New !!! Lots of updates and new links of interest. For instance, the new book from ...The Cairn
To Walk On Eggshells - Jean Johnston
For more information see below
Alcohol see Drug and Alcohol Addiction
A useful list for all care givers (and parent/guardians!) can be found at Activity Index at the Therapeutic Recreation Directory
IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATION NEVER STOP TAKING IT SUDDENLY WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S KNOWLEDGE, this can be very dangerous to your health.
(Click to see more)
A few interesting and well put together survivor and campaign sites include the following...
Here's a useful starting point for support and ideas re Anxiety Care
Interesting site for the gallery, as well as the role of art as an aid to recovery, see Art Works in Mental Health * Newly Added
Assertive Outreach generally refers to teams which offer longer term ongoing treatment and support in the community to people vulnerable to frequent, or long term psychiatric admissions. See Community Treatment.
An essential visit is Benefits and Mental health - Your Benefits
This may be better known to you and Jimi Hendrix as Manic-Depression. The following are all excellent sites:
Discover the true meaning of this overused / mis-used medical diagnosis at these sites which have great links and offer support to those with the diagnosis and their family.
For mental health chat rooms try:
Many of these links were originally taken from the Wakefield Intranet, which has an excellent Clinical Governance page ... Hands up anyone who can explain the concept to the rest of the World ... !
The NHS Clinical Governance
Support Team site is at www.cgsupport.org/
And the NHS Modernisation Agency has Clinical Governance
The Department of Health has Clinical governance
The www.roysocmed.ac.uk offers the Clinical Governance Bulletin
Leicester University has www.le.ac.uk/cgrdu/
The British Journal of Clinical Governance can be found at www.mcb.co.uk/bjcg.htm
The Wisdom Centre is at www.wisdomnet.co.uk
Click to see Assertive Outreach, Crisis Teams.
These are difficult headings to define:
Assertive Outreach generally refers to teams which offer longer term ongoing treatment and support in the community to people vulnerable to frequent, or long term psychiatric hospital admissions;
Crisis Teams tend to be helpline or drop-in services for very short term mental health 'crises';
Home Treatment Teams tend to offer an altenative to psychiatric hospital admission and would limited to people requiring acute care for a short period of time (eg 1 week to two months);
Finally; Community and Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) in the UK offer ongoing mental health support and treatment to people not in need of acute care or one of the above teams.
However, some teams offer a variety of these roles and some areas do not have all the above teams available - which mean the CMHTs have fill in all the gaps!
Crisis Teams tend to be helpline or drop in services for very short term mental health 'crises'. See Community Treatment.
Some excellent support sites include ...
Early Intervention Psychosis
I've been asked several times to include medical and nursing recruitment pages, but I won't. So there. More important is the issue of empolyment for those with mental health problems. Here's some links to organisations that specialise in this.
For any general Government information, start at : Directgov home
All national government press releases from 1998 are available at GNN News Releases
Selected Government documents from 1994 can be found at Official Documents - Home
Now you can watch our honourable and noble representatives, too, at Parliamentlive.tv* Newly added
Government A-Z relevant to health :
Produce some important reports see Audit Commission
Commission for Social Care Inspection
See Commission for Social Care Inspection which informs us the CSCI was...
'Launched in April 2004, The Commission for Social Care Inspection is the single, independent inspectorate for social care in England. The Commission was created by the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. CSCI incorporates the work formerly done by:
- The Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) - see Social Services Inspectorate following link for their publications
- SSI/Audit Commission Joint Review Team
- The National Care Standards Commission (NCSC)'
Department of Health
- Department of Health is the main enterance
- Mental health is the mental health gateway and is worth a regular visit.
- Mental health publications is the 'A-Z of publications' to keep up to date with the latest mental health policy developments
- See information on every available adult mental health service at Adult Mental Health Service Mapping Home*Newly added
- Get all the latest reports, in full - hotter than off the press at Stationery Office publications by DoH ...
- ... and for an archive going back to 1994 try Official Documents - Department of Health
- Find all the press releases from the last 7 days back to 1995 at Press Releases
- The gateway for the NHS Plan policy is at Department of Health The NHS Plan
- Say 'hello' to the Chief Nursing Officer, re-read the bulletins and read the CNO publications.
- And say 'hello' to the National Director for Mental Health (- the Mental Health Czar), literally if you like !
Her Majesty's Stationary Office
The full text of every Public Act since 1988 and Local Act since 1991 is available online now at Her Majesty's Stationery Office - Home Page go there and select 'legislation'.
