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HumAnima CIC's first Newsletter of 2015 (animal therapy) - How will you make 2015 FAB for your Furry Family?!

Cybersmile Foundation February newsletter - The Cybersmile Foundation February Newsletter!

NHS Bodies and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements (Amendment) Regulations 2015: public consultation

PDF, 446KB, 15 pages - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/401699/Consulation.pdf

Consultation descriptionThe proposed amendments to the NHS Bodies and Local Authorities Partnership Arrangements Regulations 2000 aim to provide more flexibility around pooled budgets. This would support more joined-up planning and commissioning.

The proposed change will make it possible for pooled budgets to include funding for primary medical care. This will encourage greater integration across community health, social care and primary care.

The proposal will not impose any requirements on areas or NHS England to make use of these additional flexibilities.

Ways to respond;

Respond online


Complete a response form and either

Email to: [email protected]

Write to:
Jessica Sharp,
Department of Health,
Wellington House,
133-155 Waterloo Road,
London SE1 8UG.

Clive Allen: I know how Clarke Carlisle feels - when I retired from football my hair fell out. Allen, who once scored 49 times in one season for Spurs, says that he too experienced severe depression when he quit the game after an illustrious career

More - Clive Allen: I know how Clarke Carlisle feels - when I retired from football my hair fell out - Mirror Online

I was still at school when Clive Allen was playing football. He was famous for often toe-poking the ball instead of using his instep. In fact in kickabouts at school etc, if one of us toe-poked the ball, we all shouted `cliv !!!' in reference to him (that's instead of `clive' of course - well schoolboy nicknames never make much sense do they?)

He wasn't a bad player actually, just look at this goal, not a toe-poke though - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUX0hR-3bmM

A pilot project enabling mental health experts to team up with West Midlands Police to assess people to try to keep them out of custody is to be expanded. Since January, psychiatric nurses and paramedics have joined police in Birmingham and Solihull in dealing with people believed to be mentally unwell.

More - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-29566201

Corrie star Sally Ann Matthews on return after 22 years: I’m over bulimia and ready for Street - http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/corrie-star-sally-ann-matthews-5135283

Respected bishop suffering from dementia was slapped and forced to endure cold showers by his carer in weeks before his death

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-slapped-carer-weeks-death.html#ixzz3ReACH63V

A woman committed suicide on her 30th birthday after being filmed shoplifting on a 'caught on camera' TV show, an inquest has heard. Elizabeth Outram was found hanging at her home in Hackney, east London after a night out to celebrate her birthday at the Shard in September last year. Miss Outram had suffered from depression, anxiety and panic attacks since 2007.

More - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/elizabeth-outram-woman-killed-herself-5152855

Asperger's diagnosis saved Charlie's life: 'Daughter slashed wrists at 7 - now she’s beauty queen' - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/aspergers-diagnosis-saved-charlies-life-5154632

Mindfulness Wellbeing event with a confusing date;

Sunday February 23rd. Temple Bar Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
DATE: Sunday February 25th 1.30pm - 6pm

ADMISSION: By suggested Donation €15. Free admission to Unemployed , Teenagers and Children accompanied by Adults. Numbers strictly limited so early booking is advised.

Come and join us for a day of Mindfulness Wellbeing as together we take time out to explore the self healing power of Mindfulness.

More - http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=83f7e152d7efd95336c48bf46&id=4fb3ed1924&e=11594af41f

(There is neither a Sunday February 23rd nor a Sunday February 25th in 2015 of course. The remaining Sundays in February are the 15th and the 22nd. Talk about an Irish calendar. You'll have to chase it up with them what day it is actually on if interested in attending)

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 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/

From my local Trust;

Parliament – Mental health illness prevalence in criminal justice system a scandal - http://www.parliament.uk/business/c...committee/news/150206-mental-health-rpt-pubn/

NHS England – NHS England launches new framework for commissioning support services - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/05/lpf-launch/

Mental Health Today – Government promises to set up working group on mental health services for sign language users - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...-health-services-for-sign-language-users.aspx

Care Quality Commission – New report published looking at the user of the Mental Health Act in 2013/2014 - http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/new-report-published-looking-use-mental-health-act-201314

Care Quality Commission – One in five records of mental health patients lack evidence that their rights have been explained to them after being detained - http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/one-f...vidence-their-rights-have-been-explained-them

Care Quality Commission – Chief Inspector of Hospitals recommends Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust should be placed into special measures following CQC inspection - http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/chief...lk-and-suffolk-nhs-foundation-trust-should-be

NHS Networks – Right here: how to promote youth-friendly mental health and well-being services - http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/PDF/publications/right-here-guide-4.pdf

NHS Networks – Scientists on target with dementia cure or drug - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/02/dementia-cure/

NHS Networks – Commissioning tools for transitions from child and adolescent mental health services - http://www.england.nhs.uk/resources/resources-for-ccgs/#camhs-tools

Royal College of Psychiatrists - £400k ‘club drugs’ project gets go ahead - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/%A3400kclubdrugsproject.aspx

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Independent Commission launched to review the provision of inpatient psychiatric care for patients – call for evidence - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/independentcommissionlaunch.aspx

Centre for Mental Health – Supporting children’s mental health is a good investment, says new report - http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/2015_investing_in_childrens_mental_health.aspx

Department of Health – Local Mental Health Heroes recognised by the Deputy PM - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-mental-health-heroes-recognised-by-the-deputy-pm

West London Mental Health NHS Trust – A&E programme reduces unnecessary attendances - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/uncategorized/ae-programme-reduces-unnecessary-attendances/