'Cinderella' Mental Health Service 'Needs More Money' KILLINGS COULD BE REDUCED WITH MORE CARE SAYS CHARITY

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), June 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

'Cinderella' Mental Health Service 'Needs More Money' KILLINGS COULD BE REDUCED WITH MORE CARE SAYS CHARITY


Byline: ABBY ALFORD

THE number of killings committed by people who are mentally ill could be reduced if more money went into support services, a leading campaigner said last night.

In the wake of the sentencing of schizophrenic Leyton Williams for manslaughter, Bill Walden-Jones, chief executive of mental health charity Hafal, told the Western Mail mental health was an under-resourced "Cinderella service".

At Cardiff Crown Court this week it was alleged that Williams had been released into the community against the wishes of his psychiatrists and without proper support from mental health services.

Increasingly paranoid and delusional, he killed his friend Anthony Kitely and assaulted his mother Queenie Williams.

The case was the latest killing by a person known to be seriously disturbed.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales has now begun an inquiry into the care Williams, from Cardiff, received.

Mr Walden-Jones said: "Any solution that looks to deal with the risk needs to recognise that the overwhelming majority of people, even those with the most serious mental illnesses, do not pose any threat.

"The best way is to determine risk among the very small number of people who may pose a risk and take action on that assessment."

But he added community mental health teams were so under-resourced, patients with serious mental health problems such as schizophrenia may go for days without being seen.

"Hafal has 1,000 members and nearly all of these are people with schizophrenia, bipolar or other serious mental health problems or their families," said Mr Walden-Jones. "I think they all share the public's concern about getting services right for people with serious mental illnesses.

"I do accept that if you put better quality risk assessment and better community services in place, you could reduce the number of homicides.

"You would not deal with them all because there are always unexpected cases. But my members would certainly not reject the argument that says you could reduce the number of homicides.

"There's a long history of mental health services being intrusive when people are taken into hospital. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

'Cinderella' Mental Health Service 'Needs More Money' KILLINGS COULD BE REDUCED WITH MORE CARE SAYS CHARITY
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.