Our media team work with print, broadcast and online journalists across England. We can provide comment on a range of issues relating to severe mental illness and also have a bank of case studies. Our specialist areas are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression and personality disorder. We do not cover eating disorders.
A new survey by anti stigma campaign Time to Change has revealed that nearly a third of people in England (28%) would feel uncomfortable asking someone close to them about their mental health problem.
New data shows long waits and inadequate care is negatively affecting the lives of 89% of people with schizophrenia.
Inadequate care has had a negative knock on effect on symptoms, overall health, work, relationships and quality of life.
It has been reported that a coroner has concluded for the first time that a man with mental illness committed suicide as a result of being found “fit for work” by the Department for Work and Pensions’ work capability assessment.
MORE THAN 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for reshaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five year national NHS strategy for people of all ages.
According to the Department of Health, the Crisis Care Concordat has announced that the use of police cells as a ‘place of safety’ for people in a mental health crisis has more than halved.
In a press release issued by Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, Luciana Berger, a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests outline that:
* Of the 130 CCGs who responded to the FOI request, 50 (more than one in three) plan to reduce the proportion of their budget they will spend on mental health.
Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign, is working in partnership with the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), and people with experience of mental health problems, to pilot approaches to tackle stigma and discrimination reported within mental health services.
A “brain training” computer game designed by neuroscientists at Cambridge University is said to help people with schizophrenia to recover their ability to carry out everyday tasks that rely on having good memory.
A report by the University of Manchester’s National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness has outlined particular groups where suicide is on the rise.
Latest research shows a record number of people in England saying they would be willing to live, work and have a relationship with someone who has experience of a mental health problem. Public attitudes have also improved by 6% over the last three years, which equates to more than 2.5 million people with improved attitudes people with mental health problems.