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Mental Health

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Shelter in partnership with research agency ComRes has produced a report looking at the impact of housing problems on mental health. Click here.

The World Health Organisation says that depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to a report in The Guardian.

The Care Quality Commission has produced Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2015/16, its annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA), looking at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected. Click here to go to the CQC website.

Scils (Social Care Information and Learning Services) newsdesk reports on a new report by the charity Business in the Community entitled Mental Health at Work. 

On World Mental Health Day, the National Dignity Council urges everyone to consider the ways in which they can help improve perceptions around mental health, giving it greater parity with physical health issues and the importance it deserves. Read more.
The World Federation for Mental Health has produced a resource called Dignity in Mental Health. World Mental Health Day in 2016 is 10th October.

According to a blog on The Mental Elf, media coverage of mental illness has increased significantly in recent years. Click here.

The mental health charity MIND has written a useful briefing paper for people who commission and deliver ‘life support’ services on how to support people with mental health problems to overcome day-to-day challenges. Click here.

Southern Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust failed to investigate more than 1,400 unexpected deaths – many of whom were of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities – between 2011 and 2015, according to a leaked report says Mental Health Today.

Mental Health Today reports that a third of people with mental health problems have self-harmed to cope with pressure of Christmas.

People detained under the Mental Health Act are still experiencing wide variations in the standard of care they receive, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission.

The East Anglian Daily Times has launched a campaign called Mental Health Watch to increase awareness, reduce stigma and fight for improvements to mental health services in the region. 

2015 Community Mental Health Survey on CareKnowledge.

You can search Suffolk health and social care service providers from Healthwatch Suffolk's website.

Charity Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. It has produced a report called Prevent, Reduce, Delay: Are Councils Meeting their New Duties to Support Unpaid Carers?

Almost two thirds of mental health trusts in England that responded to a Channel 4 News freedom of information request say their funding has been cut, with a shortage of beds threatening patient care. The report mentions Suffolk.

The Care Quality Commission's Mental Health Bulletin September 2015.