England: Integration of mental health and supported housing could save NHS £1bn a year

A ground-breaking report which shows that the NHS could save nearly £1 billion a year through integrated mental health and supported housing services in England has received the backing of parliamentarians. The report, commissioned by housing and support services provider Look Ahead, outlines that if integrated mental health and supported housing systems currently used in parts of London […]

Jersey to offer on-island mental health nursing degree

A new degree launched in Jersey will allow mental health nurses to complete their studies without leaving the island. The three-year Bachelors degree will be awarded by the University of Chester. Students will be taught by nursing tutors on the island and will complete their clinical practice in Jersey’s hospital and community settings. Chief Nurse […]

Denver successfully sent mental health professionals, not police, to hundreds of calls

Another U.S. city is reporting early success with a program that replaces traditional law enforcement responders with health care workers for some emergency calls. Previously, Denver 911 operators only directed calls to police or fire department first responders. But the Support Team Assistance Response (STAR) pilot program created a third track for directing emergency calls to […]

Government White Paper sets out Mental Health Act reforms

A package of reforms has been set out in a wide-ranging White Paper that builds on recommendations made by Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act in 2018. The Reforming the Mental Health Act White Paper is designed to tackle the racial disparities in mental health services, better meet the needs of people with […]

Men’s mental health under pressure as suicidal thoughts double in ten years

Mind today reveals new research into men’s mental health showing that, while some progress has been made, men feel worried or low more regularly than ten years ago and are consequently twice as likely to feel suicidal. ‘Get It Off Your Chest: Men’s mental health 10 years on’ was commissioned by Mind as part of its […]

NHS warned to brace for ‘rising tide’ of patients needing mental health support

The NHS should brace itself for a rising tide of patients in need of mental health support as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, health leaders have warned. But the NHS Confederation said there are “constraints” in what the service can deliver. It warned that people requiring support and treatment are at risk of not […]