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Mental health news this week 14-4-2017



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One in four young women suffer from anxiety or depression, according to official Government figures.

Read more at: 'Intense pressure' causing anxiety and depression in young women - The i newspaper online iNews

The number of adults with mental health problems forced to travel for treatment has risen as funds are raided to plug holes in other NHS budgets. Out of area placement figures for February show hundreds of patients not being treated locally – up from 612 to 644. And the number who have to travel more than 185 miles has almost doubled – with the bill for out of area placements £435,680 higher than in the previous month - Access Denied

An Antiques Roadshow expert who died after suffering suspected post-partum psychosis had to be restrained by five police and ambulance personnel, an inquest has heard. Alice Gibson-Watt fought like a "tigress" as she was taken to hospital, her mother Miranda Phillimore said - Antiques Roadshow expert died after psychotic episode, inquest hears - BBC News

A cashier who stole £89,000 from a firm of solicitors before spending it on watches and furniture has escaped a custodial sentence. Peter Fahey, who had a previous conviction for stealing from an employer, raided business and client accounts of Lewis Onions in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, for two years. Handing him a suspended prison sentence Judge Roderick Henderson said he accepted he had mental health problems and had a “compulsion” to steal - Cashier who stole PS89,000 escapes prison sentence | Central - ITV News

A mum claims her autistic little girl is at risk of STARVING because Tesco have discontinued potato alphabet shapes - the only thing she will eat for dinner. Five-year-old Ruby Passey’s condition means she is extremely selective - and will only eat Tesco’s own brand ‘Potato Alphabet Crispy Potato Letters’ with her evening meal - Mum of autistic girl, five, fears she could STARVE after Tesco discontinued the only food she will eat - Mirror Online

THE JO COX COMMISSION ON LONELINESS - for the first time members of Parliament, policy makers, and more than a dozen leading organisations have come together to expose the growing crisis of loneliness and find ways to overcome it - https://www.jocoxloneliness.org/

Book : Odd Girl Out - An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World by Laura James

Laura James found out that she was autistic (had Asperger's) as an adult, after she had forged a career for herself, married twice and raised four children. Odd Girl Out tracks the year of Laura's life after she receives a definitive diagnosis from her doctor, as she learns that 'different' doesn't need to mean 'less' and how there is a place for all of us, and it's never too late to find it -

From a Birmingham yoga centre;

5 cool yoga-world things we thought you should know about:

1. Start cultivating positive mental habits and stay cool and composed - even in especially trying situations. 4 simple ways to replace hostility with equanimity - https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/4-simple-ways-replace-hostility-equanimity

2. It isn’t just hippie-dippie, “just breathe” love and rainbows. Neuroscience tells us that stimulating the vagus nerve (by deep breathing) can allow you to maintain equanimity. (It's long, just skip to point 6 where our favourite thing ever gets a mention) - https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201302/the-neurobiology-grace-under-pressure

3. Struggling to stay optimistic? Take a break from opinions disguised as news - Hans Rosling provides some cold hard stats to give you the warm fuzzy feels - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24835822

4. Is your anxiety and irritability actually Trump-related or just down to a lack of seaweed? Magnesium, the relaxation mineral is vital to stabilizing your system and helping you maintain that much-needed mind-chill - https://www.yogauonline.com/yogau-wellness-blog/tense-tight-irritable-you-could-suffer-magnesium-deficiency

5. Perhaps you’re suffering from another kind of pain in the butt. 3 types of pelvic pain and what you can do to fix it - https://www.yogauonline.com/yogau-wellness-blog/3-types-pain-butt-and-what-you-can-do-about-them

Women - is drinking getting you down? Are you tired of hangovers? Do you want to go sober? Whether you want to quit alcohol for good or just looking for a little lifestyle change, Club Sober can help you! Connect with other women for support, encouragement and advice. Thursdays, 6.30-8pm in Harborne (Birmingham). Call Vicky on 0793 956 0956 or email [email protected] for details.

More venues etc - http://sothisissober.com/

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin Monday 27 March 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=d&c=727794759D931D45&ID=F1F4803D553EED18&temp=False&tx=0

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin Monday 10 April 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=d&c=727794759D931D45&ID=5ED2353E6092F107&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Survivor Researcher Network Bulletin - April 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=d&c=727794759D931D45&ID=96F21E3DB2B5B644&temp=False&tx=0

Jeremy Corbyn MP will be in Birmingham on Tuesday 18 April, to meet with carers from across the city.

