Interdependence Between Alcohol Use and Mental Health Within the Family

Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, and this year’s theme is suicide and suicide prevention. Mental health problems affect around one in four people each year. Some people with mental health issues self-prescribe with alcohol and/or illicit drugs as an ill advised way of managing their mental health difficulties.


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Conference 2019 slides

View the presentation slides from our 2019 conference on the theme of ‘Alcohol Treatment: Reduced Demand or Hidden Harm?’, including slides from: Dr Lloyd Humphreys, Prof. Colin Drummond, Kate Halliday, James Morris, Greg Fell, Josh Connolly and Suzie Roscoe.

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Inspiring Change: Greater Manchester’s Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Programme

In May 2019, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership launched an ambitious new programme to prevent local children being harmed by alcohol during pregnancy. Find out more.

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What is Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?

Despite high numbers potentially being affected, many people have not heard of FASD. As a result, it is often incorrectly diagnosed, and children and their families can be denied appropriate support. Many would-be parents are unaware of the risks associated with drinking any alcohol during pregnancy.

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Get Involved in Overdose Awareness Day 2019

International Overdose Awareness Day takes place on 31st August. The day aims to raise awareness of overdosing and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, as well as share information and advice: teaching people how to help reduce the harm caused by overdoses. Find out how you can get involved

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NHS SMPA launches new programme to eliminate Hepatitis C in our services

“We are thrilled to be working with NHS England and Gilead on this innovative partnership project which will ensure that service users who have contracted Hep C are tested, treated and cured quickly and in line with evidenced best practice.”

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Broadreach House Detox Centre closes due to severe underfunding.

The closure of this service is very worrying both individually and as part of the wider trend we are seeing in both third-sector services and our NHS Inpatient Detox Units (which are hospital-based and Consultant Psychiatrist led, treating the most complex and vulnerable patients in England). However, we are also incredibly concerned about where this leaves the service users that were in Broadreach House's care. 

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Inspiring Scheme Helps Service Users Find Employment and Meaningful Connections

Founded in 2011, the Pathways to Employment scheme aims to provide a clear and achievable pathway from treatment to meaningful occupation, (volunteering and paid employment), for those with the most complex and entrenched addiction and mental health issues.

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NHS SMPA's full written response to the Health and Social Care Committee's inquiry on Drug Policy

“We are concerned that the committee addresses the ‘Quality Gap’ between evidence-based and routine practice in services for people using drugs, with safeguarding of specialist clinical expertise, increasing research capacity to learn from what we do, and quality standards in commissioning and review of drug services.”

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New NHS Alcohol Exposed Pregnancy Programme Launches in Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is investing £1.6 million in a pioneering programme aimed to eliminate new cases of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder within the area and to establish the city-region as a world-leader in tackling the impacts of alcohol in pregnancy.

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Specialist Detox Units are closed and patients end up in A&Es that are already at breaking point. When will it end?

Maybe there is a solution. If the NHS is being forced to subsidise local drug and alcohol treatment systems by delivering detox in acute hospitals, then perhaps they should send a bill to the local commissioners for every patient they see?

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