mental health

This research study, commissioned by the Scottish Government Health Directorate, has evaluated the experience and perspectives of those with direct experience of, as well as those working with, the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act). A team of independent researchers including 8 mental health service users undertook the study, which lasted 2 years from September 2006.

This study of older people's mental health services assessed available national data and visited specialist mental health trusts. The interview tool covered questions relation to several of the core standards used by the Healthcare Commission to assess trusts' performance.

The key findings are reported in four main themes: age discrimination, the quality of inpatient care, the comprehensiveness of services; and working with other organisations (how specialist services worked with primary care, adult social services and acute hospitals).

This learning object explores mental health in later life. It reviews the meaning of mental health, why it is an important part of overall well being and how it relates to successful ageing. It also offers an overview of the different aspects of an older person's life, situations that impact on their mental health and the role that an individual, their family, the community they live in and wider society can play in promoting, or undermining, mental health.

Four Radio 4 programmes in a series about the health and wellbeing of the seven ages of humanity. These four programmes explore life experiences and issues for people in their sixties and seventies.

The first programme looks at memory loss, the second discusses chronic conditions such as osteo-arthritis and the inability to hear, the third examines retirement, and the final programme looks at how medicine can fix some of the physical problems of old age.

Eleventh of 17 lectures comprising David Clark's Substance Misuse course for 3rd year psychology undergraduate students in Swansea. This lecture is the first of two which look at ways in which communities are affected by substance misuse. The lecture includes features of physical, psychological and psychiatric harm caused by substance misuse. Each of the 17 lectures is linked to separately in the Learning Exchange, along with the main About Drugs website.

This resource is available as full colour slides in PDF format, and as simple black and white printouts.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is one of the European Union’s decentralised agencies. Established in 1993 and based in Lisbon, it is the central source of comprehensive information on drugs and drug addiction in Europe.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 provided for regulations extending direct payments. This consultation, held between August and November 2008, questioned people about revising the existing regulations to allow a greater number of people to take advantage of direct payments.

This report is a further analysis from the national survey of the mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain in 1999.

The main aim of it is to present prevalence rates of self-harm among children and adolescents aged 5-15 in England, Scotland and Wales during the first half of 1999.

This report focuses on the work of a small selection of people in Scotland to promote healthy eating among people with learning disabilities. The report will be of interest to those in the learning disability sector with a responsibility for, or interest in, food, health or training. It will also be of use to those who are involved in the delivery or promotion of the REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) Elementary Food and Health course, which this work was based on.

This resource was produced for the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities’ Inquiry into the Mental Health Needs of Young People with Learning Disabilities. It is presented by two young people with learning difficulties who went on eight visits around the country to speak to other young people with learning difficulties.