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An urgent appeal to find man missing from an Oldbury (West Midlands) medical unit. Christopher Roy has not been seen since leaving the centre on Monday afternoon (February 16). The 60-year-old needs medication and officers want sightings of him reported to them as soon as possible. Christopher has been receiving treatment for depression and other matters and needs to take medication - Urgent appeal to find man missing from Oldbury medical unit- News - West Midlands Police

A psychotic teenager claimed he battered a pensioner to death because he thought his victim was the horror movie villain Freddy Krueger - schizophrenic Anthony Hallard first told police that he killed David Rimmer in self-defence during a fight at the 69-year-old’s home in Borough Road, St Helens - Psychotic teen claimed he battered pensioner to death because he thought he was Freddy Krueger - Liverpool Echo

A man has been charged after an Italian student was found fatally stabbed in Birmingham. Francesco Leccese, 21, was found dead at his home in Daley Close, Ladywood, on 18 November. Police have charged Alberto Casiroli, 20, a tenant at the same address, with murder. Mr Casiroli was originally detained under the Mental Health Act but West Midlands Police have since declared him fit to be charged - BBC News - Murder charge over fatal stabbing of Italian student

A British woman beheaded in a Spanish supermarket was unable to defend herself against the "abhorrent" attack, an inquest has heard. Jennifer Mills-Westley, 60, originally from Norwich, was attacked in Los Cristianos in 2011. Deyan Deyanov, who had paranoid schizophrenia, was sentenced to 20 years in a psychiatric unit for murder - BBC News - Beheaded mum Jennifer Mills-Westley 'was defenceless'

An autistic teenager who had worked up the courage to visit his local town centre alone for the first time was beaten and had rocks thrown at him by two thugs in an unprovoked attack. Thomas Birks, 16, was walking to his house in Balderton, near Newark, Nottinghamshire, on February 7 when two boys on pushbikes began following him and shouting abuse. Both youths are described as slim and white. The one who hit Thomas was wearing a khaki-coloured coat.

Anyone with information is asked to dial the police non-emergency number 101 quoting incident number 000502-07022015

Read more: Moment autistic Balderton teenager was beaten and stoned by yobs caught on CCTV | Daily Mail Online

A mental health trust has become the first in England to be put in special measures. NHS regulator Monitor will help support the management at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to deliver an action plan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-31532241

A mother killed herself the day after learning police had dropped an investigation into claims she was raped by a sex offender at a mental health NHS clinic, an inquest heard. Kylie Payne, 23, was found dead at the clinic in Norfolk, just one day after she was told that police would not be pressing charges against the man.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...obe-claims-raped-sex-offender-NHS-clinic.html

(Those last 2 stories might be related)

Selfie queen Karen Danczuk was sexually abused as a child, she has revealed. The Rochdale councillor - and wife of the town’s MP (child grooming campaigner Simon) - said her horrific experiences as a small child led to years of suicidal thoughts, depression and therapy - http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/karen-danczuk-reveals-sexually-abused-8656945

Skunk-like cannabis increases risk of psychosis, study suggests - a new study found high-potency strains of "skunk" cannabis – infamous for both its strength and its pungent smell – could be linked to one in four cases of new-onset psychosis. Psychosis is a mental health condition characterised by symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions - http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/02February/Pages/Super-strength-skunk-cannabis-linked-to-psychosis.aspx

Caring Kate tackles childhood depression: Duchess records rare video message urging 'early action' for kids struggling with mental health issues

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...gling-mental-health-issues.html#ixzz3SIzjolSa

Beyond Bedlam: infamous mental hospital's new museum opens. Bethlem Museum of the Mind tackles hospital’s history head on with displays of shackles and ankle tags, striking sculptures and paintings by patients past and present - http://www.theguardian.com/culture/...am-infamous-mental-hospitals-new-museum-opens

Parents of children with mental health problems in England will get more say on their care - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31529674

