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Mental health news this week - part 1



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May 8, 2008
The latest (Thatcherite) thoughts of chairman Boris;

It is one of the most fascinating and consoling features of the life of Sir Winston Churchill that, for all his giant strengths of courage and resilience, he was also prone to bouts of depression. He called it his “Black Dog”. And there was only one means by which he really succeeded in chasing that Black Dog away. It certainly wasn’t alcohol. It was the same therapy that lifts the spirits of hundreds of millions if not billions of people around the world – and that cure is work - We can improve mental health, save money and boost the economy all in one go

The columnist Poorna Bell - Boris Johnson’s idea that hard work cures mental illness is totally absurd – and a worrying indication of things to come - https://inews.co.uk/opinion/boris-j...ental-illness-total-madness-telegraph-column/

(Meanwhile I can't find any response from Mind etc - so maybe another example of his favoured "walk on by" society that he successfully fostered during the Tory leadership contest when those concerned about Domestic Violence were dubbed "nosey neighbours")

(Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge) has called on football fans across the country to look after their mental health so they can be “match fit” as he kicked off a new campaign at Wembley - William urges football fans to take care of mental health

(Flip me the unelected stating sense compared to the elected - God help us all)

The public are being encouraged to give their views as part of a mental health consultation which has newly launched in Aberdeen. Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership has unveiled its mental health and wellbeing strategic statement which outlines its vision and aims for mental health and wellbeing in the city. The formal consultation process got under way this week and will conclude on September 5 - Aberdeen charity looking for your views on mental health - Evening Express

Sheffield Hallam MP, Jared O’Mara, has announced he will be taking time out to deal with his mental health - Jared O’Mara to take time out for mental health problems

A MENTAL health charity opened its garden for a summer fair event. Trust Links invited residents to the event at its community garden in Elm Road, Shoeburyness - Mental health charity holds successful fair event

Mental Healthcare Report 2019. Community, Choice and Collaboration. Attitudes to mental health and wellbeing are going through a major change. Alongside increased public awareness of mental health issues, there are also significant changes in the way that individuals are cared for. The recent review of the 1983 Mental Health Act, with recommendations from Professor Sir Simon Wessely, focuses on the reduction of restrictions and detention. It is estimated that implementation of the recommendations could mean that some 10,000 fewer people will be subject to detention, with a continued move of patients from hospital into the community - Mental Healthcare Report 2019

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years - Child mental health unit referrals 'up nearly 50%'

Police are hunting for a convicted killer with severe mental health problems who was let out of a psychiatric hospital in Cambridgeshire to visit Tesco. Peter Atkins, 66, left Kneesworth House Hospital in Bassingbourn on Thursday (August 1), with police suggesting that he should not be approached and is considered vulnerable - Police search for 'vulnerable' killer who was let out of hospital

Visitors to Bristol Central Library were able to "borrow" staff from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health for "open and informal" 15-minute conversations. Nurses, psychologists and therapists have become "living books" to give the public a chance to talk to mental health staff and find out what they do - Mental health staff become 'living books'

Mental health: The skateboarding club helping students' well-being. This is like any other university society. They're students, they skateboard (pretty impressively), but they also happen to have mental health conditions, which they say are made easier to deal with when they get on their boards - 'When I feel depressed or down, I grab my skateboard'

A student took her own life after she was told she would have to wait a year to access mental health support on the NHS, an inquest has heard. Nicole Kaye, 21, killed herself at her parents’ home while on a waiting list for ‘intensive therapy’ for psychosis. The Sheffield Hallam University student, who worked in a flower shop, was discovered by cleaners.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/29/student-killed-told-wait-therapy-10478641/

Cavemen therapy: Can being a caveman cure anxiety? Anxiety is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health problems in the UK - but could being a caveman help people cope? Reporter Jordan Dunbar went to find out if a hunter-gatherer mindfulness session could help him with his own anxiety - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-49211802/cavemen-therapy-can-being-a-caveman-cure-anxiety

Babies born during winter are at higher risk of developing mental health disorders, new research has found. Researchers at Cardiff University found levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in women who give birth in autumn and winter than those who give birth in spring or summer - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49218542

