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Mental health news this week - part 1



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Mental Health Awareness Week runs from May 13 to May 19 - Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Human Library event - May 11th

The event will be held this Saturday 11th May at the Library of Birmingham. Using the concept of a Human Library, the event will feature Experts by Experience sharing personal recovery journeys to allow visitors to learn how a life is lived through that person’s own perspective. In the same way library books can be taken out on loan, some books will just for reading (learning through their story being told) others will allow questions to be asked. The period of loan can vary but is usually no more than twenty minutes and there will be members of the team there to support.

You can find out more about the Human Library – a worldwide movement for social change here The Human Library Organization - HumanLibrary.org

I would like to invite you to take part in the event and have the opportunity to share your own experience. If you are interested in being a human book and sharing your experience, please get in touch. We will be able to work with you to prepare and plan a script about what you would like to share.

There is a planning meeting for all books to attend if they wish to do the Birmingham Library event on Saturday 11th May – this will be at the Uffculme Centre, Lynton Room this Thursday 9 May, 1-3pm.

It would be great if you were able to be involved, please get in touch if you have any questions. We will also have an information stall on the day and we have a further opportunity in Solihull on Wednesday 29th May, where we will repeat the event at Solihull Core Library.

Om Yoga Show

11th & 12th May 2019

Event City, Manchester

More - Welcome

Spirit Fest

Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Bristol BS11 0UR

Sun 12 May

10:00 – 23:00

£20/£40 (kids free)

A conscious festival for all ages with Sacred Music, Dance and Art from all traditions. The celebration is taking place at the same venue as last year, the fabulous, Kings Weston House. The essence of the gathering is to explore the traditional methods of connecting with Spirit and Mother Earth as individuals and as a family through the ancient and modern shamanic, Tantric and yogic techniques and methods. Spirit Fest is committed to sustainable and harmonious living as One on planet earth. We practice this by becoming better at improving and preserving respectful relationships with nature, plants, animals and people. The music, dance and art is both indigenous to the UK and from world sacred traditions. There are also a wide range of workshops and ceremonies as well as activities for Children and Youth, amazing veggie and raw food, therapies and massage, stalls and circles.

More - Spirit Fest Bristol 2019

A new text service for people who are feeling suicidal or facing a mental health crisis has been launched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who are calling for 3,000 members of the public to train as online counsellors - Mental health text support service Shout launched by royals

Judge allows doctors to perform hysterectomy on mentally ill woman - Mentally ill woman 'can have hysterectomy'

Mental health support for girls affected by social media - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47981269

A patient locked in a secure ward for more than 21 years is among hundreds of people with mental health problems being kept in what one MP has called “old-style asylums” in NHS hospitals - https://www.theguardian.com/society...ts-locked-in-secure-ward-rehabilitation-years

Relatives claim a much-loved dad committed suicide just two hours after a mental health crisis team refused to admit him to a treatment centre. Marlon Demaine, 50, and his family had allegedly begged staff at Newington Centre in Marston Green (Birmingham) to admit him over fears he would take his life - https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/tragedy-dad-failed-nhs-who-13460308

Suffolk mental health trust "time delay" contributed to death. Matthew Arkle, 37, was given an hour's unescorted leave from a NHS mental health unit in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in April 2017 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-48085339

Going on trendy meditation retreats may be bad for participants’ mental health, a new study suggests. An international survey of people who attended residential meditation programmes found three in ten suffered “unpleasant” episodes, including feelings of anxiety or fear -

Universities risk “damaging” students by giving them unnecessary counselling for mental health when they just need to join a society, the author of a new report has said. The Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) has urged institutions to distinguish between wellbeing issues and mental health conditions so that students are given the correct support - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/educati...ging-students-giving-unnecessary-counselling/

Comedian Jason Manford has opened up about his struggles with mental health - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-48192967

Nearly one in five police officers and staff have a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a landmark study suggests. Experts said the UK faced a “clinical and public sector crisis” after a survey of nearly 17,000 serving officers and operational staff indicated rates of PTSD were nearly five times higher than that in the wider population - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...e-officers-in-uk-suffer-from-ptsd-study-finds

Child mental health: UK provision 'worse than in much of eastern Europe' - https://www.theguardian.com/society...lth-provision-young-people-uk-behind-eu-study

McVitie’s biscuits and Mind team up for mental health campaign. Link : https://bakeryinfo.co.uk/news/fulls..._Mind_team_up_for_mental_health_campaign.html

By 2030 it is predicted that mental health problems will be the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Currently, untreated mental health problems account for 13% of the total global burden of disease and, in the UK, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 - https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019...stigma-around-mental-health-in-the-workplace/

High levels of drug misuse in Scotland have been linked to mental illness or childhood trauma, MPs investigating the problem have been told - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48150235

