In the last week we have had our annual event in Lancashire – once again at the Woodlands Conference Centre in Chorley. There is a brief write-up on the blog.
The website relaunch was plugged at the event and so there has been a steady trickle of registrations to the forum. We’ll put a flyer out to the agency leads over the next week – the process seems to be holding together and it’s been really helpful to get feedback from people as they’ve signed up. All we need now is a significant enough development in mental health law that people want to come to the discussion group to see what’s being said…
The next event is Taking Stock in October – the flyer and booking form for AMHPs can be found under Future events.
Please do forward us links to any interested items relevant to AMHP practice. It doesn’t have to be something that happened in the last week – it could be a resource you are aware of that might not be well known amongst the region’s AMHPs.
This week, the Commission to review the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults published its interim report Improving acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England. The report can be downloaded in full from the ‘mental health in higher education’ blog (link at the bottom of the post).
The BBC website has a number of interesting articles this week. The website’s Newsbeat section, aimed at a younger audience, has a couple of posts directly related to the Mental Health Act – one offering The Facts about sectioning under the Mental Health Act and the other describing how Drs say sectioning is essential in saving lives.
In the general news section, there is an item disclosing that Mental health patient suicides reach 10-year high.
The Guardian draws out a different statistic than the BBC article from the same source – Suicide rate for middle-age men with mental health issues up 73%, report says.
The statistics in the BBC and Guardian article are both drawn from the National Confidential Inquiry Into Suicide and Homicide By People With Mental Illness Annual Report, published in the last week by the University of Manchester. The full report and some summary documents can be downloaded from the National Confidential Inquiry website.
We’ve seen an interesting conversation on Twitter this week about the impact of the label ‘borderline personality disorder’ on people given the label which referenced an article on The Conversation news analysis site.
There is a 6-part series on The Truth About Mental Health around the world available on the BBC radio iPlayer from the BBC World service. The series covers diverse issues such as the phenomenon of hikikomori in Japan, the impact of war and conflict on children and the response in Norway to the continuing impact of the murders committed by Anders Breivik.
Thanks this week to Caroline Leigh, Lisa Morriss and various people on Twitter for sharing links.