Richard's March Blog

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Wonderful conference two weeks ago – hosted by ourselves and Southampton University – on Islam and Mental Health; with 90 mental health professionals from all over Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth taking part. A huge vote of thanks to Anas, Farooq, Redwan and Isobel, for helping us consider how we can best serve Muslim communities who are not yet finding mental health services as accessible and relevant as they should be.

A plug for our inspirational volunteer Julie Boyt whose collection of poems – In the Dark Depths of Depression – has now been published (chipmunkpublishing.com). With each poem comes a narrative, and the whole book tracks Julie’s three year journey through and beyond depression. A worthwhile read for anyone with, caring for someone, or a friend of someone, with depression. It makes me very proud that italk played such a part in Julie’s recovery.

And on April Fools Day, I still can’t decide whether today’s news announcing the extension of the duty of candour, to ministers and senior civil servants in the Department of Health, is serious. Apparently we can now expect ministers to own up and apologise when their measures have damaged patient care, wasted taxpayer’s money, tackled imaginary problems or when they’ve misused statistics...