NHS Data: 41% Rise in Antidepressant Prescribing to Children Aged 5-12 Since 2015

This report comes from Mad in America. It begins: “From The Pharmaceutical Journal: ‘NHS data obtained via a freedom of information request, provided on 10 August 2021, show a steady increase over the past six years in the number of unique…
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NHS could give therapy before anti-depressants, under new guidelines

The BBC reports : “People in England with mild depression should first be offered behavioural therapy or group exercise instead of medication, according to new advice. The clinical watchdog [the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)] also recommends mindfulness and meditation…
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£500m… the shameful cost of pills patients should never have been given: As damning new research shows the NHS wastes a fortune on medication every year, a devastating investigation into a scandal wrecking so many lives

“… new research … reveals the terrible cost of the drug-dependency crisis not only on the individual, but also on NHS finances. Damning figures show that in England alone, nearly £570 million-worth of the drugs are given annually to patients…
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Why I Can Never “Recover” Under NHS Mental Health Services

This  post  is from WrenAves’  Psychiatry Is Driving Me Mad  blog. It begins by declaring a content warning: “Mention of self-harm, abusive relationships, assault, psychiatric abuse”, then continues: “I’ve been seeing a private therapist now for 6 months, and it’s been an absolute revelation. After 9…
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NHS England launch a “Comprehensive Model of Personalised Care”

In January 2019 the National Health Service (NHS) in England launched a “Comprehensive Model of Personalised Care”, aimed at giving people more choice about – and control over – their healthcare. In terms of mental healthcare this is clearly a…
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Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare

The National Health Service (NHS) is obviously of pivotal importance in relation to mental healthcare within the UK. This book about the NHS has been written by John Ballatt and Penelope Campling. The publishers say: “Intelligent Kindness is a powerful new…
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Explore England’s drug prescription data

The prescribing of psychiatric drugs touches on a range of key issues when it comes to discussing a new vision for mental health. Such prescriptions are running at massive and ever-increasing levels. To give just one small example, a July…
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