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A Sussex student high on the legal high miaow miaow stabbed his mother 11 times before cutting off his own penis in an 'exceptional' attack in their home. Charles Mann launched the frenzied attack on his mother, Emma, in December 2013 after bingeing on the party drug and copious amounts of alcohol. He was jailed for 16 months after admitting Grievous Bodily Harm.

The 21-year-old received treatment at a psychiatric facility before being transferred to Lewes Prison

Read more: Student high on miaow miaow stabbed mother 11 times and then cut off his penis | Daily Mail Online

(And before you ask - it was sewn back on)

The hidden anorexics: 300, 000 men hospitalised with bulimia and anorexia in 2014 - The hidden anorexics: 300,000 men hospitalised with bulimia and anorexia in 2014 - Mirror Online

Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness - Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness - Institute of Medicine

Proposals to give more rights to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions are to be unveiled by the government - BBC News - New mental health rights proposed by minister Norman Lamb

The Right to Be Heard - Review of Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) Services in England. Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services were introduced in the 2007 Mental Health Act (MH Act). Primary Care Trusts became responsible for ensuring the availability of IMHA services in April 2009. An IMHA is a specialist type of mental health advocate, granted specific roles and responsibilities under the 2007 Act. Their role is to help qualifying patients understand the legal provisions to which they are subject under the 1983 MH Act; the rights and safeguards to which they are entitled, and help those patients exercise their rights through supporting participation in decision-making.

More - The Right to Be Heard | Research | University of Central Lancashire

More - http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/ataglance/68understanding-independent-mental-health-advocacy.asp

Please see below details of a New Health & Care Voices event in Birmingham on the evening of NHS Change Day on the 11th March 2015. The event is a collaboration with Patient Voices and the NHS Change Day Team – and is open to all, patients/service users, carers, citizens, & professionals from any organisation at any level.

Further details can be found via the link below;


A Birmingham dad has made a desperate plea to hospital bosses to move his autistic son back home – because he has been forced to travel 300 MILES to see him for the last seven years. Darren Browne has been living at the Wast Hills Hospital in Kings Norton since 2008, hundreds of miles away from his family in Inchinnan, near Glasgow. His father Paul explained that experts said it was the only place available to deal with Darren’s complex care needs, and he would only be in Birmingham for two years at the most - http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/dad-travel-300-miles-visit-8753009

Toni, 15, ‘died of stress’ Heartbroken mother believes she lost daughter Toni Connell because she was under too much pressure at school - http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/118...er_too_much_pressure_at_The_Ockendon_Academy/

Sarah Galvani used to be a social work lecturer here at Birmingham but is now a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research expertise is in substance use. She and I have just (yesterday!) been awarded some money to evaluate a project called ‘Time of my life’, which is run by Aquarius in Birmingham to support older people who use alcohol and their families. Our research will run from March 2015 to August 2016 so we are keen to get started as soon as possible.

There are several different strands to the project we’ll be evaluating but we would like to recruit a service user researcher to work with us. We can discuss what form this involvement will take but it could include doing some individual interviews and/or focus group interviews with older people who are using the project and possibly some observations of group activities.

We don’t want to recruit a service user through Aquarius as we think the researcher needs to be independent of the service. Do you have any members who might be interested in this please? We are hoping to recruit someone who has some experience of doing research and who has a good understanding of later life and alcohol use. We will also be appointing a research assistant so we can be flexible about who does what.

There will, of course, be payment and expenses.

If anyone is interested, I can send the research bid or have an informal chat to discuss it in more detail.

Thanks very much,

Dr. Denise Tanner
Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Institute of Applied Social Studies
Room 813 Muirhead Tower,
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
Telephone: 0121 414 2941
Email: [email protected]

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

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

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 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

(That last one "Witton Park" is Wiitton Lakes)

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

Please check for updates;

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


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

From my local Trust;

NHS Confederation – EHRC publishes ‘Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions’ - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2015/...ntion-of-adults-with-mental-health-conditions

Mental Health Today – Rising suicide rates lead to call for service innovation - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/rising-suicide-rates-call-for-service-innovation.aspx

Mental Health Today – Government pledges £300million on dementia research - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/government-pledges-300million-dementia-research.aspx

NHS Networks – New quality standard on psychosis and schizophrenia - https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/new-quality-standard-on-psychosis-and-schizophrenia

NHS England – CCG Bulletin, issue 78 - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/24/ccg-bulletin-issue-78/

NHS England – The next steps for Mental Health: funding, resources and policy priorities – Dr Geraldine Strathdee - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/02/26/geraldine-strathdee-9/

HSJ – Trust surplus £250k more than expected after third quarter - http://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/ment...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – Exclusive: Mental health providers warn of further funding squeeze - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/exclusive...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – CCG expected to rule on closure of mental health trust - http://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/ment...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – ‘Rollover’ trusts still able to negotiate local tariff prices - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/rollover-...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

Mind – Smoking and mental health - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/smoking-and-mental-health/#.VPMS5PmsUm0

Wave Trust – Building Great Britons - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/smoking-and-mental-health/#.VPnnbrlyat9

Young Minds – Alarming effect of online self-harm images revealed - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2478_alarming_effect_of_online_self-harm_images_revealed

SLaM – Eating disorders clinical service lead wins SLaM Nursing Excellence Award - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/e...rvice-lead-wins-slam-nursing-excellence-award

SLaM – Funding to reduce violence on wards - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/e...rvice-lead-wins-slam-nursing-excellence-award

North Staffordshire Combined Health NHS Trust – New era for public engagement with launch of Patient, Service User and Carer Council - http://www.combined.nhs.uk/news/Pag...f-Patient-Service-User-and-Carer-Council.aspx

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Trust recognised for work in safeguarding - http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/2014-10-08-...975-trust-recognised-for-work-in-safeguarding