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Derby Mental Health Group - This group is ran by the charity SK foundation which promotes social activity and mental health awareness. Our aim to provide a welcoming atmosphere where people can meet up, make friends and have fun.

Here - Derby Mental Health Group (Derby, England) - Meetup

The National Health Action Party is a political party formed by doctors, nurses, paramedics and ordinary people who've come together to defend and improve the NHS - NHA Party - patients not profits

A man killed his uncle after religious TV shows led him to believe he was Jesus. Ahmed Hussein, 28, attacked 79-year-old Ibrahim Abdi Haji under the delusion he had returned to earth to rid the world of evil.

He was heard shouting ‘I am God, you are the Devil’ before launching the brutal attack at his home in West Drayton, west London.

More - Man killed uncle after religious daytime TV led him to believe he was JESUS - Mirror Online

A man who shot dead five people in 1978 has died while serving an indefinite sentence for firearms and explosives offences. Harry Street was detained under the Mental Health Act in October after six guns, dozens of homemade bullets and a makeshift bomb were found at his home. The 70-year-old, who is thought to have had a heart attack, was pronounced dead on Christmas Eve after being taken ill at the high-security Ashworth hospital on Merseyside.

More - Mass killer Harry Street dies in psychiatric hospital | UK news | The Guardian

A man who suffered brain damage in a fatal road crash which left him with the mental age of a 10-year-old has been charged with causing his friend’s death. James Walmsley, 24, from Formby, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving

More - Man who suffered brain damage in fatal road crash charged with causing death by dangerous driving - Liverpool Echo

Joe Cocker has died. Reluctantly, went out and assembled a group of 40-plus musicians which was named Mad Dog and Englishmen. So the tour was eventually pushed forward, and Cocker toured in 48 US cities. This tour – as well as his falling out with Leon Russell — led him to depression.

More - http://mentalitch.com/tag/joe-cocker/

A man has been jailed for five years after he was convicted of killing a chef by gross negligence during a sex game. Alun Williams, 47, suffered a heart attack after he allegedly asked to be wrapped from head to foot in cling film and PVC sheeting.

Richard Bowler, 35, was convicted of his manslaughter at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday. His co-defendant, David Connor, 23, was cleared of the same charge. Mr Connor told police he left the flat after Bowler, who has cerebral palsy, told him he had a man coming round for sex, the court heard.

More - http://news.sky.com/story/1394217/man-jailed-for-cling-film-sex-game-death

An elderly stroke patient was left lying in her own urine in a cold ward on Christmas Day, it was claimed today. Elsie Keirl, 84, was admitted to Musgrove Park Hospital - which has since launched an investigation - in Taunton, Somerset, a day after she had a stroke at her home in nearby Brigwater.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ine-hospital-Christmas-Day.html#ixzz3OLOnIjei

Circum-cision before the age of five can double a boy's risk of developing autism, controversial research suggests. Scientists believe the finding may be linked to stress caused by the pain of the procedure. The study of more than 340, 000 boys in Denmark found that circum-cision raised the overall chances of an autism spectrum disorder before the age of 10 by 46 per cent. But if circum-cision took place before the age of five it doubled the risk.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ely-develop-autism-ADHD-10.html#ixzz3OLYQgFet

Schools are struggling to deal with rising numbers of students self-harming, two major teaching unions say. The number of pupils hurting themselves is said to be at a high. NHS figures obtained by BBC Newsbeat show a 20% rise in the number of 10 to 19-years-olds admitted to hospital because of self-harm injuries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

More - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30695657

The Cybersmile Foundation news - http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b0f8adcbfd745a16e52ef0e3d&id=8fb060824b&e=f755c3bfa0

Deborah Bone, a pioneering mental health nurse from Sheffield, who was also the inspiration behind Pulp’s hit song ‘Disco 2000’, has died at the age of 51 - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/p...ed-pulps-disco-2000-dies-aged-51-9953976.html

A dog in Devon saved the life of his stroke-victim owner by barking at passing motorists. Arthur McGarvey, 74, collapsed while walking labrador-collie cross Darky in fields near his home - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hero-dog-saves-life-owner-4904478

A schizophrenic man decapitated his mother with an axe because she “nagged” him to do chores, according to Florida police - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...mum-with-an-axe-on-new-years-eve-9953807.html

Sia's latest pop video - Elastic Heart, featuring Shia La Beouf & Maddie Ziegler (Official Video).

Ode to mental illness? Or seriously dodgy kiddie action a la Savile? You decide;

Je Suis Charlie 1 - "This video is a true masterpiece. If you think about it, it tells us a story. the cage represents a mental illness. Sia uses Maddie to represent a young version of herself, Shia is the father. Maddie and Shia in this video both have a mental illness and they are trying to escape it. Maddie (young version of Sia) finally breaks free from the illness but her dad does not. She goes back for him but he cannot escape because he cant change his ways. So if you think about it Sia is sharing with us something she had to go through as a kid."

Je Suis Charlie 2 - "That was incredibly sick and disgusting! I'm sure all the pedo-philes will be giving this video thumbs up. If you don't think there is anything wrong with this performance you may be sexually attracted to children. Prove to yourself you are not a pedo, thumbs down and flag this vile and abusive video!"

