NICE guidelines: mental health problems in people with learning disabilities

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Rachel Allan and Tom Crossland present the recent NICE guidance on mental health problems in people with learning disabilities, and comment on how useful these new recommendations are for people with learning disabilities and their care givers.

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“Queer in the head”? Do LGB people in the UK have poorer mental health? #LGBTHM17

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At the start of LGBT History Month, Sarah Carr presents some recent research into sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing.

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CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders and comorbid mental illness

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Alix Dixon presents a recent systematic review on the effectiveness of CBT for autism spectrum disorders and comorbid anxiety or depression.

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How much mental health presents in emergency departments? We don’t really know

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Kirsten Lawson is frustrated by the uncertainty highlighted in a recent systematic review of the epidemiology of mental health attendances at emergency departments.

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Bringing together physical and mental health: King’s Fund report on integrated care

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Kirsten Lawson takes us through the key messages from the recent King’s Fund report on bringing together physical and mental health.

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Power and powerlessness: Mental health practitioner and service user perspectives on personal budgets

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Martin Stevens examines a study on mental health service user and practitioner experiences of personal budgets and finds that power and attitudes remain important factors.

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Employment opportunities for all? Social enterprises and mental health

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Martin Webber considers a Canadian study about social enterprises and employment opportunities for people with mental health problems such as psychosis.

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Social work, prevention and multiple exclusion homelessness

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Ian Cummins examines research on multiple exclusion homelessness and finds that social work may have an important role for prevention.

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‘Could do better’: collective user involvement in substance misuse and mental health services

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Martin Webber has a look at some Swedish research on user involvement through user advisory councils in mental health and substance misuse services.

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What psychosocial factors promote and challenge mental health recovery?

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In this blog, Sarah Carr examines a systematic review into the psychosocial factors that help and hinder mental health recovery and discusses implications for policy.

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