A drive to improve mental health care for children and young people is getting underway across Kent.
Doctors and health workers will be touring towns, meeting young people who've had treatment, to get their ideas and feedback.
Six workshops for children and young people over 11 who have used CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) are being held next week in Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Folkestone, Margate, Maidstone and Tonbridge.
There’s also a drop-in session for younger children with their parents in Ashford.
"They've failed monstrously and should resign" - the words of a woman whose sister killed herself after being discharged from a psychiatric unit run by Southern Health.
Jo Deering from New Milton suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and took an overdose after being sent home to look after her mother, who had dementia.
Now, as the NHS Trust faces fresh criticism from the Care Quality Commission, Maureen Rickman has been voicing HER concerns about patient safety and the management culture. Rachel Hepworth spoke to her.
Jo Deering died in 2011, aged 52, months after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
She'd been discharged from Waterford House in New Milton, after treatment for paranoid schizophrenia, and sent home where she was the main carer for her 89-year-old mother, who had dementia.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust admitted it could have made better decisions about her care.
Southern Health released this statement in relation to the case.
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust was issued a warning notice yesterday by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection in January.
It's been told to significantly improve protection of mental health patients.
Last year an independent report blamed a 'failure of leadership' for failing to investigate the unexplained deaths of hundreds of patients.
The trust said it was "completely focused" on tackling the concerns.
She wants everyone to know that mental illness doesn't have to be a life sentence.
Julie Roberts is anxious to let everyone know how she, personally, has recovered.
Julie, who lives in Winchester has been taking part in a pioneering scheme aimed at helping survivors, and improving psychiatric care for other patients.
She's been talking to Rachel Hepworth.
Almost eight hundred people with serious mental health issues are put in police cells in Sussex every year, even if they haven't committed a crime. That's more people than anywhere else in the country. Now a new scheme between the police and the NHS means the majority of people experiencing mental health problems are now being assessed and treated in specialist hospitals. Tom Savvides reports from Crawley with interviews from the Chief Constable of Sussex Giles York, Vincent Badu from the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust and Home Office Minister Karen Bradley.
A mental health campaign in Buckinghamshire has reached over 160,000 people in four weeks.
"Heads up" was started by the county council to help men who might be feeling feeling low, struggling with stress or money problems or feeling anxious. People can take part in online screening to assess how they might be feeling.
To visit the website go to: www.thisisheadsup.org
Breaking: a report says that the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people have not been investigated by the NHS. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has been blamed for a "failure of leadership". The investigation was carried out by NHS England. The report was commissioned after 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath following an epileptic seizure.
Anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental health illness and the main focus of this year's Mental Health Awareness week. See our report by David Wood.
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A new pilot scheme posting mental health nurses at police stations and courts is to be trialled at ten locations nationwide - including Dorset, Sussex, Avon and Wiltshire and South Essex.
The care and support minister Norman Lamb said the project aims to reduce reoffending rates by mentally ill criminals, by ensuring the offenders are treated "as early as possible"
The Department of Health said that the majority of people who end up in prison have a mental health problem, a substance misuse problem or a learning disability, and one in four has a severe mental health illness such as depression or psychosis.
Over the next year the £25m scheme will be used to join up police and courts systems with mental health services in Merseyside, London, Avon and Wiltshire, Leicester, Sussex, Dorset, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Coventry, South Essex and Wakefield.
If the pilot project is successful, the measure will be rolled out across the rest of the country by 2017.
NHS Kent and Medway is investing £150,000 over the next three years in a project to support people who have left or are leaving the armed forces.
There are 130,000 ex-service personnel in Kent and Medway and while evidence suggests they suffer no more mental illness than the general population, they often do not seek help because of the stigma around mental health experienced in the military.
Veterans aged 24 and under are two to three times as likely compared to non-veterans to commit suicide. This age group in particular can find it hard to ask for help when they rejoin civilian life.
Ex-military personnel have higher rates of alcohol misuse than the general population. The Kent and Medway Veterans Needs Assessment found a 16 per cent rate of alcohol misuse among ex-service personnel compared to six per cent in the general population.
Alcohol may be used as a coping strategy for mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.