Lesley Warner

Christina Murdock

Family drama with an explosive denouement

Lesley Warner reports on a play that focuses on the dynamic between three siblings – one of whom has an atypical form of the genetic disorder Rett syndrome

Tragedy of anorexia captured on stage

Lesley Warner reports on plays showing anorexia's emotional impact and malevolent nature

Take a Minute

Spotlight on ways of preventing suicide

Lesley Warner reviews Take a Minute – Cardboard Citizens’ interactive production highlighting the role of friends and family in the life of person who takes their own life

Dancer show

Lesley Warner discovers the message being spread in performances at Edinburgh Fringe

Lesley Warner reviews what's on at Edinburgh Fringe.

5 out of 10 men cast in action

Edinburgh Fringe shows bring statistics to life

Lesley Warner went to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she saw a number of shows, including 5 out of 10 men.

Mental health facilitators in primary care

In the context of the National Primary Care Facilitation Programme, the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health has reviewed the membership of the Mental Health in Primary Care Network, and explored members’ roles; the findings of the review are reported in this article. Researchers examined the activities undertaken by network members, and identified the proportion working directly with primary health care teams and those working strategically within health authorities. Education and training, health promotion, and liaison and linkworking were undertaken by many staff, while a few worked at a more strategic level. In order to increase the effectiveness of this model, a more focused approach is recommended, targeting those with responsibility for implementing changes and developing mental health care in primary care settings. Learning sets which involve primary care and mental health teams, and strategic work with health authorities, are also recommended.