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THE wife and stepdaughter of a man who drowned and dismembered his pet dog, then blamed black magic for his crimes, were in hospital last night after their home was destroyed in a fire. Margaret Carroll and Katrina Livingstone have been arrested by police on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. The pair are believed to be in a critical condition for a condition unrelated to the blaze which ripped through their home near Leadgate, Consett, County Durham.

Mrs Carroll's husband, Paul, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. Magistrates heard how he drowned and dismembered a Bedlington terrier then claimed supernatural spirits from a Ouija board session on Christmas Eve had killed it. The 51-year-old, who has learning difficulties, is due to be sentenced later this month.

More - Ouija board dog killer

(A Ouija board gets its name from the French and German words for `yes' put together - yes the reason really is as mundane as that).

Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle was attempting to take his own life when he was hit by a lorry in December, he has revealed. Carlisle told the Sun newspaper he had been left severely depressed by the end of his football career, financial problems and the loss of a TV punditry role. Carlisle, speaking on Time to Talk Day, which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, was chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association between 2010 and 2013 - BBC Sport - Clarke Carlisle: Ex-PFA chairman reveals suicide attempt

The mum of anorexic sufferer Sian Clarke has welcomed the ‘amazing’ support from Birmingham Mail readers after her daughter bravely spoke out about the illness which nearly claimed her life - Anorexic Sian Clarke's mum thanks Birmingham Mail readers for 'amazing' support - Birmingham Mail

A mother-of-six with learning disabilities can be sterilised, a judge has ruled - Judge authorises sterilisation of mother-of-six with learning disabilities | Society | The Guardian

Frequent eye movements in babies could be a clue to whether they will develop an autism spectrum disorder, a Medical Research Council study suggests - BBC News - Babies with frequent eye movements linked to autism

Forward For Life operates with the core belief that although there are many challenges that exist across and within our communities, solutions to these challenges are also to be found across and within our communities. With an overall goal of supporting communities to be Suicide Safer, we adopt forward thinking approaches to reduce inequalities and promote opportunities for enhanced well-being and improved quality of life - http://forwardforlife.org/

Common Unity Social Enterprise is a Health and Social Care organisation specialising in working on mental health and well-being with ‘hard to reach’ communities. It was established in 2009 by community activists from BME communities who were also mental health professionals, and who had grown up in the inner city areas of the West Midlands - http://www.common-unity.org/

Mind and Soul is a non-denominational organisation exploring Christianity and mental health. Find out more about their Mental Health Access Pack - http://www.mentalhealthaccesspack.org/

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 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

Birmingham Central User Voice Forum - Promoting user involvement in Birmingham & Solihull mental health services. Diary Dates 2015;

Monday 9 February
Monday 27 April
Monday 22 June
Monday 24 August
Monday 26 October
Monday 21 December

Venue: Small Heath Health Centre, 42 Chapman Road, Birmingham B10 OPG

1pm — 2pm

- Share ideas on improvement or voice your concern
- Service Users only during first half -hour session
- Refreshments provided
- Travel costs refunded for those travelling by bus

For further information contact: Cabdulqaadir Ruumi, User Voice Development Worker.

Tel: 07985 883 143 or email [email protected]

Birmingham Healthy Minds Free Mindfulness Workshops - Are you struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world? Do you need help managing your moods?

Free workshops for anyone aged 16 or over, who is registered with a Birmingham GP. Just drop in on the day. For any enquiries please call 0121 301 3892.

