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Charles Walker MP launched a new report into the quality of Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) services across England. The report suggests that an ‘opt out’ system would be better than the current ‘opt in’. More information available at: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/school_of_health/the_right_to_be_heard.php

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Members poetry

CORRUPTION

CORRUPTION IN THE STATE

CORRUPTION WHILE YOU WAIT

CORRUPTION AND DISORDER

WHICHEVER WAY YOU ORDER

WORKING CLASS HEROES DOWN BY THE BAY

DRINKING AND SMOKING FADING AWAY

PROBLEMS ARISING TRY TO SETTLE YOURSELF

FINDING IT HARD TO DEAL WITH YOUR WEALTH

ZERO HOUR ZOOMS IN AGAIN

QUIETLY NURSING YOUR PAIN

SOMEBODY WHISPERS THROUGH THE NIGHT

SILENTLY SLOWLY IT WILL BE ALRIGHT

BY BRIAN LUNT 

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Emma had attended the meeting of the Acute Care Pathway steering group on 12th June. She gave feedback about the meeting, and provided copies of the minutes.

We gave her a case study about how the model is causing anxiety for one person who is likely to get reduced support. She will type this up and give to 5 Boroughs as a demonstration about how people might be affected by their changes. Another Forum member described how he is waiting on a referral for support through Open Mind.

Everyone was very concerned that access to additional services may be dependent on being supported by a psychiatrist. That includes services such as those provided by together as well as benefits. So that when people are discharged from secondary mental health services, they may lose a lot of support all at the same time.

Some people mentioned that GPs are charging for a letter to support people’s assessments for benefits. If this happens to you, please let us, or Emma, know.

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Charles Walker MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on Mental Health. He described the electric atmosphere in the House of Commons as several MPs ‘came out’ about their own personal experiences of distress including depression, post-natal depression and OCD. The notes of the debate are available in Hansard: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm120614/debtext/120614-0002.htm#12061445000002

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