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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.

Stories we speak of are such as that of Kate Logan - who died in March 2007 after being neglected by her mental health team.
More information can be found here:
and here:

Recently another story spoke of Kerrie Wooltorton, age 26, allowed to die after being diagnosed "untreatable" http://new.edp24.co.uk/search/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&itemid=NOED16%20Oct%202008%2018:18:19:920&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=search

They have recently closed Henderson Hospital – which is a Therapeutic Community (TC). TC's are often described by the NHS the "most cost-effective treatment" for personality disorder and other mental illness. There are very few of these services on offer in the UK and access to them is difficult to find – patients are often made to “jump through the hoops” essentially meaning they must prove that every other treatment will not help sufficiently before they are even considered for a TC.

Tabi Cockerton - suffers from DID and has been fighting for a long time for treatment under St Georges and Tolworth Mental Health Trust. Specialists at a unit which treats DID, have recommended treatment but the local authority have been unwilling to fund it. Why?
More information on Tabi's story here: http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/2133281.abandoned_jane_left_to_struggle_on_her_own/
and here:
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