Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer CBE is Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. The charity provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Entries by Paul Farmer

Cutting Disability Benefits by £30 Per Week Won't Help People Into Work

(45) Comments | Posted 23 February 2016 | (23:00)

On Tuesday evening, MPs voted to retain certain clauses of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill meaning that, from April 2017, people who need support from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will receive £30 less a week than current claimants.

The changes will affect people who are placed in...

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Our Report Makes Clear - Mental Health Care Needs to Be Transfomed

(3) Comments | Posted 15 February 2016 | (18:34)

Over the last nine months, I've been chairing the Mental Health Taskforce for the NHS, which has culminated in a report, published today. It's been an extraordinary journey- resulting in 58 recommendations for the NHS and wider government - all of which have been accepted.

We started by asking...

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Big Boys Don't Cry

(2) Comments | Posted 2 November 2015 | (23:00)


HuffPost UK is running a month-long focus around masculinity in the 21st Century, and the pressures men face around identity. To address some of the issues at hand, Building Modern Men presents a snapshot of life for men, from bringing...

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World Mental Health Day - A Chance to Reflect on How Far We've Come and How Much There Is Still to Do

(1) Comments | Posted 10 October 2015 | (00:00)

I love World Mental Health Day. I know there is an awareness day, week, month for just about everything under the sun these days but there's something so inspiring about 10 October, which manages to be both wonderfully celebratory and incredibly grounding in equal measure. It's an opportunity for anyone...

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Mixed Bag for Mental Health Since May's Election

(3) Comments | Posted 15 August 2015 | (00:00)


To mark 100 days of the first Conservative government in nearly 20 years, HuffPost UK is running 100 Days of Dave, a special series of blog posts from grassroots campaigners to government ministers, single parents to first-year students, reflecting on what's worked...

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No Call for Help Should Go Unanswered

(1) Comments | Posted 12 June 2015 | (17:35)

Friday's Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the state of mental health services won't come as a surprise to anyone who has found themselves in crisis because of their mental health. Sadly, many people will be able to identify with the experience of calls to crisis phone lines...

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It's Time for a New Approach to Help People With Mental Health Problems Into Work

(1) Comments | Posted 10 December 2014 | (12:39)

It was clear from last week's Autumn Statement and the debate which followed that looking for opportunities to save on public spending will continue to be a priority for whoever forms the next government. With the biggest single budget, the Department for Work and Pensions is often...

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Why Charities Need to Understand the Zoella Phenomenon

(1) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (23:00)

If you're someone who has spent any time on YouTube over the past few months, it won't be long before you come across Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella. Now, with her multi-million pound partnership with YouTube you might even see her 'in real life' on billboards and bus stops...

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Time for a Fresh Approach to Disability Benefits

(5) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (00:00)

It's been a significant week of news about disability benefit, where the prevailing messages have changed profoundly.

There is now widespread acceptance, even inside Government, that the component parts of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and the Work Programme are not working for...

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Iain Duncan Smith's Speech Does Not Reflect the Reality for Most People

(16) Comments | Posted 12 April 2014 | (00:00)

Secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith this week gave a speech entitled 'Getting Britain Working', outlining the changes the Government was making to welfare and the difference he felt it would make to people's lives. But the picture he painted is one hugely at...

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Human Rights Are Fundamental to Good Mental Health Services

(1) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (10:06)

Thankfully most people never have to worry about their human rights. For many, they can seem fairly distant: something for lawyers and politicians to worry about, with little impact on our own everyday lives. When we do hear about human rights in the media it's usually via a story that...

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Bringing Mental Health Out of the Shadows

(4) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (23:00)

2014 is only a few weeks old and already mental health is in the media spotlight. So far this year, we've heard stories as varied as mental health being over-medicalised, to research showing comedians are all 'slightly psychotic'. We've seen alarming news that people are struggling to access talking treatments,...

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Why We Need to Talk About Suicide

(12) Comments | Posted 7 June 2013 | (00:00)

Stephen Fry is in the news today after he talks in an interview about a suicide attempt last year. He said:

"Now, you may say, how can anyone who has got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all? That's the point, there is...
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Victory for Welfare Campaigners Is a Step in the Right Direction

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2013 | (17:00)

For many years now, we have been concerned about the way in which the welfare system is treating people with mental health problems. We have heard shocking stories from people through our infoline, local Minds and on our Facebook and Twitter about how the assessment process is flawed and how...

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Mental Health Must Be Core Business for the Met Police

(5) Comments | Posted 13 May 2013 | (00:00)

Last week the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, initiated by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), published its report. As one of the commissioners, I fully support the findings and recommendations made. It was a brave decision by the Met Police to entrust us with such a task and...

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The Mental Health Act Should Only Be Used as a Last Resort and With Extreme Care

(1) Comments | Posted 30 January 2013 | (13:54)

It is very rare that society believes the state should intervene against someone's will to restrict their rights to liberty and choice for the good of their health. We don't go to such extremes to stop people smoking or binge-drinking or participating in dangerous sports. But if someone has a...

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