Why are more and more people in mental health crisis being detained by police?

9 Sep

Some thoughts based on release today of national statistics showing another rise in the number of times section 136 of the Mental Health Act is used by police to detain people in mental health crisis.

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Locked in my body

28 Aug

Reflections on an experience of dissociative paralysis and comparing how I was treated by healthcare professionals with the experience of Terry Newbury in the documentary ‘Locked in my body’.

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If you’re a professional on twitter, be professional

27 Aug

Some thoughts on professional responsibilities and being bullied online by a mental health professional.

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Multimorbidity in mental health: having one mental health condition doesn’t make you immune from having another

26 Aug

Some reflections on the (apparently surprising to some researchers and policy-makers) fact that human beings are complex and often don’t experience mental health difficulty in discreet packages that fit neatly into diagnostic categories; and how some healthcare commissioners are hiding behind NICE guidelines on individual treatments to deny proper care and support to people with complex (more than one) mental ill-health.

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Forced treatment can cast a long shadow

22 Aug

Some reflections on the impact of forced treatment 5 years on, kindness from healthcare staff and people with mental health problems dying early from physical illness.

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Dignity and humiliation in mental health care

31 Jul

Some thoughts on dignity and humiliation in mental health care.

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Well, make a complaint then

1 Jul

Some thoughts on choice in mental health care, admin difficulties, using poor service delivery to drive away patients and making complaints.

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