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A bit of a gruesome helping this week I'm afraid


A man obsessed with the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and who tried to kill an escort in his home was detained indefinitely in a mental hospital. The schizophrenic David Andrew Parsons, 21, heard voices commanding him to kill - Schizophrenic who wanted to emulate Peter Sutcliffe detained under Mental Health Act after trying to kill escort - Gazette Live



PARANOID schizophrenic Ryan Guest killed his step-grandmother "on God’s orders" after thinking she stole his soul. Guest said he battered 87-year-old Una Dorney to death in her accommodation at Oak Tree House care home in Yate after receiving a message from on high.

When remanded in custody at HMP Bristol he then attacked fellow inmate Mohamed Sharif, 38, thinking Mr Sharif was the Prophet Mohamed who had cursed him and was controlling him. Mr Mohamed was so severely injured he remains severely impaired.

Read more: 404 Not Found




The number of children being admitted to hospital in England for self-harm is at a five-year high, figures show - BBC News - Self-harm hospital admissions among children 'at five-year high'





The family of Long Melford butcher Oliver Ruse were worried about his mental state in the days leading up to his death - Oliver Ruse was assessed by mental health specialists for depression just two days before he died. Mr Ruse’s stepmother, Sheelagh Ruse, said the family took him to West Suffolk Hospital because they were worried about his mental state. Mr Ruse, 37, fell from the multi-storey car park on Parkway, Bury St Edmunds, on November 13.

Investigations into his death led police to Park Terrace, in Little St Mary’s, Long Melford, where they found the body of his wife Debbie, 39. The couple, who were living apart at the time, have four daughters.

Family of Long Melford butcher Oliver Ruse were worried about his mental state in days leading up to his death - News - East Anglian Daily Times





THE dad of a teenager who terrorised a community with a pellet-firing air-rifle (which the police at first thought was a bullet-firing .22 calibre rifle) says his son did it because he wanted police to shoot him dead. The autistic Samuel Barlow, 16, is behind bars awaiting sentence after admitting five charges over the rampage.

But his father said he fired no shots and never wanted to harm anyone. And he told how his son snapped and ran amok with the air-rifle after being “pushed over the edge” by Facebook bullies.

More - Airgun rampage teenager: Autistic boy wanted armed police to shoot him dead, says dad - Daily Record

(Some children have been gunned down in the US by the police there for doing far less than he is shown doing in those pictures of course - so he was very lucky there)




The father of murdered Hersham schoolgirl Sarah Payne died from natural causes, tests have shown. Michael Payne, 45, was found dead at his flat in Maidstone, Kent, on October 27 this year after a long battle with alcoholism and depression - http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/sarah-paynes-father-michael-died-8274699




X Factor 2014 finalist Fleur East reveals her fight with depression - http://www.ok.co.uk/celebrity-news/x-factor-fleur-east-depression




ENGLAND is now a nation of 'pill-poppers' with nearly half the population regularly taking prescribed drugs, a new study has revealed. Statins, pain relief medication and anti-depressants are the most common medicines taken - http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/545987/England-half-population-regularly-take-prescription-drugs





The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems, according to campaigners. The charity Mind says unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from mainstream programmes onto a specialist scheme - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30415243





I'm forwarding information on proposed cuts in mental health services being provided by Birmingham City Council - the STaR service.

There are consultation meetings, and the first one has already occurred. I'm told that it is usually possible to turn up without booking a place.
The Council is holding public consultation meetings about the budget. It is vital that people attend to voice their concerns. The meetings are

Meeting 1: Birmingham city centre
Date: Thursday 11 December 2014
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Place: Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

Meeting 2: Erdington
Date: Monday 15 December 2014
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Place: The Lighthouse Centre, St Barnabas Church, High Street, Erdington, B23 6SY

Book your place - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/brumbudget1516





Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust would like your input in developing a new way of delivering mental health services in our Trust.

Help us shape a new dawn for mental health services. We want to involve you early enough to make sure your voices are heard right from the beginning of the journey. Come along to our service user and carer event on: 18 December 2014, 10.30am until 1.30pm.

