Mental Health spending cuts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32596748 Data from three-quarters of trusts shows from 2014-15 to 2018-19 income is expected to fall by 8% in real terms. The forecasts were submitted to regulators last summer – before extra money was promised in the last Budget. But NHS England said accurate predictions could not be made until a new government set out spending plans.The …

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Vagus nerve stimulation.

http://www.medicinenet.com/vagus_nerve_stimulation_vns/article.htm Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy. It involves implanting a pacemaker-like device that generates pulses of electricity to stimulate the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is one of the 12 cranial nerves, the paired nerves that attach to the undersurface of the brain and relay information to and from the …

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What drugs do we use?

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/mental-health-disorders/overview-of-mental-health-care/treatment-of-mental-illness The most widely used class of antidepressants is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, and citalopram (see Mood Disorders:Drug therapy). Other classes of antidepressants include serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), such as venlafaxine, duloxetine, or desvenlafaxine, and norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors, such as bupropion. Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptlyine and nortriptyline are seldom used, unless people also have a disorder causing pain that interferes with activities and …

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The Civil War.

http://studymore.org.uk/7.htm#1754 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhouses_Act_1774 By the mid-eighteenth century, the common method in the United Kingdom for dealing with the insane was either to keep them in the family home, or to put them in a “madhouse”, which was simply a private house whose proprietor was paid to detain their residents, and ran it as a commercial concern …

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The Tudors.

http://englishhistory.net/tudor/mental-illness-facts/ Early Tudor medical opinion believed there were 5 types of mental disease: MELANCHOLIA (depression and apathy); MANIA (violent action); DELIRIUM (abnormal behavior accompanied by fever); AMENTIA (lack or complete loss of mental abilities); and PHRENITIS (inflammation of the brain.) Also, epilepsy was believed to be a mental illness. (Also, there was a disease called …

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The Middle Ages.

http://mentalillness.umwblogs.org/middle-ages/ Causes of mental illness included: Supernatural causes such as demons and demonic possession. Witchcraft and sorcery. Mass hysteria. Melancholy and stress. Treatments for mental illness included: Exorcism. Shaving the pattern of a cross in the head-hair. Believe that those suffering from mental illness could benefit from hearing mass. Drinking ice-cold water.

Suicides.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278120/Suicide_update_Jan_2014_FINAL_revised.pdf In 2010 there were 1,175 suicides by people in contact with mental health services in the year prior to death. The estimated figure for 2011 is 1,333, a 13% rise.

Evaluation.

I think overall the effect worked well. Things that I would need to improve – the way that the name is printed on the box. I like that it can be printed on with the design but in practical terms I don’t think this will work that well. It won’t be cost effective and is …

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Rationale.

Sanitary Owl – to improve the user experience whilst considering the restraints of cost, sustainability and delivery strategy. The initial concept of the design was to create a survival kit, aimed at students, to aid them through their period in a more sensitive, but caring way.  I also wanted to improve the packaging by making …

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More research.

http://theperiodstore.com/package Colours. Why is every better at this. This company have a much larger range for people to pick from, however, they have similar colours to sanitary owl (kind of). They have used a neutral background of brown on their website Sanitary owl also want to use minimal colour however the Period Store use it …

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L5 PPDP & Career Management.

London - During the London trip I visited Pentagram and The Sunday Times. The Pentagram was a very quiet environment, but I liked the way that they worked. They had small teams with one main leader that instructed them. I liked this because although it is a big and well known firm, they could still work …

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