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Mental Health Foundation Newsletter (November 2012)

This appalling health inequality simply can’t be allowed to continue
People with severe mental health problems are dying 15-20 years earlier than other citizens. 

It’s shocking that only 1 in 10 people with severe mental illness get access to effective psychological therapy despite it being recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).GPs and other health professionals must do more to offer routine health assessments to people with severe mental health problems and address identified needs.

The Schizophrenia Commission‘s report ‘The Abandoned Illness’ points out that about 45% of people who receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia recover after one or more episodes. Rates of recovery will only improve when we refocus resources onto the early stages of illness, give people hope, and help them to self-manage their condition better, instead of spending all of our resources downstream. Read my full response to the report.

Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive

What causes you stress?
Recent reports show that hospital admissions for stress have risen by seven percent in the last twelve months – not surprising since stress and anxiety are on the increase at this time of economic difficulty. 

This January we’ll be launching a new booklet to help people manage stress better and we want you to help us write it!

  • What causes you stress?
  • What methods do you use to cope with stress?

Tell us by replying to this email or contactingsupporter@mentalhealth.org.uk by 5 December and your tips might make it into the new booklet, which will be available in the New Year.

Double your donations with the Big Give Christmas Challenge
Your donation could be matched by our Charity Champion, Candis Magazine when you donate to our Best Start for Children project through the Big Give Christmas Challenge. 

The Challenge takes place from 6-8 December and all donations must be made within these dates through the Big Give website.

Get our free ‘Truth About Self-Harm’ booklet
Self-harm affects at least 1 in 15 young people in the UK and there is evidence that rates of self-harm in the UK are the highest in Europe. 

Recent research shows over three quarters of young people don’t know where to turn to talk about self-harm and many GP’s and teachers don’t have enough knowledge to deal with this issue.

We have just updated and relaunched our publicationThe Truth About Self-Harm. Download it for free and fine out more about self-harm amongst young people – why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to recover from what can become a very destructive cycle.

Conquer Kilimanjaro in 2013!
If you ever wanted to embark on an awe-inspiring trek through a breathtaking landscape of forests, moorland and glaciers to reach Africa’s roof at 19,335 feet, now is the time to sign up.

Join our trekkers on our next trip to Kilimanjaro in October and raise much needed money for our work.Sign up now or get a free brochure.

London Art and Mental Health Festival
We’re planning to hold the first ever London-based Art and Mental Health Festival in June 2014. 

Our first London festival planned for June of 2014 will focus on anxiety. The festival will include a programme of visual arts, film, music and performing arts and will address the theme from many different viewpoints with opportunities for audience participation, discussion and pointers to practical sources of support.

The creation of the event follows the success of our annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which began in 2007.

In the build up to June 2014, we’re hosting a series of events beginning with a Christmas concert on 21 December. Contact festival@mentalhealth.org.uk to find out more.

Have you seen our Dementia project film?
Our Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project explores, supports, promotes and celebrates groups and projects led by or actively involving people with dementia across the UK . 

It influences services and policies that affect the lives of people with dementia.

We recently made an inspiring film about the project and the people involved which has been well received. If you’ve not seen it yet, head over to our YouTube channel and let us know what you think.

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