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Speaking out on the stigma of mental health

Posted on 6th December 2022 by Dan Price


Persons with psychosocial disabilities frequently face stigma, discrimination and rights violations, including within and from the medical community, which reflects broader societal stigma. One doctor relates his personal experience here and how he uses it today to challenge stigma. 

When Dr Ahmed Hankir first experienced extreme psychological distress as a medical student in the United Kingdom in 2006, he delayed seeking help due to the shame and stigma of having a mental health condition.

Exacerbating his distress was the added stigma of being a man of colour and a Muslim, which, with his mental health condition, made up what he calls a “triple whammy” of stigmas that he “internalized”. It led to him feeling “dehumanised”. 

The stress and strains of working low-paid jobs to support himself as a student, and an outbreak of war in Lebanon, the country of his roots and where his parents were living, made matters worse. Meanwhile, he was living in a dilapidated house in one of the most dangerous areas of Manchester.


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MHRA medicines safety week yellow card campaign.

Posted on 8th November 2022 by Dan Price



The MHRA is committed to improving patient safety and strategically runs regular public health campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of reporting to the Yellow Card scheme.

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Help us spread awareness by encouraging healthcare professionals, patients, carers and parents to report side effects themselves online at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or using the Yellow Card app. Please support our campaigns by retweeting, liking and sharing our content on social media. You can find us on:

Join in the conversation and send your own messages via social media using the animations on this page from our current and previous campaigns (you can right-click on an image with your mouse and save them locally). Consider contributing your own perspective and thoughts to the discussion using the following hashtags: #medsafetyweek #everyreportcounts #patientsafety and #MHRAYellowCard.


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Young people’s mental health bolstered by nature projects, report says

Posted on 26th October 2022 by Dan Price


Young people’s mental health, self-confidence and employability were boosted by participation in nature projects across the UK, according to a report on a £33m programme.

More than 128,000 people aged 11 to 24 took part in the Our Bright Future scheme. The 31 projects improved 3,000 community spaces and created 350 nature-rich areas, from a vandalised churchyard in Hull to a rewilded quarry in County Down. The programme was led by the Wildlife Trusts and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Almost all participants (95%) felt their confidence had improved by taking part, while 86% said it had improved their mental health. Two-thirds said their appreciation of the natural world and belief that they could make a difference to their local environment had significantly increased.


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Bullied 12-year-old struggled to get mental health support before suicide, inquest hears

Posted on 19th October 2022 by Dan Price

The mother of a bullied 12-year-old girl has said her daughter struggled to get mental health support on the NHS in the months before she killed herself, and accused her school of failing to deal with inappropriate messages circulating among pupils.

The mother of Charley-Ann Patterson, Jamie, told a hearing that despite being seen by three medical professionals, Charley-Ann had been unable to get mental health support in the months before her death.

In a statement read at an inquest at Northumberland coroner’s court on 12 October, Jamie said her daughter had changed halfway through her first year of secondary school, when she was sent “inappropriate” and “shocking” messages by other pupils.


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What is World Mental Health Day?

Posted on 11th October 2022 by Dan Price


At least one in eight of us is affected by mental health issues.

And World Mental Health Day 2022 on 10 October is a chance to “rekindle our efforts to protect and improve mental health,” says the World Health Organization (WHO).

The COVID-19 pandemic alone caused a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. It created “a global crisis for mental health,” according to the WHO, while services, skills and funding for mental health “remain in short supply, and fall far below what is needed, especially in low and middle-income countries,” it adds.

As well as anxiety and depression caused by the pandemic, the WHO says growing social and economic inequalities, protracted conflicts, violence and public health emergencies affecting whole populations are threatening progress towards improved wellbeing.

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US

Posted on 29th September 2022 by Dan Price


Mental health matters just as much as our physical health, yet too often it is ignored, misunderstood and neglected. It is one of the biggest public health issues of today, impacting all aspects of society. It is simply wrong that 300,000 people in Britain lose their jobs each year due to mental health, or that one in six children have a probable mental health disorder. And this issue was brought into even sharper focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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