Trusts providing mental health services should be set new targets to improve staff retention rates, according to a group of MPs who called for urgent action to boost the mental health workforce.
The flurry of press releases this week signalled the approach of World Mental Health Day, as did the timing of a few new policy pledges from the UK governments and their arm’s-length bodies.
The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, who has a severe form of epilepsy, brought the therapeutic benefit of cannabis into the headlines.
Do mental health nurses have the appropriate skills and knowledge to look after patients’ physical health needs?
I’m having coffee with a nurse friend. She has been doing what she does for 15 years and can’t remember the last time her feet didn’t hurt. She is on her fourth espresso and has the wide-eyed stare of a kitten that has just seen wool for the first time. She leans across the table and says; “I’m thinking of making a break for it.”
In recent years, mental health has been a topic that has received increased coverage – not least due to changing attitudes and effective public campaigns aimed at removing the stigma surrounding the area.
Call me crass and irresponsible but I hope you find a way to treat yourself at Christmas
Some of you will be familiar with the slightly scary social psychology research known as the ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’. It investigated the psychological effects of perceived power and took place in 1971.