Archive for the ‘mental health’ Category

Changes to #PiP affecting those with mental health issues

6 March 2017

 

CarerWatch are outraged that once again the Government is proposing changes to Personal Independence Payment (PiP).   
These changes would affect over 160,000 people with mental health problems.

We are extremely anxious of the knock on effect this would have to family carers in receipt of Carers Allowance for those affected. This double whammy would have grave consequences on the income of many families, that are already suffering with disproportionate cuts to benefits and social care.

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Sad news from DPAC

10 November 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you one of our co-founders, Debbie Jolly has died following a short hospital stay. As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.

Debbie has played a hugely influential part in the development of DPAC since 2010 and she and I have worked together virtually every day since dealing with the day-to-day things that needed to be done to make DPAC the successful campaign group we have become.

Read in full here

CarerWatch would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those that knew Debbie, both personally and through her campaigning work. RIP

 

The struggle to make sense of changes in Scottish mental health legislation

22 June 2015

Received from Fiona Sinclair   –   Autism Rights

Autism Rights has been campaigning for nearly 4 years to bring about
legislative change that could be about to happen this Wednesday (24th June) in the Scottish Parliament.

We want to take people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities out of the provisions of the Mental Health Act, which gives psychiatrists the power to `treat` people with ASD, just for autistic behaviours.

Would you be able to help us out?

The Mental Health Act is currently undergoing revision, through the Mental Health Bill, and we are backing several amendments, that would improve matters for people with ASD – and others – in the mental health system. These include an amendment by (more…)

The Nine most terrifying words in the English Language are….

15 July 2014

 

………………… I’m from the government, and I’m here to help

 

copied from  mental health & mental healthcare blog

Compulsory treatment and benefit sanctions: stoking fear and prejudice for political ends

Benefits Street arrived on the iPads of Telegraph readers on Saturday night. A story about scroungers refusing help to get back on their feet and the Conservative party’s proposed “tough love” solution provoked strong reactions. And that’s no surprise.

People with mental health problems who are unable to work and dependent on state support were led to believe that payments would be docked if they refused treatment. This would effectively make state-sanctioned treatment compulsory on pain of losing your only source of income. Telegraph readers were fed the line that people with common mental health problems were willfully refusing to engage with treatments almost guaranteed to succeed just so that they could lounge about at taxpayers’ expense; but reassured that the Tories had proposed a simple and cost-effective solution (sanctions and compulsory treatment) to get people back to work.

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Although at first glance the story might follow a coherent line, at second glance it became clear there was more to it. None of the reasons for publishing the story (see below) had anything to do with the advice of mental health professionals nor with helping people with mental health problems back into paid work: people with mental health problems are being used as pawns in a game of politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Legislation petition – Scotland

7 October 2013

Received from Autism Rights

A petition has been lodged with the Petitions Committee of the Scottish
Parliament, requesting that Scotland’s Mental Health Act be made compatible
with the European Convention on Human Rights:-

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/mentalhealthlegislation

Please support this petition by signing online and pass on to your other
contacts and any other organisations you are associated with.

 

 

 

Health Committee-Scotland ‘Some people are suicidal’

23 November 2011

Keith Robertson from the Scottish Disability Equality Forum told MSPs some people are becoming suicidal even at the thought of some of the reforms in the UK Welfare Reform Bill.

Mr Robertson was giving evidence, along side a panel of representatives from disability and mental health charities and agencies , to the Health Committee on the impact of the Wellfare Reform Bill (UK) .

READ IN FULL HERE AND ALSO WATCH VIDEO

What’s your Christmas message to the Government? | The Hardest Hit

18 November 2011

 

The Hardest Hit are planning to send a giant Christmas card to the Government to let them know that we are not asking for gifts, but we do want our basic rights protected and the support to enable us to live independently and with dignity.

You can sign the card and leave your message by following the link below:

Sign the card!

What’s your Christmas message to the Government? | The Hardest Hit

Sandwich carers numbers are increasing

25 October 2011

John and Beth both care for their mothers and their son Nathan, 17. The couple represents what’s commonly known as ‘sandwich carers’ — people who care for a younger- and older-generation relative. Follow a day in Beth’s life to find out how she copes and where she finds support.

Watch video here 

A practical guide to caring

 

CarerWatch attends Hardest Hit Protest in Newcastle

22 October 2011

Report will follow but here are some photos for now

Joint Committee on Human Rights: The implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living

21 October 2011

 2:20 pm; Room 5, Palace of Westminster

Witnesses: Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions;

Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services, Department of Health;

and Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Minister of State for Housing and Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government

see full details here of upcoming business


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