Mental health support if you are affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London, either directly or indirectly, and in need of mental health support or psychological therapy you can call a dedicated NHS response service number where you can get access to mental health support services as well as information and advice 24 hours a day - Grenfell Tower fire: support for people affected - GOV.UK

(Almost nothing seems to be anywhere in the media etc about whether a dry-riser system existed in the building or if it worked or couldn't be used for some reason or was simply overwhelmed by the huge fire etc. All the Tower Blocks I know in Birmingham have them - a steel pipe reaching right up vertically through the entire building where water can be forced up by the Fire Service at the bottom and along hoses then carried up and connected higher up so that hoses can reach all the way up and spray water out on every floor).

An independent investigation into the care of a mental health patient who killed a schoolgirl a few months after his release from prison has concluded there are still problems with the provision of after care when prisoners with mental health problems are released. Philip Simelane, who had a long history of contact with mental health services in Birmingham and the Black Country, stabbed Christina Edkins on a bus in Birmingham in March 2013. The two did not know each other - Inquiry criticises prison service treatment of mentally ill prisoners | Central - ITV News

Amy Jones, a video producer living in London, swapped blogging for her mental health newsletter Jimsy Jampots, and soon started using it to write personal updates about her struggles with depression and anxiety.

“I'm trying to talk more about mental health, and my newsletter seems like a safe place to do it because it goes straight into inboxes,” she says. “I've had people say they look forward to it each Thursday because it makes them feel less alone.”

The newsletter - Why women are swapping social media for email newsletters | Stylist Magazine

A little girl who is a carer for her two disabled brothers has been turned into a superhero character - in the Beano comic. Breeze Martin helps her parents look after wheelchair-bound Coast, nine, and Blue, 10, who both battle severe autism and require 24-hour care -

England cricket Ashes hero Steve Harmison admits contemplating suicide during his battles with depression -

Job Fairs - in date order;

Southampton - date TBC, venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Brighton - 21st June, Jurys Inn - Waterfront, 10am to 2pm
Colchester - 21st June, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Wandsworth (London), 23rd June, Civic Suite, 10am to 2pm
Sheffield - 28th June, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Leicester - 28th June, Curve Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Bournemouth - 30th June, Premier Inn, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 1st July, The Forum, 10am to 3pm
Bristol - 5th July, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Northampton - 7th July, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 12th July, The Forum, 10am to 2pm
Portsmouth - 12th July, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Manchester - 14th July, Bridgewater Hall, 10am to 2pm
Worcester, 14th July, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Stoke on Trent, 19th July, Quality Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Bradford, 19th July, Great Victoria Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Ipswich, 21st July, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Birmingham - 26th July, Council House, 10am to 2pm
Reading - 28th July, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Blackburn - date TBC, venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Middlesbrough - 2nd August, Jurys Inn, 10am to 2pm
Glasgow - 4th August, Royal Concert Hall, 10am to 2pm
Oldham - date TBC, venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Derby - 9th August, Derby Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Nottingham - 9th August, Motorpoint Arena, 10am to 2pm
Swansea - 10th August, The Dragon Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Cardiff - 11th August, City Hall, 10am to 2pm
Cambridge - 16th August, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Milton Keynes - 18th August, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (Stadium MK), 10am to 2pm
Hornsey (London) - 18th August, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Coventry - 23rd August, Belgrade Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Cheltenham - 25th August, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Hull - 30th August, City Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bedford - 1st September, Corn Exchange, 10am to 2pm
Chelmsford - date TBC, Venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Ealing (London) - 1st September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Brighton - 6th September, Jurys Inn - Waterfront, 10am to 2pm
Leicester - 8th September, Curve Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Telford - 8th September, Park Inn by Radisson, 10am to 2pm
Sheffield - 13th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Peterborough - 15th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Stoke on Trent - 20th September, Quality Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 20th September, The Forum, 10am to 2pm
Stratford (London) - 22nd September, Old Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Colchester - 27th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Leeds - 29th September, Crossgates Shopping Centre, 10am to 2pm
Newcastle Upon Tyne - 4th October, Assembly Rooms, 10am to 2pm
Ipswich - 6th October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Reading - 13th October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Manchester - 20th October, Bridgewater Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bristol - 25th October, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Birmingham - 27th October, Council House, 10am to 2pm
Portsmouth - 1st November, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Northampton - 3rd November, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Watford - 8th November, Langley Banqueting Suite, 10am to 2pm
Nottingham - 8th November, Motorpoint Arena, 10am to 2pm
Wolverhampton - 10th November, Molineux Stadium, 10am to 2pm
Coventry - 15th November, Belgrade Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 29th November, The Forum, 10am to 2pm

