Young people today are experiencing increased pressures that are contributing to their mental ill-health. The pervasiveness of social media in their lives leaves no respite from their anxieties. Most adult mental health conditions start in childhood, and without proper treatment, there is a danger that conditions will worsen and continue into adulthood. I am proud to be an MP in the youngest city in Europe, with 40% of Birmingham’s population aged under 25. I am proud of our young people who face and overcome adversity on a daily basis. I am proud of the staff who care for our young people when they are at their most vulnerable. However, in their recent review, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) declared the specialist community mental health services for children and young people in Birmingham inadequate. Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider of Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB), supplying mental health services for … [Read more...] about Birmingham’s Mental Health Services Are Failing Young People
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When Ruchira Sharma was 15 years old, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. An intervention by the NHS child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) saw her taken out of her school in Birmingham, away from her classmates, and signed up to a 12-month programme of outpatient treatment in order to try to treat her anorexia. Sharma’s parents, first-generation Indian immigrants, struggled to understand not only what was happening with their daughter – she recalls that it took years for her dad to comprehend she was medically unwell, not just sad – but also her treatment programmes. The now 23-year-old, who has anxiety and depression, remembers her parents’ reactions to one particular group counselling session. Although she never pressed them on the details, she knows for certain “it didn’t go very well”. Reflecting on her journey within Britain’s mental health system, Sharma says that there are … [Read more...] about Are Mental Health Services Serving People Of Colour In The UK?
All parties except the right-wing PP, in government until early June, voted for the debate to go ahead on this highly-delicate issue. Research shows that 84% of residents in Spain agree euthanasia should be possible where there is no other alternative, although dissenters fear it could open a can of worms whereby sick, elderly or disabled people who are concerned about being a burden feel 'pressured' or 'morally obliged' to opt to end their lives. Spokeswoman for the reigning socialist party, Adriana Lastra, says the legislation would regulate assisted dying for patients with serious and incurable illness or severe and chronic disability which leads to 'extreme suffering', as an optional alternative to 'prolonging a life when this merely means prolonging intolerable agony'. The ethical, medical and legal issues involved will be discussed over time, and any new legislation will allow a conscientious objection by medical professionals, whilst retaining the right to die as part of the … [Read more...] about Sánchez opens door to euthanasia law
Not safe, not effective and not well led. That is the damming conclusion of a report into the county’s mental health services, which have been ordered to improve by inspectors. The Care Quality Commission has carried out a review into services run by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, which includes The Harbour in Blackpool and also the Guild Lodge in Preston.READ MORE: Health bosses' concern over impact Harbour patients have on Vic's A&E departmentThe result of the inspection is that the Trust has been given a ‘Requires Improvement’ rating in three areas – safety, effectiveness and quality of leadership. Two other areas were rated good – caring and responsive – and inspectors noted individual staff treat patients with care, compassion and dignity.But the report reveals a catalogue of problems with the service, including:* Patients having to sleep in chairs in communal areas because of a lack of facilities * Lack of beds meaning that … [Read more...] about ‘Not safe, not effective, not well led’: Mental health services told to improve after damning inspection
0 Have your say Not safe, not effective and not well led. That is the damming conclusion of a report into the county’s mental health services, which have been ordered to improve by inspectors. The Care Quality Commission has carried out a review into services run by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, which include Guild Lodge in Preston and The Harbour in Blackpool.The result of the inspection is that the Trust has been given a Requires Improvement rating in three areas - safety, effectiveness and quality of leadership. Two other areas were rated good - caring and responsive - and inspectors noted that individual staff treat patients with care, compassion and dignity.But the report reveals a catalogue of problems with the service, including;++ Patients having to sleep in chairs in communal areas because of a lack of facilities++ Lack of beds meaning that patients detained under the Mental Health Act could not be admitted++ Staff not able to manage certain … [Read more...] about Damning report into county’s mental health services