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The writer Terry Pratchett, who took millions of readers on a madcap journey to the universe of Discworld, has died aged 66. Pratchett announced his diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2007 - Terry Pratchett, Discworld series author, dies aged 66 | Books | The Guardian

Hillsborough - Duckenfield claims PTSD affected his memory. Former South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield said that his memory of the events have "faded" with his age and as a result of traumatic stress - Duckenfield claims PTSD affected his memory - ITV News

The Cybersmile March newsletter - The Cybersmile March Newsletter!

Mind Your Anger newsletter - MYA / BAAM Newsletter

Call for change in treatment of mentally-ill. A CROSS-agency approach which has seen the number of people in mental health crisis who are locked up in police cells in Staffordshire fall by almost two-thirds has been supported by a further national call for change. Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, put pressure on mental health service providers to agree a protocol to ensure alternatives to custody are in place. In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, this cross-sector approach has seen the number of people detained in police custody fall by 59 per cent - from 168 in 2012 to 69 in 2014. But a new national report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that police custody is too often the default response for vulnerable people in crisis

Thousands of frontline medics, police and firefighters are struggling with mental health problems but are too scared to ask for help, a survey reveals - Mental health shock as survey reveals majority of 999 workers admit suffering from stress-related issues - Mirror Online

Mark Rothko masterpiece painting of three blocks of red and black set to sell at auction for £35m. Despite his successful and highly acclaimed career, Rothko was a life-long sufferer of depression

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...black-set-sell-auction-35m.html#ixzz3UHfX9dp7

A mental health campaigner who convinced supermarkets to withdraw offensive Halloween ‘mental patient’ costumes from their stores killed herself at a psychiatric unit, an inquest has found. Work by Rebecca Luscombe, known as Becki, went national in 2013 when she successfully started a Twitter campaign which resulted in the outfits being taken off supermarket shelves. The 23 year-old’s crusade also raised substantial donations for mental health charities. An inquest in Birmingham heard that the former University of Birmingham student, who lived in Selly Oak, suffered from a personality disorder in conjunction with an eating disorder and chronic fatigue - http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/mental-health-campaigner-becki-luscombe-8813235

A woman has threatened to jump off a Dorset cliff four times in 10 days – sparking fears about mental health care. A police negotiator was among more than 25 emergency crew sent to help each time at West Bay, Dorset. Questions are being asked about why she was not sectioned and the lack of intensive psychiatric provision for women in the area - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-threatens-jump-cliff-four-5322973

Father of three Benjamin McDonald, 34, recently had his benefits cut by the Department for Work and Pensions due to the imposition of austerity measures. As a result of this, he found himself facing eviction. McDonald, who had also been suffering from depression for 11 years, was subsequently found hanging in fields in Nelson, Lancashire - http://beforeitsnews.com/alternativ...er-his-welfare-benefits-were-cut-3119518.html

Mental health event for Irish in Birmingham;

This year St Patrick’s Day Parade, will be on Sunday 15th March. We are proud to join in the celebrations with the Trust’s Positive Mental Health Group on the day . The theme for 2015 is “Irish Contribution to Birmingham's Development”, and the week leading up to the Parade will see a host of events across the city celebrating Irish Heritage and Culture.

The Community Engagement Team will be sharing information with staff about the Irish community in Birmingham on Friday 20th March 1pm – 2pm at the Midlands Arts Centre. The lunch time seminar about mental health and the Irish community will be led by Maureen Slattery-Marsh. Maureen is the Clinical Manager of Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICAP), and is also a member of our Trust’s Community Experts Network. A short presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

A light lunch will be provided - everyone is welcome – please feel free to invite friends and other colleagues!

If you would like to attend please confirm via - [email protected]

Salma Yaqoob, Community Engagement Manager

Sally Cherry Associates in Birmingham have Mindfulness classes - http://www.sallycherryassociates.co.uk/#/mindfulness/4564233339

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/

Russell Brand being misleading about New Age treatments;

I won't always bring this up, but since he is an influential celebrity - as you've probably guessed from some of my posts (and certainly if you've met me) you'll know I'm somewhat into New Age stuff re and knowing if it works or not etc.

Interview - Russell Brand and a `Quantum Physicist' on the topic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRgu3V6Ex_A

That video is a trick though - because Brand has (deliberately) picked the ONE Quantum Physicist in the world who believes that!

(His view amongst such scientists is unique. From Wikipedia `The view Hagelin believes .... is identified with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's "unified field of consciousness", a view that is rejected by "virtually every theoretical physicist in the world" ..... that identification of a unified field of consciousness with a unified field of superstring theory was wishful thinking and that other physicists thought Hagelin's views on this topic were nonsense')

Just a personal perspective though - it IS possible to sit in a room and be made to feel that you've somehow `merged' with the other people in it, with the walls to the room, and with the world outside it etc, and that everything has `merged' with you

(Almost like with The Borg if you watch the later Star Trek franchises)

Some sects of Hinduism and Buddhism will have a spiritual explanation of what has occurred when that happens - but this sceptical Westerner believes it is about the Central Nervous System and the Pineal Gland in the brain etc.

