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More than 3,000 children hospitalised for self-harm

Mental health care provision for young people is under the spotlight

According to recent figures, more than 3,000 children in the south east were hospitalised for self-harming themselves last year.

The total number of children treated in England and Wales in that same time period was 19,000.

Common pressures on teenagers include - bullying, pressures at school, and emotional abuse - all issues which can require professional help.

Julie Harrison's report contain details of the troubles that some young people have experienced - that you may find upsetting.

The interviewees are Aimee Wilson, Dr Paul McArdle, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and Zoe Gilder, from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in the report or would like some advice. You can contact the following organisations:

ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, and Mind the mental health charity.

Mental health charity SANE reacts to independent review detailing trust's failings

The independent review into the failings of an NHS trust

ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Marjorie Wallace, the Chief Executive of the mental health charity SANE about her reaction to today's independent review into the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The report accused the trust of failings in the way it handled the cases of ten people who were involved in killings, and who had links to the trust's mental health services.

Our report on the review itself has more details about some of the individual cases, including the criticisms of and the recommendations for the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The people whose cases were included in the review


'More must be done' NHS trust's failings revealed after review of killings involving mental health patients

The ten people whose cases were examined for an independent review

A damning independent review has criticised the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - and revealed that there were severe failings in the cases of ten people.

The review was launched after the conviction of Matthew Daley - who killed pensioner Donald Lock. He had stabbed him 39 times after a minor collision between their cars, near Worthing.

The interviewees in Malcolm Shaw's report are Joseph Goswell, whose father was one of the mental health patients mentioned in the review; and Colm Donaghy, the Chief Executive of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Health trust boss apologises for mental health 'failings'

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been criticised in an independent review published today

The Chief Executive of the NHS health trust which has been criticised for failings in the way it handled the cases of ten people with links to its mental health services, has issued an apology.

Nine of the ten individuals went on to kill other people and in the tenth case - become a victim of murder. An independent review into the cases was published today. Meanwhile, the son of Roger Goswell, one of the patients involved, has also voiced his concerns about mental health care provision at the trust.

“I want to start by saying sorry. The independent review we have published today relates to incidents which had devastating consequences for those affected. I realise this may bring back painful memories for them. I also understand that some, if not all, will feel angry about our services. On behalf of the Trust, I want to extend my sincere apology and condolences.

“We commissioned this review with NHS England because we want to make sure we have done everything we should have in response to these tragic incidents. The review sends us a very strong message about the need to identify and embed the learning from when things go wrong in a way that changes clinical practice and improves patient care. This goes beyond action plans; it’s about organisational culture, values and leadership.”

– Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership


Police boss to investigate policing and people with mental illness

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A major consultation into policing and people with mental illness is being launched across Kent today.

It's thought a third of police time is now spent working with people who have mental health issues. The survey launch coincides with World Mental Health Day. Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott is asking people which policing priorities matter most to them.

The findings will help shape his Police and Crime Plan for 2017-2021.

Mental health is not only an issue I care deeply about, but also one that has become much more important within the police and criminal justice system. It is estimated that a third of police time is now spent dealing with people who have a mental health issue and it is in everyone's interests to ensure there is an effective response."

– Matthew Scott, Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner

The survey is available online or paper copies can be requested by calling the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01622 604343.

The deadline for responses is 2 December 2016.

Medics drive to improve children's mental health

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.

Grieving sister: 'They have failed monstrously and should resign'

"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 was sent home to care for her 89 year old mother Credit: Maureen Rickman

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.

Maureen continues to demand answers about her sister's care Credit: Maureen Rickman

Southern Health released this statement in relation to the case.

The team supporting Jo Deering were deeply saddened in 2011 to learn of her death, and we take this opportunity to apologise once again to her family.

Following Jo’s death in 2011 we carried out an investigation to fully understand the circumstances and whether we could have done anything differently.

We recognised that Jo had a role as a carer and provided community support to help her with this. We also found our decision-making process about granting leave, and how we communicated this with Jo and her family could have been better.

Robust actions to learn from this incident were fully implemented at the time.

We have met with and apologised to Jo’s family and have been in regular communication since 2011, making every effort to reach a meaningful resolution.

– Dr Lesley Stevens, Medical Director from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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.

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