Mental health

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Are people really reaping the rewards of recovery-oriented services, asks Prof Geoff Shepherd

The Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme has been running in mental health services in this country since 2010.The programme has been delivered by a partnership between the Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network. It was initially set up with funding from the Department of Health as part of … Continue reading

Four decades, numerous configurations, one aim: parity of esteem. Are we there yet? asks Stephen Dalton

I think I must be getting on a bit. I seem to be increasingly relying on cultural references to recall when and where I was, and what was happening at that moment in time. Is it any wonder, then, that my reflections on the struggle for parity of esteem takes us from the Punk days … Continue reading

A few lights, a camera and some real-life action helped us demystify what it’s like to live with a mental illness, says Dan Charlton

A stark finding from a survey of people with mental health problems by Mind a few years back revealed that a quarter felt more frightened and vulnerable because of media reporting of mental health. This is one very good reason why it matters that on 7 October this year, The Sun chose to run the … Continue reading

It’s time to smoke out smoking if we’re serious about reducing premature mortality, says Stephen Dalton

For those more recently acquainted with me, it might be difficult to conjure up the image of me, in the long, hot summer of 1976, running around a medical ward, in my gleaming white student nurse uniform. But that was me, and a key daily task Sister gave me was to encourage the patients with … Continue reading

The future’s e-mental health, explain mental health leaders

Over the past 20 years, digital technology has truly revolutionised the way we conduct our everyday lives. It’s also meant big changes to how we look after our own health.  NHS Choices, for example, has grown to become the most popular health website in the UK, with more than 19 million visits each month. At … Continue reading

A life lived backwards can move NHS forward, says Paddy Cooney

Very early in my career as a social worker, I attended a course on working with children with learning disabilities titled They get all this training but they don’t really know how we feel. What differentiated it from many others was that all the trainers were parents of children with learning disabilities. Two recent events … Continue reading


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