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Health and social care for people with mental health difficulties and/or their carers

Blackpool film screening Sept 14

I'd like to spread the word amongst everyone interested in supporting mental health awareness about an upcoming free screening (supported by Blackpool Council Arts & Wellbeing) of The Closer We Get, my feature documentary. Amongst other accolades, it was Best UK Feature at the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Awards and was screened on the BBC in 2016.  

The free screening is at 6pm at the studio at the Grand Theatre (Blackpool) on Thursday Sept 14, and as seats are limited to 45 it's advisable to book ahead here:

Physical healthcare for people with mental health problems

Screenshot of the cover of DH publication: Physical healthcare for people with mental health problemsPublished on 20 May by Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England,

RACC MHFE News - NHS and Adult Ed working together

RACC is organising an event on Monday 22nd Feb for NHS professionals and Adult Education called 'Working Together' . 

FACT: Recent Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15.

South West London Recovery College Film

Here is the film that SLAM have posted about their recovery College. Its worth a look to understand if you are intereted in visiting the one in Nottingham! Or just want to learn more about what happens and why they work!

Government's new draft suicide prevention strategy launched for consultation.

Consultation on the Government's new draft suicide prevention strategy is open until 11th October 2011 and the final strategy will be published early 2012. The aims of the strategy are to reduce the suicide rate and improve support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.

Paying the Price: The cost of mental health care in England to 2026

This King's Fund publication is designed to encourage informed debate about the future nature and shape of mental health services in England. The authors suggest that unless the right level of investment in mental health serives is made 'we will all pay the price'  in wasted resources and wasted lives.

 The executive dummary and full report can be downloaded from the King's Fund website. The full report includes chapters on the following conditions:

CQC Mental Health Tribunal Report

A ground-breaking report was published 30th March 2011 on the experiences of patients who appealed to a tribunal against their detention under the Mental Health Act. First-hand information has been obtained from patients of their personal experiences of appearing before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), formerly the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

The changing face of the NHS: promoting health and preventing illness?

It has been dubbed the biggest reorganisation in the history of the NHS. Under the Government's reforms for England, much of the health budget will be handed to GPs working in consortia. Public health will become the remit of local government, as will setting up health and wellbeing boards. So what of the NHS in this brave new world; and will the emphasis now be on prevention instead of cure?

Click here to access: "The changing NHS: promoting health and preventing illness?"

DfE Green Paper 'Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability'

Described as 'the biggest programme of reform in the education and health support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities in 30 years, this much awaited Green Paper 'Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability' was published today for consultation. It seeks to address:

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