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Mental health news this week



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May 8, 2008
(Time for holidays - see you in January!)

Facebook have been accused of refusing to ban a vile page attacking autistic kids, despite angry protests. Upset parents who begged the social network site to remove the Moms Against Autistic Children thread were told it did not "violate our community standards" - 'Facebook refused to ban' autism hate page - Mirror Online

Remember that Adam Lanza gun rampage malarkey was in a December and that sparked something of a witch-hunt against autistic people in the US - so a Facebook page probably set up as an hysterical marking of that anniversary.

I'd set up this page - Update Your Browser | Facebook

A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists - BBC News - Autism link to air pollution raised

Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a "place of safety". Home Secretary Theresa May will announce later an overhaul of mental health laws in England and Wales - BBC News - Mentally-ill teenagers no longer to be held in cells

The husband of a mother of four who has the mind of a child has been banned from having sex with her by a High Court judge because she does not know she has the right to refuse - Man banned from having sex with wife by High Court judge - Telegraph

(He needed a court to tell him that?)

Women with or at risk of mental health problems should receive extra support at all stages of pregnancy and beyond, updated NHS guidelines say. They come a fortnight after the bodies of Charlotte Bevan, 30, and her four-day-old daughter Zaani were found in the Avon Gorge after they went missing from a maternity hospital in Bristol - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30503234

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. Meet at the University of Birmingham.

These are the latest dates so far booked:


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/

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


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 2015. 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 29 January - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 26 February - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 26 March - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 30 April - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 28 May - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 25 June - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 30 July - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 27 August - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 24 September - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 29 October - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 26 November-- from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 17 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

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/

Mindfulness and Anger Workshops and Retreats with Mike Fisher;

Columbia Hotel
95-99 Lancaster Gate
London W2 3NS

Sunday 22nd February 2015
Sunday 26th April 2015

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



(Sorry about the Capitals but it was sent to me that way)

Spirit possession is recognised worldwide across many cultures and by several religions. Spirit possession is often seen as an idiom of distress causing a change in behaviour and mental well being.

Spirit possession is also included in the ICD 10 and DSM IV classifications of mental disorders, yet the extent to which it is recognised and/or discussed in clinical practice is less than we would expect, even in UK cities where there resides a diverse population.

This one day event will consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from an anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective using a range of illustrative case study, clinical practice and research

This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.

More - http://www.bmehealth.org/

Mind Management For You Newsletter

For this month’s newsletter I want to say "Thank you".

Thank you to the wonderful clients I have had the privilege to work with this year.

Thank you to the companies who have facilitated my Mind Management workshops so I can pass on my skills and knowledge to help others.

Thank you to the organisations who have booked me for talks.

Thank you to the people who have supported me on my most emotional process of writing my book. I know it will be worth it in the end.

Thank you to my fab web editor who updates my websites and sends out this newsletter to you.

Thank you to The Garrick Theatre who have giving me the platform to continue on the next step of my journey of combining Humour with mental Health.

Thank you to my networking group who have been very supportive.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful, fulfilled new year.

Bring on 2015!

Sheila x
Counsellor MBACP

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

From my local Trust;

Department of Health – Allocation of funding for 0-5 public health services - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/allocation-of-funding-for-0-5-public-health-services

Department of Health – Dalton review: options for providers of NHS care - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dalton-review-options-for-providers-of-nhs-care

Department of Health – Emergency care for the mind - https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/emergency-care-for-the-mind

NHS England – Meeting the dementia challenge of an aging population – Dr Richard Sweeney - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/09/dementia-challenge/

NHS England – Eight pilots to lead innovation in children’s mental health - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/11/innovation-pilots/

NHS England – Caring commissioners are leading change to services for children and young people with mental health issues – Dr Jacqueline Cornish - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/11/jacqueline-cornish-3/

NHS Networks – Public Health England argues for alcohol care in hospitals - http://www.alcohollearningcentre.or...n_opportunity_not_to_be_wasted_PHE_Nov_14.pdf

NHS Networks – Bulletin for CCGs – 4 December 2014 - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/05/bulletin-for-ccgs-issue-73-04-december-2014-2/

NHS Networks – Commissioning guidance on support for carers - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/05/carers-principles/

SCIE – Integrating personal budgets for people with mental health problems - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/index

SCIE – End of Life and palliative care: thinking about the words we use - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/index

Mind – Get people with mental health problems off mainstream back to work schemes says Mind - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaig...f-mainstream-back-to-work-schemes-says-mind/#

The Guardian – A mental health manifesto – five things that need to change - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...lth-manifesto-five-things-that-need-to-change

HSJ – Mental health repatriation ensures patients are homeward bound - http://www.hsj.co.uk/home/commissio...ktitle=Mental-health-resources&contentID=2156

HSJ – Mental health trust chair steps down - http://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/ment...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

Nottinghamshire Healthcare – New director announced at the Institute of Mental Health - http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcar...-announced-at-the-institute-of-mental-health/

West London Mental Health – Mental health teams to be based at police stations and courts - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/mental-health-teams-to-be-based-at-police-stations-and-courts/

West London Mental Health – Gender dysphoria is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/gender-dysphoria-is-not-a-‘lifestyle-choice’/

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear - #NTW_splt - http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/section.php?page=news&t=ln&nid=320

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough – Award triumph as CPFT staff are honoured - http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/Latest-news/Awards-triumph-as-CPFT-staff-are-honoured.htm

Black Country Partnership – Learning Disabilities made clear - http://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-events/501-learning-disabilities-made-clear

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare – Trust’s Parent and Baby Day Unit wins Student Placement Award - http://www.combined.nhs.uk/news/Pages/Parent-and-Baby-Day-Unit-Wins-Student-Placement-Award.aspx

Worcestershire Health and Care – NHS Trust in Worcestershire contributes to new national guidelines on Dementia - http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/news/
Purple Chaos

Purple Chaos

Well-known member
Oct 23, 2014
I've just realised that I nearly always read through the 'mental health news this week' threads but never say thank you, so... thank you! Hope you have a great Christmas. See you back here in January :)