Go straight to Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997
There is also a good deal of relevant government documents at Home Office Internet Service
National Health Service (N.H.S)
- The gateway to the NHS is at Welcome to the National Health Service
- Keep up to date with the news at National electronic Library for Health
- NHS Direct The future of U.K. health care ? The on-line service is available here for a person like me, who hates visiting their G.P. in case you are not unwell enough ... this is the perfect starting point. The service is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
- A major issue in nursing at present is covered in the UK government site NHS zero tolerance zone
- The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is at NICE Start Page
- National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) who's 'main aim is to work with others to improve services and support for people who experience mental distress'. Now a part of CSIP* Updated 07
See Policy And Guidance
Go directly here for :
- Agenda for change
- The NHS Plan and The NHS Plan a plan for investment, a plan for reform
- The New NHS Modern and Dependable
- Saving Lives Our Healthier Nation or see OHN Our Healthier Nation
- National service framework for mental health modern standards and service models*Newly added
- The journey to recovery the Government's vision for mental health care*Newly added
- Also see York University discusses Health Policy Matters
For the Prime Minister's mental health strategy Unit see Strategy Unit Seminars Mental Health !!!!ADD!!!!*Newly added
See also ...
Fascinating accounts of the history of mental health 'care' can be found at:
But most fascinating of all is Gordon Tozer's site
The following have link pages to Human Right and Mental Health Patient's Rights generally:
Mental Health Global Policies and Human Rights
Edited by Peter Morrall, School of Health Care Studies, University of Leeds and
Mike Hazelton, University of Newcastle and Hunter Mental Health Service, Australia
Mental health has become a global issue.
Throughout both the developed and developing worlds, the
treatment and care of the mentally disordered, and the need to
improve the mental health status of all citizens, has become a
major political and professional concern.
This is occuring at the same time as human rights are increasingly highlighted by government and non-government agencies, at national and supra-national levels.
This book reviews mental health policies across the world and their relationship to the human rights of mentally disordered people. Ten case-studies are presented, each written by an expert in the field of mental health policy within a selected country.
What is recorded is a tangle of approaches, some coherent, consistent, and caring, whilst others are ambiguous, anachronistic, and abusive. What is concluded is the need for vigilance and activism on a global scale to protect the human rights of this particularly vulnerable group.
2004 ISBN: 1 86156 388 4 Price: £25.00 Paperback 233mm x 154mm pp200
Links suggested by Len Bowers at Psychiatric Nursing E-mail List.
Julia Jones (former colleague !) and Raj Persaud
(Picture from BBC - Radio 4 - All In the Mind 16-10-2002)
Here's some interesting patient empowerment and campaign links, which aren't necessarily limited to mental-health issues.
Psychosocial Interventions* Newly Added
Recovery *Newly added
Suzy Johnston writes, advises, promotes and publishes on mental health awareness issues.
Jean's autobiography The Naked Bird Watcher is an unusual story of living with manic depression/bipolar affective disorder and learning to manage the condition. This lucid and graphic account gives a revealing and logical insight into the torment that is mental distress.
'To Walk on Eggshells' (by Jean's mother) is a priceless
account of the agony, shock, love and stamina of a mother faced
with a child who has been dealt the unkind hand of severe mental
Mental Health Search
or Mental Health Metasearch - Online Dictionary of Mental Health
Alternatively, you could go directly to the following ...
If you're not sure on how to search the web try
This site handles excellently issues for those needing support whether that is as a person who self injures, a person who is a carer of a person whom self injures, or a person from the caring professions/organisations. It also gives access to the two related Webrings 'Bodies under siege' and 'Let the truth ring out', which are well worth visiting.
An excellent UK contact is the Bristol Cisis Service for Women at BCSW
Don't forget World AIDS Day - 1st December Find out more at : UNAIDS The Joint UN Programme on HIV-AIDS*Updated
Professor Phil Barker writes:
May I ... introduce you to "The
Scary Reality of Madness".
This film, made by my old friend, Tony Glover - the Sony Award-Winning film maker - has just been released. We made the film with the support of a Millennium Award and the great support of our old friend and colleague, Dr Irene Whitehill - one of the UK's foremost user-advocates.
"The Scary Reality of Madness"
In the film we challenge some of the 'received wisdom' about 'mental illness' and suggest - with all due respect - that madness (our preferred term) might simply be an important dimension of the human condition, without which we might well be greatly impoverished. We are sure that there will be many who will disagree strongly with us.
You may find the clip at: http://www.groupintervisual.net/hosting/philbarker/scary.wmv
For more information or to order the
film see: We are more fearful of madness today than at
anytime in our history
Thanks to Phil Lindsay for his excellent advice re homepages, which were crucial for getting me started over 6 years ago.
Thanks also to the psychiatric nursing mailbase from which many of these sites were recommended. I hate to 'steal' ideas, but I think entries would get a bit cluttered if I thanked everyone individually on this site.
This page is always under construction, so do visit again for further recommendations, and PLEASE do e-mail me with some of your own ... Email me by clicking here
Most recent update: 15, 22 December 2004 and 4, 7 January 2005: Loads of new info...latest changes can be seen with the newly added and updated notes Six new links added 29-31May, 2005,and about the same on 2 July, 2005. Yes, both times I should have been writing essays, but you know how it is...