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Children's mental health services 'cut by £50m' - BBC News - Children's mental health services 'cut by £50m'

Stylist magazine campaign - How to Reclaim Your Lunch Break and create a better work-life balance - How and why to reclaim your lunch break and create a better work-life balance | Stylist Magazine

British Association of Anger Management news - MYA / BAAM Newsletter

Stress is the reason why we find it hard to empathise with someone we do not know, researchers suggest - BBC News - Stress is 'barrier to feeling empathy for strangers'

Neurodegenerative diseases have been halted by harnessing the regenerative power of hibernation, scientists say. Bears, hedgehogs and mice destroy brain connections as they enter hibernation, and repair them as they wake up - BBC News - Hibernating hints at dementia therapy

Researchers suggest that insulin delivered via nasal spray can be used to improve memory in Alzheimer's disease patients - http://www.techtimes.com/articles/2...spray-may-help-improve-memory-in-patients.htm


(Obviously don't click this one unless you want to see her self-harm pics. The whole thing is seriously - eek!)

Man live-streamed the rape of his ex onto the Internet and threatened to kill her unless she had sex with a Rottweiller. Samantha Miller has revealed how she was also left with a brain damaged baby after her vile ex Sean Johnstone punched her in the stomach while she was pregnant.

The brave 35-year-old has waived her right to anonymity. Miss Miller said that she hopes other women will be able to draw inspiration from her story, go to the police and leave their violent partner.

Sick dad-of-five Johnston was jailed for 17-and-a-half years after being found guilty on all 27 counts at Teesside Crown Court. Miss Miller, who has started a new life with her daughter, has post-traumatic stress disorder and her arms are covered in scars where she has self-harmed afterwards.

More, if you dare - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/beast-live-streamed-rape-online-threatened-4963695

A former Vietnam Army officer who blamed his PTSD for driving him to kill a cop spoke of his pride that he served his country before he was executed in Georgia. Andrew Howard Brannan, 66, was given a lethal injection by authorities and died in prison in the city of Jackson after his appeals for clemency were denied.

He was executed for the 1998 murder of sheriff's deputy Kyle Dinkheller, 22, whom he shot nine times with a high-powered rifle after a traffic stop in Dudley, Georgia. Lawyers argued that Brannan's combat experiences caused his mental illness and drove him to kill - but neither the Supreme Court of Georgia nor the United States Supreme Court stayed his execution.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...PTSD-vast-final-meal-death.html#ixzz3P0PdEaDc

Actress Linda Robson tells of the devastating impact Ben Kinsella's death had on her son. The actress, 56, feared Louis, 22, would have to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act as he confined himself indoors but could not be left alone - http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/actress-linda-robson-tells-devastating-4957083

Conspiracy Theory - the London knife-crime hysteria of 2008 was just a ploy by The Daily Mail to get Met Police chief (and inconvenient Labour luvvy) Ian Blair ousted once Tory Boris Johnson became mayor.

The anomalies supporting that idea;

It only started in late May 2008 (instantly once Boris got elected) - so what about the knife murders in London which had occurred in January, February, March, April etc? Any upward trend wouldn't have been spotted earlier than late May?

Didn't include knife-crime cases outside London

Included cases inside London which didn't actually involve knives (e.g. Jimmy Mizen)

The stoked hysteria instantly stopped occurring once Ian Blair was ousted, and before 2008 itself had actually ended - so do you know the final 2008 tally? No you don't, because those later cases weren't hyped once Ian Blair went.

And even more obvious - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - what about all those knife crime cases? e.g. I'd wager that events in August 2011 shoved that year's London knife crime figures right up.

Russia has listed transsexual and transgender people among those who will no longer qualify for driving licences. Fetishism, exhibitionism, and voyeurism are also included as "mental disorders" now barring people from driving. "Pathological" gambling and compulsive stealing are also on the list.

The government says it is tightening medical controls for drivers because Russia has too many road accidents. Russian psychiatrists and human rights lawyers have condemned the move - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30735673

From the NSUN website newsletter;

When a mental health condition becomes a disability - A mental health condition is considered a disability if it has a long-term effect on your normal day-to-day activity. This is defined under the Equality Act 2010.

Your condition is 'long term' if it lasts, or is likely to last, 12 months.

'Normal day-to-day activity' is defined as something you do regularly in a normal day. For example - using a computer, working set times or interacting with people.

Apply to the Mental Health Tribunal - You can apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) if you're admitted ('detained') as a patient in a psychiatric hospital ('sectioned') and want to be discharged.

You can apply on a patient's behalf if you're their:

•legal representative
•'nearest relative'

The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision. Find out more here.

Government review of Sections 135/136 Mental Health Act 1983 - Commitment to end use of police cells for under 18s experiencing mental health crisis

Home Secretary Theresa May and Care Services Minister Norman Lamb, published the Government review of the operation of Sections 135/136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The review report, and supporting evidence base, can be found online.

The review aimed to address what was widely perceived as an excessive use of police cells to detain people under section 136, and in particular to ensure that children and young people are not being held in police cells when experiencing a mental health crisis. You can read the latest Social Care blog for the story here.

