The best mental health blogs of 2014

Michael Harris /   June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,670 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 2014 – Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to them all. Physical healthcare for people with mental health problems: Why do we often get it so wrong? “This is a sorry tale, and it simply shouldn’t have happened. It’s not new to say that physical healthcare needs to be done better for people with mental health problems, but sadly it’s something that people have to keep saying.” Phil Dore looks at a case of poor treatment. Posted in October by Phil Dore at The Not So Big Society On mental health – again “This is what worries me about the direction of travel we seem to be going in – whether the rise of the zero hour contract to the continual cutting of terms and conditions to people in the public sector. And what for?” Puffles considers the link between mental health and today’s politics. Posted in October by Puffles at A dragon’s best friend A soldier’s tale “The government doesn’t trust the cumulative impact study an independent charity has carried out on it’s welfare ‘reforms’. Here is the cumulative impact that the Conservative’s welfare reforms are having on one mentally ill army veteran diagnosed with cancer.” Benefit Tales shares a veteran’s experience of the benefit system. Posted in July by Argotina at Benefit Tales The revolving door “So why do these men, young and old, repeatedly make their way back through the revolving door into custody? Can any intervention break this seemingly endless cycle of petty offending and short jail sentences?” Alex Cavendish looks at re-offending and what can be done to reduce it. Posted in July by Alex Cavendish at Prison UK: An Insider’s View Another Government ‘fag packet’ proposal for benefit sanctions and cuts? “Rarely do I come across a Tory Policy proposal that makes me both Smile (albeit at the irony) and Shudder (with fear); but today’s report in the Telegraph does exactly this…” Jayne Linney looks at the proposals to force benefit claimants with anxiety and depression to seek treatment. Posted in July by Jayne Linney Ten ways to make service user participation more meaningful “I’m really keen for others to come up with more ideas but in the interim, if you’re an event organiser: are you ready for the challenge of elevating service user involvement above the tick box and making it truly meaningful? I really hope so.” Charlotte Walker outlines ten ways to make service user participation more meaningful. Posted in July by Charlotte Walker at Purple Persuasion Debt and depression: Cause or effect? “Dealing with financial problems can be stressful for people without mental health problems. If people have cognitive disruption and physical fatigue, common symptoms of depression, calling banks or credit card companies and filling in forms can seem impossible to do without support.” Elizabeth Grey examines the links between debt and depression. Posted in April by Elizabeth Grey On trying to do therapy when your patient has no food or money “The Bedroom Tax, the cuts in Housing Benefit, …all of these are making life Hell for vulnerable people. Half a million going to food banks! In Britain! It’s a a national disgrace.” Masuma Rahim explains what it’s like trying to help people when the state doesn’t care. Posted in March by Masuma Rahim

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