PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 September 2018 Mike Brooke Jackie Kennedy and her faithful Labrador Kingston which has saved her life eight times. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke An ex-police officer now retired and confined to a wheelchair through ill health is one of nearly 400 NHS patients who have been switched to personal healthcare budgets by Tower Hamlets GPs. Jackie on a seaside break with the dog that helps her manager her healthcare. Picture source: SportsbeatJackie Kennedy, 53, a serving officer at Bethnal Green in the 1980s now disabled with a rare neurological condition and suffering epileptic fits, uses part of her personal funds to pay the upkeep of Kingston, her black Labrador companion trained to assist her with her healthcare.The dog has actually saved her life at least eight times at her home in Poplar since she got him.The number of personal health budgets in Tower Hamlets like Jackie’s has now reached 375, the highest in any London … [Read more...] about More patients now get NHS personal health budgets from Tower Hamlets GPs than anywhere else in London
Does paying for a full top-to-toe health check keep you healthier than a routine visit to your GP? HELEN McGURK finds out with a visit to Randox Health. Whether it be a strange clicking in the knees, or a tickly cough that just won’t go away, all of us have some health niggles. With heart disease and cancer very prevalent in my immediate family, I often worry if I am at high risk of developing one, or indeed both, of these diseases. So as a fully paid-up member of what medics disparagingly call the ‘worried well’, I was hoping that a full body MOT would give me a detailed insight into the state of my health and hopefully put my mind at rest. My appointment was at Randox Health in Holywood, Co Down, where I was booked in for the Everywoman package. Described as the world’s most advanced scientific female health check, it looks at 150 individual elements of your body giving a comprehensive picture of your current health. They also offer a similar package for … [Read more...] about Will I pass my first health MoT?
The thing about stigma is that it does no one any good. It prevents people from answering that 'how are you?' question honestly. And it absolutely prevents people from accessing help, writes Joyce FeganImagine finding a lump on your breast or a growth in your prostate area. Now imagine monitoring it, running your hand over it in the shower, for weeks on end, maybe even months. You continue on as normal, telling no one. You believe the growth means you’re weak, flawed in some way.Things get progressively worse, until they get to a place where things are so bad, they can never get better again. You never asked for help. And you played such a good game, exhausting all of your efforts on maintaining a facade of perfect functioning, that no one close to you thought to check in.At some point in our society’s evolution, we thought dividing health into two brackets, “physical” and “mental”, was a clever thing to do. In doing so, we made it moderately OK to … [Read more...] about Nobody benefits from society’s mental health stigma
Scots funnyman Limmy yesterday took to Twitter to talk to his 396,000 followers about his mental health "personal story" during Mental Health Awareness Week — and revealed that he was trying to spend less time on the social networking site to stay mentally healthy. The comedian shared a series of tweets discussing his mood and what he has done in the past to improve it, as well as activities that don't help with this, admitting that lately he's been doing more of the latter than the former. He began by posting the message: "It's Mental Health Awareness Week, so here's how I've been. My mental health has taken a dip over the last year or so, I hivnae been looking after myself, I've been eating shite, not sleeping enough, not meditating, been obsessed with Twitter and games and other annoying things..." He continued: "And as expected, all that has been causing problems in head and in my personal life and with my responsibilities and all that carry on. It's like when I used to … [Read more...] about Comedian Limmy reveals mental health struggle on Twitter
Students with mental health problems are “slipping through the gap”, a report warns amid an alarming spike in university suicides. A Universities UK’s report says several higher education institutions have seen a rise in student suicides over a short space of time, while the number of young people dropping out with mental health problems has trebled in recent years. It cites a recent study which found 94% of universities have seen an increase in students seeking mental health support. The report calls for universities, schools, colleges, the NHS and voluntary organisations to work together to make sure students get mental health support. UUK says students face a range of challenges at the same time, such as living away, moving to a new city and having to forge new friendships. Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol and chair of UK’s Mental Health in Higher Education Advisory Group, said: “The system of mental health care for students must be … [Read more...] about Uni students ‘slipping through’ mental health gap as campus suicides increase