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Our prisons have mental health problems

The government may not mean to kill people with mental disabilities but it's deeds, not motives, that matter, and when the coalition subtracted political cost from economic gain, it found those with disabilities were the easiest people in Britain to dispose of.<p>Mental health is the NHS's Cinderella …

How mental health patients can help design out stress | Clare Allan

Those of us with mental illness should be at the heart of redesigning inpatient facilities<p>I recently attended a conference on the design of mental health facilities. The Design in Mental Health Network (DiMHN), which organised the event, is a social enterprise that aims to bring together people …

Austerity or opportunity? How mental health services can thrive

On my return to the UK in 2012 to take up a position with the charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG), it struck me how people working in the UK health and social care sector were seeing austerity as a challenge. Having worked all over the world, I know many colleagues would welcome our situation …

Health experts attack ketamine plan to tackle depression

A group of leading mental health experts has called for researchers to abandon a £1m project that would involve administering a combination of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the banned recreational drug ketamine to patients. The project's aim is to test the combination as a new method of …

Mental health service cuts are putting patients at risk, BMA told

Mental health services are in a critical state, with patients being put at risk by significant cuts, the British Medical Association's annual meeting has been told.<p>In three years, mental health services in England have cut beds by 9%, delegates heard. One trust had spent hundreds of thousands of …

Don't tell me the mental health system isn't in crisis – I've been in it

The mental health system is in crisis. It's a car crash waiting to happen.<p>That's according to Prof Sue Bailey, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, in an interview earlier this week. Her comments came a day before the British Medical Association's annual meeting, where …

Channel 4's Bedlam series got people talking about mental illness

Two years ago we made the decision to allow Channel 4 to film an observational documentary series at South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust. Our reasons for taking part were to raise awareness about mental illness, draw attention to the realities of living with it, and address issues …

The scandal of common mental illnesses left untreated

Imagine you are the campaigns manager of a political party. You are aware of a public health crisis that, at any one time, affects a third of the population, reduces life expectancy as drastically as smoking, is more disabling than angina, asthma, or diabetes, and reduces GDP by around 4% each …

UK authors join fight to overhaul children's mental health services

Some of Britain's leading children's authors are calling for a radical redesign of the child protection and child mental health systems, warning that the current system is failing the country's most vulnerable and neglected children.<p>A group of writers, including Philip Pullman, Francesca Simon, …