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Positive duty of care? The mental health crisis in immigration detention: a briefing paper by the Mental Health in Immigration project

Authors:
McGINLEY Ali, TRUDE Adeline
Publisher:
Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees; Bail for Immigration Detainees
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
20
Place of publication:
London

The Mental Health in Immigration Detention Project is a policy initiative which aims to secure the humane and lawful treatment of immigration detainees. It is a joint project by the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). The project was started in 2010 in response to policy changes by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), bringing together the concerns of visitors groups and detention organisations, and drawing on expert advice from specialist lawyers and clinicians. This paper states that people with mental illness should never be subjected to immigration detention. However, while people with mental illness are being detained, AVIS and BID aim to ensure: that they are treated humanely and in accordance with best practice, receiving care equivalent to that found in the community; and that the UKBA acknowledges its duty of care for people with mental ill health, and exercises that positive duty in accordance with its legal obligations

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Improving mental health services for veterans

Author:
NHS CONFEDERATION
Publisher:
NHS Confederation
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
London

In recent years an increasing focus has been placed on the availability of appropriate mental health services for military veterans. This briefing describes the scale of the issue and the common barriers to veterans accessing the services they need. Secondly, it outlines the broader policy context and looks at some of the recent initiatives aimed at improving services. Thirdly, it highlights the key findings from the Murrison Review into veterans’ mental health. Finally, it suggests a number of key questions that boards should be asking.

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Impact of welfare reforms on minority ethnic communities

Author:
FAITHFUL Lesley
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 164, January 2011, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
MIND

People with mental health support needs from black and minority ethnic communities are likely to face additional difficulties claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in the context of new reforms. A short case study highlights these difficulties which include languages issues, lack of familiarity with psychiatric terminology and difficulties in accessing culturally appropriate support services.

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Mental health in later life, a neglected area of policy and research allocation: summary of the UK Inquiry into Mental Health in Later Life

Authors:
HURST Philip, MINTER Jane
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 10(3), December 2007, pp.17-20.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article summarises the issues identified in the UK Inquiry report on Mental Health in Later Life. It looks at how the Inquiry undertook its work, how older people with mental health problems are often overlooked and what their views and experiences are of accessing services, what actions are proposed for the housing, health and care sectors, and key issues and recommendations.

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Doing the right thing

Author:
COSH Jackie
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, February 2008, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

In Scotland mental health services are working to tackle and under-representation of people from black and minority communities. This article looks at the work of the National Resource Centre for Ethnic Minority Health, based in Glasgow, whose remit is to support NHS health boards to provided equal and accessible services to Scotland's minority ethnic communities.

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Mental health services for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Canada: findings from a national survey

Authors:
LUNSKY Y, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20(5), September 2007, pp.439-447.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This study aimed to document both the range of mental health services available to individuals with intellectual disabilities across Canada and the perceived service gaps. A 30-item questionnaire was developed that included questions on mental healthcare services for children, adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities. This survey was sent to key informants in the 10 Canadian provinces and three territories. More than half of the respondents reported that generic mental health providers were poorly equipped to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. Certain specialized services (inpatient treatment, emergency room expertise) were reported to exist by less than half of the respondents. Waitlists for specialized services were typically four months or longer. Respondents thought that training for staff and professionals was very important. Some specialized services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues were reported to exist in Canada but the need for more specialized services and further training was identified. Documentation of these service gaps should lead to further efforts in Canada for the improvement in services and developing policy.

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Mental health problems in old age

Author:
PETCH Alison
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 27.09.07, 2007, pp.36-37.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The author examines the findings of an inquiry into older people's mental health problems and the available support and services. The report 'Improving services and support for older people with mental health problems' is the second report from the UK Inquiry co-ordinated by Age Concern into Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life.

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Working together to improve access to learning

Author:
JAMES Kathryn
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 11(1), February 2007, pp.23-25.
Publisher:
Emerald

The author outlines a national partnership project to promote and facilitate access to adult education for people with mental health problems. Those working in the partnership are the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE), the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).

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The right to choose

Author:
SEWARD James
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, May 2006, pp.16-18.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author looks at how the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE, now part of the Care Services Improvement Partnership) has been working to ensure choice for mental health service users though its Choice and Access programme.

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Cash in their hands

Authors:
COLDHAM Tina, NEWBIGGING Karen, VICK Nicola
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2005, pp.26-28.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

This article reports on a project undertaken by the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS), and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to explore the barriers to implementing direct payments in mental health and the ways in which take up of direct payments by people experiencing direct payments could be increased. The project used focus groups to facilitate dialogue between mental health professionals and service users about the potential offered by direct payments to give more choice and control to service users. The project also aimed to target people from black and minority communities. Summarises some of the main findings.

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