Archive for the ‘mental health’ Category

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

Hardest Hit Protest – Newcastle October 22nd 2011

17 October 2011

Newcastle
Saturday 22 October, 2011
March: 10.30 Bigg Market
Rally: 11.30-12.30 Monument

Disabled people in the North East, along with their families and friends, are taking to the streets in Newcastle to protest against Government cuts to disability benefits and services. Join us and help to
make sure all our voices are heard.

The march will leave Bigg Market at 10.30, walking to The Monument where a rally will start at 11.30. We plan to have a range of speakers who will keep us informed and entertained. Confirmed so far is MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery, Clare Williams from the Norther Public Services Alliance and Kevin Rowan the TUC Regional Secretary who will share their views on the proposed changes. We will also be joined by a number of local people who can speak from their own experiences about what the proposed cuts to benefits and services will mean to them as disabled
people trying to live independent and fulfilling lives. One of those people will be Claire Parker whose story will also be appearing in The Journal in the run up to the Rally.

A map of Newcastle City Centre showing Bigg Market and the Monument  can
be found here.

This also shows the nearest rail and bus stations, city centre parking and accessible toilets.

As new speakers and contributors are confirmed we will be adding them to
this page, so do keep an eye out for any changes. Please also help us spread the word about Hardest Hit. By bringing together disabled people from across the North East we will be able to make our stand against the cuts to DLA and unfair changes to Employment Support Allowance.

Listening to the stories of disabled people and hearing of the support of key local figures from politicians to civil society leaders will show that people across the city and wider region are on our side. Speakers will help us make our argument, whilst those coming along will have the chance to show how strongly they feel, either as disabled people themselves, their friends and family, or just as people who believe that the disabled are being hit the hardest by the government cuts.

Please come along, and bring as many friends and family as you can. Help us to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts

If you require any further info please contact

Henri Murison   Henri.Murison@rnib.org.uk 

Events are taking place across the country and full details can be found here

Several CarerWatch members will be attending a protest local to them.


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