(You can see why such logic caught on with Hippies and is endorsed by Brand etc - that there is a supposed way for us to all physically and psychologically `merge' together - and therefore all understand each other exactly and thereby bring about world peace etc)

The related Sanskrit word Brahmacharya literally means `a lifestyle adopted to seek and understand Brahman – the Ultimate Reality'

(Gandhi is credited with achieving that state of mind and body - Brahmacharya- a statue of him is being put up outside Parliament next week I believe. You might think it is a cynical stunt to court Indian financiers and industrialists these days - I couldn't possibly comment)

In the West, two common ways concern what is ultimately considered that path;

1. Yoga - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmacharya#Brahmacharya_as_a_virtue

(Yoga is often just seen as stretching but in fact not only is the body being `stretched' - so is the mind too if you do it properly - in a Western sense it is believed to affect the Endocrine System and how hormones are released into the brain)

Anecdotally I personally do credit Yoga with ending my PTSD after being a police officer, but there is no way to scientifically prove that individual case.

2. Meditation - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmacharya#History

(In a Western sense the Pineal Gland seems the relevant organ there - it becomes naturally dormant in adults after puberty etc but can be re-activated).

So you get New Age websites like this one;

Three Steps to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland + Guided Meditation - See more at: http://humansarefree.com/2014/03/3-steps-to-decalcify-your-pineal-gland.html#sthash.SynwDtFa.dpuf

(Extract - "Besides regulating sleep patterns and sexual development, the pineal gland acts like an inner portal that connects us to other dimensions, such as the dream and spiritual planes. Some researchers believe that it has the ability to connect us to other dimensions because of its mystical properties" - as I say you hear all sorts of wild claims about it!)

One topic I saw online says something like - "Was the Buddha just a Pineal Gland re-activator?"

It IS an overall topic worth examining and researching though - because there do seem to be some (potential) psychological benefits from it all - just watch out for the dodgy claims over such things though - especially from Russell Brand it seems.

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]

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 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

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 Witton Lakes)

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

Please check for updates;

Face book – Bigtop Nwroadshow - https://www.facebook.com/people/Bigtop-Nwroadshow/100006201347966
Robert Wilkinson Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wilkinsonsfunfair

Flippancy to end with;

Study finds a link between the relative lengths of the index-fingers and ring-fingers of men and their behaviour towards women. Men with shorter index-fingers than their ring-fingers are on average nicer towards women - http://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/can-you-judge-man-his-fingers-242473

(I've now looked and my index-fingers are also shorter than my ring-fingers actually - and I am nice towards women too - well except the ones on Loose Women anyway)

From my local Trust;

NHS England – Commissioning for Value – Integrated Care Pathway packs - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/03/02/integrated-pathways/

NHS England – NHS England and local councils announce radical power shift as first 10,000 high-need services users gain control of their own integrated health and social care budgets - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/03/09/ipc-sites/

Department of Health – Health services that should be commissioned as specialist services - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...hould-be-commissioned-as-specialised-services

NHS Confederation – Majority of providers opt for enhanced tariff option - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2015/03/majority-opt-for-enhanced-tariff-option

Parliament – No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions - http://www.parliament.uk/business/p...written-statement/Commons/2015-03-06/HCWS355/

Mental Health Today – Launch of Cavendish Square Group marks new chapter for capital’s mental health - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...e-group-new-chapter-london-mental-health.aspx

Mental Health Today – ‘Institutional’ bias against mental health in the NHS must end, say MPs and peers - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...th-in-the-nhs-must-end-say-mps-and-peers.aspx

NHS Networks – Public Health England invests £10m in drug and alcohol recovery services - https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/pu...nd-alcohol-recovery-services/newsitem_popview

NHS Networks – Health and wellbeing website for young people - https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/health-and-wellbeing-website-for-young-people/newsitem_popview

SCIE – Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Directory - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/mediareleases/media-release?id=a1UG0000004IoZkMAK

The Guardian – Dementia campaign to give families open access wins cross-party support - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...paign-hospital-visit-norman-lamb-andy-burnham

Mind – Mind research finds stress affects nine in ten emergency services personnel - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaig...en-emergency-services-personnel/#.VQMZK2w8bhg

HSJ – Online therapy and technology can turn round tragic suicide numbers - http://www.hsj.co.uk/5082526.article?WT.tsrc=email&WT.mc_id=Newsletter2#.VQMZTGw8bhg

Young Minds – Stolen lives, missed opportunities: deaths of young people in prison - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b...pportunities_deaths_of_young_people_in_prison

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Foundation Trust status achieved - http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/aboutus/latest-news/foundation-trust-status-achieved/