16 February 2015, 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY
2 February 2015, 12.30pm - 2.30pm - South & City Birmingham College, Hall Green Campus, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green B28 8ES
2 March 2015, 12.30pm - 2.30pm - MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
16 March 2015, 1.30pm - 3.30pm - Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY

More - www.birminghamhealthyminds.org/

Shoulder To Shoulder Veterans' Drop in, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Forthcoming dates:

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 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 top secret Pentagon report has concluded that Vladimir Putin suffers from Asperger’s syndrome (presumably it is in the same file as the one about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction) - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...spergers-syndrome-Pentagon-report-claims.html

(Read the comment - "If I was Putin I would organise room number 1812 for one of his guests and 1941 for the other" - referring to Hollande and Merkel visiting him today. Are Oxbridge and Ivy League etc educated diplomats really petty enough to actually do things like that? God help us all if so. Remember that one about the US and North Korea bringing bigger and bigger flags to the border to outdo each other? And to think that I got complaints for mulching my front garden with a big carpet. They made the annual Drumcree stand-off look like reasonable behaviour. A few weeks back BBC 2 had the Australian ambassador debating Aboriginal rights with the actor who played Joe Mangel in Neighbours - as if no university expert on the topic could be found in London etc and so Mark Little had to do - Rolf Harris was unavailable obviously. A truly Alan Partridge moment. When the ambassador walked into the studio did they play Waltzing Matilda instead of Advance Australia Fair?)

Speaking of which, in traditional Aboriginal arithmetic, only two numbers exist, `1' and "many" (which could be denoted as `>1' I suppose) and I've often wondered if any university mathematician etc has ever explored it - probably has damn all practical use, but it seems that most Maths doesn't anyway and that doesn't stop them.

So I'll do it now;

1 + Many = Many

1 - Many = minus Many (though that isn't actually "Many" is it?)

1 x Many = Many

Many / 1 = Many

1 / Many = er, ? - that's a puzzle too isn't it? Must be less than 1 so can't be denoted in the system

And another puzzle;

Many - 1 = ? (it could be 1 or Many since Many could be `2' or `3' etc)

Perhaps a Nobel Prize awaits anyone figuring it all out - I'll leave it with you anyway - I'm certainly no Alan Turing.

(My best guess is that certain calculations would be "blocked" if you can't denote the answer and so you are just limited to the possible ones and those are its rules. I could be wrong though. Could it be useful regarding Fork lightning and Bolt lightning? In what else field do you get just `one' or `many' in some sort of ungovernable way?)

From my local Trust;

Partnership working between police and mental health providers 'the way forward' - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2015/01/partnership-working-the-way-forward

NHS Confederation – Protecting vulnerable people - http://www.networks.nhs.uk/networks/news/protecting-vulnerable-people

NHS Confederation – Mental health and gangs - http://www.networks.nhs.uk/networks/news/mental-health-and-gangs

NHS Confederation – Implementing behaviour change interventions - http://www.networks.nhs.uk/networks/news/implementing-behaviour-change-interventions

NHS Confederation – New models of care programme - http://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/new-models-of-care-programme/newsitem_popview

Mental Health Today – Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme extended to include people with Dementia - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...extended-to-include-people-with-dementia.aspx

Mental Health Today – NHS could save millions by working with housing associations to provide mental health care, report claims - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...provide-mental-health-care-report-claims.aspx

Young Minds – Right Here launches ‘how to’ guide for mental health service providers - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b..._mental_health_service_provision_how_to_guide

Young Minds – Putting young people at the heart of campaigning - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2428_youth-engagement-review

NHS England – CCG Bulletin, issue 76 - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/01/28/ccg-bulletin-issue-76/

Royal College of Psychiatrists – RCP produces new guidelines on when children and young people should be seen by a psychiatrist - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/childadolescentguidelines.aspx

HSJ – The Opposition (Labour Party) pledges to shorten mental health waits - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/oppositio...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

The Guardian – NHS mental health care ‘pushed to breaking point by lack of beds’ - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...g-point-lack-beds-psychiatrists-nhs-hospitals

Centre for Mental Health – New report reviews ‘what works’ for people facing multiple and complex needs - http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/2015_services_for_complex_needs.aspx

Mind – Mind’s new online publications make legal support accessible to all - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaig...legal-support-accessible-to-all/#.VNTuVLlyat8

SCIE – Fluctuating needs: SCIE bulletin (30 January 2015) - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/index

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – Trust backs launch of new mental health website - http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/section.php?page=news&t=ln&nid=341