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Stress takes its toll in public services

Stress takes its toll in public services

Long hours, a lack of breaks and a fraught working day are all too common for workers in the public and voluntary sectors. NHS staff are the most likely of all public sector workers to feel stressed because of their job. More than 60% say they feel stressed all or most of the time, and 59% say they feel more stressed this year than last year. NHS workers are the least likely to take a break during a working day. Just over a quarter (26%) don’t take a break at all, and only around one in 10 takes more than half an hour. And the large majority of NHS workers (96%) work beyond their contracted hours, doing an average of five extra hours per week.

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Words people can’t spell - includes ‘psychiatrist’

Words people can’t spell - includes ‘psychiatrist’

A survey commissioned by the television channel Nick Jr. UK to mark its new literacy-based show, Wallykazam!, reveals 50 common words that Britons struggle to spell. The list includes 'psychiatrist'. Well, at least it's a common word.

The Shock of the Fall wins award

The Shock of the Fall wins award

A book about loss, guilt and mental illness has won the 2013 Costa Book of the Year. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, a former mental health nurse, follows the experience of Matthew Holmes, a 19-year-old who is haunted after witnessing his brother's death at a holiday park in Dorset. Jo Brand - another former mental health nurse - has called the story, in which Matthew is 'managed' by his local community health team, 'one of the best books about mental illness'.

Next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists announced

Next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists announced

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has announced that Professor Sir Simon Wessely has been elected as its next President. Professor Wessely is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trusts. He is Chair of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to military healthcare and psychological medicine.

The NHS is 65 today!

A film commissioned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the work of psychiatrists, by Kamran Ahmed.

Doctors put lower value on lives of the disabled

Doctors put lower value on lives of the disabled

People with special needs are diagnosed more slowly, receive worse treatment and may even be less likely to be resuscitated. Charities said the study, a three-year investigation by Bristol University academics into hundreds of deaths, proved that the lives of disabled people are valued less than those of others.

Riverside Adolescent Unit

Riverside Adolescent Unit

Short account of the work of Bristol's specialist Riverside Adolescent Unit, a dedicated service for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who need intensive help with a range of severe mental health problems.

Rehabilitating stalkers

Rehabilitating stalkers

The National Stalking Clinic based at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, north London, offers stalkers an alternative to prison terms. The treatment takes the form of joint psychiatric and psychological assessment. Stalkers can be divided into five broad categories: the rejected stalker, who has had a relationship with the victim and often seeks revenge, the intimate stalker who often becomes deluded that the object of their attentions is a willing romantic partner, the incompetent stalker who usually has underlying learning disabilities or mental-health issues, the resentful stalker who does it to frighten and distress and finally, the predatory stalker who is preparing a sexual attack.

Should workplaces have on-site psychiatrists?

Should workplaces have on-site psychiatrists?

Following a rise in the number of MPs approaching doctors about anxiety and depression, officials have approved £25,000-a-year funding for a mental health clinic in parliament. A journalist and a psychiatrist debate the initiative.

Shenley Hospital

Shenley Hospital

From the day it opened in 1934, Shenley Hospital in Hertfordshire was always intended to be at the cutting edge of mental health care. Treatments included malaria fever therapy, electro-convulsive therapy and insulin coma therapy. It also hosted a mother-and-baby unit and was home to an antipsychiatry experiment.