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Birmingham B13 8QY

Places are limited, to book please contact our PALS customer relations team on 0800 953 0045 (Mon-Fri, 8am to 8pm)

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There will be a small gift for attending.




Mindfulness and Anger Workshops and Retreats with Mike Fisher;

Venue:
Columbia Hotel
95-99 Lancaster Gate
London W2 3NS

Dates:
Sunday 7th Dec 2014
Sunday 22nd February 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015

More - http://email.beatinganger.co.uk/dis...5e98e05e02a2112cf199236edad&S=362&L=223&N=266





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:

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/










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







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

Monday
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





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






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





Marie-Louise von Franz's Esoteric Psychology

Lecture - Vivianne Crowley
Venue - Treadwell's Books, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS
Friday 20 February 2015
Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start
Price: £7

One of the most brilliant pupils of Carl Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz analysed over 65,000 dreams. For her, the veil between imagination and magic was thin and to voyage into the unconscious was to undertake a shamanic initiation. Translator of the famous text Aurora Consurgens and a leading figure in the Zürich school of Jungian analysts, her work is an essential starting point in the psychology of alchemy. Dr Vivianne Crowley is a psychologist, academic, author, and magical practitioner, currently at Cherry Hill Seminary. Her books include Carl Jung: Journey of Transformation and Wicca.

Ring 0207 419 8507 or book online - http://www.treadwells-london.com/event/marie-louse-von-franz/







PTSD sufferer Shrien Dewani cleared - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30408616

I held one view when this malarkey started, but now I hold a different view on it - my mind changed when I realised that Shrien Dewani had handed over money to the taxi-driver BEFORE the murder

I didn't realise that Panorama had also noticed that anomaly - and just now reading stuff about the bullet's odd trajectory for a "planned execution" just confirms my suspicions.


Two versions of the story exist of course;


Version 1. A secretly bisexual Asian man takes his bride on honeymoon - and asks the first taxi-driver he meets there (of African descent) to plot the murder of her for pay, in order to remain in the closet, and the taxi-driver agrees - rather than going to the police. Or saying no etc, which might lead to another taxi-driver then being asked to do it - and only ONE taxi-driver was ever asked by Dewani.

Africans run South Africa now of course, Asians don't - but no matter, this foreign Asian thinks nothing of asking this African in his own country to commit this very serious crime with him straight off the bat - and the African freely agrees, rather than secretly dropping the Asian in it to the police and milking the resulting domestic fame and acclaim etc in his own country - for money that way instead.

The police if approached beforehand will almost certainly be black and South African like the taxi-driver, and also will almost certainly not be Asian and foreign like the plotter - but somehow this propositioned black South African taxi-driver doesn't think like that (yet his job involves constantly planning ahead) - even though South Africa and Apartheid were interchangeable terms not long back.



Version 2. A taxi-driver in what is effectively a Third World country sees a millionaire and his new bride get into his cab at an airport, and so offers to be their tour guide - cheekily grubbing a large sub up front off the husband in advance.

He secretly decides to kidnap the bride for ransom though, roping in 2 dopey confederates. He drives the couple to some remote place, and she is snatched.

Obviously the husband isn't taken because he'll be paying the ransom, and the taxi-driver isn't harmed either because of course he's secretly in on it.

(And rather than just shooting the bride at the scene like you would if being paid to do that - they somehow choose to drive off with her first and then do it. You are driving off with her to confuse the fact that you are not the later killers but are just some initial robbers? That wouldn't be obviously known to be a ruse once her body was found?)

However one of the kidnappers decides that ra-pe is part of the agenda. The poor bride resists, struggles, or screams etc - and is shot.

The trio are soon rounded up (they are hardly Einsteins), and the taxi-driver is made aware that he'll get a lesser penalty if falsely implicating the husband (possibly a carrot dangled to him with a view of safe-guarding the vital tourist industry if it looks like the country is dangerous only because of outside plotters and not because of the people who live there etc), and gets lucky when the husband is found to be a closeted bisexual - though there's hardly a shortage of closeted Asians in Britain of course - there is however a severe shortage of one's who fly all the way to South Africa to get rid of their wives when remote parts of the Indian sub-continent are far more appealing places for that some of thing for all sorts of reasons - like having familiar friends and relatives you could ask, instead of the first African taxi-driver you meet.

