to work in secret.
11: Launch inquiry into social worker stabbing, says MP - Philip
Ellison, 47, killed during a visit to Preston supported housing
for people with mental health problems
9, 2008: This tide's already changed
The recovery approach in mental health is not new. Our research-based
recovery model has been operating across the world for 10 years,
Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker.
2: Mental health TV drama seen by 1.3 million -
Poppy Shakespeare was a dramatisation of the book, left,
by Clare Allen who spent ten years as a patient at a London day
centre. What did you
26: More people should have therapy for "problem anger”
urges charity - there is mounting evidence linking anger with
heart disease, stroke, cancer and violence, states report
20: 'Recovery' approach in mental health is idea 'whose time has
come' - charity bids to present principles behind “empowering”
philosophy of care
20: Psychiatric patients launch test case for right to smoke while
detained - patients could be only group of people banned from
smoking "in the privacy of their own home", judges told
29: New therapists to "cure" 450,000 depressed and anxious
people in three years, says government - trainee psychologists,
nurses and graduate workers will each have up to 250 patients per
year, Alan Johnson, left, announces
Feb 1: Lewis doubts worth of Henderson Hospital
minister questions effectiveness of underthreat therapeutic community
31: It's no joke -
website visitors reprimand authors of offensive comments after fire
at Southampton psychiatry unit
16: Stigma is no laughing matter -
profiles Sue Baker, head of the largest ever campaign to tackle
the stigma linked to mental health
16: 'The Henderson saved my life' - here's why the acclaimed
personality disorder unit
should be saved, writes Kath Lovell
10: Private psychiatric units increasingly used to detain patients
- new figures show 24 per cent increase of detentions in independent
10, 2008: The wrong advice - The national clinical guideline
on depression is flawed, acts as a mouthpiece for pharmaceutical
firms and pays lip service to the views of service users. We must
now challenge it, says Malcolm Learmonth
18: Government is two years late on mental health home treatment
promise - finds the National Audit Office
29: People with mental health problems experience "extreme"
level of victimisation - most have suffered theft, been attacked,
harassed, sexually assaulted or raped by people in their own community,
according to new report.
29: Man names himself after psychiatric hospital to combat stigma
- Brendan Curran is now Craig Dunain, the name of the former psychiatric
hospital in Inverness
14: Woman gives harrowing account of forcible sterilisation when
a psychiatric patient -
Dorothea Buck-Zerchin's first-hand description of how, aged 19,
she was sterilised in a German hospital in 1936 during Nazi rule.
Nov 14: Screen for mental health problems before making ASBOs, says
charity - stop “fast-tracking
vulnerable individuals into the criminal justice system, and to
prison” says Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Oct 31: Getting
personal - Stop the psychological therapy "brand warfare"
and recognise a therapist's personal qualities are more important
than their theoretical model, argues Martin
who helps advise the government on how to make mental health services
25: Extra 3,700 psychological therapists to be recruited into NHS
- Health Secretary Alan Johnson, pictured left, also promises
that average waiting times for psychological therapies to drop from
18 months to “a few weeks”
26: People wait up to three-and-a-half years for psychological therapy
- figures from Derbyshire Mental Health Trust come at time when
government is promising to increase access to psychological therapies
26: Biggest ever campaign to combat mental illness stigma launched
announcement on heels of research claiming an increase in prejudice
over last ten years.
24: Countryside exercise should be frontline treatment for mental
health problems, says charity - "ecotherapy" includes
walking in a park, flying a kite or gardening therapy
16: Hewitt promises 10 more psychological therapy centres in England
29: Cognitive behavioural therapy via computer to be available from
next month to depressed - critics, however, say computerised
therapy is dehumanising.
28: Consider ECT for severely depressed pregnant women, psychiatrists
told - new guidelines issued for women with prenatal or antenatal
mental health problems
25: Psychologist who allegedly insulted client ordered to undergo
depressed client told he was a “wanker” and “waste
of space”, conduct committee hears
10: NHS failing on psychological therapies, claim charities
government announces, however, that new psychological therapies
service has been used by 1,000 people in three months
10: Government bids to give people with mental health problems
more treatment choice - but campaigners question government
Nov 9: Are homicides by people with mental health problems preventable?
Tony Maden believes recommendations he submitted to the government
could result in a cut in homicide rate by psychiatric patients
of 10 per cent in five years. Is he realistic?
Nov 8: On the
spot - exclusive video snippets from a panel question and answer
session at the Mental Health Today conference in London. Including,
comments on the underthreat Henderson Hospital personality disorder
service in Surrey.
30: Mental health services in UK are "model" for Europe,
says WHO regional adviser - "There is so much money [in
England] in mental health," says Matt Muijen.
Oct 30: Suicides at
lowest level since 1995 - average is now 8.5 deaths per 100,000
Oct 24: "If
this effected any other group of people, society would be up in
arms" - People diagnosed with a mental illness have shockingly
bad physical health. Adam James investigates
whether improvements being made will be enough to save the NHS
from being sued for discrimination
20: How professionals assess risk of psychiatric patient violence
to be reformed in bid to reduce homicides - but critics say
making certain patients actually receive treatment and care when
they request it is more important
15: Blogs: a mental health guide -
want to hear of stories from a psychiatric ward? Or read a father's
perspective on caring for a son diagnosed with schizophrenia?
Adam James examines mental health blogs.
15: NHS could be sued over inadequate physical health care for mentally
ill and learning disbled -
Disability Rights Commission warns health service “complacency”
in accepting that people with mental health problems and learning
disabilities “just do” die younger could be breaking
Sept 7: Suicide in Scotland far higher than rest of UK
14: Advise manic patients to participate in “calming”
activities, professionals told - clinical
guidelines for management of bipolar disorder in NHS primary and
secondary care are published
21: Alleged rapes of NHS psychiatric patients “truly shocking”
- outrage as report claims 11 of 19 alleged rapes were by staff.
July 21: The art
of staying out - how does one patient peer-support project reduce
time its members spend in hospital by 89 per cent?
23: Half of 10,000 new NHS therapists should be clinical psychologists
- further 5,000 could be trained from among the 60,000 NHS nurses,
social workers, occupational therapists and counsellors, states
new London School of Economics report
23: Home treatment and crisis resolution reduces inpatient stays
by 30 per cent -
figure reported by South Essex Partnership NHS Trust in government
mental health "priorities" document
2: Government campaign against mental health stigma failing, charity
report claims - 'We need stronger anti-discrimination law, not
just attitude change', says Mental Health Foundation
11: Government takes first step to bring in thousands more counsellors
and therapists into health service - Patricia Hewitt (left)
announces launch of two pilot cognitive behaviour therapy centres
in Doncaster and London
12: £30m being cut from mental health services, claims report
May 10: Screen
test - A Bush policy to screen the US population, including
preschool children, for undiagnosed mental illness is well underway.
But is screening effective and would it be accepted in the UK? Adam
5: More than 10 per cent of mental health trusts are cutting services,
admits Louis Appleby (left) - Appleby responds to Tory criticisms
that in-the-black mental health trusts cut services to assist other
28: Charity reminds GPs they can earn £8,000 by checking the
physical health of people with mental health problems
6: Mental health day centres "maintain" stigma -
day services should help users back to work, not just be 'drop-ins',
1: Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy recommended for depression,
panic and phobia - therapy can be delivered on a PC, over the
internet or via the telephone
3: Man with schizophrenia need not have died during restraint by
police, jury decided - Andrew Jordan, 28, died when pinned down
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