Award win for mental health services in Birmingham

My Time awardBirmingham based mental health charity My Time has been recognized for their work in supporting people with mental health problems in the Asian community.

My Time, an integrated division of Richmond Fellowship which is part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, has received an award for the best voluntary organisation and was recognised as having the best staff serving the local community in Birmingham by the Midland Asian Community Achievement Awards Association. Read more

We react to Parliament debate on mental health

Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, responds to the Labour Party opposition day debate on mental health.

Recovery Focus group chief executive Derek Caren said:

“We welcome this debate on an issue which we feel transcends party politics. However we believe that actions not just words are also needed when it comes to mental health policy in this country.

It is unacceptable that thousands of people with mental health problems are being asked to travel sometimes hundreds of miles to receive in-patient mental health care. This would not be acceptable for many physical health problems such as heart failure or stroke. Therefore we hope today’s debate brings parity of esteem between mental and physical health that step closer.”

The debate itself lasted for just under three hours with around 30 MPs from all parties giving speeches and many more making interventions throughout the debate. The Labour Party focused around asking the Government to implement three changes in mental health –

  1. For the Government to restore transparency and accountability on funding for mental health and reinstate the annual survey of investment in mental health services.
  2. For the Government to address what they describe as the inequity in entitlement to treatment caused by the NHS Constitution omitting the right to psychological therapies
  3. Shift the focus on prevention of mental health problems.

The Government responded by pointing out the £600 million of extra funding in mental health which was announced by George Osbourne in the Autumn Statement. Jeremy Hunt also announced new independently assured Ofsted style ratings by CCG areas into their mental health provision to reduce nationwide disparities in mental health provision.

There were many other poignant and thoughtful speeches throughout the debate from MPs such as Liam Fox, Norman Lamb and Ben Bradshaw.

We tweeted updates from the debate. Keep up with everything Recovery Focus by following us on twitter @Recovery_Focus


Recovery Focus narrowly miss out at 3rd Sector Care Awards

3rd sector awards web_0Richmond Fellowship, part of the Recovery Focus group, narrowly missed out on a top award for its project to trial an alternative ‘place of safety’ to police custody for individuals in mental distress.

Richmond Fellowship narrowly missed out on the ‘Contribution to sector’ award at the 3rd Sector Care Awards for its innovative alternative place of safety pilot scheme which it ran at one of its supported housing schemes in Sussex on behalf of the Home Office.

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Our Christmas substance misuse campaign

CAN - Stay safe at Christmas campaign packAn Oxfordshire charity has launched a campaign to warn young people against the dangers of excess alcohol consumption and drug misuse over the Christmas period.

CAN, part of Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, launched their Stay Safe at Christmas campaign to support young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse.

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Derby mental health service receives dignity award

A mental health service in Derby has been recognised by the City Council for its work in promoting dignity for people with mental health problems.

Trevayler, a mental health service run by Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus the national group of mental health and substance misuse charities, supports people with mental health problems through supported living and a short term crisis house. Read more

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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