Charity requests inpatient safety survey be reinstated after the Jimmy Savile Broadmoor scandal

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DG Writer, Jasmine Kluge comments on the Jimmy Savile in Broadmoor abuse allegations and why the government needs to reinstate the inpatient safety survey Since ITV broadcast the well anticipated exposure documentary on Jimmy Savile there have been several significant reactions. Esther Rantzen has been in trouble with the National Association for People Abused in […]

Mental health charities work together to help implement new government strategy

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It makes good political sense to make mental health care more efficient and effective. Particularly as the cost to the economy is an estimated £105 billion per year. Recently the government has announced an ambitious “no health without mental health” strategy to help people with mental health issues. Its objectives include decreasing stigma and discrimination, […]

New study discovers key brain changes in girls with antisocial disorders

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Stress-induced formalisation of abnormalities in brain structure, which results in antisocial and aggressive behaviour, is diagnosed as conduct disorder; a psychiatric condition said to affect around five out of every hundred UK teenagers. Adolescents with this condition are subject to heightened risks of further mental and physical health problems occurring well into adulthood. Currently, it […]

Early adversity in childhood has impact on brain development, new research suggests

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Recent research into the impact that early childhood adversity has on brain development and consequential functioning has pressing relevance for the legal system, according to new reports produced by the Transition to Adulthood Alliance and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. At a seminar called Neuroscience, Children and the Law, important questions were raised by […]

Six care workers at Winterbourne View given custodial sentences for abuse of disabled people

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Six Winterbourne View care workers have today been sentenced to jail, and charged with ill-treatment and neglect of people with learning disabilities. Wayne Rogers, 32, admitted to nine counts and was jailed for two years. Alison Dove, 25, and Graham Doyle, 26, both pleaded guilty to seven charges of abuse and were given sentences of […]

Be part of empowering the Paralympic legacy

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The International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPwD) promises to be the biggest disability event ever showcased in Essex, taking place at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford on Saturday 1st December 2012. Aiming to celebrate all that is positive in the disabled community, the event expects to see hundreds of visitors to help carry on […]

Keeping Your Dog Safe this Bonfire Night

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This time of year need not be such an anxious time for dogs if owners follow the guidance given by national charity Dogs for the Disabled, which suggests various measures to help keep dogs calm and relaxed on firework night. Keep calm and carry on While your dog may suffer fear and terror at the […]

Government announces more people are getting unconditional support due to improved Work Capability Assessments

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Government figures published this week show that the percentage of people getting unconditional support through Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) has doubled since May 2010. The latest statistics for new Work Capability Assessment (WCA) claims show that overall 54 percent of people assessed were found fit for some form of work, while 46 percent were […]

A hero’s story with a difference: Frank Lambert’s new children’s novel puts disabled characters in the spotlight

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Inspired by his son, Frank Lambert from Newcastle has created a schoolboy hero with a difference: he uses a wheelchair. Dancing Giraffe writer, Toby Weighman caught up with Mr. Lambert to talk about his new novel, Napoleon Xylophone, and its eponymous hero. Could you explain to our readers the premise behind your novel Napoleon Xylophone? […]

Help for debt and depression as research shows the two problems are linked

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MoneySavingExpert.com has produced guidance to support people suffering from mental health problems and debt, in response to its research findings which reveal the severity of the problem. People suffering from mental health problems are almost five times as likely to have severe debts compared to everyone else, according to the MoneySavingExpert.com poll. The research shows […]

Essex Secures Big Lottery Funding to help brighten future for young people

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Essex County Council last week announced that the Clacton Family Centre has been awarded £279,000 worth of Big Lottery Funding to deliver the Bright Futures Project. The Bright Futures Project will work with children and young people identified as or at risk of becoming NEET (a government acronym meaning ”not in education, employment or training”), […]

Multiple Sclerosis symptoms improved by cannabis extract

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A study involving 279 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has shown that a cannabis-based pill can help reduce muscle stiffness, spasms, pain, and improve sleep quality. In The Multiple Sclerosis and Extract of Cannabis (MUSEC) study, carried out by the National Center for Biotechnology Information based in Maryland, USA 144 people with MS in 22 […]

Sprowston sprouts a worthy winner!

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A voluntary campaign co-ordinator for Royal National Insititute for the Blind (RNIB) has been rewarded for her imaginative, concerted efforts undertaken to increase awareness at Norfolk County Council of the impending impact of rescinded concessionary travel pass for those with sight impairments. Impelled by the healthy frustration which natural human instinct accumulates, when essential needs […]