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Publication date:- 2017-14-04

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David Wilson Homes Eggcellent Donation

STAFF at Warrington based David Wilson Homes' North West have donated 83 chocolate Easter eggs to local charity Brainwave.

The UK wide children's charity, which has a regional office close to the housebuilder's office in Birchwood, welcomed 3 employees who came to deliver the eggs in time for the Easter weekend.

Steve Jackson, Sales Director for David Wilson Homes North West said:- "We are delighted to be able to provide gifts and support to such a wonderful charity. Staff have really pulled together to collect so many Easter eggs. Easter is a great time to get involved in supporting worthwhile causes in the local area and we would like to thank everyone at the office who has helped us by donating."

Anthony La Mola, Centre Manager at Brainwave North West, said:- "We're thrilled to be receiving 83 chocolate eggs for the children at Brainwave this Easter. We cannot thank David Wilson Homes enough for the support they continue to give us."

Brainwave is a charity which helps children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies. They have branches across the country including in Warrington in Cheshire, Witham in Essex and Bridgewater in Somerset.

The Easter egg donation is alongside a number of other community engagement projects that David Wilson North West is currently involved in. Other charities that have worked with David Wilson Homes include: Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Charity and The Wingate Special Children's Trust in Nantwich.

Thousands left to cope alone after leaving Mental Health Hospital - putting their lives at risk

FIGURES released  on Thursday, 13 April 2017, by the mental health charity Mind, shows that 1 in 10 people discharged from mental health Hospital after being admitted in crisis are not getting follow up within a week of leaving; which is at least 11,000 people every year. Mind sent Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to all 56 mental health trusts in England (54 trusts responded) asking for information about how quickly people are followed up after being discharged from Hospital. Follow up; usually a face to face visit or a phone call; provides continued contact and ensures that the right ongoing support is in place. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines currently state that all patients should be followed up within seven days because people are at high risk of post discharge suicide in the 1st week. In fact, more recent evidence from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide, shows of all patients who died in the 1st week after discharge, the highest number occurred on day 3. There is growing recognition of the urgent need for timelier follow up as a key suicide prevention measure, with both the Inquiry and the House of Commons Health Select Committee recently calling for earlier follow up after discharge. Current NICE guidelines recommend follow up within 48 hours for some patients only. Mind is calling for this 48 hour timeframe to extend to everyone leaving Hospital after a mental health crisis. Mind also sent the FOIs to Welsh Health Boards and found only one board could provide the data. Aneurin Bevan told Mind they were following up face to face with 55% within the timeframe, but couldn't provide a full picture. The charity is calling on the Welsh Government and Local Health Boards to address the lack of recorded data so that there is transparency about follow up and performance against Welsh Government's target. Mind has also conducted a survey of over 850 people about their experiences of the process after they left Hospital. It found that those who weren't followed up appropriately (after 7 days or not at all) were twice as likely to attempt suicide and a 3rd more likely to harm themselves compared to respondents who said they were followed up within 7 days of being discharged. Mind's findings show that the lack of appropriate follow up is also putting significant pressure on the NHS as people are not getting the help they need to recover. Those not followed up within 7 days were more than twice as likely to end up in A&E as a result of their mental health within the 1st week of being discharged. Data from the NHS shows that on average more than 1 in 20 people (6.5%) with mental health problems who are discharged from Hospital are readmitted within 30 days.

Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind, said:- "Thousands of people with mental health problems in England and Wales are not getting the appropriate follow up when they are 1st discharged from Hospital. This is not good enough. It is a tragedy that so many people so very recently leaving the care of Hospital are losing their lives. The Government has put suicide prevention as a key patient safety issue for the NHS as a whole and pledged to reduce suicides by 10% in the next 5 years. Timelier follow up for patients after they leave Hospital could help achieve this. If you don't get the right care after you leave, if you're left to cope alone, you can end up in a revolving door going straight back in to Hospital or be at risk of taking your own life. We are calling for NICE to update its guidance and hold local mental health trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales to account so that every person that leaves Hospital after a mental health crisis gets follow up within 48 hours. Whether you've been in Hospital for days or for months, when you come out you need the right care and support to help you stay well. A vital part of this is having someone make early contact with you to make sure you're ok and getting the ongoing support you need. Seven days is simply too long to wait when someone's recovery is still at risk. We need to see a reduction of the follow up time to 48 hours now."

Professor Louis Appleby, Director of National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide, said:- "People leaving UK Hospitals can feel unsupported as they return to the problems that may have led to their admission. Those 1st few days are the time of highest suicide risk; follow up within 7 days has helped, but we now need to go further. This is probably the most important single step a service can take to improve patient safety."

Imani is 36. She has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She had 3 voluntary inpatient admissions when she was acutely suicidal. Imani said:- "When I got out, I thought: I've just been in Hospital, I've been suicidal; I'm sure they're going to be giving me 100% support. I remember coming out and thinking I wanted to go back in again. It's like you come out and you're a rabbit in the headlights; you're so vulnerable. Going back out again into the big wide world, with freedom and among other people, it can be overwhelming when you feel you've just had a near death experience. I don't remember being in contact with the Hospital once I'd come out; no phone call, no visit and I needed to see someone. The professional support was just not what I expected given what I've been through. My husband had to take time off work and had to be there to keep me safe."

Natalie, 26, from Somerset was in Hospital after reaching crisis point and attempting to take her own life. Natalie said:- "When I was discharged I didn't get any follow up from the Hospital itself and it was a week until a crisis team came to visit me. When you're that unwell, it's hard getting through each day. Each hour is tough, so just 24 hours can feel like such a long time. I needed someone to talk to, to help me understand my thoughts and feelings. To only see someone after a week, it's not enough."

Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Information line, available on:- 0300 123 3393, lines open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. They also offer an out of hours support service on:- 07850 788 514.

You can also call Samaritans from any phone, for free, on:- 116 123, around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don't have to be suicidal to call them.

Have you had issues regarding mental health care as we would like to know. Please email our newsroom with your comments and views of the UK Mental Health Care System via:-

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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