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At least eight people have died in the past two years after problems accessing psychiatric beds for mental health patients in crisis - Deaths linked to mental health beds crisis as cuts leave little slack in system | Community Care



Staff cuts and bed shortages are leaving mental health services "under unprecedented strain", says the nurses' union. The Royal College of Nursing says there are now 3,300 fewer posts in mental health nursing, and 1,500 fewer beds, than in 2010. At the same time demand has increased by 30%, the RCN said - BBC News - Nurses warn of mental health services strain




People with learning disabilities in England are being kept in hospitals far from home for too long, a review says. The report, written by Sir Stephen Bubb, recommends introducing a charter of rights and more community facilities for people with learning disabilities - BBC News - Care for people with learning disabilities 'failing', report says



The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to UK scientists who have pinpointed the region using scans - BBC News - Brain's dementia weak spot identified



A shame-faced mugger handed himself in to police and called himself “scum” for attacking a young man who has Asperger's, a court heard. Connor Dawes, 19, said he should be locked up for kicking and robbing the petrified victim in an alley at night. A judge has agreed and jailed Dawes for two years - Mugger to police: Lock me up I'm scum for attacking lad with Asperger's - Mirror Online




The head of a celebrity rehab centre which treated Amy Winehouse faces being struck off after being found to have falsely claimed to be a doctor. Brendan Quinn, a former nurse, co-founded the Causeway Retreat, an addiction clinic based in a remote manor house on Osea Island off the coast of Essex in 2005.

Advertising material for the Causeway retreat named Quinn as one of Britain’s 250 best private doctors, when he was not even qualified, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. He was also found to have admitted patients with mental health problems to the unlicensed facility, which did not have a doctor on site at all times.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...s-struck-pretending-doctor.html#ixzz3KNhBSWJu





For 10 years he has been among the funniest men in Britain. But for much of that decade Jon Richardson’s love life was no laughing matter. A long battle with OCD trapped The star of 8 Out Of 10 Cats in a hermit-like existence that was housebound, miserable – and single - http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jon-richardson-ocd-made-relationships-4701879




The criminal and former associate of the Kray twins, "Mad" Frankie Fraser, has died aged 90 in a London hospital. He was known as an "enforcer", meting out violence on behalf of the Krays and the Richardson gang in the 1960s. His various prison sentences included three spells in Broadmoor after being classified insane - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30218842




THE number of mentally ill people held in West Midlands police cells awaiting assessment has dropped by 90 per cent. The Mental Health Act gives police powers to take people who appear to be suffering from a mental disorder to a 'place of safety1 for assessment for up to 72 hours.

The latest figures show the number of orders involving police stations has dropped from 50 in 2012/13 to 5 in 2013/14. The figures follow a new mental health triage service where officers are crewed with psychiatric nurses to answer calls involving people believed to be mentally ill. Chief Inspector Sean Russell, said: "It's led to marked improvements in the treatment given to members of the public who need our help, a significant cut in the use of police stations as places of safety to almost zero and a reduction in demand on the police and the healthcare system."




Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide were roughly 25 per cent lower among a group of Danish people who underwent voluntary, short-term psychosocial counselling after a suicide attempt, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests - http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/11/24/suicide-risk-talk-therapy




A real-life Sleeping Beauty has told how she is trapped in the grimmest fairytale of all. Helen Waterson, 36, suffers from a rare condition that causes her to sleep for 21 hours a day – and she can stay awake for the other three hours only by taking heavy drugs with debilitating side-effects - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/meet-real-life-sleeping-beauty-who-4676891




A new study has revealed that listening to sad songs can actually improve a person’s emotional wellbeing as well as make us feel at peace and nostalgic

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...elancholy-tunes-lift-moods.html#ixzz3K6Y2Vxeo

Elton John - Sad Songs (Say So Much) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X23v5_K7cXk




The family of a motorcyclist who suffered horrific brain injuries in a head-on crash leaving him unable to walk or talk have slammed the jail sentence handed to the driver. Steven Hayes, 48, needed to have part of his skull removed after he suffered catastrophic injuries that left him needing round-the-clock care for the rest of his life - when an oncoming driver fell asleep at the wheel. Father-of-two Imtiaz Shah, 42, had been told not to drive because it was suspected he had sleep apnoea but Shah continued to drive for five-and-a-half months after he was advised not to.

More - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/family-brain-damaged-biker-slam-jail-4669083




The details of hundreds of thousands of people locked up in Victorian 'lunatic asylums' in England are being published online for the first time. The records of more than 840,000 patients committed to 300 mental institutions during the 19th century and early 20th century have been collected by the website - www.ancestry.co.uk

More - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/details-840000-lunatic-asylum-patients-4702979





Daily Mirror columnist Fiona Philips last week;

IMPROVING mental health treatment and understanding must be a priority in the lead-up to the 2015 election. You only have to look at the headlines this week to see what can happen if mental illness is not properly treated.

A report, filed on Tuesday, found that a paranoid schizophrenic who cut off British gran Jennifer Mills-Westley's head in a shop in Tenerife in 2010 was released after only a month. Psychiatric unit staff assumed he was faking his illness because he was aggressively seeking attention. He was in there because he was a very ill paranoid schizophrenic for God's sake, not because he was a passing, naughty attention-seeker who fancied a free lie-down for a while.

Then, also on Tuesday, the mother of cannibal Matthew Williams said the deaths of her son and his victim, 22-year-old Cerys Yemm, could have been prevented. Sally Ann Williams claims her son turned to illegal drugs after leaving prison because he wasn't given medication for psychiatric problems. It meant, she said, "he was aggressive to people he thought were a threat to him". Williams feared he would do something unless he got prescription drugs and, according to his mum, "Two days before the attack he said he was hearing voices". He hugged and kissed his mum before leaving for the hostel where he killed Cerys. Matthew Williams was a paranoid schizophrenic who had had problems since the age of 16. He'd been in and out of prison for a string of crimes, then released, but not treated. He should have been in hospital.

My dad was admitted to a mental health ward when he showed signs of aggression, in the later stages of Alzheimer's. The consultant spoke of him "misbehaving", being "badly behaved" and "scaring other patients". Of course he was; that's why he was in there. But HE wasn't behaving badly - his illness was. He died after being totally over-medicated with anti-psychotics and sedatives.

In this paper on Thursday we read about Paul Thorn, a slimmer who tried to kill himself four times over saggy skin around his waist following a 19st weight loss. He has been refused an operation because his local NHS Trust says the problem is in his head. Of course it is. That's why he's tried to take his own life. Lets hope we don't have to read that he has. Because, if we do, it will be down to a widespread, fundamental lack of understanding of mental health which, scarily, too often includes mental health professionals.

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A CRIMINOLOGY and psychology student has been jailed for 12 months after stabbing a bail hostel resident in the head in a Birmingham street. jury at Birmingham Crown Court cleared Josh Welch, 22, of attempted murder and wounding with intent but convicted him of wounding. Welch, of Heathfield Road, Perry Barr, had denied the charges.

Darron Whitehead, prosecuting, said Welch was studying psychology and criminology at Birmingham City University and lived with five other students. At around midnight on May 29 this year he had befriended Micheal Deacon and two others who were living at a hostel nearby during a trip to a local shop to buy cigarettes. The group then returned to his address and made several more visits to the shop over the course of several hours. When they left on another trip to the shop, Welch and Mr Deacon became involved in a violent scuffle and the defendant stabbed the victim a number of times with a kitchen knife he had concealed in his pocket.

The victim had to have emergency surgery after the incident but still has part of the blade embedded in his skull. After his arrest, Welch said he had struck out because he feared he was going to be attacked by the three men. It was also previously claimed the criminology student believed he had been "played for a fool" by Michael Deacon and the two others, who he claimed had planned to burgle his home.

Mr Whitehead said when Welch returned home after the stabbing, he told his housemates he had chased burglars away and-thought that he had killed one of them. He said: "You may think Welch tried to associate with his chosen subjects -but that he eventually realised he had been played for a fool when he stabbed this lad multiple times."






Sunday Morning Meditation

Sunday 30th November from 10am - 1pm. Cratcliff Cottage, Dudwood Lane, Nr Elton, Derbyshire DE4 2lZ

Contact: Ann Leese - 07718 067 968 or [email protected]

Cost: £7 (with lunch) or £5 (without lunch)





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. We are a non-affiliated organisation based in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham.

