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Below you'll find all the latest news, views and stories from across Recovery Focus.

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Recovery Focus takes success to national crisis care summit

Recovery Focus’ pilot scheme to trial an alternative ‘place of safety’ to police custody for individuals in mental distress has been hailed a success by an independent evaluation.

Recovery Focus is publicising the report to coincide with the second annual Crisis Care Concordat Summit which takes place in London tomorrow. (24 Nov)

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Unacceptable postcode lottery for Cumbrian mental health sufferers

Croftlands-Trust-logoA Cumbrian mental health charity has blasted the ‘unacceptable postcode lottery’ of mental health care after a report found people with mental health problems in the county were more likely to die prematurely.

The damming report highlighted that overall the premature death rate among those with mental health problems was 2.4 times higher than that of the general population. However the situation is worse in Cumbria seeing a rate 3.3 times higher than the general population.

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Getting this far – Adam Valentine

Adam Valentine

Adam began to notice signs that he was living with mental health problems in his late teens.

After struggling to find meaningful employment Adam was referred to the Blackpool Employment service and Craig Wilson.

Turning his passion for football and writing into work, Adam now volunteers with the media team at football club AFC Fylde and is completing a diploma in journalism:

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Our reaction to the OPSN report

Recovery Focus reacts today to the release of the Open Public Services Network (OPSN) report which states that mental health early deaths are ‘worrying in one in four areas’ of the country.

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus group chief executive said: “Today’s report from the OPSN highlights the unacceptable postcode lottery people who experience mental health problems face in this country.

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Our reaction to the King’s Fund report

Recovery Focus reacts to today’s King’s Fund report which shows the negative impact squeezes on mental health services are having on patient care.

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus group chief executive, said: “The King’s Fund report shows the negative impact cuts to mental health funding are having on people’s lives.

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Recovery Focus speak at national conference


Recovery Focus is to help examine the way ahead for UK mental health policy at the GovKnow conference mental health conference today (Thursday 12 November)

Derek Caren, Recovery Focus group chief executive, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our crisis model and our successful place of safety scheme held in conjunction with the Home Office.

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Mental health cafe scoops NHS award

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A charity run café which aims to tackle mental health stigma in Blackpool has won a prestigious NHS award barely ten months since its doors opened.

Sparky’s, the pioneering social café run by our partner organisation Richmond Fellowship, took top prize for the NHS in the North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2015.

The award comes thanks to Sparky’s work in tackling mental health stigma and providing opportunities for people living with mental health problems to gain the confidence and skills to return to work through volunteering and apprenticeships.

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