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QUESTION: Fit for purpose: how can mental health care professionals support physical health?
@osborn_ucl @UCLPsychiatry @CoProNorfolk @NSFTtweets @FGaughran @MaudsleyNHS @SimonGilbody @MHARG_york @Andy__Bell__ @CentreforMH @simranNMHIN @PHE_uk People living with mental illnesses have an increased risk of developing a physical illness compared with the general population, AND when they experience ill-health, they have poorer access to adequate medical services #MHQT
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Not all stories need to be about posh men. Not all stories need to be about people shouting at each other. The 'we hate each other', 'divided Britain' story. I spend more than half of my working life on @funpalaces #funpalaces. I talk to people across the UK all the time. 1/10
They live in villages & towns, cities & countryside. In 2018 Lead Makers (those who take the lead on #FunPalaces) were most likely to live in the most deprived third of postcodes. 56% of Maker teams incl people from an ethnic minority. 2/10
They are all ages: 40% #FunPalaces Maker teams incl people under 18, 41% incl people over 65, and 22% incl people under 18 AND people over 65. So they are the people in UK supposedly divided by age & by ethnicity. 11% of Lead makers have a disability or health condition. 3/10
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The 2019 @BPSCommPsy Community Psychology Festival is on today and tomorrow in Brighton. I'm presenting on how clinical psychologists can account for the impacts of #austerity on clients' lives when making formulations. I'm sharing my slides here. #commpsyfest2019 #livedausterity
All of the ideas in this thread come from others & their hard work! I've only gathered them in one place. For example, @Sarah_M_Hall has been writing and tweeting about #livedausterity for years. Her new book was published LAST WEEK. You can buy it here:
So what *is* #austerity anyway? Sometimes it seems like this clunky word gets in the way of an idea we all know and understand after a decade of living through it. Here is @HuffPostUK's answer to the question, "What is austerity???":
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No @rorybremner if you want a reasonable discussion then here goes!
1. Brexit vote was narrowly lost by the remain campaign
2. I voted Remain
3. I do not want a no deal Brexit, it was not an option in the referendum.
4 Do I understand why Brexit with a deal is important - yes!
5. In the UK we have public services run by nationalised EU companies
6 UK cannot re-nationalise service industries while a member of the EU.
7. Will a no deal Brexit cause hardship in UK, undoubtedly.
8 I would not vote Lib Dems
9 Lib Dems enabled #austerity
10 Lib Dems enabled policies that have brought about the deaths of many people
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Some people have asked for our comment on the #Treasury #EconomicStrategy document
There are two major issues: process and content.
I deal with these in turn.Note: these are not the official views of the @IEJ_SA 👇
Firstly on *process*
National Treasury has gone rogue...again
They have unilaterally published a policy document without engaging
👉government structures
👉ANC structures or
👉civil society (unless you count financial sector economists present at their colloquia).
Given that we are in a deep economic crisis, this Treasury unilateralism is highly irresponsible, as broad engagement on the *nature of the problem* is critical to coming up with *appropriate solutions*. But it now emerges that such engagement was totally absent.
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Padre Zanotelli: "Non si può essere #cristiani e votare #Lega"
"Ricordate quando scrissi che la farsa di Bilancio ‘anti UE’ di Salvini & Borghi sarve solo a garantire a Salvini la leadership in UE (non fuori) mentre i danni che fa li pagheremo noi cittadini? Stessa cosa per il Decreto Sicurezza, spiegato benissimo qui"…
Sulla vicenda #ONG, Salvini si è già giocato quel poco di reputazione che gli restava NON avendo promosso NULLA DI SISTEMICO per combattere la TRATTA di #migranti dall'#Africa in #Europa (…). Nella prossima #austerity non ci sarà un nero. Ci sarà #Salvini.
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Let me tell you a #knifecrime story I dealt with last week as a GP in #Croydon which has a lot of knife crime and loads of chicken shops.
Social services @yourcroydon rang me to ask whether I had any background information on a teenage patient of mine who absconded from A&E after having a stab wound sutured. Didn’t explain how it happened and left before the police and social workers came #KnifeFree
Yes I did!
Parents had been worried about him for several years due to disruption and behaviour problems at school.
Under resourced school didn’t have the capacity to give him pastoral care and asked parents to see GP to get a referral to adolescent mental health services.
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"L’euro è la principale causa del nostro declino economico, una moneta disegnata su misura per Germania e multinazionali e contraria alla necessità dell’Italia e della piccola impresa" #PAGLIACCIO
Hai PERSO @matteosalvinimi e sei stato CAUSA DEI TUOI MALI con la TUA SCELLERATA DECISIONE (che neanche un idiota avrebbe preso). Non poteva essere altrimenti, te lo scrissi più volte di far tesoro di Paolo Barnard:…

Recita un Santo Rosario 📿
Una prece
Sei più ridicolo dell' Esorciccio. Bel messaggio che dai alla Chiesa cattolica cristiana e ai suoi credenti, nevvero @Pontifex_it⁉️ Dopo #Salvini #Capitone e #CapitanFindus, adesso sei pure #Esorciccio. Sei ormai diventato caricatura di te stesso.📿😈👹👺…
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Our secretary General @fjgodfrey gives feedback about the prevention workshop at @PACT_eu #HealthPACT #Wellbeing4all #EU4health
#HealthPACT @fjgodfrey Clearly and frankly, we don't need the excuse that 'we need more data'. What we need is political will to do what needs to be done to improve population health #EU4health #Wellbeing4all @PACT_eu
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Where's the Italian #austerity so many people rant on about?? So much for #Conte's nonsense about #Italy's politics being "enslaved by finance"??