New mental health unit proposed for Blackpool would help meet demand for care - https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/...ool-would-help-meet-demand-for-care-1-9757736

To his sister Katie, Sam Lightfoot will always be remembered as her ''magnetic, funny, handsome, successful'' brother who had everything to live for. Yet the 33-year-old property developer was battling depression, which he kept hidden from his family, and Katie said he displayed none of the typical signs associated with the mental illness - https://www.itv.com/news/2019-05-09...ing-best-mans-speech-at-his-brothers-wedding/

More than two thirds (69%) of UK contractors say that HMRC’s retrospective loan charge is having a detrimental effect on their mental health - http://hrnews.co.uk/hmrcs-retrospective-loan-charge-is-damaging-contractors-mental-health/

Cornwall young person’s mental health unit Sowenna will be the best in the UK. Its ambassador Darcey Bussell believes it will be a model copied all over the country - https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/cornwall-young-persons-mental-health-2842137

A dairy farmer is dealing with the "solitary" existence he sometimes leads by inviting people with mental health issues on to his land. Eurig Evans rears 150 heifers on 200 acres near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. He is starting a course to become a counsellor and wants to create a "care farm" to help people who are struggling - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48148935

How a Mental Health Reveal Is Betrayed by Bigotry. Here's how not to respond when a friend reveals a mental health condition - https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/.../how-mental-health-reveal-is-betrayed-bigotry

The most depressed neighbourhoods in England are all in the north and the Midlands, with almost a quarter of patients at some GP surgeries seeking help for the condition - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news...sed-english-communities-in-north-and-midlands

A GP ignored clinical advice and did not follow up on a student who was "at high risk of ending her life" before she was found hanged, an inquest heard. Natasha Abrahart, 20, who was studying physics at the University of Bristol, died on 30 April last year - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-48190066

After extra funding from the NHS, we now have a new mental health service for mums in Buckinghamshire - https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/2866605/new-mental-health-service-helping-new-mums-in-bucks/

As part of an ongoing initiative to be positive about mental health, luxury leather brand Maxwell-Scott has now signed the MINDFUL EMPLOYER charter – a scheme which provides employers access to information and local support for staff experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions - https://www.businessupnorth.co.uk/luxury-brand-maxwell-scott-launches-mental-health-initiative/

Hudson Contract, a leading supplier to the UK construction sector, is shining a light on the help and support available to freelance tradespeople and their families suffering from mental health or financial problems. The family-owned business is working with the Lighthouse Club to draw attention to the charity’s helpline and mental health app throughout its industry network. More than 2,200 construction SMEs trust Hudson to deliver audit contract and payroll services, bringing the company into direct contact with tens of thousands of subcontractors every week - http://www.bqlive.co.uk/constructio...ub-to-support-mental-health-initiative-35470/

BLACKWELL’S Bookshop in Oxford is staging a festival focusing on mental health - our Mental Health Gala runs from Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26 and aims to help readers avoid the stigma of talking openly about mental health - https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/1...ford-hosts-festival-with-mental-health-theme/

A man who stabbed his mother to death at their home has been indefinitely detained under the Mental Health Act. Maureen Watkins, 75, was found dead in Ethnard Road, Peckham, south-east London, on 16 November. Edward Watkins, 55, of the same address, pleaded guilty, at the Old Bailey, to her manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. Watkins was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48215394

A group of veterans who have all lost limbs hosted an inspirational workshop at Grantham College to help combat mental health - https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/n...al-health-message-to-grantham-pupils-9069684/

Singer songwriter Katie Melua reveals how adapting her exercise and eating habits to match the changing seasons has helped her to restore her wellbeing - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-...onal-fitness-helped-recover-mental-breakdown/

A US rock star has offered his support to a British fan living with mental health problems. Jamie Tidnam reached out to former Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge, who is now lead singer of the band Angels and Airwaves - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-48219917

Kedleston Group - schools and homes which support children and young people living with social, emotional and mental health problems, autism and specific learning difficulties which may affect their behaviour - https://kedlestongroup.com/

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 1 April 2019 - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=2a5d6a30-6a6d-4aba-8182-80a06b736a46

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 8 April 2019 - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=607140f4-1c2c-4976-8520-665f627c72fd

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 15 April 2019 - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=ed7dbd2b-1ea8-453b-a0ea-5dceb3c840e1

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 23 April 2019 - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=0a8be86a-7693-47b3-a027-ea5c429eda31

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 29 April 2019 - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=b19f7159-1209-410e-a4e7-890dbf8dd7bc

Mind Management Newsletter April 2019 : Control - https://mailchi.mp/107cd4b95bc3/wnrlhcpl33-2350333?e=bd175bab3f