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Mental Health Protest in London 28/11 Nov. 13th, 2008 @ 04:50 pm
katters279

*Mods feel free to remove this post if you feel it is innapropriate*

The protest is being held at 4pm on the 28th of November at Springfield University Hospital (outside the main gates).

It will be a peaceful candle lit Virgil to remember all those who have died through the lack of care in the UK NHS MH system and to hightlight how insufficient mental health services are and to communicate to them that we need change.

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Feb. 13th, 2007 @ 03:25 pm
kitty_flyte
I've made a community specifically for bipolar people in the United Kingdom if anyone would like to join? :)

bipolar_uk

x-posted to a few bipolar/mental health comms

Survey - participants needed! Nov. 20th, 2006 @ 11:05 am
angelrachel
Hi everyone,

I'm angelrachel, and juliann has given me permission to post about a project I'm working on.

I’m doing a Masters degree in Sociology and am looking into how taking part in online communities affects disabled people’s lives.

There is a lot of research about how it affects the general population, and some research about how women use the internet and how it affects the social aspects of their lives, but nothing about disabled people. I’m not conducting a huge study of course, this is for my dissertation, but hopefully it should be an interesting survey for you to fill in, and for me to write about.

So, if possible, could you please fill in a survey I've created to gather information about people's experiences.

Click here to take my survey about online communities and disabled people

This survey will be open for just over a week, and I hope you’ll all be able to take the time (about 10 minutes) to fill it in. If anyone has trouble filling it in online, let me know and I can send it over in a word document.

Many thanks.
/angelrachel

Sep. 6th, 2006 @ 04:48 pm
kawaiinoir
A community for UK insomniacs insomniavoid. I think this community could really kick off with a few more members. Join!!

Bipolar Disorder Jul. 4th, 2006 @ 08:23 pm
mystix
There's a programme about Bipolar Disorder on BBC4 at 10pm tonight. It's called Sunny Intervals and Showers.

I've posted this in uk_health and depression_uk. Please cross post to any other relevant communities.
Current Location: Liverpool
Current Mood: hothot
Current Music: Dirty Pretty Things - You Fucking Love It
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» Devastating cuts to the mental health budget
This post is to do with the fact that Hertfordshire Partnership Trust (HPT), which provides mental health services to a third of patients in Hertsmere, has been asked to make cuts of £5 million five per cent of its budget for next year.

Remember, you can put a price on your actions but not on their consequences

I mean this is truly shocking, mental health services have actually kept in budget in recent years unlike most other sectors of the NHS. The government has also said on many occassions that mental health is one of the most important aspects of health care and must be protected. So obviously this means they should slash the budget?

For me personally as a resident of Hertfordshire and someone who has been in the system for over two years this, if it goes through will have a HUGE effect on me and the people around me who are also suffering.

For example an entire ward is being closed near by as well as direct referals to psychologists being cut drastically. This is in a county where GPs make over 400 referrals to mental health care teams every month and where there is already an average waiting list of 4 weeks (at least, many people have to wait much longer, for example i had to wait 3 months at my clinic).

Effects of this;

Working Age MH
1) St Julian’s Ward Closure 1000
2) Direct Access Psychology reductions 150
3) Day Services reductions 300
4) Early Intervention in Psychosis Service Closure 450
5) Community Mental Health Team staff reductions 250
6) Lister Adult Day Treatment Unit closure 100
7) Staff reductions Mental Health therapies 100
Drug & Alcohol
8) Reduction of Alcohol Services 146
Older People Mental Health
9) Seward Lodge Day Care Unit Closure 80
Child & Adolescent
10) Conduct Disorder service reduction 256
Learning Disabilities
11) Therapy staff reductions 173

The numbers next to these things is the cost in pounds of doing this.

You can put a price on your actions but not on the consequences.

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(From ViewPoint)

Hertfordshire faces significant cuts to mental health finances

20/03/2006

Hertfordshire Partnership Trust are being forced to find cuts worth 5% of their annual budget as part of plans to reduce the NHS debt in Hertfordshire. Although the Trust has managed to balance their books over the past few years, they are still being asked to find nearly £5 million of ‘efficiency savings’. The proposed cuts include reductions to day services, the closure of St. Julian’s acute ward and the reduction of psychological services.

