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


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.

blog

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

blog

A day in the life of an Employment Specialist

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

blog

Benchmarking adult mental health services

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

blog

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?

blog

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

blog

A new framework for community mental health services

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

blog

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."

blog

Saving lives: why the tragic rise in suicide deaths is a reminder for continued action to prevent loss of life

Andy looks at latest data which indicates a rise in the number of people who died by suicide

blog

How can we be happy online?

Louise and Bernadka discuss the opportunities and challenges of technology, and how to encourage healthy online behaviour

blog

Mental health and travel

People with mental health difficulties deserve fair access to public transport, but current conditions in the system can make it too difficult for some to access

blog