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“History of mental health problems”

16 Apr

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Why do news reports continue to use “history of mental health problems” as if it’s a complete answer to the “why?” of violent crime? It isn’t.

Some thoughts.

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Just a person

22 Jan

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Just a person.

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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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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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Common mental health problems

27 Jun

Some thoughts on “common” mental health problems.

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Delivering bad news

1 Jun

Some thoughts on the difference between how a diagnosis of serious illness is delivered in physical healthcare and mental health care:

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On gendered responses to suicidality

19 May

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Gendered responses to suicidality – or, In mental health services that prioritise risk (of physical harm) rather than (mental) distress, and where more men than women take their own lives, is women’s help-seeking for the mental distress caused by suicidal thoughts and plans dismissed as unnecessary to alleviate because only male suicidal thoughts and plans are seen as putting patients at high risk of physical harm?

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Here’s the piece that started the train of thought on the day, though for some time all the news pieces I’ve seen on twitter on suicide have been about male suicide so it’s the first time it’s occurred to me the focus on male suicide may have an adverse impact on the help and support offered to women struggling with mental distress.

Guardian Have men been let down

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