(I'm querying Blackburn and Chelmsford etc where no date is given)

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Walking Out Of Darkness - choose from the list below to register for the walk in Weston Super Mare;

Together, we can make a difference. Increase Mental Health Awareness, Suicide Prevention and End Mental Illness Stigma. Fundraise for any local or national Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Charity

Weston-super-Mare - 24 June

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Family Fun Days - The Community Engagement Team of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust engages with a wide audience in order to challenge the stigma that people with mental health related issues often face. Part of their work is to host community engagement days at five Trust sites on Saturdays across the summer and you can get involved as a volunteer wherever you are based. More than 1,000 people, including staff, users, carers and partners attend the events each year. Getting involved will give you a chance to meet new people at the Trust, find out more about our services and you may even be able to contribute to the fun activities by turning your hobby or interest into an activity at the fun events. Whether your private passion is baking, braiding, books or ball games there might be a way to get involved.

Dates for 2017;

All events take place between 12pm - 5pm on the dates below:

Saturday 24 June - St. Mary's Church, Solihull
Saturday 15 July - Zinnia Centre, Sparkbrook
Saturday 29 July - Mary Seacole House, Winson Green
Saturday 19 August - Endeavour Court, Erdington

Hot food and refreshments (including halal) will be available from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

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Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2017. The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull. Your chance to share information, news & views with statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, user groups - and individual users/carers/staff. Come and join one of the biggest mental health networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up - no need to book. Meetings include guest speakers, information table, light refreshments & a chance to chat and catch up.

Remaining meetings;

Tuesday 27th June - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th July - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 29th August - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 26th September - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 31st October - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 28th November - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 19th December - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT - Cakes and Ladders Cafe, 38 - 40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham city centre B1 1EQ

Just a short walk from all city centre rail stations and bus stops. The cafe is located next to Birmingham LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre, opposite the Chinese pagoda traffic island and the Radisson hotel.

Buses 61 and 63 stop at HF1 outside the cafe. The journey is just two stops from the Rotunda/Bullring centre, board buses outside the Boots store.

PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) at BSMHFT can offer information on this group and other voluntary or user groups within Birmingham and Solihull - Phone 0800 953 0045

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Are you caring for a friend or family member in Birmingham? Why not join our programme for a creative outlet and a chance to meet other carers.

Italian Pizza Make - Sarehole Mill. Move over Jamie Oliver! Using a wood-fired oven, we’ll make, cook and eat together under the glorious sun (hopefully!)

June 29th from 11am – 1.30pm

To book please contact Hannah on [email protected] or call 0121 348 8271

Birmingham Mind event;

Join us for Mellow 2017 - our unique FREE one day event that aims to celebrate the diverse community of Handsworth and surrounding areas, promoting mental health awareness and wellbeing as part of a family friendly event.

Handsworth Park, Birmingham

Sunday July 2 at 12PM - 6PM

Tickets are not required - please just pop along

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Suresearch is a network of Service Users in Research and Education. We welcome as members, users and survivors of mental health services and their allies, who have experience and/or an interest in mental health research and education.

Remaining 2017 meetings;

Thursday 6th July
Wednesday 2nd August
Thursday 7th September
Wednesday 4th October
Thursday 2nd November
Wednesday 6th December

Reasonable travel expenses are paid to members and guests who live in the Midlands, subject to a maximum of £15.

