News and Views
Below you'll find all the latest news, views and stories from across Recovery Focus.
Recovery Focus reacts to the BBC News and Community Magazine investigation into mental health patients in England travelling hundreds of miles because of a lack of local hospital beds.
Through a Freedom of Information request the BBC found that nearly 5,500 mental health patients had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of local hospital beds, a 13% rise on the previous year’s figure. Read more
Angela Williams, group director of people and organisation development at Recovery Focus, writes about relationships and mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Read more
Labour Leader the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn attended an open day at Recovery Focus partner Richmond Fellowship’s St George’s Care Home today (12 May) to celebrate its £200,000 refurbishment.
Jeremy Corbyn cut the ribbon on the new look scheme which is in his North Islington constituency and provides 24hr registered care for people living with mental health problems. Read more
Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister responsible for Mental Health and local Liverpool MP, got to see first hand how voluntary sector organisations like Richmond Fellowship provide much valued services.
Helen Edwards, shortly due to retire as Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General (DG) of Local Government and Public Services within the Department of Communities and Local Government, takes up her new role as Recovery Focus chair in April. She takes over from current chair Peter Corley who has come to the end of his term of office.
It’s six months since we officially launched Recovery Focus – a new partnership of mental health charities Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, My Time and Croftlands Trust with substance use charities Aquarius and CAN.
And now we’ve published ‘We’re Growing’, our three year strategy to develop our successful group further. Our goal is to double our size so we’re better positioned to support more people in more places on their recovery journeys.
A new film giving insight into the reality of living with depression was premiered today as part of the Working Together forum from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship.
Day by day was created by people using services from Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus the national group of mental health and substance use charities, and supported by Blue Hippo Media. Read more
Today the King’s Fund has published a new report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, and visa versa, are costing the NHS more than £11 billion a year. Responding to this report, Recovery Focus Chief executive Derek Caren had this to say:
“Today’s report from the King’s Fund highlights the raw deal people with mental health issues are getting from our NHS when it comes to ‘integrated care.’
“We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to take control over their life and to develop new meanings and purposes. We concentrate on the person and their individual needs, choices and aspirations, rather than on diagnostic categories or labels, and tailor what we do accordingly.”
“We believe passionately in further integration of mental and physical health care as we believe that this integrated approach will help to lower the drastically high mortality rates for people with mental health issues today.” Read more