I'm with the last comment - this is a SERIOUSLY dodgy pop video I say - so it will probably be Number 1 next week then - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGAExj-es

And somehow at no point in it does either fighter perform a Rear Na-ked Choke.

(You see I too wondered for decades just WHAT was the best type fighting and wondered if it was just me why nobody ever decided to find out by simply making Kung Fu and Judo people etc fight each other - so thank you Dana White for finally making it happen)


(In the UFC you are allowed to kick a man when he's down, but just not in the head - so that's alright then. And you can even carry on attacking a stricken opponent even if they are already lying unconsciousness on the floor - provided the referee hasn't noticed that they are out yet! In fact there was the suspicion that refs would sometimes be deliberately slow to save unconscious fighters from being further battered - to satisfy the bloodthirsty crowd. These days though they've realised that more fans tune in if such fighters are saved in time - so that nearly always happens now - and although still attacking unconscious opponents is still legal it is frowned upon now and most fighters cease attacking once a knock out is clear whatever the referee has noticed yet)

Dan Henderson (USA) v Michael Bisping (GB) is the most notorious example. Google it - if you dare.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship - aka The World Brain Damage Championship

Mindfulness and Anger Workshops and Retreats with Mike Fisher;

Columbia Hotel
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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. Meet at the University of Birmingham.

These are the latest dates so far booked:

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/


(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/

Flippancy to end with;

A footballer woke from a coma after a horrific car crash thinking he was Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey and speaking fluent French – despite only having a basic grasp from school.

Rory Curtis, 25, suffered a serious brain injury and a broken pelvis after his van flipped over on the M42 near Tamworth, Staffordshire, and five vehicles ploughed into it in August 2012. He was placed in an induced coma for six days and when he finally came round he started chatting to nurses in fluent French even though he had not spoken the language in 12 years.

The former semi-professional footballer for Stourport Swifts FC also said he did not recognise himself in the mirror as he was convinced he was Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-actor-Matthew-McConaughey.html#ixzz3OLDlWrgO

From my local Trust;

The Guardian – Did 2014 mark the beginning of the end for mental health stigma? - http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/dec/19/2014-mental-health-stigma-end

NHS England – Mental health choice guidance published - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/19/mh-choice-guidance/

Department of Health - £12million to help people with mental health problems get back into work - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...ith-mental-health-problems-get-back-into-work

Department of Health – Sections 135 and 135 of the Mental Health Act: literature review - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...36-of-the-mental-health-act-literature-review

Centre for Mental Health – Review of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act: The views of professionals, service users and carers on the codes of practice and legislation - http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/publications/review_of_sections_135_136.aspx?ID=714

National Health Executive – New standards to bring mental health in line with other services – Monitor - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive....l-health-in-line-with-other-services--monitor

NHS Networks – Variation in compulsory psychiatric inpatient admission - http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/131458/FullReport-hsdr02490.pdf

SCIE – Integrating personal budgets for people with mental health problems - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/mediareleases/media-release?id=a1UG0000004H0DuMAK

The Guardian – Dementia is third most common cause of death in the UK, research finds - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/18/dementia-cause-death-uk-research

HSJ – Concern over projected fall in mental health nurse vacancies - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/concern-o...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – Tips to prevent mental health co-morbidities in diabetic patients - http://www.hsj.co.uk/home/commissio...ktitle=Mental-health-resources&contentID=2156

HSJ – Mental Health supplement: ‘The rooms are part of the therapy’ - http://www.hsj.co.uk/resource-centr...ocktitle=HSJ-supplements-2014&contentID=13300

HSJ – NHS England to trial employing pharmacists in A&E - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/nhs-engla...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

Department of Health – Mental Health Treatment – supporting integrated delivery guidance - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...tment-supporting-integrated-delivery-guidance

NHS England – England’s top dementia doctor says ‘make cutting back on alcohol your New Year’s resolution' - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/28/dementia-doc-ny-res/

Mental Health Today – Global investigation into the mental wellbeing of children launched - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/global-investigation-into-mental-wellbeing-of-children.aspx

Mental Health Today – Police Commissioners welcome mental health review - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...welcome_mental_health_review_25769818956.aspx

Mental Health Today – Eating disorder specialist calls for more community support at mealtimes - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...re-community-support-at-family-mealtimes.aspx

NHS Networks – Bulletin for CCGs – 19 December 2014 - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/12/19/bulletin-for-ccgs-issue-74-19-december-2014/

NHS Networks – Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance - http://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/address-gaps-in-mental-health-care-for-new-mothers

NHS Networks – Best practice in Memory Services - http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/memory-clinics-final.pdf

The Guardian – Mental health patients admissions to A&E set to reach record levels - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/01/mental-health-emergency-highest-winter-burstow

Black Country Partnership – Black Country awarded £75k to lead innovation in child and adolescent mental health services - http://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-events

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare – Community Triage Team making EXCELLENT progress in providing the right care in the right place at the right time - http://www.combined.nhs.uk/news/Pag...are-in-the-Right-Place-at-the-Right-Time.aspx