These are the latest dates so far booked:

2014

Wednesday 3rd December

2015

Thursday 8th January
Wednesday 4th February
Thursday 5th March
Wednesday 1st April
Thursday 7th May
Wednesday 3rd June
Thursday 2nd July
Wednesday 5th August

All monthly meetings start at 10.30 am and usually finish by 1pm. Tea, coffee and a warm welcome are available from 10am.

More - http://www.suresearch.org.uk/









SPRINGHILL LIBRARY CARER'S GROUP - Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service is here to offer support, information and guidance for carers. The library groups aim to promote health and well being by providing a relaxed and informal setting for reading, discussion and socialising.

Monday 8th December, 2pm - 4pm

Springhill Library, Springhill, Hockley, Birmingham B18 7BH

For information on the group please call Safia Sawal/Joanne Tysall at Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service

0121 380 4949/07713 387 325/07713 385 891






Shoulder To Shoulder Veterans' Drop in, 10am - 12pm. Forthcoming dates:

Monday

Monday 8th December 2014
Thursday 29th January 2015
Tuesday 17th February 2015
Thursday 26th March 2015
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Monday 18th May 2015

At West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road Birmingham B7 4HW

20 minute walk from Moor St Station past Millennium Point Number 14 Bus runs regularly from Priory Queensway to Vauxhall Road We can pay travel expenses on the day - please keep your tickets

Come along for coffee and a chat
Meet other veterans
Find out about Shoulder to Shoulder mentoring

Reception staff will direct you to the room

Any queries on the day call Jane on 07842 811 459
Any queries generally call 0121 236 2531







Who would like to assist Dr Hermine Graham and Latoya Clarke with a feedback session for some research that they have conducted? This piece of work was undertaken by University of Birmingham Psychology Department with support by the CRN (Old MHRN)

The title of the study is - ‘a pilot study to assess the feasibility and impact of a motivational intervention on problem drug or alcohol use in adult mental health inpatient units’

Latoya would like to feed back the results to a group of service users and carers (group to be kept quite small) in order that they can review the initial results prior to them being finalised. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated by them.

The study itself provided peer support to those receiving support for Alcohol and Drug dependency . Barbra Norden was one of the peer mentors and she is to be invited personally by Latoya and Hermine. The findings will also be shared with the participants at a separate venue and time.

Ideally Latoya would be looking for someone with a lived experience/cared for within this area but I indicated to her this might not be possible. I explained that Suresearch has a wealth of experience in connection with research and that you were the best group to approach to provide honest feedback.

The meeting will be taking place on 9th December 11.30am – 12.30pm at the Barberry Centre. Payment of £15.00 per hour can be paid including travel expenses up to the value of £10 (I am double checking on that as I’m aware some people from the group can travel quite a distance.)

If there is any further information that you would require please do let me know. Could I be an absolute pain and ask that you let me know as soon as possible. Im sending this initially to Suresearch but if you find yourselves not able to assist on this occasion I will approach other individuals.

Many thanks

Jacqueline Smart
Service User Development Officer
NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands (Mental Health and Dendron)
BSMHFT
Radclyffe House
66-68 Hagley Road
Birmingham
B16 8PF
0121 301 4341
07985 883384
www.crn.nihr.ac.uk







Christmas Carers Event - Thursday 11th December, 10am - 1pm

For Families, Carers or those involved in supporting someone with Dementia, followed by Lunch

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

To book a place please phone:- 0121 301 5830 or e-mail: [email protected]






The Positive Mental Health Group supported by the community engagement & service user and carer experience departments of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust BSMHFT would love to invite you to our free Christmas Party!

Come and join us for karaoke, music, raffles, games, competitions and dancing.

From 7pm until late on Thursday 11th December 2014 in The Leinster Suite @ The Irish Centre, Digbeth, Birmingham.

Free buffet and cakes. Prizes for best Fancy dress and dancer!

For more information contact: Faheem Uddin, Chair of Positive Mental Health Group on 07800 728 825

Users, Carers, and Staff of all mental health groups and voluntary agencies connected to the group are welcome

The Irish Centre is on Digbeth High Street Buses 2, 3, 5, 6, 1, 31, 35, 50 to the Coach Station

Or any bus down Digbeth High Street (opposite the Custard Factory) including 17, 37, 60, 97, 900 & 957. Plenty of on-street parking available too.






Birmingham & Solihull Cafe dates 2014 - The cafe is a monthly gathering where people with dementia and their families and friends can come together in a safe, welcoming environment, in the company of other carers and health and social care professionals. It aims to provide emotional support, information and the opportunity for discussion for people living with the impact of dementia.

