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  • Make parity a reality campaign Catherine Gamble Catherine Gamble 11 Oct 2019

    Reflecting on World Mental Health Day

    Catherine Gamble, Professional Lead for Mental Health, reflects on learnings from our parity of esteem campaign. 

  • Making Parity Reality logo Ellie Gordon Ellie Gordon 7 Oct 2019

    Ask all of your patients this week how they are doing both physically and mentally

    The 15-20 year mortality gap for those with serious mental health needs is shocking and a powerful reminder of the importance of working to place mental and physical health on an equal footing in our health services. We know that to deliver this, nurses need enough resources and time to support both a person’s physical health and mental health as part of their day to day work.

  • Parliament Catherine Gamble Catherine Gamble 10 Dec 2018

    New Mental Health Bill Announced

    A new Mental Health Bill is taking shape following the publication of an Independent Review.

  • Ed Freshwater Ed Freshwater 11 Oct 2018

    Working in mental health: What will make a difference to you?

    The RCN Mental Health Forum is running a consultation with members to help set our policy and strategy for the year ahead.

  • Ed Freshwater Ed Freshwater 20 Sep 2017

    Response to ‘The future of the mental health workforce’

    The Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation to explore future mental health workforce needs. The RCN Mental Health Forum welcomes the recognition that mental health nurses have important skills and that the profession has experienced significant upheaval in recent years.

  • Ed Freshwater Ed Freshwater Ed Freshwater 17 May 2017

    Our Congress debate on designated places of safety

    Ed Freshwater, Chair of RCN Mental Health Forum, blogs on yesterday’s Congress debate on designated places of safety.

  • Ed Freshwater Ed Freshwater 27 Jan 2017

    My Concerns about Government's mental health plans

    As Chair of the RCN Mental Health Forum committee, I’m pleased mental illness is high on the Government’s agenda. But I have grave concerns about turning the rhetoric into reality.

  • Nursing team Hannah Andrews Hannah Andrews 19 Jan 2017

    Tackling tough times

    When times are tough, it’s important to remember that we’re all in it together, says mental health nurse Hannah.

  • Fiona Smith Fiona Smith 8 Sep 2016

    We need more school nurses

    Roles are being cut when they're needed most, writes Fiona Smith.