There are no texts from beforehand as the taxi-driver falsely claims, because there was no such plan - but the meeting where the sub for being a tour guide was handed over can falsely be cited as where the money for the killing was handed over.


Suddenly version 2 doesn't sound so far-fetched does it?

I mean, you're in Africa - it isn't as if rather more convincing and effective killers like lions, crocodiles, or large cliffs etc couldn't do the job for you if you wanted. Two naïve honeymooners getting into difficulties in a foreign land whilst out strolling together alone - it happens all the time doesn't it?

(Don't worry ladies - I've seen the Memorial episode of Star Trek Voyager)


And if it turns out that it was HER idea to honeymoon in South Africa in the first place then that is even more proof - whose idea was it? I've never married - but normally the bride has the stronger opinion and influence than the groom has on such matters - even amongst Asians in Britain?








Flippancy to end with;

At the Positive Mental Health Group Christmas Party in Birmingham yesterday, they had a "Kate Bush Tribute Act" (and before I realised who she was I thought she was getting married or something from the dress she had on).

Then halfway through (rather convincingly) singing Wuthering Heights, she started occasionally coughing, and eventually developed a coughing fit!

I went to the toilet to fill a glass of water for her, and walked up to the stage with it when I came out and offered it to her - since she was still coughing and the tune continued playing in the background

Only to be politely told by the DJ that her coughing was part of the comedy act!

Well she fooled me anyway. Asperger's Syndrome - eh?

(Lenny Henry got robbed by Marti Caine in New Faces I say - though the judges were fooled by her like that too - and that was the clincher with them I seem to remember)


I've always hated that song anyway - Sat In Your Lap is far better;

Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEVMfG8z490
Lyrics - http://www.metrolyrics.com/sat-in-your-lap-lyrics-kate-bush.html

(Yes - she studied all the esoteric lifestyle stuff like Buddhism etc before writing songs like that one)

"I must admit, just when I think I'm king (I just begin)
Just when I think I'm king, I must admit (I just begin)
Just when I think everything's going great (I just begin)
I get the break. Hey, I'm gonna take it all (I just begin)
When I'm king, I just begin"

e.g. Gordon Brown on finally becoming Prime Minister - in case you wonder why Buddhists typically sit in caves - look at what happens when you emerge.






From my local Trust;

NHS Executive - Clegg promises £150m funding for children with eating disorders - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive....m-funding-for-children-with-eating-disorders-


NHS Executive - More mental health teams to be based at police stations - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive....-health-teams-to-be-based-at-police-stations-


DoH Open consultation - Improving children and young people's mental health services - https://www.gov.uk/government/consu...dren-and-young-peoples-mental-health-services


HSJ - Mental health providers face finding £40m to meet new targets - https://www.gov.uk/government/consu...dren-and-young-peoples-mental-health-services


HSJ - GPs should urgently discuss new care models - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/primary-c...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554


HSJ - Collaboration is at the heart of mental health transformation - http://www.hsj.co.uk/5077144.article?WT.tsrc=email&WT.mc_id=Newsletter2#


HSJ - Mental health hospital stops accepting new patients following CQC concerns - http://www.hsj.co.uk/5077446.article?WT.tsrc=email&WT.mc_id=Newsletter2


The Guardian - Mothers face medication dilemma - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/04/mothers-taking-medication-face-dilemma


Behind the Headlines - Can a pill cure binge drinking and dementia? http://www.nhs.uk/news/2014/12December/Pages/Binge-drinking-and-dementia-drug-cure-claims.aspx


SLam Tops Twitter table - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/slam-tops-twitter-league-table


Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust scoops three awards at the 2014 Allocate Software Awards - http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcar...-awards-at-the-2014-allocate-software-awards/
 
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