Our blogs offer a longer look at some of the most pressing issues facing mental health policy and practice, written by people with lived experience and practitioners.

From time to time, we're delighted to publish blogs written by selected guest authors to generate debate and discussion on key topics. All guest blogs represent the authors’ views and are not necessarily those of the Centre.

Last updated: 25th October, 2019


Beyond behaviour: tackling restrictive interventions in schools

Kadra looks at the latest evidence behind exclusion, restraint and other restrictive interventions

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Is ‘exercise labelling’ on food the answer to healthier eating?

Hope Virgo argues that proposals to add exercise labels to food disregard the complexities of obesity and could reinforce unhealthy relationships with eating

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Mental health in the new parliament: challenges and opportunities

From implementing the NHS Long Term Plan to Brexit, how will the new Conservative Government's policies affect mental health?

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Mental health in the 2019 General Election manifestos: our analysis

What do the different political parties' manifestos have to say about mental health? We've analysed their pledges and what they mean for people’s wellbeing and the lives of people with mental health difficulties.

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Good partners: why we need assertive outreach now more than ever

Nuwan Dissanayaka explains why continuity of care is vital in increasingly short-term, crisis-driven health services

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A day in the life of an Employment Specialist

Richard reflects on a typical day supporting people with mental health difficulties to find employment

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Benchmarking adult mental health services

Andy reviews the latest data on mental health services and what resources they have to meet people’s needs

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Working together across nations for young people's mental health

Ollie from the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition shares his insights from a conference bringing together practitioners from across the four home nations

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Have mental health awareness campaigns had their day?

Campaigns have brought mental health out of the shadows. But is it time to move beyond awareness?

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The grief and trauma beyond statistics: life after baby loss

Alyx reflects on the traumatic experience of losing her baby at full-term, and the impact of specialist baby loss counselling

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A new framework for community mental health services

Andy shares a helpful summary of the new NHS model for community mental health services

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Remembering the 1 in 4

"We are your mothers, your brothers, your sisters and your sons. We are everywhere. We are the 1 in 4."

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