A public consultation, which starts today (20th March) and lasts until 3rd May, will ask the public, service users and carers their views. A number of public meetings will also be held across the county where people can express their concerns. Local Primary Care Trusts, who have an obligation to consult on significant service changes, will run these consultations.

Local mental health organisations are working hard to oppose the cuts, highlighting the increased distress and risk that users and carers will suffer. They also point out that the long-term financial implications caused by the proposed cuts will actually increase the NHS debt and put added pressure on the local mental health trust.

Viewpoint urges you to register your views with your local PCT and we will keep you informed of any developments. Links to the PCTs can be found on the Viewpoint ‘Useful links’ page.
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» Spam Watch
A warning to any community moderators about moribundreverie. They have just spammed fem_metalheads with some seriously sickening images. If you see this person join your community ban them immediately.
» Council Housing (mental health)
Hi I'm new here if anyone wants to add me as a friend feel free to do so although my entries can sometimes be triggering, I could do with a lot of friends right now though :(
ANYWAY..
My questions...:
My sister saw the cuts on my arm when I was asleep (woke me up screaming at me about how I had cut my arm and how I am 'being attention seeking')and she rang my dad and told him and he said he wants to throw me out! My parents are basically the root of my problems due to their denial of any of my problems and the fact they tell me there nothing wrong me with.. I don’t want to move out but I kinda have to because it’s just making me worse living here..
So I've rung up my local housing association I asked if I was eligible to get a council house as
1. I’m 21,
2. I have mental health issues, (I have been in a mental unit of my local hospital voluntarily due to eating disorder and depression I wasn't sectioned but it was close, so I volunteered)
3. My parents say they can’t live with me anymore and want to throw me out.(Because they say they can't cope with my problems)
4. I only have £8000 so I can’t afford a house of my own at the moment.
5. I am looking for work but because I have weekly therapy every Monday I have to get a 4 days a week job and it makes it hassle asking for Mondays off, I am currently temping but I can’t driving which makes it difficult.
The lady on the phone said YES and the fact I have a disability (mental disability) I can get supporting documents from my DR’s to help make my application go through more quickly!


I found this on the net which help's:
If you have a medical condition
You may also get reasonable preference if anyone in your household:
has health problems that are made worse by where you live
has mobility problems that make it difficult to get around your home
suffers from a mental illness or depression, that is made worse by your accommodation
If you include medical reasons in your application, you should give as much information as possible about your health problems and how they are affected by where you are living. Explain the difficulties the medical condition causes in as much detail as you can. The council will normally ask a doctor, health visitor or other expert to assess your medical problems and may use an independent person who does not know you. They may also contact your GP and you should include details of any other health worker or social worker who can support your application

So I think I will be a priority, I am getting Ruth (my therapist) to help me on Monday with a write up of how living at home doesn't help my mental wellbeing


Has anyone dealt with this situation before?
Am I likely to get a house/flat and how quickly does it take to go through?

If I live in a council flat or house I am eligible to buy it with a 44% discount for a house and 33% discount for a flat so it would be worth it when Andy my boyfriend leaves uni we can buy the house then sell it and move into a nicer place with more savings..
I hope someone can let me know what it is like.
Can you have a dog with you?
Thanks
» LEARNING DISABILITY WEEK 20-26 JUNE 2005
As I work as support staff for Mencap, I wanted to share this with as many as possible to spread awareness and understanding of learning disabilites and the people who it affects.

* Mencap works with people with learning disabilities and their families/carers

* 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability

* Learning disability affects someone's intellectual and social development all their life.

* It is NOT mental illness. It is NOT dyslexia.

* It used to be called mental handicap but we don't use this term any more because most people with a learning disability find it offensive.

* People with a learning disability don't get an equal chance in life. That's why we fight to change laws and services, and directly support thousands of people to live their lives the way THEY want.

More info under the cut, including how to get Mencap charity wristbandsCollapse )

» Advice needed!

I'm currentely on incapacity benefit and have been for some time, the main reason is depression and anxiety but i they also know about my Eating disorder and self harm, i recieved a letter on Friday to say i have to go for a Medical Examination, i am seriously shitting myself, i don't know what to expect, what they'll ask etc etc, has anyone here had to have one for depression? i could really do with some advice (comfort) :(

Thanks

Rachel


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