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A leading Birmingham psychologist has been found dead in a hotel room. The body of Dr Inigo Tolosa was discovered at the Hagley Road premises last Tuesday morning. Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the coroner has been informed. The 46-year-old was consultant psychologist and acting head of clinical health psychology at University Hospitals Birmingham, and at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. More - Top Birmingham psychologist, 46, found dead in city hotel room - Birmingham Mail

A Portsmouth teenager who stabbed three women as revenge for being unable to lose his virginity has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for attempted murder. Ben Moynihan, who is now 18, of The Ridings, Hampshire, was found guilty by a jury at Winchester Crown Court of the three charges following a week-long trial in January. Sentencing Moynihan, Mr Justice Jay said he suffered with an autism spectrum disorder and had demonstrated a gross lack of empathy - Teenager Ben Moynihan sentenced to 21 years for attempted murder of three women because he could not lose his virginity - Crime - UK - The Independent

Mental health trust funding is down 8% from 2010 despite coalition’s drive for parity of esteem - Mental health trust funding down 8% from 2010 despite coalition's drive for parity of esteem | Community Care

A woman taken to court for allegedly making a false rape claim killed herself three days before her trial over fears she would not be believed, her inquest has heard. Eleanor de Freitas, 23, said she felt there was "no way out" after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) charged her with perverting the course of justice. Ms de Freitas, a trainee accountant who had bipolar disorder, made a rape complaint to the Metropolitan Police in early 2013. Ms de Freitas had previously been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and told her family she feared being readmitted to psychiatric care - BBC News - Eleanor De Freitas 'killed herself ahead of rape claim trial'

Her father said: “Well there seemed to be some extraneous evidence to do with escort services and Tantric massage services.” - Eleanor de Freitas false rape case: Escort rumours heightened fear of prosecution - Telegraph

Those weren't just rumours actually - her personal life was rather complicated. Date-rape is notoriously "He says/she says" (in fact that saying actually comes from date-rape court cases I believe) but if you want all the details - http://www.eleanordefreitas.com/links/

(The man she accused was very rich with lots of resources - including that website it seems)

David Blunkett said that he'd sort date-rape once and for all - so just another failure of Labour's 13 years.

An elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer in a Yorkshire care home was allegedly mocked by cruel carers who were caught on camera taunting their victim. Freda Jobson’s worried daughter discovered her dementia-suffering mum was being abused after she set up a secret lens - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hidden-camera-captures-cruel-carers-5284038

The Down Syndrome Research Foundation - http://www.dsrf-uk.org/

A devastated dad can no longer recognise his wife and children after a minor stroke. Bob Cockshott, 58, has face blindness, or prosopagnosia - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/devastated-dad-no-longer-recognises-5340344

A Leicester coroner has concluded a woman found dead days after she featured in a Sky News report into online trolling took her own life. Brenda Leyland was found dead in a Leicester hotel room in October 2014. An inquest into her death at Leicester's Coroners Court heard witness testimony from a toxicologist, two police officers, Mrs Leyland's former psychiatrist and two Sky News employees. A written statement from Mrs Leyland's youngest son, Benjamin, was read to the court. He wrote: "She struggled with depression. She had undergone psychiatric treatment and medicated for anxiety. The court was also told that there had been a previous suicide attempt." More - http://news.sky.com/story/1449183/inquest-mccann-trolls-death-was-suicide

(The empathising actor Tony Blair's 10-year reign was fittingly book-ended by two cases of mass hysteria - Princess Diana at the start and Madeleine McCann at the end. He said he'd sort the planet after 9/11 but only sorted his own bank-balance).

New Zealand X-Factor judges booted off the show for bullying a contestant and making "psycho" remarks about him. Judges Willy Moon and Natalia Kills have been sacked as judges of X-Factor in New Zealand after their harsh criticism of a contestant. Ed Sheeran has reached out to X Factor New Zealand contestant Joe Irvine after he was bullied by judges Willy Moon and Natalia Kills. Kills came under fire after harshly criticising Irvine, accusing him of copying the style of her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon. She called it "cheesy" and "disgusting". Moon himself then compared Irvine to fictional Psycho murderer Norman Bates.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment...joe-irvine-20150317-1m0svd.html#ixzz3UkiiLsw2

(In many ways New Zealand is essentially the society we were before Margaret Thatcher came along I reckon - so perhaps it is not a surprise that nastiness doesn't automatically equal TV ratings there. Then again before Rupert Murdoch ran TV here there were only 3 channels and the test-card was on for hours)

Natalia Kills doesn't sound like a New Zealander when you hear the above clip, and here is why;

From Wikipedia - `Kills was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire .... Kills and her family moved to London .... Kills has described her teenage years as "degenerate," stating that she tried to set her ex-boyfriend's house on fire while both were in it. Kills had frequent legal trouble and periodically experienced suicidal depression.'