Inspirational agricultural contractor’s widow turned mental health champion, Emma Picton-Jones has been presented with a special award by the Farmers’ Union of Wales. Emma’s husband Daniel took his own life in 2016, and in his memory, she established the DPJ Foundation, which is now starting to provide Wales-wide support for all farming families struggling to cope with mental health issues - https://www.agriland.co.uk/farming-...ealth-champion-honoured-with-top-welsh-award/

Jailed: man who sexually assaulted patient on mental health ward. A judge has criticised a hospital for failings that allowed a known sex offender to attack a vulnerable sedated patient on a mental health ward - https://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/ne...ulted-patient-on-mental-health-ward-1-6191893

Family and friends of a Scots pro-wrestler have raised thousands in his memory almost two months after his death. Adrian 'Lionheart' McCallum was the reigning ICW (Insane Championship Wrestling) world heavyweight champion, but was found dead at the age of 36 in June. Now those who attended his funeral and fans of the wrestler have raised £2,000 in his name - and donated them to a local mental health group - https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news...-donate-thousands-mental-health-group-memory/

The British Army has rejected calls for mandatory mental health screening for serving soldiers - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48929922

Women can boost their mental health by giving up alcohol completely, medical researchers have said - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...-mental-health-abstinence-study-a8992561.html

July 2019 Mind Management Newsletter : Feel the fear and do it anyway - https://mailchi.mp/9cbc222c3c01/wnrlhcpl33-2402657

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 16 July 2019 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 22 July 2019 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 29 July 2019 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

Time to Change is currently funding Hubs in the following areas: Bristol, Nottingham, Waltham Forest, West Sussex, and Worcestershire. Within each area a £10,000 Champions Fund is available for local Champions to use to run anti-stigma activity. You can apply for up to £500 per activity - https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/become-time-change-hub/the-champions-fund

I've seen a poster saying it is available in Birmingham too - [email protected]

Birmingham Mental Health Mates Meet-Up - by Amy Rose


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

This is for anyone affected by Mental Health Issues who wants to meet up with like minded people in a comfortable, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

We meet on the 1st Sunday of every month* in the lovely Tea Rooms at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. There is no specific structure to our meets, just a relaxed meetup with no pressure to talk or get involved. Look out for the long table with a couple of balloons on.

*Please note this may be adjusted if lands on certain days such as Easter. Monitor this website and Facebook etc for changes.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-mental-health-mates-meet-up-tickets-36681036969

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 2019 meetings;

Wednesday 7th August
Thursday 5th September
Wednesday 2nd October
Thursday 7th November
Wednesday 4th December

Reasonable travel expenses are paid to members and guests who live in the Midlands, subject to a maximum of £10.

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

Free BBQ for all staff, service users, carers etc

12.30pm - 4pm

10 August

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY

0121 301 3950

[email protected]

Arts All Over The Place have a music event

Thursday 15th August

7:30pm – til late

Station Pub, Kings Heath, Birmingham

All are welcome, many performers from the Old Musical Connections service users. And hopefully a launch of Brendan Higgins Poetry Book

Web - https://www.artsallovertheplace.org.uk/

Community Fun Day - St Basils homeless charity and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Heath NHS Foundation Trust

Venue - Birmingham Cathedral Square


Saturday 24.8.2019

Time - 12pm to 5pm

All are welcome to attend this fantastic family free event with stalls, games, live music, BBQ and bands.

More - http://www.birminghamcathedral.com/events/view/877/community-fun-day-cathedral-square/

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.

Refreshments and all materials are provided free of charge at all sessions.
Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked.

