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A fantasist who slashed his wealthy friend repeatedly in the neck in a savage attack at the victim's luxury apartment is facing jail. Psychology graduate Darren Scott, 26, launched the frenzied knife attack after cooking up a plan to con money out of his rich pal. He stabbed his victim three times in the neck and repeatedly on his body with a serrated kitchen knife in the master bedroom of the £2million home in Mayfair, central London.

Read more: Fantasist Darren Scott who slashed wealthy friend's throat in £2million Mayfair flat found guilty of attempted murder  | Daily Mail Online

Eddie Ray Routh has been found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for shooting and killing Chris Kyle, the soldier celebrated in the film American Sniper, and his friend Chad Littlefield. Routh’s legal team did not dispute he carried out the killings but hoped to convince the jury to return a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity and produced examples of his strange behaviour. They argued he was a paranoid schizophrenic man who was having a psychotic episode when he shot and killed Littlefield, 35, and Kyle, 38 - 'American Sniper' killer Eddie Ray Routh found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole | Film | The Guardian

A family was left abroad for two days after a travel firm told them the son who has severe autism was “unfit to fly”. Arshad Sherbaz and Selina Begum – parents of 11-year-old Mustafah – were told by Thomas Cook that they could not board the return flight home from Turkey - Family left behind on holiday as autistic son was deemed 'unfit to fly' without medical certificate - Home News - UK - The Independent

Sleeping for eight hours can increase the risk of a stroke - especially for women over 63

Read more: Lie-in danger as sleeping for eight hours can increase stroke risk | Daily Mail Online

Clinical Research Network's new website. This is at: Clinical Research Network

Up Yer Brum is a free Birmingham magazine for young people and has lots of mental health resources and articles, you can download the latest version at this link -http://urbrum.org/download/magazine/issuethree/URBRUMIssue3.pdf

Mind Your Anger news - http://email.beatinganger.co.uk/dis...5e98e05e02a2112cf199236edad&S=370&L=223&N=272

Brighton Borderline Personality & Mental Health Meetup Group - "I have been struggling in dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder for a while now and am a little disturbed at the lack of nearby Meetup groups based around supporting the fight against this affliction. The idea of this group is to bring out our social sides in a relaxed environment. Admittedly 'relaxed' is subjective, but I'm thinking we could find discreet coffee shop corners to begin with."

More - http://www.meetup.com/Brighton-Borderline-Personality-Disorder-Meetup/

Child mental health services in England must be prioritised more to tackle the complex and severe problems they face, a leaked draft taskforce report says - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31543213

One million people have now signed up to be "dementia friends" in England, the Alzheimer's Society has announced - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31557377

Smokers are around 70 per cent more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, a study has revealed

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...on-quitting-reverse-damage.html#ixzz3Sy9Aak65

After hated Atos quits, will Maximus make work assessments less arduous? - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...ll-maximus-make-work-assessments-less-arduous

Emmerdale star Gemma Oaten shares the anorexia hell that nearly killed her - http://shows.stv.tv/this-morning/sh...-shares-anorexia-hell-that-nearly-killed-her/

Mindfulness Wellbeing event;

Sunday March 8th. Temple Bar Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Come and join us for our second day in our series of Mindfulness Wellbeing as together we take time out to explore the self healing power of Mindfulness. This event will be facilitated by Clinical Hypnotherapist, Cognitive Mindful Life Coach and Client centred Holistic Therapist Dermot O'Hara a practicing teacher of Mindfulness in Ireland for over 30 years.

For more detailed information on this event go to - http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=83f7e152d7efd95336c48bf46&id=60d2390365&e=11594af41f

People diagnosed with depression are roughly three times more likely than the general population to commit violent crimes such as robbery, sexual offences and assault, according to psychiatric experts. A study based on more than 47,000 people in Sweden, emphasised that the overwhelming majority of depressed people are neither violent nor criminal and should not be stigmatised.

“One important finding was that the vast majority of depressed people were not convicted of violent crimes, and that the rates ... are below those for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and considerably lower than for alcohol or drug abuse,” said Seena Fazel, who led the study at University of Oxford’s psychiatry department.

The researchers found that 3.7% of men and 0.5% of women committed a violent crime after being identified as clinically depressed. This compared with 1.2% of men and 0.2% of women in the general population - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...o-violent-says-university-oxford-study-sweden

(I would've thought that the motivation to escape afterwards is much lesser with depressed people - which could explain the difference in itself if only caught people were researched).

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

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


(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/

Big Top Road Show - Birmingham

We provide an information hub coinciding with fairgrounds, which has free face-painting one side and the information Hub and an arts and crafts unit with an TV to show messages like Road safety Health and wellbeing, Anti-bullying which we have taken in to the parks and Schools, any message our old and new partner’s wish to get across, and with our partners help and guidance we will be tackling serious controversial issues such has mental illness, homelessness, alcohol, drug misuse, violence, abuse, racism, human rights and international issues that may affect the UK.

The people of Birmingham come from many different cultures some that suffer with language barriers and find it hard to understand different cultures. Quite a lot of people who attend our events have financial and educational barriers to overcome and find it hard to integrate in to society .We give the opportunity for these people to have a purpose and find the life skills and training they need to equip themselves to live in a diverse society like Birmingham through the performing Arts and help their community grow.

We are also running out of information leaflets guys if you have some please send them to the road show, especial children's mags / leaflets on what you do / women abuse leaflets or info etc.

