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y-QUIT: a resource to support people experiencing psychosis who want to stop smoking.

This is the latest addition to the RIGHT FROM THE START set of resources aiming to equip service users and families with better information and confidence to seek help about physical health from the earliest opportunity.   Why do this? Some people who experience psychosis may face a future affected not only by psychological difficulties but also by poor physical health. Smoking is a common concern – 60% of people experiencing psychosis for the first time are smokers, and 4-5 times more likely to smoke than their peers not experiencing psychosis. Supporting people with early psychosis to improve their health and fitness can help avoid future poor health. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to do this:   Helps people become fitter and avoid future physical...

A blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness

The Lancet Psychiatry Commission a blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness, will be launched at the 19th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 21, 2019.   Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Colleagues Dr Rebekah Carney (from The Youth Mental Health Research Unit) and Dr David Shiers (Psychosis Research Unit) are contributing authors in the latest The Lancet Psychiatry Commission. Dr Rebekah Carney, Youth Mental Health Research Unit: Rebekah.carney@gmmh.nhs.uk Dr David Shiers, Psychosis Research Unit: David.shiers@doctors.org.uk   People with mental illness have an increased risk of physical disease, as well as reduced access to adequate health care. Physical-health disparities are observed across all mental illnesses in all countries. The high rate of physical comorbidity, which often has poor clinical management, reduces life expectancy for...

CBT for Psychosis e-Learning Resource Launched!

We are pleased to announce that we have launched an e-learning resource for cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) for psychosis in collaboration with Health Education England, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Manchester. The resource provides training materials and role-play videos to enhance training in the formulation-based approach to CBT that we have been developing for over twenty years. CLICK HERE The development of the e-learning resource was driven by a need to improve access to quality CBT for psychosis. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE CG178 in the clinical guidelines for the treatment of adults  and young people NICE 155 with psychosis. In order to improve access to evidence-based treatments, NHS England introduced an access...

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GameChange Virtual Reality trial to be launched in July!

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust and the Psychosis Research Unit have been provisionally selected to be involved in a trial of virtual reality (VR) therapy alongside four other locations - Oxford, Nottingham, Bristol and Newcastle. The gameChange project @gameChangeVR brings together a team of 15 organisations, including: NHS Trusts, Universities, The Royal College of Art, the McPin Foundation, Mindtech and Oxford VR (Nowican) @Oxford_VR_Ltd The project will be led by Professor Daniel Freeman, from The University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry. The local team in Manchester is led by Professor Tony Morrison, Clinical Psychologist, with support from Heather Peel, Service User Researcher. Subject to approval, recruitment is set to begin in July 2019. The trial will be recruiting 432 participants across the five sites and is due...

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