Paul Farmer
Paul is Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. The charity provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Entries by Paul Farmer

It's Time for a New Approach to Help People With Mental Health Problems Into Work

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:39 AM

It was clear from last week's Autumn Statement and the debate which followed that looking for opportunities to save on public spending will continue to be a priority for whoever forms the next government. With the biggest single budget, the Department for Work and Pensions is often...

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Why Charities Need to Understand the Zoella Phenomenon

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 7:00 PM

If you're someone who has spent any time on YouTube over the past few months, it won't be long before you come across Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella. Now, with her multi-million pound partnership with YouTube you might even see her 'in real life' on billboards and bus stops...

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Time for a Fresh Approach to Disability Benefits

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 8:00 PM

It's been a significant week of news about disability benefit, where the prevailing messages have changed profoundly.

There is now widespread acceptance, even inside Government, that the component parts of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and the Work Programme are not working for...

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Iain Duncan Smith's Speech Does Not Reflect the Reality for Most People

(17) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Secretary of state for work and pensions Iain Duncan Smith this week gave a speech entitled 'Getting Britain Working', outlining the changes the Government was making to welfare and the difference he felt it would make to people's lives. But the picture he painted is one hugely at...

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Human Rights Are Fundamental to Good Mental Health Services

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:06 AM

Thankfully most people never have to worry about their human rights. For many, they can seem fairly distant: something for lawyers and politicians to worry about, with little impact on our own everyday lives. When we do hear about human rights in the media it's usually via a story that...

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Bringing Mental Health Out of the Shadows

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM

2014 is only a few weeks old and already mental health is in the media spotlight. So far this year, we've heard stories as varied as mental health being over-medicalised, to research showing comedians are all 'slightly psychotic'. We've seen alarming news that people are struggling to access talking treatments,...

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Why We Need to Talk About Suicide

(12) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Stephen Fry is in the news today after he talks in an interview about a suicide attempt last year. He said:

"Now, you may say, how can anyone who has got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all? That's the point, there is...
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Victory for Welfare Campaigners Is a Step in the Right Direction

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:00 PM

For many years now, we have been concerned about the way in which the welfare system is treating people with mental health problems. We have heard shocking stories from people through our infoline, local Minds and on our Facebook and Twitter about how the assessment process is flawed and how...

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Mental Health Must Be Core Business for the Met Police

(5) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Last week the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, initiated by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), published its report. As one of the commissioners, I fully support the findings and recommendations made. It was a brave decision by the Met Police to entrust us with such a task and...

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The Mental Health Act Should Only Be Used as a Last Resort and With Extreme Care

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 9:54 AM

It is very rare that society believes the state should intervene against someone's will to restrict their rights to liberty and choice for the good of their health. We don't go to such extremes to stop people smoking or binge-drinking or participating in dangerous sports. But if someone has a...

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