Mental Health: Developing service user/survivor ideas on social approaches (Stage two)

In 2009, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation published a report from the first stage of this project where we had talked with service users about their understandings of mental health issues.

Researchers Mary Nettle, Rebecca Perring and Peter Beresford have now received an additional grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to set up discussions with mental health service users/survivors to feed back their findgins and to hear what service users/survivors think about it and what they think needs doing next.

If you would be interested in taking part in this stage of the project please contact either:
Mary Nettle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01905 610263 or 07821365486
or
Rebecca Perring: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07815 056037.

Find out more about the report here.

Preventing suicide: your thoughts and experiences

The Department of Health has published its first annual report on England's cross-government suicide prevention strategy. Among other things, the report calls for a renewed commitment by health care professionals to listen more closely to friends or family who worry someone close to them may be at risk of self harm.

The Social Care News blog would be interested to hear your views on the report and to share your experiences from both a personal and professional perspective. What more could and should we be doing to prevent self harm and suicide in this country?

You can share your thoughts and experience by clicking here to view the full article and leaving a comment at the bottom.

Poll shows 9 in 10 of the public support new rights to time off work for caring for loved ones

Carers UK, backed by journalist Jackie Ashley, have launched a campaign for statutory paid leave for the nation's carers. The charity is calling for a legal right to a minimum of five days paid 'care leave' and for a debate on rights to longer periods of leave to care for disabled, older seriously or terminally ill loved ones.

Read more: Poll shows 9 in 10 of the public support new rights to time off work for caring for loved ones

BBC: Children 'still being held illegally in police cells'

Last October the Howard League for Penal Reform, a charity that has campaigned against the practice, revealed that more than 40,000 children had been detained in custody in 2011 in contravention of the law.

As reported by the BBC, Manchester Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley told a group of MPs that police and councils needed to be reminded of their statutory duties. She said the lack of suitable accommodation was a "growing concern" because of "shrinking resources".

Read more: BBC: Children 'still being held illegally in police cells'