Mental health

England’s top dementia doctor says “Make cutting back on alcohol your New Year’s resolution”

NHS England’s top dementia doctor says cutting back on alcohol to protect your mental health is a good 2015 resolution. Prevention is something everyone can help with as the NHS tackles the growing issue of dementia, says Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia. He said a number of research studies* showed […]

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Mental health choice guidance published

NHS England has published updated guidance to help commissioners, GPs and providers support mental health patients exercising their legal rights to choose who provides their care and treatment. This follows extensive consultation on the interim guidance published earlier this year. In April 2014 the Government established for people with mental health conditions the same legal right […]

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More mental health teams to be based at police stations and courts

Another thirteen trial schemes are to launch in April 2015 to place mental health professionals in police stations and courts.  These schemes aim to ensure people who come into the criminal justice system with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and other vulnerabilities are recognised and are promptly referred into health and other services to get […]

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NHS England welcomes soaps’ ‘positive’ mental health stories

NHS England has welcomed better portrayals of mental health in prime time TV storylines after a report showed the subject being covered more authentically and more often. The report ‘Making a drama out of a crisis’ was launched by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It comes as Coronation Street’s […]

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New Dementia ‘Ambassadors’ to help GPs and patients

Seven new ‘ambassadors’ are to begin spreading the word about the importance of diagnosing more patients with dementia in a bid to help improve patients’ and their carers’ quality of life. The seven, who are based in London, the south, the north, the midlands, and Scotland, will be helping local GPs in England to use […]

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New mental health ratings welcomed

NHS England has welcomed the announcement that easy to access ratings for mental health hospitals will be published on MyNHS from today. Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health, said it was “excellent news the public would now be able to see key information on their local service in a central […]

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£120million investment in tackling mental health

The NHS in England is to invest a further £120million over the next two years on improving mental health services. The investment and the new standards for mental health services have been announced today by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as part of a five-year ambition that will […]

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