Spesa corrente al netto degli interessi *in livelli* non scende mai!
Il grafico in %PIL l'ho messo solo per ridere piu' forte 1/2
Questa invece è la crescita cumulata dei principali componenti della spesa corrente del governo centrale al netto degli interessi... Mannaggia! ma tutto questo #neoliberismo non ci farà mica male?!
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Super thrilled to announce that "Did #Austerity cause #brexit?" has just been accepted for publication at the @AEAjournals in the American Economic Review. Short thread on whole paper available here
The paper traces the rapid rise of #UKIP after 2010, and the developing of anti-establishment and growing polarisation along key socio-economic divides over time.
And highlights that #austerity policies, in particular, the hollowing out of the welfare state since 2010 induced many individuals to adopt anti-establishment sentiment -- these were successfully channeled into votes for #Leave and #UKIP
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Thrilled to be on the op-ed page of the @FT! word limit was very tight (my 714 cut down to 615) so here follow a few explainers, expansions, further thoughts... 1/x
I was asked to write about mini-BOTS and assignats. Some would say they're complete opposites: assignats "backed" by land, #miniBOTs by nothing. But what gives money value isn't what's "behind" it but what's ahead--who will take it, for what 2/x
If #MiniBots are introduced, they will be circulate as a quasi-currency in parallel w euros. The anti-EU League Party is making vague #MMT anti #Austerity noises, but DO NOT BE FOOLED. A "parallel" voluntary money will not be good for ordinary people 3/x
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Does it occur to people that #Tory #Conservativ Cuts are directly targeted towards ..
Aged, Unemployed, Single parents ,Low paid , Sick & Disabled people , & CHILDREN ?
Can you see a pattern emerge ? All the Vulnerable people especially in #Labour run areas...?
the Cuts have been imposed even more severely ...
The only conclusion is ..

If you do not Work ? The #Tories will do all in their power to Kill people...Including CHILDREN )

I repeat they will actively work towards vulnerable people's demise & Death !
The language from the #Conservatives #Tories ?
They actually call people ...non productive & Useless Eaters ! I repeat ...Useless Eaters ...

If I was wrong & this was only a few top #Tories who were knowingly pushing people to Starvation ,Suicide & Death with their #Cuts
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The long-awaited @Alston_UNSR report is finally out.… A strongly evidenced evisceration of the UK's recent record on #poverty covering the disastrous #humanrights impacts of welfare reform & cuts to social protection, w/ a particular focus on #childpoverty
@Alston_UNSR Other issues addressed by @alston_UNSR incl food security, the gendered nature of poverty, privatisation & serious shortcomings in the way that poverty is measured in the UK. Several key recomms echo those of other #UN #HumanRights bodies to the Uk, incl #CRC & #CESCR Committees
@Alston_UNSR Will lessons be learnt in order to address the 'systematic', 'stark' and 'ideological' erosion of the social safety net ? It was depressingly unsurprising to hear the government's trenchant response to the report as 'barely believable' and of apparent plans to complain to the UN
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Equador: Swedish national #OlaBini arrested for connections to #wikileaks.

Johannes Wahlström:

#JulianAssange's "human rights are violated on a daily basis"

"#JulianAssange is imprisoned for #journalism."

#MikePompeo on lying:

"When I was a cadet, what was the cadet motto at West Point? 'You will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do'? I was the CIA Director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It was like - we had entire training courses!"
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The philosophy of science seems distant from political & everyday life. But it maps the fuzzy border between faith & rational thought about facts. "When you tell me I'm wrong you prove that I'm right!" Witch-finders & Freudians unite! You have nothing to lose but your brains:
An example from @Jonathan_K_Cook: "McCarthyism is not just the hounding of someone because their views are unpopular. It is the creation...of a perfect, self-rationalising system of incrimination...the modern political parallel of the witch hunt."…
In UK politics an epidemic of accusations of antisemitism against @jeremycorbyn & the #LabourParty seems to be a proxy indicator of awareness & fear in some parts of our political world that #JeremyCorbyn's fairly relentless focus on #Austerity & Tory misdeeds does get results.
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Ah, the #EuropeanParliamentElection knocks at the door! Let’s see who is #campaigning for what…In #Italy, a #rightwingcoalition calls for a #guaranteedincome, #largerpensions, and resistance to the heavy-handed #austerityprograms enforced by the #EuropeanUnion.
In #France, some #rightwinggroups champion #fight against #climatechange, decry #exploitation of #foreignworkers, growing #economicinequality. What about the #centerright and #centerleft parties? #Polls show they will lose their #majority, and the Euroskeptics bag 30+% of seats.
However, #Euroskeptic, like #populist, is a term that obscures more than it reveals. #Spain’s leftist #Podemos isn’t likely to break bread with #Italy’s rightist #NorthernLeague-#M5S, but both are considered #Euroskeptic. Some are really #wolves but wear #sheepskins.
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@INETeconomics By a chance, the article saying #MMT "theorists ignore how their policies could hurt developing countries" places #Ukraine currency #hryvnia (notes of 20 hryvnia's) as its cover picture.

