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We need different thinking about communication in healthcare

Pfalzklinikum CEO Paul Bomke suggests that a new paradigm is needed in our thinking about communication in healthcare, especially around mental health It is increasingly clear that greater dialogue between stakeholders and innovative new approaches go far in addressing the challenges facing healthcare systems today. In an interview, Pfalzklinikum’s CEO,...
Prison officer pay boost labelled ‘divisive’ and ‘poorly thought out’

Prison officer pay boost labelled ‘divisive’ and ‘poorly thought out’

A prison officer pay boost announced by the Justice Secretary has been slammed as “divisive” and inadequate by the Prison Officers’ Association Prison officers at 31 prisons in London and the South East are set to get an immediate pay rise, according to the Ministry of Justice. Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss...
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Suicide rates are ‘unacceptably high’, say Health Committee

The Health Committee says a clear implementation strategy and increased support for public mental health services are needed to bring down suicide rates In its interim report into suicide prevention, the Health Committee outlines the main themes emerging from witnesses to its inquiry. The findings are being presented to government...
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The gender dimensions of climate change and mental health

Recent participatory research from the Canadian North adds nuance to global literature on gender, climate change, and mental wellbeing Climate change has been identified as the greatest threat to human health this century. Global Climate Change & Health Impacts It is anticipated that the impacts will have wide-ranging consequences globally, including increased risk,...
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Connecting the dots between physical and mental health

Ophelie Martin, Communications Officer at Mental Health Europe shares insights on the link between physical and mental health, illustrating facts with her own personal story. According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or...

Citizens with mental illness are helped by tele-rehabilitation using video technologies

Citizens with mental disorder face a number of challenges returning to everyday life following discharge from psychiatric hospital. The citizens often feel insecure, anxious, and at risk of readmission rate to psychiatric hospital. In Denmark, municipalities are offering support services for citizens with mental illness in their recovery process after...
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Tackling child mental health

Dr Alistair Thomson, MindEd Consortium Executive and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) details the importance of tackling the growing number of child mental health cases arising in the UK  Barely a day goes by without children and young people’s mental health hitting the headlines. And...

Is the UK delivering effective mental health services?

Over the last few months, there has been increasing reports of failures to meet the needs of patients with mental illnesses in the UK. Open Access Government examines the impact of cuts on the sector Mental health services are in trouble, it seems. Last year an investigation by Community Care...
Community care can support mental health in Europe

Community care can support mental health

John Bowis, President of Health First Europe details how community care can support better mental health services in Europe. My first involvement with mental health on the European stage was working with the 1999 Finnish Presidency initiative on mental health promotion. Later, as the rapporteur of the European Parliamentary Report...
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Improving mental health services throughout Europe

John Bowis, President of Health First Europe details how community care can support better mental health services in Europe. My first involvement with mental health on the European stage was working with the 1999 Finnish Presidency initiative on mental health promotion. Later, as the rapporteur of the European Parliamentary Report...
Armed forces need to be mentally fit

Armed forces need to be mentally fit

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, Military Psychologist, and Director at the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, highlights the importance of our armed forces being in excellent mental health. The mental fitness of Britain’s Armed Forces is every bit as important as the physical fitness for which they are rightly...
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Combating mental health

Journalist Tony Hall gives an overview of how the Cognitive Behaviour Treatment (CBT) is used within the armed forces to combat mental health issues. In recent years the UK government and Ministry of Defence (MoD) have acknowledged that service in the Armed Forces should be publicly recognised and not be...
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder

What is the difference? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) are rising in prevalence. PTSD is a pervasive and devastating anxiety disorder, affecting millions of people, caused by experiencing or witnessing any event that is perceived to be life-threatening to ourselves or others and beyond our control...
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Mental health patients kept like prisoners, report states

A House of Lords committee has said vulnerable adults are being kept virtual prisoners in care homes. The report by a select committee expressed concerns regarding the misuse of mental health laws and looked at how reforms passed in 2005 are working. The report found that vulnerable adults are being failed...
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Extra funding for mental health nurses

An extra £25m of funding has been announced to enable mental health nurses to be based at police stations and courts in the UK. The funding announced by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb will ensure people with mental health and substance misuse problems get the right treatment as quickly...

Winter months increase mental health risks

A mental health charity said people who go without daily sunlight are at risk of mental health problems. Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK) has said through the winter months going without sunlight can lead to developing lethargy, depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The charity surveyed around 2,000 British adults which...

Vitamin E could be beneficial in dementia

New research suggests a daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia. A study carried out by US researchers in the journal JAMA found people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease on high doses of vitamin E had a slower rate of decline than those given a dummy...
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Mental wellbeing significant factor to overall health

According to a Public Health England (PHE) North West Mental Wellbeing Survey, significant changes in key factors can influence mental wellbeing. The PHE survey found that whilst there has been an increase in people within the region reporting to be in ‘very good’ health (increase of 18.2%), and more people with...

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