The best mental health blogs of 2013

Chris Sherwood /   June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 3,002 views

Here’s our own selection of the best blogs we’ve published this year in mental health. Thanks to all of the frontline and independent bloggers who’ve kindly agreed to publish with Guerilla Policy in 2013 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. What’s in a word? Patients, clients, service users… “There seems to be a view out there in mental health that “service user” and “client” are good and “patient” is bad. I don’t buy it.” Phil Dore looks at the meaning of language used to describe people who use mental health services. Posted in November by Phil Dore at The Not So Big Society The Sun and mental health – that front page “That huge red number is clearly intended to alarm. One has to conclude that the Sun wishes to suggest that its readers are all at risk of being murdered in their beds by homicidal maniacs.” The Masked AMHP challenges The Sun’s reporting of mental health. Posted in October by The Masked AMHP Compassion in mental health reporting “Ask me about what I would change about societal attitudes towards mental health issues and I’d have a long, long list. However, pretty close to the top of the list would be addressing the attitude of the media towards mental health.” Cari Literally discusses a newspaper report about the ‘disruption’ caused by a person with mental health issues. Posted in August by Cari: Literally Room to breathe in defence of the NHS “We need to engage with the already existing, vibrant user-led movements and NHS workers challenging conventional mental health care and think about what these movements could offer for health care as a whole.” Ramona argues that we can criticise NHS mental health care at the same time as making the case for why privatisation would be worse. Posted in August by Ramona at So who is in charge?! “Here’s what’s wrong with mental health care in the UK << he modestly claimed! 1. No one is in charge of it – at all. 2. It’s not a system – it’s a coincidence.” Michael Brown considers the ‘mess’ that is mental health services. Posted in July by Insp Michael Brown at Mental Health Cop The other way around “There can be absolutely no doubt that the provision of mental health care across the country is not currently coping with demand. Equally, I do not believe that the responsiveness of Crisis Teams has moved with the times either.” Nathan Constable argues for a better response to people in crisis. Posted in July by Nathan Constable My reaction to Adebowale “…mental health is core police business. It always has been and it always will be. The only question is whether we want to plan and properly prepare for it as we do with many other areas of our work, or whether we can keep busking.” Michael Brown reviews the Adebowale Report into the handling of mental ill health incidents by the Metropolitan Police. Posted in May by Insp Michael Brown at Mental Health Cop Police mental health “The two groups in our society whose attitudes have remained fairly entrenched about mental ill-health are the police and mental health professionals. This needs to change along with the rest of the society in which they operate.” Michael Brown calls for the police to reconsider their approach to mental health – including for their own officers and staff. Posted in May by Insp Michael Brown at Mental Health Cop Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, they are a-changing “A re-focusing onto its core client base, a disconnection from social services leading to an often-dysfunctional relationship with them, and a deeply concerning rise in eating disorders.” Zarathustra reflects on developments in CAMHS in a time of changing needs and now austerity. Posted in February by Zarathustra via The World of Mentalists Twenty percent “How much of policing is connected to mental health issues? …As this is a policeman’s blog – I’ve never pretended to be an academic – so I’ve given my gut instinct in the title – twenty percent.” Michael Brown estimates how much of what the police do is related to mental health. Posted in February by Insp Michael Brown at Mental Health Cop

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