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Tory Party – please stop spamming our home with Election Mail

Tory Party HQ – in Lewes – please stop spamming us with Election mail.

Please use the money you are spending on marketing yourself instead on the NHS in particular on Mental Health Services. Your actions speak loud than Spam

Mental Health – What the Politicians say they will do and the reality on the ground

Would we have many of the problems we have in the World – if Mental Health was taken more seriously?


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Why mental health first aid should be taught in every school – to the pupils and the teachers

“Of £250m a year originally budgeted for ‘children and young people’s mental health’, there has been a £77m underspend this year. These figures highlight the gulf between what Conservative Ministers promise on mental health, and what they actually do” more  Neha Shah from the Independant

Would also like an ‘Open Dialogue‘ approach to be part of mainstream NHS and for Social Workers, Mental Health Care Nurses, GPs and Psychiatrists – to be trained in this approach – as a matter of urgency. It will save lives, improve quality of lives and save money.

Controversial – but not if you or someone you love could become effected – perhaps money to fund this could come from increasing the tax on Drug Companys producing anti-psychotic medication? especially those which produce significant side effects which effect someones physical health and tougher guidelines even penaltys for those dispensing them.

We downscaled the frequent use of antibotics once we reallized what could happen.


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Coping Suggestions for Hearing Voices

There is a link on this website with a downloadable document with stratagies. It talks about taking care of yourself, keeping busy, avoiding triggers, dont believe what the voices tell you, use selective listening, support networks and celebrate each time you take control.

Remember -“Research shows 4-10% of people hear voices, the same number as have asthma.

Voice hearers throughout history have included a great many influential people: religious prophets, doctors and psychologists, philosophers, artists, poets, explorers and politicians”. Here is also listed modern day voice hearers.  And in the past – Plato, Isaac Newton, Mahatma Gandhi and Socrates… there are many more.

Perhaps there is more on this website that is helpful and advice for Family


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Want a better body image – try Nature by Viren Swami

Cyclamens - m.joy

 

 

“These days, both scientists and policymakers agree about the importance of offering everyone access to green spaces, regardless of social background. That’s because easy access to nature encourages physical activity, which in turn has positive health effects”

“Accessible green space is also good for our psychological well-being. For example, large-scale surveys in the Netherlands and UK have shown that individuals living in urban areas with more green space have lower rates of mental health distress and are more satisfied with life than those living in areas with less green space.

Other studies show that exposure to natural environments reduces negative emotions—including anger, anxiety, and sadness. Even just viewing images of nature or looking at natural environments from a window can reduce stress, enhance recovery from illness, and improve mood”

Perhaps GPs, Psychiatrists and Young Offenders Institutes should prescribe Gardening and helping at the Allotments not Pills – less side effects (which require more Pills) and less cost to NHS

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Learn to think differently about yourself

Medications are only a tool. Psychiatric medications are one tool among many other tools that you can use to recover. Physical exercise, eating well, avoiding alcohol and street drugs, love, solitude, art, nature, prayer, work, and a myriad of coping strategies are equally important to your recovery”

It takes a courageous human being to step through that door and build a new life”

Recovery is hard work. No pill can do the work of recovery for me. Part of recovery is learning to trust yourself again”

Patricia Deegan, Ph.D
National Empowerment Center


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Henry’s Demons – surviving mental illness

Henry‘Togethor, Patrick and Henry’s stories create one of the most compelling, nuanced and courageous portraits ever written about surviving mental illness’


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Open Dialogue Approach to Mental Health Services

We appologise for including so much text – but we understand that sometimes people feel a little nervous to go to links – so have included most of what we hope is important below (from an article written in the Independent by Celia Dodd 6th December 2015)  more

“The Open Dialogue approach was first developed in Finland in the 1980s, which at the time had one of the worst incidences of schizophrenia in Europe. There are now well-established services in Berlin and New York, where state investment in four respite centres that practise Open Dialogue has been doubled to $100m (£66m). Services are also springing up in Italy, Poland and Scandinavia.

What’s most impressive about Open Dialogue is its success with even the most intractable mental illnesses, where current systems of care too often fail, or offer only short-term respite. Results over the past 30 years from Finland sound impressive: 74 per cent of patients experiencing psychosis are back at work within two years, compared with just 9 per cent in the UK. Crucially, relapse rates are far lower than here: after an average of two years’ treatment, most patients don’t need to come back – ever.

Here, a mental-health diagnosis can feel like a life sentence.

Open Dialogue’s key principles are: people are seen within 24 hours of becoming unwell; and all meetings with the psychiatric team are held at home, or wherever the patient finds most helpful. Significant others in the patient’s life – family members, or trained peer-support workers – are engaged in meetings from the word go. What service users appreciate most is that they always see the same people.

One family’s comments: “The number of times I went to meetings with my son to see a team of people we’d never seen before. How are you supposed to start talking to someone you don’t know? My son just felt that he wasn’t listened to.

What also sets Open Dialogue apart from standard treatment is that discussion about patients takes place in front of them, in what are called “reflections” between members of the team; this adds to their sense of control.

But whereas the mainstay of standard treatment is usually medication, the mainstay of Open Dialogue is talking. But there’s something else which encourages patients to open up: mindfulness. Every member of the team, from psychiatrists to support workers, practises it. Dr Razzaque explains: “This is not about teaching service users mindfulness. This is about clinicians practising mindfulness themselves. 

The writer of the above article describes this treatment as radical – we think it sounds like common sense – treating people at a vulnerable time in their lives – with respect.”

Open Dialogue is currently being piloted in four NHS trusts. It could revolutionise mental-health care in the UK.

Open Dialogue UK is a good starting point to find out whats happening here in the UK and which just recently (February 2nd 2016) had a Conference promoting openness and democracy in mental health services and also offering Foundation Training for NHS teams, peers and independent practitioners (deadline for applying – 26th April)