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Mental Health News 2013


29 December 2013. The Express reports that 'cruel workplace mental health stigma must end'.

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27 December 2013. The Newcastle Journal reports that Tyneside Mind have launched a short film highlighting the experiences of 3 local people with mental health problems undergoing Work Capability assessments.

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20 December 2013. East Anglian Daily Times website EADT24 reports that mental health services are heading towards a “national crisis” because of funding cuts and increasing demand, according to claims by Directors from the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

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19 December 2013. BBC News Magazine article - Christmas: A social anxiety minefield.

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17 December 2013. WalesOnline reports that the Welsh Government's first annual report into its mental health strategy highlights both progress and need for improvement,  mentioning that  'significant' discrimination against sufferers of mental health problems still exists.

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16 December 2013. The Independent reports that one in five patients with learning disabilities live in hospitals 100km or more from their families .

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13 December 2013. Powerful new film from Mind Tyneside captures real experiences of the Work Capability Assessment for people with mental health problems.

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13 December 2013. The Independent reports that a pregnant woman with 'very severe' mental health problems could be forced to have Caesarean.

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12 December 2013. Government announcement.  Mental health: measuring progress against the strategy.The new mental health dashboard brings together information from a wide range of sources.

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12 December 2013. BBC Northern Ireland News reports that boxing trainer Gerry Storey backs mental health campaign.

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12 December 2013. BBC News Health. Funds cut for mental health trusts in England. Figures show that mental health trusts In England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years.

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5 December 2013. Oxford radio station Jack2FM reports that singing in a choir can boost mental health, according to a study carried out by Nick Stewart of Oxford Brookes University.

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4 December 2013. The Guardian reports that Labour MP John Woodcock (Barrow in Furness) says he is seeking help for depression. Woodcock, who was inspired to go public by another MP, speaks out to 'make it a bit easier for the next person in the public eye'.

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2 December 2013. The Guardian reports how mothers with mental health issues are forced to give up their children

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23 September 2013. The Guardian carries news of a report published by the Mental Health Foundation warning that by 2030 2 million more adults and 100,000 more children will require treatment for mental health disorders compared to this year. According to Professor Dinesh Bhugra, the former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, mental health units run by both the NHS and independent sector have already begun to run out of beds.

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14 September 2013. 'Healthy' gut bacteria could help prevent certain mental health problems such as anxiety and schizophrenia, according to a Daily Mail report on a study published in Nutritional Neuroscience on research carried out at The Great Plains Laboratory in the US.

The report showed that levels of HPHPA, a chemical produced by clostridium bacteria (nasty bacteria, not healthy), were much higher in the urine of autistic children. When treated with antibiotics, their autistic symptoms improved.

Keep taking the yogurt.

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1 September 2013. The cartoonist Ellen Foley talks to the Guardian's John Crace about her personal experiences of bipolardisorder. The article centres on her personal graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me.

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30 August 2013. The Leicester Mercury reports on an extraordinary board meeting of the NHS Leicester Partnership Trust (LPT) held on Thursday 29 August. The LPT is responsible for, among other things, the provision of mental health care in the city and county. Referring to the publication of the damning CQC report on the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, board chairperson, Sue Noyes said "As a full board we are very disappointed and very sorry for the failings identified by the CQC. We accept them (the findings) and the severity. We are aiming to be as transparent as we can be in this.

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28 August 2013. The Care Quality Commission has reported on The Bradgate Mental Health Unit at the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. The unit has failed in four of the five categories assessed. The report was published following the suicides of a number of inpatients.

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27 August 2013. Sky News reports that charities are up in arms over the assessments carried out by ATOS concluding that thousands of MS and Parkinson's sufferers could improve enough to go to work.

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24 August 2013. According to the Oxford Mail, the county's mental health service provider, Oxford Mental Health, is coming under scrutiny over its handling of two recent serious incidents involving patients at Littlemore Mental Health Centre. In one incident a life prisoner absconded from the centre, travelled to Poland and committed suicide. The other incident involved the murder, by a woman patient, of her mother shortly after discharge from Littlemore.

The clinical director of Broadmoor Hospital has been brought in to investigate the circumstances surrounding the escape of the life prisoner.

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23 August 2013. The Mail Online reports on a Norwegian study which suggests that LSD and magic mushrooms may not be injurious to mental health and might actually be of benefit.

Norwegian researcher Pål-Ørjan Johansen, who carried out the study with assoociate Teri Krebs, said: 'After adjusting for other risk factors, lifetime use of LSD, psilocybin, mescaline or peyote, or past year use of LSD was not associated with a higher rate of mental health problems or receiving mental health treatment.'

However, they did not rule out the possibility that certain groups of people might be at risk over the use of these hallucinogens.

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8 August 2013. The-Latest.com reports that the government has given the go-ahead for private companies (like your employer) to purchase your medical records for as little as £1. What is the country coming to?

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