Yesterday (10th July 2018), Matt Hancock replaced Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care. We asked our Senior Public Affairs Officer, Louise Forsyth, to set out what pressing issues will be in his in-tray.
It's one of the most unique fundraising ideas we've ever had. Stuart Clayton from our Flyde Family Support Group has decided to restrict his media intake to what was available to him in the 90s in tribute to England's 1990 World Cup squad. It's bought some unexpected benefits to Stuart's wellbeing so we thought it best to relay a 'letter' (email - he's allowed 15 minutes of emailing once a day at the local library) sent by Stuart to describe just what life is like living back in the 90s.
Every day, our work brings us into contact with the NHS. Every day, our supporters are aided by the tireless efforts of those on the frontline. It is only fitting then that we show our appreciation for their hard work on the 70th birthday of the NHS.
For over forty years our network of support groups and services have been an invaluable resource for thousands of carers across the UK. With an estimated 1 in 8 adults caring for a loved one, we asked our Bristol Carers Service for their tips on looking after someone living with mental illness.
It wasn’t until Paul retired that he became aware of his wife’s struggles with bipolar disorder. Feeling let down by the health care system, Paul turned to a Rethink Mental Illness carers group for help. After finding a sense of belonging he and his wife have helped the group go from strength to strength. Paul is currently our Member of the Year. This is his journey.
When you look after someone with mental illness it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day duties of being a carer and forget the person underneath the diagnosis. In this blog, Yasma from our North West Regional Committee discusses her relationship with her brother and how a shared love of travel has been key to helping him find his confidence again.
Mental health can strike anyone, anywhere- that’s a fact. I have four amazing daughters but a mental illness took one away. Harriet, or Hat as we liked to call her, was clever and kind, the sort of person that “wouldn’t harm a fly”.