The list of Robert Wilkinson Fun Fair dates and places;

Pype Hayes Park – 28th March – 12th April 2015 Bham North
Witton Lakes – 17th / 18th / 19th - 24th / 25th / 26th April 2015 Bham
Small Heath Park – 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th May 2015 Bham East
Acocks Green Park – 7th / 8th / 9th / 10th May 2015 Bham East
Chelmsley Wood Park – 14th / 15th / 16th / 17th May 2015 Solihull
Canon Hill Park – 23rd – 31st May 2015 Bham East Fun 4 kids day 22nd
Ward End Park – 4th / 5th / 6th / 7th June 2015 Bham East
Sparkhill Park – 11th / 12th / 13th / 14th June 2015 Bham East
Selly Oak Park – 18th / 19th / 20th / 21st June 2015 Bham south Harborne fest on 21st
Cofton Park – 25th / 26th / 27th / 28th June 2015 Bham South
Chinbrook Park – 2nd / 3rd / 4th / 5th July 2015 Bham East
Shard End Park– 9th / 10th / 11th / 12th July 2015 Bham East Shard fest 12st
Sennelys Park – 16th – 19th July Bham South or 23rd – 26th July 2015
Small Heath Park – 23rd – 26th July Bham East or 16th – 19th July 2015
Chelmsley Wood Park – 31st July – 9th August 2015 Solihull Summer Hols
Canon Hill Park – 15th August – 6th September Bham East

Summer Hols / Beach starts 15th Ends 31st August / Allotment event 5th / 6th September 2015

Summerfield Park – 10th / 11th / 12th / 13th September 2015 Bham west & Central Summerfield Fest 12th / 13th September 2015
Sheldon Park – 17th / 18th / 19th / 20th September 2015 Bham East
Small Heath Park – 24th / 25th / 26th / 27th September 2015 Bham East Big Eid on 24th
Pype Hayes Park – 1st / 2nd / 3rd /4th October 2015 Bham North
Acocks Green Park – 8th / 9th / 10th / 11th October 2015 Bham East
Sparkhill Park – 15th / 16th / 17th / 18th October 2015 Bham East
Witton Park – 24th - 31st October 2015 Bham North Half Term

The dates or venue on this list might change due to the weather or unforeseen circumstance

Please check for updates;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/people/Bigtop-Nwroadshow/100006201347966


Robert Wilkinson Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/wilkinsonsfunfair

(That last one "Witton Park" might be Aston Park in Witton on Trinity Rd opposite Villa Park. If not I don't know where "Witton Park" is)

Mind Management For You Newsletter

I hope this Newsletter finds you well. This month’s newsletter is about “Support”. Writing my book, which includes my own personal story, has sometimes felt like an emotional roller coaster. Luckily, I am near the end. There are times like today when it feels like it’s getting on top of me. Pressure of deadlines, feeling tired and things happening that are out of my control left me feeling overwhelmed.

Today I recognised I needed support. Today, I needed to be the client and not the counsellor. I thought “who do I know that can help me?”, and booked a therapy session to give me the support I needed. As a result, I feel so much better. I know that by allowing myself to have support today, I will be in a much better place for my clients tomorrow.

I encourage you to listen to when you need support. Think about the people you know, who can give you the support you may need. Remember we are only human. We have good days and bad days, and during the bad days it’s ok to ask for help.

I hope this newsletter has helped. As always if I can help you or anyone you know who is stuck with anxiety, lacking in self-confidence or struggling with depression then please feel free to give me call.

I wish you all continued success and happiness.

Sheila x
Counsellor MBACP
Mobile: 07799 791 537
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.MindManagementForYou.com

Flippancy to end with;

A nurse who helped herself to a mental patient’s chips and curry sauce has been struck off the nursing register. Lesley Ann Collins denied doing anything wrong after she ate the vulnerable mental health patient’s dinner while working at the Meadow Park Independent Hospital, in Ellesmere Port - http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nurse-who-helped-herself-patients-8701997

(Maybe she should complain to UKIP about being chucked out due to some curry)

From my local Trust;

Department of Health – Suicide prevention: second annual report - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-second-annual-report

Department of Health – PM launches next phase of Britain’s fight against dementia - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-next-phase-of-britains-fight-against-dementia

NHS England - £75,000 charitable grant to fund national review to assess needs for veterans’ mental health - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/19/veterans-mental-health/

NHS England – The ABC of Dementia – Alistair Burns - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/19/alistair-burns-14/

Mental Health Today – Some anti-depressants linked with higher rates of suicide in study - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/some-anti-depressants-linked-with-higher-rates-suicide.aspx

NHS Networks – Supporting carers to stay in paid employment - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/supporting-carers-to-stay-in-paid-employment

NHS Networks – Progress on moving mental health care from hospitals to communities - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/13/assuring-transformation-data/

NHS Networks – Guidance on new mental health standards - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/13/mh-standards/

NHS Executive – Patients removed from mental health hospital after violence concerns - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive....ental-health-hospital-after-violence-concerns

Royal College of Nursing – Early intervention and better mental health provision needed - http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/ne...ion-and-better-mental-health-provision-needed

Young Minds – MPs warn that not enough is being done to prevent suicides - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b..._not_enough_is_being_done_to_prevent_suicides

Young Minds – 47 young people with mental health problems admitted to A&E daily - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b...e_admitted_to_a_e_daily_for_bad_mental_health

HSJ – Trust pledges improvements after review of patients who committed murder - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b...e_admitted_to_a_e_daily_for_bad_mental_health

HSJ – ‘Unique’ consortium wins Birmingham mental health contract - http://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/acut...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – Dementia care still ‘inadequate’ report finds - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/exclusive...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – Lord Crisp: Money and beds is not the answer for mental health - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/lord-cris...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

The Guardian – Hospital psychiatric detainees more at risk of preventable death - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...isoners-more-likely-preventable-deaths-report