UK Autism charity launches online platform to reduce loneliness and isolation
How can specialist autism charities address the mental health impact of the pandemic and long waiting times for treatment and referrals? Ambitious about Autism have launched a new online platform for young people with autism, providing a safe space to find community and fight loneliness.read more
The domino effect of the pandemic waiting list
NHS waiting times for eating disorder treatments are at a ‘record high’, The Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.read more
How can NHS mental health services recover, when demand is higher than ever?
Recent NHS digital data shows "an impossible situation to manage" says Dr Adrian James from The Royal College of Psychiatrists. We have been discussing the impending mental health crisis as an aftershock of the pandemic for over a year - why then, has it taken so long for the government to come up with a full, detailed and tailored recovery plan for NHS mental health services?read more
Ensuring people with mental health conditions receive the financial help they need
Lots of people who have a long-term mental health condition aren't aware that they could be receiving financial aid for the impact their condition has on their daily life. Similarly professionals might not know they can advise patients and clients on how to seek out this aid. In this article we break down the guidance around PIP and why it's beneficial to know about it.read more
What did the Health and Social Care Secretary’s speech on reform say about mental health?
On the 8th of March, Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid spoke on healthcare reform. But what did he have to say about mental health care, if anything? And what does this speech indicate about how mental health is being prioritised against physical health under this government?read more
High rates of undiagnosed autism might be contributing to suicide risk, study uncovers
According to new research, a significant percentage of people who died by suicide were likely autistic but undiagnosed.read more
Girls' mental health is “at a precipice” as the pandemic reveals its long-term impact
Almost two years on since the first lockdown, the impact on young people's mental health is undeniably clear. But why do girls seem to be suffering the most? And in light of this, is a gender neutral approach to the mental health of thousands of girls and women enough?read more
How might we use our mental health services to prevent homelessness?
Homelessness is often the result of a long line of complications and difficulties faced by a person, and often that person has been in contact with various services before they reach that point. How might we work holistically between services to prevent it?read more
‘Overlooked and underfunded’: experts call for global action to deal with depression
According to The Lancet and World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Commission, the world is currently failing to tackle the persistent and increasingly severe global crisis of depression. Experts at the organisations have outlined an ambitious set of recommendations to tackle global inequities in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, including prioritising an innovative staged approach to care and early intervention.read more
Race and Health Observatory reports: ‘damning’ findings of racial inequality in healthcare
How can services address racial inequalities relating to accessibility and experience? A review by the NHS Race and Health Observatory faces the issues relating to ethnic inequalities in healthcare, head on, while Mind and The Royal College of Psychiatrists respond to the findings.read more