A consortium led by Birmingham Children's Hospital has been given a £124m contract to provide mental health services for young people in the city - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31515884

£30m war on Alzheimers. Britain leads the fight to find new drug treatments - http://www.express.co.uk/life-style...itain-leads-find-new-drug-treatments-dementia

From the Imagine Group in Birmingham;

I own 5 horses 4 of which are rescues, there are 3 Shetlands, one Sec D Welsh Cob & a Belgian Warmblood which is my own horse, many of the Imagine Group come to see the Shetlands also the new project of letting the Rescue Sec D Mare called Molly be groomed by individuals as she is the smaller of the big horses and the connection with Horses has quite an effect.

Kind Regards

Kevin A. Hiatt
Imagine Group, Great Barr (depression), http://e-voice.org.uk/imaginegroup

Black women and depression support group in London. This is a group for black women who feel isolated due to depression. Here you can meet regular with people who know what your going through in a supportive environment - http://www.meetup.com/Black-women-and-depression-support-group/

From Sheila McMahon;

As a qualified Counsellor and a stand–up comic I’ve combined Humour with Mental Health. I hope to educate people on human behaviour, entertain and show how humour is a fantastic coping mechanism and hopefully inspire you so you can get best out of yourself. I will be disclosing some personal details about myself that people may find upsetting however I am doing this for the greater good. If you want to find out more then come along. The show has already sold 75% of tickets so if you do want to come then I would advise you to book your tickets via the Lichfield Garrick theatre as soon as you can.

The details are - Sheila’s M.H.S. (Mental Health Show), The Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Friday 13th March

To book call The Lichfield Garrick Box office on 01543 412 121

Henry Wang, 10, is a huge fan of Sir David Attenborough and he decided to write him a letter. Within five days, Sir David had hand written a letter back to Henry and signed some covers of his DVDs. Henry has autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and his teachers say he is bright and very lively in the classroom, always wanting to find out facts and ask questions. Ten-year-old Henry, a pupil at St Matthew’s Primary School in Ipswich, wrote to the world-renowned naturalist on January 21 and a few days later he was delighted to receive a reply, dated January 22.

More - http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/s...d_naturalist_sir_david_attenborough_1_3962065

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.

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:

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;

NHS England – 5 millionth feedback landmark for Friends and Family test - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/09/five-million/

NHS England – Children and Young People to get more say in their mental health - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/11/pcoms-cyp/

NHS England – NHS England & Public Health England guide highlights importance of communities to health and wellbeing - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/11/health-wellbeing/

NHS England – CCG Bulletin, Issue 75 - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/09/ccg-bulletin-issue-77/

NHS Confederation – Revised Code of Practice: Mental Health Act (1983) laid before Parliament - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2015/02/revised-code-of-practice

NHS Confederation – NHS England publishes new guidance on mental health access and waiting time standards - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2015/...ntal-health-access-and-waiting-time-standards

NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines – Unemployment and job insecurity linked to increased risk of suicide - http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/02February/Pages/Unemployment-linked-to-increased-risk-of-suicide.aspx

Care Quality Commission – Chief Inspector of Hospitals publishes report on quality of care provided by St Andrew’s Healthcare rating the service as ‘requires improvement’ - http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/chief...-quality-care-provided-st-andrew’s-healthcare

Young Minds – 10 Young Adult books that reflect mental health issues - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2452_10_young_adult_books_that_reflect_mental_health_issues

Mental Health Today – Education Secretary pledges millions towards Early Intervention - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...towards-mental-health-early-intervention.aspx

British Psychoanalytic Council – New report on the deteriorating state of NHS Psychotherapy services across the UK - http://www.nationalcounsellingsocie...-of-nhs-psychotherapy-services-across-the-uk/

West London Mental Health NHS Trust – Statement in response to Independent of Sunday article - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/statement-in-response-to-independent-on-sunday-article/

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – Local health organisations team up to provide better care for patients - http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/news/