New Clinical Guidelines Produced

New clinical guidelines on the appropriate treatment and care of individuals with schizophrenia within the NHS living in England and Wales have been produced.

Public Consultation in Bridgend

Bridgend Local Health Group, on behalf of Iechyd Morgannwg Health, has issued a document for consultation entitled “Better Mental Health Services in Bridgend”.

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern, the national agency for alcohol misuse, is organising a one-day national conference in March on alcohol and severe mental illness.

New report from InterSEPT

The International Suicide Prevention Trial (InterSEPT) has reported that a two year study found that using clozapine significantly reduced the risk of suicidal behaviour in people with schizophrenia.

“Primary Solutions”

A report by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health indicates that GPs are struggling to provide adequate services for people with mental illness but the report “Primary Solutions” also offers ideas for improvements in Primary Care provision for mental health.

Draft Bill Dropped

The Queen’s Speech yesterday included no reference to mental health legislation. The draft Mental Health Bill had ncountered fierce opposition from professional and user groups and the government is evidently backing off to consider what to do next.