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.
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.
"The road to recovery for people with mental illness looks
like it just got rockier."
A recent survey of people with mental health problems about benefits suggests that cuts could lead to greater costs down the line, with more people having to turn to other forms of support. In light of these new data, a group of leading mental health organisations are coming together to voice their concerns.
The national charity Rethink Mental Illness is launching a support group for women affected by mental health problems in Eastleigh this month.
Campaigners from the charity Rethink Mental Illness are having a picnic with Braintree MP James Cleverly, to ask him to make funding for local mental health services a top priority over the next five years.