@INETeconomics Btw, another time when #MMT-related literature opted by a mere chance to associate itself with #Ukraine's currency was the book 'Can "It" Happen Again?' written by Hyman Minsky (2nd ed published in 2016).

This time there is a jar of coins 5 kopecks each (5 #копійок).

@INETeconomics I am #Ukrainian, having a 22-year experience in the Ukraine's financial sector (1995-2017) and working full-day jobs first as bank officer doing debts/credits and then as research economist. I worked in the banking sector as well as in the non-banking financial sector.

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There's been relatively little discussion about Brexit at @ucu VP hustings. This is likely because of our collective levels of despair, and ferocity of views held, but we as a union MUST be on top of the issues as strongly as possible. Here are my thoughts ⬇ /1
Thanks to @alvaromp for the question - I hope to be able to talk more to him and others in person about this (and more) at remaining hustings!
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It would be easy to panic & disappear into a black hole of doom over current state of #Brexitshambles. But as a trade union we must always look for ways to defend, protect + improve the situation for our members & for society as a whole. 3/
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1. A short story of #Brexit in four acts. Act 1) in 2010 Coalition comes to power and presses on with dramatic #austerity, wrecking the UK's social compact... causing massive economic harm...leading to 2015 General Election
2.... in which Cameron promised an #EUref, while secretly speculating on another hung parliament with #LibDems blocking such a referendum… Yet, Act 2) lots of #austerity disgruntled #LibDems & 2010 non-voters, along with some Cons voters switched to..
3. #UKIP in 2015 General Election. #LibDems got wiped out, #Cons gained 27 seats from LibDems (out 28 overall seat gain), while #Labour lost massively to #SNP -- allowing Cameron to go alone, being pushed by #Brexiteers in #Conservative party to go ahead with #EUref.
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I agree with the sentiment but I cannot emphasise enough that #homelessness, #foodbanks, #ChildPoverty, #HostileEnvironment all existed before #brexit. They are not a consequence of #brexit but #Conservatives policy. It doesn't have to be this way, it's a political choice ->
Before someone from #FBPE jumps in and says "that's because focus has been on brexit" ... not it isn't. This is #Conservative policy. The privatisation of #NHS, the changes in #Education, reductions in #LegalAid ... where has the #EU been in stopping all this? It hasn't.
There has been a constant drive to reform society from health to education, none of which is about addressing the issues of inequality.

Labour demands inquiry into how GCSE reform has benefited private schools -…
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New @cage_warwick paper with @EleAla on "Who is NOT voting for Brexit anymore?" Using local area estimates from @chrishanretty based on data from a 20k @Survation poll we study how the level & geography of support for Leave has changed since 2016... 1/
Swing away from #Leave is widespread and happening broadly across the UK, specifically in England, Wales, Cornwall and the North. Overall estimated level of support for Leave is 6 percentage points lower across UK, but masks significant heterogeneity. 2/
We follow similar approach as in earlier work with @essobecker and @DennisNovy to decompose the geographic variation to identify which factors are capturing the variation across the UK in the swing away from #Leave to #Remain.... 3/
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"The Government’s place is not to be assisting people who think they can’t make it on their own, it’s an absolute last emergency order” --> the words of UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights @Alston_UNSR should shame Britain & need to be publicised. My THREAD:
Professor Philip Alston said that 14 million people are in poverty in the UK (a figure the Government disputes) and that child poverty rates are “staggering” and are predicted to go up significantly over the next couple of years. #poverty #humanrights #austerity
The UN Special Rapporteur said he saw “a lot of misery” during his trip to the UK & met “a lot of people who feel the system is really there just to punish them”. People who could have gotten help in "yesterday's Britain" can no longer count on it #poverty #humanrights #austerity
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Dear anyone who thinks they will vote Conservative when we have a #GeneralElection ...please read the below report from UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights before you cast your vote.

Let your conscience do the rest.

#ChildrenInNeed #Poverty…
“But through it all, one actor has stubbornly resisted seeing the situation for what it is. The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial.”

@theresa_may @EstherMcVey1

#UNVisit2018 #poverty
“Even while devolved authorities in Scotland & N Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running acc to plan”
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