UK Mental Health
Like many other doctors, I am not against the principles of the Health and Social Care Bill or against the theoretical restructuring of the NHS. What worries me is the potentially misguided and hasty way it is being proposed. One only has to look at the outcome of the privatisation of rail services - dire quality and ever inflating fares.
A suicidal woman doused herself in petrol and set herself alight at a Sainsbury's filling station. As the flames engulfed
It's clear that a sea change is required in the way emergency treatment is delivered to people in acute mental distress. There needs to be more help and different types of help appropriate to people's levels of need, rather than the literal all or nothing that exists at the moment.
So, as we celebrate the new Impact section on Huffington Post we should celebrate the impact charities like Children In Need and Family Action are having on children and young people. We must also make sure that we campaign for change and improvements so that young people can get the best start in life and they have the opportunity to have a positive impact on all our futures.
The stresses and strains of family life push 40% of parents with children under five to "breaking point", according to a
Ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has been attacked by a mental health charity for calling Adam Ant "f*cking nutty" in an
People still don't understand enough about depression, even now with all the blogs, the websites and the famous faces associated with it. Some of the most brilliant, funny, wonderful people I know are crippled by depression and it's a hideous waste.
The view that smoking cannabis is nothing to get worked up about needs to be challenged more effectively. Instead of classifying and re-classifying, government time and money would be much better spent on educating young people who smoke cannabis about the very real game of Russian roulette they're playing with their mental health.
Heartbreakingly, children who do come across as angry and abusive have often been abused themselves, been victims of domestic violence or have mental health problems. Research we've conducted has shown 8% of 12, 13 and 14-year-olds in custody have attempted suicide.
The first psychiatric patient to have an appeal against detention held in public has lost his legal battle to be freed from