More - http://www.nsun.org.uk/news/newsletters/

Meet Up allow online groups to be set up which then meet in person (take the usual precautions when meeting such people), I've searched for the Mental Health groups which are within 100 miles from these UK cities, so click your nearest city for the list of mental health Meet Up groups near you.

I've done a 100 miles radius of London first, and then a 100 mile radius of major cities moving north etc. That should include everybody;

So for the mental health Meet Up groups within 100 miles of London, click here - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...lon=-0.01&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Plymouth - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...rFreeform=plymouth&mcId=c1012734&sort=default

Within 100 miles of Southampton - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...erFreeform=southam&mcId=c1012738&sort=default

Within 100 miles of Bristol - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1012724&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Cardiff - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...879999999&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Ipswich - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...erFreeform=ipswich&mcId=c1012763&sort=default

Within 100 miles of Norwich - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...899999998&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Birmingham - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1012719&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Liverpool - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...459999999&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Manchester - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...userFreeform=manch&mcId=c1012725&sort=default

Within 100 miles of Leeds - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...879999999&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Newcastle - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1012741&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Carlisle - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1012827&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Glasgow - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1012718&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Edinburgh - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1087299&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Dundee - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...serFreeform=dundee&mcId=c1012751&sort=default

Within 100 miles of Aberdeen - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...=c1012739&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

Within 100 miles of Belfast - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...999999988&sort=recommended&eventFilter=mysugg

And I've done within 100 miles of Dublin as well as a courtesy - http://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeet...serFreeform=dublin&mcId=c1017818&sort=default

From Crisis Skylight;

Are you unable to relax? Feeling depressed?
Mental Health Group - with Angela
Where: Crisis Training Room, Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham

Starting on Wednesday 14th January 2015

If you are a Crisis Member and wish to learn skills for depression management, anxiety management, assertiveness and relaxation ... Come along to our skills training sessions

For further information call: 0121 348 7951

COUNCIL BUDGET CUTS - Birmingham: If you want Birmingham City Council to stop and think about your needs and the possible cuts to Mental Health services' budgets, please text: 07786 200 403

Type in BUDGET then a space then your individual message. Messages below as suggestions.

Please keep my mental health Supporting People service in the budget

I value my Supporting People mental health support

My Supporting People mental health support has saved me from being homeless

My housing related mental health support has helped me re-engage with my community

Website - http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/

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.

Suresearch Monthly Meetings in 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
Thursday 10th September
Wednesday 7th October
Thursday 5th November
Wednesday 2nd December

Meetings are generally held at 10.30am in the Garden Room at Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT.

Tea, coffee and a warm welcome are available from 10.00 am. Our meetings are open, friendly, and relaxed. Everyone has the chance to sit and listen or contribute to the discussions, raise topics and distribute information. News of local and national developments is shared, along with information on current and forthcoming research and teaching projects

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

Shoulder To Shoulder Veterans' Drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm. 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;

Re all those Meet Up cities. I'm afraid that Carlisle always reminds me of this - their soccer team came up to the top flight once for the first time ever, and then won their first 3 games of the new season, topping the league at that point, and everyone wondered if they'd stay there and incredibly be champions. But they actually ended up being relegated back down again though - finishing bottom!

Carlisle United were more like Carlisle Comets.

I reckoned that was the 1975-6 season - but in fact it was 1974-5 when I checked

A few years later (1977-8 season) Notts Forest came up and instantly started winning all the time too - and people wondered if they'd be another Carlisle - but they actually won the league!

Another irony of that type - I think this was Norwich City in about the 1984-5 season. In those days the TV contracts were all signed in advance up to Christmas - and no TV company signed up any of their games thinking they had no chance, but they started winning lots and were top all the time - but obviously were never shown on TV!

Then Christmas came, and every TV company up signed their remaining games - only for them to then start losing all the time and they lost the league!

What was that season in the 1980's in Scotland when Hearts had an absolutely massive lead over Celtic with just a few games left - and somehow blew it?

Must be this one - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985–86_Scottish_Premier_Division

(Liverpool last season took me back to those days too - they were 3-0 up against Crystal Palace with about 10 minutes left - but then drew 3 - 3. It looked like they were a walkover for the title until things like that started happening)

And the immortal Kevin Keegan rant from 1996, headphones included - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXpUdBlRZe8

(Newcastle with manager Keegan led Man Utd in the league by a mile, and Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson said it was only because the other teams tried harder to beat Man Utd than beat Newcastle - hence the above Keegan rant at Ferguson - Man Utd then caught up Newcastle and won the league though!)

And yes younger readers, there was a time where more than about 5 or 6 teams had a chance of winning the English league - in fact is it even that many these days?

From my local Trust;

NHS England – New resource to improve young people’s mental health services - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/01/09/camhs/

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

HSJ – Monitor proposes lower threshold for investigations into FT finances - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/monitor-p...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

SLaM – A new home for Bethlam Gallery and Museum of the Mind - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/a-new-home-for-bethlem-gallery-and-museum-of-the-mind

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust – Ground breaking new language study seeks participants - http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/section.php?page=news&t=ln&nid=334

Dudley & Walsall Mental Health – New Walsall male mental health support group and migrants support group - http://www.dwmh.nhs.uk/new-walsall-...pport-group-migrants-support-group/#more-4082
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Jun 25, 2013
awesomeness thank you x