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People with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues – and their carers – often have to face the challenge of having a lack of continuity of social workers. It can be frustrating and it can lead to bad physical health. A new initiative – the Named Social Work pilot…
The Rt Hon Paul Burstow, former Minister of State for Care Services and Professor of Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham, is to chair a new Birmingham Policy Commission focusing on mental health promotion and illness prevention across society. The Commission will have a particular focus on children…
People with severe mental illness (SMI) often have poorer physical health than the general population as they are more likely to experience unnecessary health inequalities and are unable to access the physical healthcare they need. To help address these inequalities, City, University of London mental health researcher Dr Chris Flood…
Queens University Belfast are to host an open morning on their Post Qualifying courses offering pathways in Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership, Systemic Practice and Family Therapy and Dual Diagnosis (Substance Misuse and Mental Health) and the Cognitive Behavioural Programme. The morning will take place on Wednesday 22…
A culture change is needed to halt the rising number of suicides in prisons, according to a new report. Campaigners said a "profound" shift was needed to move from a primarily punitive approach to one centred around recovery, wellbeing and rehabilitation. Staff shortages and a "toxic" working environment were highlighted…
Any call for drug policy reform in the UK is usually met with a standard response from the Home Office. It goes something like this: “Drug misuse among adults and young people has fallen in the last ten years and we are working to educate young people about the risks,…
Newsreader Mark Austin has said the care of people with mental illness in the UK is not sufficient and more funding is required to combat an "epidemic" among youngsters. The former ITV newscaster spoke of his daughter Maddy's battle with anorexia in her teens in a Sunday Times article, and…
The number of mental health patients who are being treated in facilities far away from their homes is unacceptably high, experts have warned. The comments from the Royal College of Psychiatrists come as new figures revealed that during December last year 250 English patients were forced to travel over 100km…
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