#Mental Health

Shed Talks – a show to listen to about mental health and coping with life by Jeremy Thomas

https://jeremythomastalks.co.uk/shed-talks/ “Shed Talks is a good humoured show about mental health and coping with life – what happens when things go wrong, and what you can do to get better and stay well. Shed Talks is hosted by Jeremy Thomas (a local from Wincanton!)– a funny guy with experience of serious mental illness, and an …

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The Health and Care Bill. What does it Mean for Mental Health?

The Government published the long-awaited new health care legislation about a week ago. The bill is 232 pages long and makes some significant changes to the way the NHS is organised and how it plans health services. There is very little in the bill specifically about mental health services but the implications for mental health …

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Ask How I Am

“People who live with long-term physical conditions are twice as likely to have poor mental health as those who do not. For people with multiple long-term conditions the chances of having poor mental health are greater still. Yet people with long-term physical conditions still face many barriers to accessing mental health support. Ask How I Am, …

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Healthwatch Wiltshire Annual Report

Visit the Healthwatch Wiltshire website to read their Annual Report.  https://www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk/report/2021-06-28/equal-terms-annual-report-2020-21 Important points for the Mental Health ‘World’: “Mental health remains a priority for us and our new mental health forum is giving people the chance to speak directly to those who run services in Wiltshire, while our online mystery shopping project, run by our young volunteers, has …

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Maudsley Charity Announces new World-Leading Centre dedicated to Children and Young People’s mental Health

Maudsley Charity alongside partners, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London (IoPPN) recently held a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony at the site of what will be a world-leading centre dedicated to children and young people’s mental health and the Pears Maudsley Centre is set to …

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Healthwatch Dorset Annual Report

Healthwatch Dorset have just published their annual report. This highlights how Healthwatch Dorset has supported the public and health and care services throughout the pandemic https://healthwatchdorset.co.uk/hwd-annual-report-2020-21-published/ See also https://healthwatchdorset.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/HWDorset-MH-in-CC-Full-Report-2020_FINAL.pdf for their Mental Health in Community Care report published in December 2020.

6,000 fewer Mental Health Beds

The Guardian reported that the number of beds in NHS mental health hospitals has fallen by a quarter since 2010. See: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jul/05/number-of-nhs-mental-health-beds-down-by-25-since-2010-analysis-shows This is shocking but perhaps of no surprise to us in North Dorset who have lost all our in-patient beds. There were formerly 7 beds at Waterloo Lodge between Shaftesbury and Gillingham and …

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