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Racial equality in mental healthcare

07 Feb 2022

Racial equality in mental healthcare

In a recent study from the USA, it was reported that healthcare professionals use disproportionately high negative terms to describe black patients’ behaviours in comparison with white counterparts (Special Report: Racism and Inequities in Health Care for Black Americans).

Written by Dinesh Bhugra

Studying electronic health records of over 18,000 …

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SANE supports NHS mental health services ‘Help!’ campaign

17 Jan 2022

SANE supports NHS mental health services ‘Help!’ campaign

SANE is supporting NHS England and NHS Improvement’s latest mental health campaign to encourage people struggling with their mental health to seek support.

The NHS provides a range of talking therapies for common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression which are free, effective and confidential.

The ‘Help!’ campaign …

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Is there really such a thing as Blue Monday?

17 Jan 2022

Is there really such a thing as Blue Monday?

If you click on social media today, scroll through your newsfeed or pick up a newspaper, you might hear it’s “Blue Monday”, supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

Ever since 2005, the third Monday of every January has had the infamous reputation of being the gloomiest day in …

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Cannabis: The need for a balanced debate

10 Jan 2022

Cannabis: The need for a balanced debate

A series of recent articles in The Times has looked at aspects of cannabis including decriminialisation, the risks posed by ultra-potent forms of cannabis, and why parents need to understand the risks associated with high-strength skunk and psychosis. Links are at the end of this article.

We’ve shared Understanding the impact …

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Call to action for mental health services

09 Dec 2021

Call to action for mental health services

People with psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, are five times more likely to die from Covid-19 and three times more likely to be hospitalised according to new research by University of Manchester health data scientists.

The most detailed study to date examining COVID-19 outcomes in people with different diagnoses of …

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Serious case reviews after deaths of twins

07 Dec 2021

Serious case reviews after deaths of twins

Serious case reviews into the deaths of teenage twins Sam and Chris Gould were published today, which found multiple failures by a range of differing agencies.

Their parents, Ian Gould and Jane Cannon, said that their daughters’ lives could have been saved had numerous chances not been missed by the …

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CQC survey finds mental health care ‘poorest for years’

01 Dec 2021

CQC survey finds mental health care ‘poorest for years’

An annual survey from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has found that people’s experiences of mental health care continue to be poor, with people’s experience of some areas of care at their lowest point in eight years.

The CQC’s Community Mental Health Survey shows that nearly half of respondents reported that their mental health …

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Support SANE this Christmas – make one donation with twice the impact

23 Nov 2021

Support SANE this Christmas – make one donation with twice the impact

We are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge – the online match funding campaign that runs from midday on Tuesday 30 November until midday on Tuesday 7 December. During this time donations made to SANE through our Big Give campaign page will be doubled!

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Understanding cannabis – its history and uses

10 Nov 2021

Understanding cannabis – its history and uses

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed, hashish, ganja and puff among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. Its uses for fabric and rope dates back to the Neolithic age in China and Japan but how and why can long-term use of cannabis lead to dependence, addiction …

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Understanding the impact of cannabis on young minds

05 Nov 2021

Understanding the impact of cannabis on young minds

SANE has long campaigned for more research into the effects of using cannabis, as an unknown proportion of people who are vulnerable to mental illness will develop terrifying psychotic symptoms, leading to lifelong mental health issues.

In 1999, Terry Hammond’s son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia following excessive exposure to …

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