Ex-mental health nurse: ‘I couldn’t get back up again’

  • Aimee Leigh Smith worked as a mental health nurse for 17 years.
  • She told BBC 5 live that the “stress and burnout” was taking its toll on her family life and her mental health.
  • BBC 5 live have found that NHS mental health staff taking long-term sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 24% in the past five years.
  • Aimee Leigh said: “The managers are burnt out, the staff are burnt out.
  • “Mental health workers are absolutely taking on what their patients are experiencing, and starting to exhibit the same kinds of behaviours.

Aimee Leigh Smith was a mental health nurse for 17 years. She left the NHS after the “stress and burnout” became too much.
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NHS Confederation

  • A “radical reform” of mental health services is needed to develop a workforce to meet people’s needs in the future, according to a new report by the Centre for Mental Health on behalf of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation.
  • The future of the mental health workforce makes recommendations including ensuring that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more…
  • Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said: – – “Those consulted felt that the skills of those working in primary care need to reflect the work they do: that if one in three GP appointments relates to a mental health…
  • The future mental health workforce will need to be skilled in coproducing services with those who use them; in educating and supporting GPs, teachers and hospital staff; and in engaging with communities.
  • Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director for Education and Quality at Health Education England, said: – – “Health Education England very much welcomes this report and is looking forward to working with partners across the system on both recommendations from this insightful report, as well as our…

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The ADHD-Dopamine Link: Why You Crave Sugar and Carbs

  • As you know, one trademark of ADHD is low levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine — a chemical released by nerve cells into the brain.
  • People with ADHD are “chemically wired” to seek more dopamine, says John Ratey, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
  • “Eating carbohydrates triggers a rush of dopamine in the brain,” he says.

Mainstream dieting regimens don’t work for us. ADHD brains crave dopamine, which sugar and carbs deliver in spades (or rolls, as the case may be). To get healthy, we first have to get wise — and crafty. Here’s how to lose weight the ADHD way.
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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

  • Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said.Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services.The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21.
  • The government said an extra ÂŁ1bn already promised for mental health services in England would fund the scheme – part of a pot of ÂŁ1.3bn committed in 2016 to transform provision.Crisis careThese plans set out how some of that money will be spent – mostly on recruiting staff, with the main focus being on child and adolescent mental health services, therapists delivering talking therapies for adults and nurses working in crisis care.
  • The plans include: 2,000 more nurses, consultants and therapist posts in child and adolescent mental health services 2,900 additional therapists and health professionals supporting adult talking therapies 4,800 additional posts for nurses and therapists working in crisis care settings more mental health support for women around the time they give birth and early intervention teams working with people at risk of psychosis Image caption Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt tells Today his mental health targets will be “challenging to meet”But data published last week showed that even before this latest recruitment drive, many thousands of nursing posts remain unfilled.Mr Hunt said: “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff.
  • “Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England, said the plan was not just about numbers.
  • “It is clear the government will need to work hard just to get back to the number of specialist staff working in mental health services in 2010.

But the Royal College of Nursing said the plans did not add up, and more “hard cash” would be needed if the new staff were to be trained in time.
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Manchester Attack: Mental health support after arena blast

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    At least six children were killed in the blast including an eight-year-old girl, and a number of others were seriously injured

    A dedicated mental health service to help people affected by the Manchester Arena attack has been launched.Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.The Manchester Resilience Hub, run by the NHS, will focus solely on helping those directly affected including children and emergency responders.Clinical lead, Dr Alan Barrett, said it would target anyone across the UK “still struggling to cope”.

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    Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May

    “If by now people are still struggling to cope, they may benefit from some professional mental health support.

  • “The Hub will aim to provide a central point for mental health advice and support and will work with other agencies to develop packages of care.At least six children were killed in the blast, including an eight-year-old girl, and a number of others were seriously injured.Sara Barnes, operational lead for children and young people said: “Over time the majority of children and young people will be back in normal routines and coping better.
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    Parents are advised to give children reassurances that they are safe

    “Now the summer holidays are here, we need to make sure they still know that help and support is available.

  • “Dr Barrett stressed that it is a dedicated service for people who have been directly affected by the attack who are “experiencing high levels of distress”, but advised anyone struggling with a mental health issue to see their GP or call NHS 111.

The Manchester Resilience Hub will help people directly affected including children and emergency responders.
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Mental health staff recruitment plan for England

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    Thousands more mental health workers are to be recruited by the NHS in England, the health secretary has said.Jeremy Hunt said it was time to end the “historic imbalance” between mental and physical health services.The aim is to recruit enough nurses, therapists and consultants to treat an extra one million patients by 2020-21.

  • The government said an extra ÂŁ1bn already promised for mental health services in England would fund the scheme – part of a pot of ÂŁ1.3bn committed in 2016 to transform provision.Crisis careThese plans set out how some of that money will be spent – mostly on recruiting staff, with the main focus being on child and adolescent mental health services, therapists delivering talking therapies for adults and nurses working in crisis care.
  • However, data published last week showed that even before this latest recruitment drive, many thousands of nursing posts remain unfilled.The plans include:
    2,000 more nurses, consultants and therapist posts in child and adolescent mental health services
    2,900 additional therapists and health professionals supporting adult talking therapies
    4,800 additional posts for nurses and therapists working in crisis care settings
    more mental health support for women around the time they give birth and early intervention teams working with people at risk of psychosis
    Mr Hunt said: “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff.
  • “Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England, said the plan was not just about numbers.
  • “It is clear the government will need to work hard just to get back to the number of specialist staff working in mental health services in 2010.

More nurses, consultants and therapists will be among thousands recruited, says the health secretary.
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