‘Ministers don’t know what effect their cuts are having on people with mental health problems’

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Quite an interesting confrontation between Labour’s shadow minister for mental health and the Tory DWP minister. Political agendas aside, she has managed to highlight the ignorance of certain policy makers about the effects of their actions on mental health service users. Also, just note the language of his response. He talks about targets, five year plans, reduced waiting times, recovery times etc. We have to wake up and understand that mental health does not work like that – it’s unpredictable, individual and impervious to arbitrary plans and targets. Show compassion in your language, be creative with your policies. Show us that you really do care about mental health because, right now, we’re not getting that feeling.

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IMF predicts Greek default will coincide with EU referendum, claims WikiLeaks

Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou

Whistle-blowers say meeting showed the IMF was planning to tell Germany it will abandon the Troikla if there is no agreement on Greek debt relief.

The International Monetary Fund anticipates a possible Greek default on its bailout will coincide with the UK’s referendum on Europe, according to a leaked transcript.

WikiLeaks said it had obtained details of a discussion last month between the top two IMF officials in charge of managing the Greek debt crisis – Poul Thomsen, the head of the IMF’s European Department, and Delia Velkouleskou, the IMF mission chief for Greece.

The whistle-blowing organisation said the discussion showed that the IMF was planning to tell Germany it will abandon the Troika (composed of the IMF, European Commission and the European Central Bank) if the IMF and the Commission fail to reach an agreement on Greek debt relief.

The IMF officials say that a threat of an imminent…

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Donald Trump, Alexis Tsipras, and the similarities.

A like and not a like.

Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou

Donald Trump and Alexis Tsipras couldn’t be more different. The sexagenarian Trump is an unabashed capitalist while the 40-year-old Greek prime minister joined the Communist Party as a teenager and since 2009 has led the radical-left Syriza party.
The ostentatious American parades his multiple mansions and his fortune, which Forbes had the temerity to value at a mere $4 billion despite Trump’s claims that it “is in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS.” Tsipras, an engineer who has spent most of his life as a political activist, lives in a modest apartment in a working-class neighbourhood of Athens. The prime minister rarely wears a tie, whereas the Donald J. Trump Collection offers “the pinnacle of style and prestige in the form of men’s suits, dress shirts, cuff links, neckwear, belts, eyewear, and more.” During political rallies, Trump likes to extol wealth while Tsipras denounces the growing gap between rich and poor.

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Work vs Rest.


One of the things that is talked about a lot when it comes to dealing with stress, and overloads in autistic people is rest days; basically just taking a day to relax, and not having to worry about doing anything.  It might be a set day each week, or it might just be decided depending on how the individual feels day to day.  I myself talk about them, and advise autistic people to take them, and not to feel guilty for not doing much on those days.  But as much as I talk about them, and know them to be a good thing I still find it hard to take my own advice, and let myself have days off.  I find that I have a lot to fit in; I write both books and articles, I edit my work, I like to read, work out, and watch films most days…

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Community kicks in for Cerebral Palsy wedding duo Vaughn Akinin and Marina Tadej

When people and the community pull together anything is possible.
Everyone have a great day.

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Response has been overwhelming to Marina Tadej and Vaughn Akinin’s wedding. Support worker Vickie will be with them, congratulating them.


With carer Vicky Shuldt. Pics Ian Svegovic

VAUGHN Akinin is a pretty resilient young man, but he “bawled and bawled” when he realised his wedding to the love of his life could go ahead thanks to the generosity of the Macarthur region’s community.

Almost 40 individuals and businesses rushed to offer their services and expertise following a story in last week’s Macarthur Chronicle calling on help for Vaughn and fiancee Marina Tadej to organise their wedding. They both have cerebral palsy and are confined to wheelchairs.


Vaughn, 29, of Campbelltown, and Marina, 30, want to marry on November 17, 2015, but are unable to work and save for their dream wedding.

Northcott support carer Vickie Schuldt stepped in to assist the couple after hearing Vaughn talk about his plans, but…

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People with Learning Disabilities, have Professionals too much control?

Are Professionals controlling too much

An article looking at how people with learning disabilities can or should be supported to live more independently.  As the article says ‘If we get the foundations wrong now, we risk creating our future institutions.’

The current trend is to support change from institutional living to smaller residential housing.  That is, to gradually remove people from large institutional homes, like care homes where each person as their own bedroom but other areas are shared.  Care staff will be employed to provide 24/7 care and generally the care will be virtually the same for each resident of the care home. The freedom to chose will normally be minimal. Normally the people residing in the care home, will not have a say in who thy will be sharing communal areas with.

The smaller residential housing, will be for say 2 to 4 persons, each again having their own bedrooms, but may also have some living areas which are not shared. While staff will be employed to provide care this may not be 24/7, as it will be dependent on the individual requirements of each person residing within the specific housing area. Each person, will to some extent, have a say in who they share with.

The passing of time will show if this is the right approach.