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More than one in ten (12%) people with mental health problems are stuck on waiting lists for over a year before receiving talking treatments and over half (54%) wait over three months, reveals a new report launched by the We Need to Talk coalition. The survey of over 1,600 people…
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a £75m programme aimed at helping children at risk of developing long-term mental health issues. The HeadStart funding will be focused on 12 already identified areas where councils have been invited to form partnerships with local stakeholders, including charities, to run the scheme. The…
A new book examined the management of substance misuse (including alcohol) and mental health problems in the criminal justice system.
FLINTSHIRE County Council is celebrating after its project to help adults with mental health problems live more independent lives, was announced as a winner in the Social Care Accolades, held at City Hall, Cardiff. The council’s development of a range of support service for adults with severe and enduring mental…
An article examined the research literature on the prevalence of mental health disorders among offenders on probation.
A report for the children's watchdog for England highlighted the large numbers of young people in children's prisons in England who had neuro-developmental difficulties, such as brain injuries, that could result in communication difficulties, cognitive delays, learning difficulties, and emotional and behavioural problems. The watchdog called for earlier recognition of,…
A briefing paper said that personal health and social care budgets could help people with a mental health condition to set their own goals and rebuild their lives.
SAMH are taking their Know Where to Go campaign on the road, so that people in remote and rural areas can get help for a mental health problem when they need it. The campaign was launched in May with support from Stephen Fry and actor Sanjeev Kohli. Although one in…
A new strategy designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in Scotland was launched by Minister for Public Health Minister Michael Matheson, this month. It sets out 36 key commitments to be delivered between now and 2015 to deliver faster access to mental health services for younger…
Our Engage column features comment from leading figures within the world of social work. This time we feature the blog, Discovering Desistance, in which Marguerite Schinkel of Edinburgh University reflects on previous research experience looking into ‘recovery competencies’ in relation to mental health. Desistance and what helps in mental health…
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