Jeremy will be joined by Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care; and would like to talk to carers about their caring role and experiences. Although it's short notice, we think it's an opportunity not to be missed.

Staff from the Birmingham Carers Hub team will also be on hand to answer any general questions and queries from carers.

Please note, there will be some media present. If you do not wish to be filmed or photographed, you can let us know on the day.

Tuesday 18 April 2017

2.45pm - 4.00pm

BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR

So if you would like join us for a hot drink and a few biscuits at BVSC, Digbeth at 2.45pm, please email [email protected] with your name and telephone number

Boot Out Austerity! Social Workers Walking for Social Justice

Planning for the Boot Out Austerity walk is going well! See the website below for more detail.

We want to have a good send-off each morning, which will help to add to the publicity the walk generates - which is the whole point of doing the walk.

We're gathering at 9am each morning - in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Sandbach, Northwich (10am, Sunday lie-in!) and Runcorn - Days 1 (19th April) to 7 (25th April) respectively. Precise meeting points will be on the website (address below) very soon.

It would be great if each morning we had a local service user, carer, survivor or other concerned citizen, who was able to join us to say a few words as part of that morning's send-off.

Best wishes

Guy Shennan
BASW Chair
07841 529798

Read more about Boot Out Austerity at - www.boot-out-austerity.co. uk

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.

Life Drawing - Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Expressionism or realism? However your pencil interprets the model and her extravagant jewellery is down to you. An introductory class to life drawing led by an artist.

April 20th from 11am – 1.30pm

House Tour and Drama Workshop - Aston Hall. In the dramatic setting of Aston Hall, uncover its history and unlock your dramatic flair. No experience necessary!

May 20th from 11am – 1.30pm

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

The Gaffer's Garden Project - Would you like to help re-create the vegetable garden at Sarehole Mill in Birmingham?

If you'd like to get out in the open air and join the mill's gardeners to help create our garden, while improving your wellbeing and mental health, we'd love to hear from you. This project is being run in collaboration with Birmingham Mind as part of Birmingham Museums' Health and Wellbeing programme, and is open to anyone who is, or has, been suffering with a mental health condition and would like to join us as part of their recovery.


20th Apr

4th May

Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Birmingham B13 0BD

For more information about the project, please contact - [email protected]

The Arches Project is a place that offers a platform for creative talents of all disciplines to gain experience and exposure to become employable within their industry, by showcasing the work in an exciting and unique space within the Birmingham art scene.

We are currently seeking work for an exhibition called 'Reflected Realities', which aims to explore the differences between what people think and see.

We are looking for works that are sculpture, installation, collage, mixed media, 3D and 2D work.

The deadline for submission is 21st April 2017 and the exhibition will run from 9th June.

We would really like to involve artists who have experience with mental health and can therefore offer a unique perspective of their own reflected reality in a creative way.

We would appreciate it if you circulate the attached poster for us amongst your community.

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks

Catherine Bell
[email protected]

(Again I've had to hunt out details - the place is in Digbeth in Birmingham - I've found that link anyway)

Tree of Life Festival

Saturday APRIL 22

10AM – 6PM

THE BEECHES CONFERENCE CENTRE, 76 Selly Oak Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1LS

Tree of Life presents vibrant urban holistic events to free your body, inspire your mind, open to love and awaken your spirit! It's a wonderful chance to meet like-minded people and have fun

More - https://treeoflifemagazine.co.uk/events/festival/

London Group Therapy Meetup - this is a therapy group for people interested in dropping masks and looking for an authenticity within themselves within a group setting. The group will be facilitated by a BACP Accredited Psychotherapist. Connecting at depth is getting ever more scarce and precious in our technology immersed culture

The North End Practice, 18b North End Rd, Golders Green, London NW11 7PH

Tue Apr 25


The Cost will be £15 per session

More - https://www.meetup.com/London-Group-Therapy-Meetup/

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 25th April - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 30th May - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
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 - Matchbox 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

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/local-groups-and-events/positive-mental-health-group/

Mind Body Spirit festival

Olympia, London

28 April - 1 May

More - http://www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/london

Beltane Fire Festival

Bluebell Woods, Hartfield, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex TN8 7EA

April 28 - May 1st

This weekend is open to people of all ages, with a wide range of workshops and activities. Come and join us for a wildly enchanting weekend. With inspiring Workshops, Yoga, Meditation, Bushcraft Skills, Foraging, Herbal walks, Kids workshops & games, Archery, Martial arts, Dzogchen, Shamanism, Tantra, Singing, Dance, Talks from Elders, Rituals, Storytelling, stalls and much more

More - https://www.intothewildgathering.com/beltane-fire-festival-2017

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 4th May
Wednesday 7th June
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 - www.suresearch.org.uk

Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group - consultation on mental health recovery and employment services, provided by the third sector consultation. Your views are needed on proposals for improvements in mental health day services. From 1 March until 26 May we would like your views on a number of proposed changes to some of the mental health services we buy from third sector organisations.