Egyptian Papyrus Painting
Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery
Get hands on with original Egyptian artefacts, and try painting on papyrus.
Sat 24 Aug
11am – 1.30pm

Paper Cut Collages
Soho House
Be inspired by Soho to create a paper-cut collage in the style of Matisse with artist Claire Leggett.
Wed 18 Sep
11am – 1.30pm

Mandala Magic
Blakesley Hall
Led by textile artist Tina Francis, learn to sew your own tapestry mandala.
Sat 26 Oct
11am – 1.30pm

Watercolour Leaves
Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter
Celebrate autumn’s leaves with a watercolour session led by artist Claire Leggett
Wed 6 Nov
11am – 1.30pm

Mixed Media Boxes
Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery
Use paint, foils and stitch to create decorative boxes with artist Tina Francis.
Sat 16 Nov
11am – 1.30pm

Christmas Celebration
Weoley Castle
Join Weoley Castle’s volunteer team for a Christmas celebration with crafts and mince pies!
Fri 6 Dec
11am – 1.30pm

To book, please contact Rosie at: [email protected]
Or call 0121 348 8103
Funded by: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

Flo Vibe Festival

16th - 18th of August

Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX

A family friendly weekend of wellness activities by day, and music by night. A place where wellness meets festival.
Over 150 Wellness and Fitness Classes over the weekend
Over 25 Live Music Artists and DJ Acts over the weekend
A whole village dedicated to Children
A culinary of delights to feast on

More - https://www.facebook.com/FloVibeFestival/

INTO THE WILD - Summer Festival

August 23 - 26th

Chiddinglye, West Hoathly, Sussex RH19 4QS

Over 100 workshops

Over 8 types of Yoga, Circus skills and Cabaret, Singing and Dance workshops, Award winning kids area with Magical, 5 Rhythms - Great talks - Archery, Healing Area ~ Wood & stone carving, Celtic Black smithing - Flint Knapping, Circus skills and performances, Falconry - The original Punch and Judy, Hip hop Shakespeare workshops, Drumming with Kalahari drummers, Sand Mandalas with Tashilunpo monks from Tibet, Mongolian throat singing (Khoomi) & Kirtan workshops, Lino-printing - Beekeeping - Horse drawn crafts, Mask making - Face painting, Drum making - Long Bow making, Dharma talks ~ Dzogchen, Shamanism ~, Natural fire making, Wild crafts ~ Wild food foraging, Den building - Tracking, Woodland theatre - 9 types of Yoga, Tantra ~ Gong baths ~ Meditation, Fire ceremony - Hula hooping, Slack lining - Zip wires - Skating, Teen Spirit area with cinema, Beat box & Graffiti workshops, Great stalls and cafes.

And loads more!

More - https://www.intothewildgathering.com/summer-festival-2019

Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2018. 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 August – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 24th September – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 29th October – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 26th November – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 17th December – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT - 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 X61 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 - https://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-u...oups-and-events/positive-mental-health-group/

Togetherness Festival



More - https://www.togetherness.com

OM Yoga Show

18th, 19th & 20th October

Alexandra Palace, London

Don't miss out on being a part of this incredible yoga celebration - the biggest of its kind in Europe!

Book now and you will have a chance to apply for an open class - sessions are limited in number and priority is given to applications from exhibitors.

To discuss options, contact Natasha - [email protected] or 01787 220648

More - https://preview.mailerlite.com/w1u8k7/1069453016140092837/h8d0/

Mind Body Spirit wellbeing festival

The NEC, Birmingham

1 - 3 November

More - https://birmingham.mindbodyspirit.co.uk

Northern Yoga Show

Saturday November 16 @ 9AM - Sunday November 17 @ 6PM

Base Camp, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Middlesbrough TS1 1DB

The show features two days of yoga classes, workshops and much more.
Created by Victoria Sky of Treeliving Yoga, a yoga school based in Saltburn by the Sea with classes in Middlesbrough and retreats around the world, The Urban Therapy Show illustrates how the healing power of yoga can be applied in the most urban of settings. There are classes for absolute beginners right through to the most experienced yogis. We’ve tried to incorporate as many types of yoga as we can - from dru to yin and from kundalini to rocket yoga. There are classes for men, teens and children. We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you.

More - https://www.treelivingyoga.com/events/urbanyogashow


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May 8, 2008
the report was from the Canadian Medical Association Journal


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Sep 5, 2019
On The Train
Thank you for these reports. I find them fascinating!