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  1. Content Article
    Key findings Positive results Of those who have been told who is in charge of organising their care, 96% said that they knew how to contact this person. 90% said the person organised their care quite well or very well. There was a statistically significant improvement since 2019 in the percentage of people who have had the possible side effects and purpose of their medicines discussed with them. Areas for improvement Accessing care Two in five people (42%) thought the waiting time for their NHS talking therapies was too long. Only 41% of people ha
  2. News Article
    Children and young people who are anxious, depressed or are self-harming are being denied help from swamped NHS child and adolescent mental health services, GPs have revealed. Even under-18s with an eating disorder or psychosis are being refused care by overstretched CAMHS services, which insist that they are not sick enough to warrant treatment. In one case, a crisis CAMHS team in Wales would not immediately assess the mental health of an actively suicidal child who had been stopped from jumping off a building earlier the same day unless the GP made a written referral. In another, a
  3. News Article
    Millions of patients in England face dangerously long waits for mental health care unless ministers urgently draw up a recovery plan to tackle a “second pandemic” of depression, anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders, NHS leaders and doctors have warned. The Covid crisis has sparked a dramatic rise in the numbers of people experiencing mental health problems, with 1.6 million waiting for specialised treatment and another 8 million who cannot get on the waiting list but would benefit from support, the heads of the NHS Confederation and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have told the Guar
  4. News Article
    A man who died from a mixed medication overdose might still be alive if the help his partner was "begging" for had been provided, a coroner said. Mental health patient Benjamin Stroud, 42, had been under the care of Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT) in the weeks before his death in March. Essex coroner Michelle Brown said in a post-inquest report that, despite "escalating psychosis", his care co-ordinator did not flag the case. Following an overdose of medication in February, his partner, a nurse, called for psychiatric intervention and despite "begging" for help, Mr
  5. Content Article
    Mr Stroud had been admitted from A&E under section 2 of the Mental Health Act between the 16 and 24 January 2021, to the Lindon Centre. He was then released under the ambit of The Gables and had been seen by a psychiatrist whilst under section 2. This appeared from the evidence to be the only time he was seen by such a person. On the 22 February 2021, he took an overdose of insulin; however, as his partner is a nurse, he didn’t attend hospital as she knew what to do. A PSIIR report and action plan was completed. Mr Stroud’s partner gave evidence, and it was clear from her account that
  6. Content Article
    My much loved daughter-in-law, Mariana Pinto, died on 16 October 2016. She was 32. Her tragic and unexpected death raised many questions for us about standard practice by psychiatric services and about patient safety. The evening before she died, Mariana was taken by ambulance to her local A&E department, escorted by four police officers, and handcuffed for her own safety. She was psychotic – delusional, paranoid, violent and very distressed. She had attacked her husband (my son) who had visible bite marks, scratches and bruises. It was a first episode and totally out of character.
  7. News Article
    A national strategy is needed to tackle health risks linked to antipsychotic drugs because current policy is letting tens of thousands of people fall through the gaps, commissioners in London are warning. Commissioners and clinicians in City and Hackney found more than 1,000 patients in their area who were on these drugs without having regular medication reviews or health checks. They warned that, if their findings applied across England, 100,000 patients could be in the same position. Although NHS England funds GP practices to carry out regular health checks on patients who are on
  8. News Article
    Isolation during lockdown is exacerbating psychosis in some patients, a consultant psychiatrist at a leading mental-health trust warns. Steve Church said the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust had now had to shift its focus to crisis management. He leads the psychosis recovery team, one of the trust's five teams helping patients struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Some have had to move homes to isolate and many no longer visit the clinic. Dr Church, who has been working in the field for almost three decades, said: "In normal times, and we're not
  9. News Article
    Cases of psychosis have risen significantly in England during the pandemic, according to new NHS data. The number of people referred to mental health services for their first suspected episode of psychosis increased by 75% between April 2019 and April 2021, figures showed. The data, which has been analysed by the charity Rethink Mental Illness, showed that much of the increase in referrals has happened over the last year, after the first national lockdown. The charity, Rethink Mental Illness, said that the data offers some of the first concrete evidence of the impact of the pand
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