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Mental health

Struggle for trans health equality

‘She was just left to it’: bereaved mother slams mental health care before death of her trans daughter

Family of Alexandra Greenway, who died in 2019, say she was let down by unfit and under-pressure NHS services, and by a ‘trans-blind’ approach that leaves people’s needs unmet.

Misunderstood and excluded: How to build mental health services fit for diverse communities

Another private mental health ward for children has closed. Now Bristol has no residential beds.

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Revealed: The true story behind the closure of privately-run mental health ward at Priory Bristol

Workers from a children’s ward at Priory Hospital Bristol speak out about regular incidents of self-harm and alleged attacks on staff, following a six-month Cable investigation.

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Inside: Young and pregnant in a mental health hospital for the first time

Inside: Bristol's Private Mental Health Services

Revealed: Private mental health ward for children in Bristol to close

Opinion: ‘The NHS sends too many mental health patients to hospital for expensive, ineffective care’

People are being sent away to private mental health providers for specialist treatment, but this often means poorer outcomes at higher costs, says occupational therapist Keir Harding.

Losing myself: my experiences of psychiatric hospitals

My time in hospitals kept me alive when I was unable to do that myself, but it came with its own set of wounds. Now, I want to be part of changing the system.

Revealed: Failures in care for man who took his life at private mental health unit

Dominic Vickars was just 25 when he died while at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke in Weston-super-Mare, a private hospital part-funded by the NHS. Using evidence from the inquest and accounts from his family, we tell the story of how he was let down.

Separated: The damaging rise in people sent to private mental health hospitals away from family

Local NHS bosses have vowed to end mental health out-of-area placements by March next year, but 2019 saw a increase in people being sent away to private beds locally and far away.

Inside: Private mental health services in Bristol investigated

Frontline workers and families speak out as the Cable investigates why private sector involvement is growing and what impact it’s having on people in Bristol.

Looking out for each other's mental health during coronavirus

Protecting our physical health has been at the heart of fighting COVID-19. But what about our mental health? Charities say it's all about early intervention and compassion.

"We need better mental health support for all young people, not just students"

Students have been campaigning for service improvements, but what about young people not at university? asks Chloë Maughan

I was addicted to benzos. This is my story.

The blissful escape of prescription drugs benzodiazepines helped me cope with depression and anxiety, but my life ended up falling apart around me.

Idles: the Bristol band making it big talk music, masculinity and mental health

Men talking about their feelings shouldn't be groundbreaking, but it is.

Man Up/Man Down: Talking black men and identity crises

With men’s mental health in the spotlight, this podcast covers black men and their identity.

Long read: Two years after Kamil Ahmad's murder, there is cause for hope and anger

Disabled asylum seekers have faced appalling injustices for too long – action is needed.

Wellfest: Celebrating results day whatever your results

A-Level results day is here and young people all over Bristol are celebrating, commiserating and considering their options. Wellfest aims to help students celebrate the work they’ve put in this year.

Turned away: “I don’t know where that magic middle ground is”

Students say support is lacking for severe mental health needs, as Zoe found out.

Bristol Uni needs to do more on mental health, students say

Despite investment in services this year, students are increasingly concerned about mental health.

Why are young people turning to prescription drugs?

The Cable speaks to John McGuirk, team leader and therapist at Off the Record, a mental health charity supporting 11-25 year olds.

Celebrating the city

Meet some of the community groups finding creative solutions to food poverty, mental health and assumptions around gender identity.

Previously unseen interview with murdered asylum seeker Kamil Ahmad

In this short film, Kamil Ahmad speaks of his experiences as an asylum seeker in the UK four years before he was murdered.

"Parks aren't there for making money"

Bristol City Council approves recommendations for savings from its parks and green spaces, allowing ‘low impact’ advertising and charging professional dog walkers.

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