15th December

For further information please call Gary Stanley, Cafe Co-ordinator on 07827 940 844





Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2014. 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.

Thursday 18 December - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

(Last Thursday of the month except in December)

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







Mind Management For You Newsletter - This month's newsletter is about "People's Points of View."

People's points of view can also be described as people’s opinions. People have different opinions based from their perspective, experience and what they have learnt. It is their right to have their point of view and also your right to have yours. I encourage you to have your own point of view, to respect your own opinion and accept that other people don’t have to agree with it. Don't take other people’s opinions personally as they again are coming from their own point of view.

What has inspired me to write about this is related to what I have been writing in my book about Human behaviour. Sometimes people are told what to do and are not encouraged to have an opinion. Sometimes this is done as a way of controlling people. Through counselling clients I have seen time and time again how suppressing opinions and your inner voice can have a negative effect on your confidence. I encourage you to follow what you believe in and what feels true for you.

I hope this newsletter has helped. As always if I can help you or anyone you know who is stuck with anxiety, depression or stress then please feel free to give me call. I wish you all continued success and happiness.

Sheila x

Counsellor MBACP
Mobile: 07799 791 537
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.MindManagementForYou.com






Flippancy to end with;

What’s the secret to being confident? Some people believe it's having a positive mental attitude, while others claim it's being wealthy. But according to one researcher, the answer may in fact lie in what we’re wearing. Professor Karen Pine from the University of Hertfordshire said that specific clothing - including even superhero T-shirts - can make people more confident in all sorts of situations.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...m-confidence-claims-expert.html#ixzz3KNcqYhqZ






From my local Trust;

Care Quality Commission – Priority bands published for trusts that provide mental health services - http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/priority-bands-published-trusts-provide-mental-health-services


Department of Health – Mental Health Taskforce announced - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mental-health-taskforce-announced


NHS Networks – In-depth review of the psychiatrist workforce - http://www.cfwi.org.uk/publications/in-depth-review-of-the-psychiatrist-workforce


NHS Networks – Improving children and young people’s mental health services - https://www.gov.uk/government/consu...dren-and-young-peoples-mental-health-services


Royal College of Nursing – RCN warns of ‘turning back the clock’ in mental health care - http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/ne..._turning_back_the_clock_in_mental_health_care


NHS England – Diagnosing dementia: any appropriately skilled clinician can make the diagnosis and brain scanning not always needed - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/11/17/skills-to-recognise-dementia/


NHS England – We must all champion for mental health care – Dr Geraldine Strathdee - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/11/18/mh-champion/


NHS England – Bulletin for CCGs, Issue 72, 20 November 2014 - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/11/20/bulletin-for-ccgs-issue-72-20-november-2014/


HSJ – Monitor chief supports ‘significant’ investment in mental health - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/monitor-c...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554


Mental Health Today – Professionals working with distressed debtors warned of suicide risk - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...ed-of-suicide-risk-in-distressed-debtors.aspx


Mental Health Today – Vast majority of frontline professionals say children’s mental health has worsened in past year = http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...th_has_worsened_in_past_year_25769817764.aspx


Mental Health Today – New mental health learning and community hub opens in Brighton - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...ning-and-community-hub-opens-in-brighton.aspx


Mental Health Today – Charity says government welfare reform is failing the most vulnerable - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...re-reform-is-failing-the-most-vulnerable.aspx


Mental Health Today – New ‘Psychosis Pathway’ gains government backing - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...-psychosis-pathway-to-revolutionise-care.aspx


NHS Confederation – Booking opens for the Mental health Network Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2014/11/mhn-ace-booking-open


NHS Confederation – CQC issues guidance on new regulations - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2014/11/cqc-issues-guidance-on-new-regulations


NHS Confederation – Four Seasons Health Care joins the NHS Partner Network - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2014/11/four-seasons-health-care-joins-the-nhs-partners-network


Royal College of Psychiatrists – RCPsych calls for renewed focus to tackle how low cost alcohol misuse during Alcohol Awareness Week (17-23 November) - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2014/alcoholawarenessweek.aspx


Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – Sunderland Recovery College Prospectus - http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/section.php?page=news&t=ln&nid=306


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – Knowing me, new ‘patient’ passport - http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/?news=knowing-new-patient-passport
 
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