Mental health care in England to get funding boost - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31882429

Police have condemned onlookers who shouted "jump" and filmed a distressed man officers were trying to talk down from a tall building. One witness said she was "sickened" by the scene in Telford, Shropshire. West Mercia Police said it was "pretty appalling" as the man was "clearly in need of support and assistance". The man fell and was pronounced dead at about 15:40 GMT on Saturday. Police warned they could take action against anyone sharing the footage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-shropshire-31903327

Three judges have been sacked for viewing pornographic material via their official IT accounts. Former Immigration Judge Warren Grant said he had been suffering from "severe and undiagnosed depression" at the time of the allegation - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31920906

Missouri has executed a man who lost part of his brain in a sawmill accident 40 years ago, after he was convicted of murdering a law enforcement officer - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-part-of-his-brain-40-years-ago-10116674.html

The family of a great-grandfather with dementia fear he may have hanged himself while acting out a 'vivid dream' that was triggered by a TV documentary about Harold Shipman. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ss-murderer-Harold-shipman.html#ixzz3UwnqqufG

An 83-year-old Alzheimer's sufferer who was left with horrific injuries after burglars stormed her home and attacked her was beaten so badly that her family feared she was dead. Zallu Hassan suffered severe facial injuries including a broken cheekbone and jaw and a fractured eye socket after the gang stormed her home in Ilford, Essex. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...badly-burglars-feared-dead.html#ixzz3UwooSCjO

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

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;

Life before The Internet - part 78.

There was a band called Mott The Hoople, and there was a book called Mott The Hoople, but I always reckoned (for several decades now actually) that there was a non-distinct race-horse then called Mott The Hoople a few year later too - and good old Google - indeed there was;

The early 1970's band called Mott The Hoople - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mott_the_Hoople

The later 1970's race-horse also called Mott The Hoople - http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/mott+the+hoople

Mott The Hoople was originally a 1960's book, where the eponymous man called Mott was indeed a "Hoople" (meaning a commuter or ordinary bloke etc) - in the book he constantly tries hard not to be so ordinary etc but still ends up being apparently.

All The Young Dudes, Honaloochie Boogie, All The Way From Memphis, Roll Away The Stone - dear oh dear, this 8 year old really was the wrong generation at the time.

From my local Trust;

Department of Health – New fund to improve the health of homeless people - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-fund-to-improve-the-health-of-homeless-people

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Lack of access to acute mental health beds and stretched community services, put children and young people at risk to themselves - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/‘stuckinthegap’.aspx

Kings Fund – Public mental health leadership and workforce development framework - http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_m...ship-and-workforce-development-framework.html

Kings Fund – Whole in one: achieving equality of status, access and resources for people with depression - http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_m...and-resources-for-people-with-depression.html

Mental Health Today – House of Lords to investigate whether Mental Capacity Act is still ‘failing’ - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...ity_act_is_still_39failing39_25769821494.aspx

Mind – Tribunal encourages Government to trial changes to fit-for-work benefits test - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaig...s-to-fit-for-work-benefits-test/#.VQxd1mw8bhg

HSJ – The three steps to balance parity of esteem for mental health - http://www.hsj.co.uk/leadership/the...ktitle=Mental-health-resources&contentID=2156

SCIE – Restraint in social care: what to consider - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/mediareleases/media-release?id=a1UG0000004IqDHMA0

SCIE – New support for independent mental health advocates - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/mediareleases/media-release?id=a1UG0000004IpmzMAC

South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – New facilities for Community Mental Health Services - http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/about/publi...cilities-for-community-mental-health-services

The Guardian - Nick Clegg: budget to allocate extra £1.25bn for mental health – read more here -http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/14/uk-budget-to-include-extra-money-for-mental-health-services-say-lib-dems

The Guardian - Lib Dem care minister: we must bring mental health 'out of the shadows' – read more here - http://www.theguardian.com/politics...noman-lamb-bring-mental-health-out-of-shadows