The full background information can be found in the consultation document here - http://bhamcrosscityccg.nhs.uk/about-us/publication/get-involved/consultations/3302-mental-health-consultation-document-v8/file
The consultation questionnaire can be completed online here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BirminghamMHConsultation

If you would like to attend one of the public meetings please see below:

2pm to 4.30pm on Thursday 4 May 2017 - MAC Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH.

Walking Out Of Darkness - choose from the list below to register for the walk in Birmingham, London, 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

Birmingham - 6 May

London - 13 May

Weston-super-Mare - 24 June

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/walking-out-of-darkness-10883871498

Holistic Ways Festivals in Scotland;

Dundee (Marryat Hall). 7/5/2017
Aberdeen (Elphinstone Hall). 14 - 15/10/2017
Glasgow (Trades Hall). 4 - 5/11/2017
Edinburgh (Corn Exchange). 26/11/2017

More - http://www.holisticwaysfestival.co.uk/

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 20 May - The Oleaster, Edgbaston
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.

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/about-us/engaging-with-our-communities/family-fun-days/

Flo Vibe Festival

2nd - 4th June

A weekend to dip into yoga masterclasses, dance and movement workshops, lakeside revelry and treatments in the woods. When twilight comes, get your groove on and let your spirit soar to spellbinding musicians and DJs.

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Northampton NN6 9LY

More - https://flovibe.com/

Calm Zone Stress Management with Dr Liz Croton

Venue - Barefoot Yoga studio, Harborne, Birmingham

Sat 17 Jun

3 - 5.30pm

Cost: £30 / £25 Early Bird when booked by 17 May

Simple, fast techniques based on neuroscience for eliminating anxiety, panic, depression, reducing chronic stress and self-sabotage, and gaining more freedom in your life.

More - http://barefootbirmingham.com/calmzone-workshop-g-p-lizzie-croton-sat-17-june-2017/#more-'

Yours Live magazine wellbeing events;

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

More details - http://www.yours.co.uk/2016/08/events2017

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.


http://www.oneworldcamp.com/backoffice/kcfinder-master/upload/files/programme v2.pdf

Refocus on Recovery

18 to 20 September

Nottingham Conference Centre

Call for abstracts – closes on 28th February – don’t miss out!

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
Registration and abstract submission are now open! Visit www.researchintorecovery.com/ror2017 for more information.

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

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.researchintorecovery.com/ror2017
Twitter: @InstituteMH #RonR2017

From my local Trust;

National Health Executive – Half of A&Es to have specialist mental health teams by 2019 - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Mental-Health/half-of-aes-to-have-specialist-mental-health-teams-by-2019-

NHS Networks - £9m more for service veterans’ mental health - https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/ps9m-more-for-service-veterans2019-mental-health/newsitem_popview

NHS Networks – Dementia best practice now online - https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/dementia-best-practice-now-online/newsitem_popview

HSJ – STPs to be told how to make integrated care savings - https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/mental-health/stps-to-be-told-how-to-make-integrated-care-savings/7017047.article?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=20224

HSJ – Carter ‘model hospital’ to extend beyond acute trusts - https://www.hsj.co.uk/topics/finance-and-efficiency/carter-model-hospital-to-extend-beyond-acute-trusts/7017111.article?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=20224

HSJ – Trusts and commissioners take significant steps towards ACO - https://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/providers/north-cumbria-university-hospitals-nhs-trust/trusts-and-commissioners-take-significant-steps-towards-aco/7017131.article?blocktitle=Latest&contentID=19947

The Guardian – ‘Grave concern about future deaths’ at Winchester prison where five men died - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/09/grave-concerns-about-future-deaths-at-winchester-prison-where-four-men-died

The Guardian – Charlotte Bevan death: ‘intimidated’ health workers backed off from case - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/apr/07/charlotte-bevan-death-serious-case-review

West London Mental Health NHS Trust – Trusts deliver enhanced crisis support to young people through New Models of Care programme - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/news/trusts-deliver-enhanced-crisis-support-to-young-people-through-new-models-of-care-programme/

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – New network to transform secure mental health service launches - http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/new-network-to-transform-secure-mental-health-services-launches