People with autism are being locked away in institutions. A radical change is needed

My panel oversees reviews into detention cases of people with autism. I see how the system fails those it should help Sheila Hollins is emeritus professor of psychiatry of learning disability at St George’s...

DWP urged to reveal algorithm that ‘targets’ disabled for benefit fraud

Disabled people are being subjected to stressful checks and months of frustrating bureaucracy after being identified as potential benefit fraudsters by an algorithm the government is refusing to disclose...

Deaths of people treated under the Mental Health Act rose during pandemic

The number of deaths of people being treated under the Mental Health Act in England rose during the coronavirus pandemic, estimates suggest. The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) findings come amid...

Category - Disability

Mental health book for schools

A children’s book about mental health has been provided free to all 22,500 primary schools and 4,000 public libraries. Sadsville, by Martin Roberts, is a story that introduces children aged 6 to 10 to the concept of emotions and how they can...

Mental health

The Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) has published its Members’ report for 2021, which reviews the state of mental health support for children and young people in England. Topics covered by the report, based on insight...

The high cost of living in a disabling world

For all the advances that have been made in recent decades, disabled people cannot yet participate in society ‘on an equal basis’ with others – and the pandemic has led to many protections being cruelly eroded Read the full article written by Jane...

Disabled people struggling to hire carers after Brexit

Disabled people are struggling to hire carers to help with vital daily tasks due to low pay and Brexit, the Observer has been told, with ministers refusing to ease immigration restrictions to address the crisis. Read the full article on this link...

Children and young people’s mental health

The Centre for Mental Health has published a review of girls in the Children and Young People Secure Estate (CYPSE). Findings from the review, commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement in partnership with the Youth Custody Service, include:...

Children and young people’s mental health

Unicef has published a report examining child, adolescent and caregiver mental health around the world. The report finds that: more than 13% of adolescents aged 10–19 live with a diagnosed mental disorder as defined by the World Health Organization...