I read with interest an interview in last week’s Health Services Journal with the Indian heart surgeon, Devi Shetty. Nicknamed the “Henry Ford of healthcare” he advocates for fundamental changes in the delivery of healthcare based on increasing the scale of delivery, greater use of technology and challenging the historic monopoly of the medical profession.
Last week I wrote about my job search and whether writing in public forums about my psychosis was ruining my quest for paid work, if potential employers Googled me.
I never met Jack Ashley, who sadly died this weekend. I wish had because, ever since I was a teenager, he was someone I regarded as a hero. The first deaf MP and a relentless campaigner for the rights of disabled and other disadvantaged groups.
Last night channel 4 screened a five minute slot by Evangelical Christian Malcom Bowden, who claimed that ‘depression is the manifestation of pride’. From the opening line ‘I consider that depression and many other mental illnesses are very deliberately decided by that person’ I knew the next five minutes would be uncomfortable viewing...
Channel 4, in their 4thought.tv slot featuring unconventional or controversial viewpoints, are screening a week of programmes that ask 'is faith a remedy for depression?'
One in four adults experience mental illness at some point during their lifetime and one in six experience symptoms at any one time – making mental illness the largest single cause of disability in our society; as most of us should already be aware.
Like millions of other disabled people my Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is coming to an end soon. Since I’ve been on ESA in the last year, I’ve taken part in “permitted work” – working under 16 hours a week as a self-employed freelance journalist for newspapers such as The Mail on Sunday and Metro. Now, I need to look at a more regular income.
The Daily Mail reports researchers in New Zealand have developed an interactive 3D fantasy game to help teenagers tackle depression and negative thinking, and our CEO comes out in support...
Nicola, a Rethink Mental Illness Activist, has been campaigning singlehandedly in Oakwood, North London over the past few months. She wants a direct bus service from Oakwood to her local hospital, so that vulnerable people, including those being treated at the Mental Health Unit do not have to travel for over an hour with several changes of bus to make their appointments, which of course, can be distressing.
The Times today reports that hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being sent home from hospital after dark to relieve the pressure caused by the lack of beds on NHS wards. This shocking statistic was uncovered during a freedom of information request to all 170 NHS hospital trusts in England.