SpeakOut membership open for new applicants

SpeakOut is a national network of more than 80 marginalised and disadvantaged community groups. Created to support the Care Quality Commission, SpeakOut is currently seeking to recruit new members.

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RCN consultation on use of physical restraint

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has been commissioned by the Department of Health to lead a consortium which will develop guidance for health professionals on reducing the need for restrictive practices in health and adult social care.

A consultation document has now been produced, and the RCN wishes to hear from health professionals, carers, and others with experience of restrictive practices in a health care setting.

Click here for further information.

You can take part in the consultation here.

BBC Radio 4's 'All in the mind' 25th anniversary awards

All-in-the-MindHave you had mental health difficulties now or in the past? Is there a person, project or group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to offer the support or advice that made a real difference to your life? If so, this is your chance to enter them for BBC Radio 4's 'All in the Mind 25th Anniversary' awards.

Click here to find out more about the award categories and how to make a nomination.

Largest ever study of self-harm in prisons

Mental-ElfArtcile posted by Andrew Tomlin via The Mental Elf 16-12-13

The largest ever study of self-harm in prisons: prevalence, risk, clustering and subsequent suicide. New research published today in the Lancet shows that up to one in four women prisoners in England and Wales self-harm every year. The largest study of self-harm in prisons also reports that female prisoners are four times more likely to self-harm than male inmates.

Read more: Largest ever study of self-harm in prisons

Thematic review of emergency mental health care - CQC

CQC-logoThe Care and Quality Commission will be carrying a themed inspection programme exploring the care and outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis and will be undertaking a review to look at three of the major pathways through which people will experience services during a mental health crisis. These have been defined as people who experience a mental health crisis and who:

1. Present to accident and emergency departments (with a particular focus on people who self-harm)
2. Require access to and support from specialist mental health services
3. Are detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Read more: Thematic review of emergency mental health care - CQC

Mental Health Dashboard published - Department of Health

The Department of Health has published the first annual mental health dashboard, which gathers the best information available to show progress against the objectives set out in the β€˜No health without mental health’ strategy.

The dashboard provides a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes. It includes information on:

  • Mental health services
  • The physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems
  • Experiences of stigma and discrimination

The dashboard is for reference and use by anyone working in the care and support system.

Download the Mental Health Dashboard report here

Read more: Mental Health Dashboard published - Department of Health

Fourth independent review of Work Capability Assessment published

Dr Paul Litchfield was appointed to lead the fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in 2013. This review sets out a series of recommendations to the government based on the evidence he collected as part of the review and which complement the recommendations from the first 3 annual reviews carried out by Professor Malcolm Harrington. Download the full report here

Read more: Fourth independent review of Work Capability Assessment published

The Telegraph: Tripling in the number of children treated for eating disorders

Laura Donnelly - The Telegraph - 01 Dec 2013

The number of pre-teen children treated in hospital for eating disorders has tripled in four years, according to NHS figures, amid warnings that units are turning dangerously-ill cases away because they are "not thin enough".

Experts said increasing numbers of children were struggling to cope with a celebrity culture which sexualises childhood, glorifies size zero figures, and bombards them with images of unrealistically slim models.

Official statistics show more than 6,500 children and teenagers treated in hospital in 2010/11 for conditions such as anorexia, compared with 1,718, in 2007/8.

Read the full article here.