Park House. University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RT.

Information on access to the venue can be obtained by emailing us at - [email protected]

Updated information on meetings will be on our website at -

An upcoming talk at the Marxism Festival in London;

Marxism and mental health

Beth Greenhill

Friday 7 July

11.45am - 1pm



Yours Live magazine wellbeing events;

Thoresby Hall, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. 7 - 10 July
Gunton Hall, Lowestoft. 6 - 9 October
Lakeside Village, Hampshire. 11 - 15 December

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Buddhafield Festival

Wednesday 12 — Sunday 16 July

Blackdown Hills - Somerset/Devon border

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One World Camp

30 July - 6 August

Cannington, Somerset

Set in stunning lush countryside surrounded by trees and fields. The One World Summer Festival is a truly magical mid-summer event where humans of all shapes and sizes gather together for a week seeking education, like mindedness, love, super healthy macrobiotic food, and off the scale entertainment all in a unique atmosphere of rest and activity, fun and freedom, challenge and adventure. One World presents over 300 plus workshops and lectures over throughout the week. Our teachers are come from all over the world, and are dedicated and experienced in many therapies, natural movement and dance forms, exercise for physical and spiritual development, holistic health, arts, crafts and sports, as well as in specialist areas such as natural cookery.


Spirit Fest

The Festival site is between Westbury-on-Severn and Flaxley, ​Gloucestershire

31 Aug - 3 Sept

Our vision for this festival is to celebrate life in the traditional ways with music, singing, dance, art and ceremony as the indigenous peoples of the British Isles. We seek to encourage respect for all life and the planet. The festival is also a meeting place for the heart and medicine tribes of all nations and creeds including dance, music, performance, devotion, healing, shamanic and art medicine, Yoga, Tantra and all tolerant religions.

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Refocus on Recovery

18 to 20 September

Nottingham Conference Centre

Refocus on Recovery 2017 is an international conference aimed at advancing the field of recovery research and to create an international community of influence. It is the largest regular scientific conference in the world on recovery for people with mental health problems and is presenting world-leading research about how people can live well with illness.

Keynote speakers come from the UK (Steve Gillard, Isabella Goldie, Jayasree Kalathil, Anu Singh, Mike Slade) as well as from India (Manoj Kumar), Canada (Kwame McKenzie), Germany (Jasna Russo) and Norway (Mark Hopfenbeck). We will also hear from Jenny Edwards (Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation) and Ruth Hawkins (Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

It promises a great opportunity for learning and networking. For the three previous Recovery conferences, around 500 people came from 25 countries. There is a lively social programme, as well as the Gala Dinner, we have exciting creative opportunities such as the boomwhacker percussion energiser event, a ‘Story Shop’ offering a range of stories from people with lived experience and more….

Main conference themes:

Recovery for different groups
Prevention of mental ill-health
Re-situating recovery
Allocating resources

Visit for more information.

The Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @InstituteMH #RonR2017

Holistic Ways Festivals in Scotland;

Aberdeen (Elphinstone Hall). 14 - 15/10/2017
Glasgow (Trades Hall). 4 - 5/11/2017
Edinburgh (Corn Exchange). 26/11/2017

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Stylist Live - expo aimed at women

Olympia, London

10 - 12 November

Expect life lessons, insights and inspiration for everyone. With help from your favourite inspirational women, Stylist Live explores everything, from the morning routines of successful women to boozy book readings. This is a weekend of empowerment, entertainment and influence at its best

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From my local Trust;

Out of Area Placements in Mental Health Services - April 2017 -

Vanguard extends training programme into neighbouring regions -

Analysis: Mental health services with the biggest leadership and safety risks -

Children and young people’s mental health – policy, CAMHS services, funding and education - http://researchbriefings.parliament....mmary/CBP-7196

Mental health policy in England - http://researchbriefings.parliament....mmary/CBP-7547

European adolescent and child mental health provision in need of attention -