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May 8, 2008
(The latest about the Germanwings crash is at the bottom since that is where the latest Trust info about it is)

A mother cradling her three-year-old son lay down in front of a train after being told by her psychiatrist 'I can't help you', an inquest has heard. Donna Oettinger, 41, had been denied urgent psychiatric help in the months before she and her son Zaki died on train tracks in south London in March 2013, it was claimed. Read more: Donna Oettinger who was killed by train with child 'denied psychiatric treatment' | Daily Mail Online

A man made vile online claims about people by claiming they were pae-dophiles. Now Mark Fisher has been ordered to be detained in hospital. The court heard that Fisher suffers from mental illness - Mark Fisher detained in hospital after posting false claims online linking Huddersfield people to paedophilia - Huddersfield Examiner

(Philip Schofield did that sort of thing not long back and nowadays he rakes in millions of quid every Saturday night on ITV - so our cowardly courts not taking on the powerful again. So if you want to freely punch people and call them pae-dophiles etc and get the courts to do damn all about it then get a job in TV)

A parliamentary candidate standing in this year’s election has told how he purposely contracted HIV after developing suicidal feelings following years of homophobic bullying. Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Vauxhall in south London, said he decided to speak out about his experience of bullying, mental ill health and low self-esteem in the hope of helping others who are facing similar problems - Lib Dem Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett reveals how he contracted HIV on purpose after depression battle - UK - News - London Evening Standard

Autism Connect. We are an online social network for people with autism and their families. This is the place to meet new people, make friends and find support within the autism community - Welcome to Connect

Hertfordshire Bipolar Social. Just a place for bipolar people to get together and enjoy each other company. Anybody welcome though whether you have bipolar or not - Hertfordshire Bipolar Social (Welwyn Garden City, England) - Meetup

Brighton Mental Health and Wellbeing Meetup. This group will meet every month to deliver a workshop that focuses on mental health issues - http://www.meetup.com/Brighton-Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Meetup/

GINA is a Birmingham social enterprise offering unparalleled opportunities for people affected by rape and sexual abuse: it stands for Grow, Inspire, Nurture and Achieve - http://gina.uk.com/

(sorry about the capitals with this next one but it came to me that way)



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A Twitter hashtag set up to help a man with Down's syndrome find work has landed him his first job. Ben Small, 26, was offered a job at the Wilson's Kitchen café in Liverpool after owners Lloyd and Kellie Wilson responded to the appeal - and he started his first shift there yesterday. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ked-new-boss-s-staff-party.html#ixzz3VssSmpO6

More children have mental health issues than two years ago, a survey of school teachers suggests. More than half of 850 staff surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) agreed more pupils had developed problems - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32075251

British woman's anorexia 'cured' by brain implant - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ard-centre-stimulate-enjoying-food-again.html

Better Points is a reward programme with a difference. Earn mini perks for completing positive actions within your community, which add up over time and be used for you or something you care about. Use Better Points to motivate yourself to do the right thing, benefiting you or the local community: everyone’s a winner!

How do you earn Better Points?

Take up healthy activities and travel more sustainably - walking, cycling, taking a bus or train. Just download the app to your smartphone and report what you’re doing- we’ll reward you in Better Points!

Shop in your local High Street. Let’s invigorate our local economy by shopping nearby and support businesses born in your own town. Use the app to earn points as you shop, like a standard reward card programme.

Volunteer in your local community. From redecorating the local youth centre, to planting trees, a little bit of your time can make all the difference in the world: contribute your time and effort and receive a little reward for doing so.

These activities are sponsored by local businesses & other organisations such as the local authority - https://www.betterpoints.uk/

Comedy for Depression is a night of live comedy to raise money and awareness for the charity Depression Alliance

Tickets: Standard £18 Student/Unwaged £12
Date: Thursday 23rd April 2015
Doors and Bar: 6:30pm - 11pm
Show: 7:30pm - 10pm
Location: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN
Telephone: 020 7848 1588

Traditionally we run this event once a year during Depression Awareness Week, but if you are interested in running your own event for Depression Alliance, we would love to support you. Interested in helping make our events even bigger and better? Contact - [email protected]

More - http://www.comedyfordepression.com

Mental Health Awareness Week - between 11 to 17 May. Tell us about your upcoming events - http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/awareness-week-events-contact/


Clients from Muslim backgrounds are increasingly using Mental Health and Psychological Services in the UK and present with varied explanatory models of mental distress, coping and treatment. Muslims also differ between themselves in terms of their degree of religiosity, particular cultural background and perceived discrimination. It is then important that there is some collaborative understanding on how this complexity impacts on the delivery of effective mental health services. This conference aims to explore and debate the critical perspectives, themes and concepts that underpin 'Muslim Psychology' and models of mental health and illness and consider how these might relate to 'mainstream' psychological and mental health services in the UK.

More - http://www.bmehealth.org/

'The Aha Moment': Book Launch. A Guide for Teens & Young Women - London

Subtitled, 'What I wish I Knew When I Was Young,' this book is written by Florence Fasan, who has a lifelong commitment to empowering young women. Her image consulting company Flo Fix offers charitable consultations to women in domestic violence shelters, assisting them in presenting themselves confidently. She is an inspiration to many, and her book is much welcomed here as Florence did her formal training in London. Join us in the launch of her book.

Free, but you need to RSVP: [email protected]

Friday 24 April
Time: arrivals from 7pm

Treadwell's Books
33 Store Street,
020 7419 8507

Sandy C. Newbigging - Why I got into the field of Meditation work. I could feel lonely in a room full of people, struggled with a sense of angst and anxiety much of the time and felt a millions miles from the peaceful happy person that I so wanted to be. With the desire to feel better and make the most of my life I set off on my personal development journey reading countless books and attending every seminar I could afford. My passion turned into a career when I met a Life Coach in 2002 and went onto qualify as one myself. I then trained in other modalities including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to name a few. Then in 2005 everything changed when I accidentally created the Mind Detox Method

Let's meet at one of my upcoming events

5-6 May 2015 - Level II Mind Detox Practitioner Training, Midlands, UK
6-8 May 2015 - Level II Mind Calm Coach Training, Midlands, UK
9-10 May 2015 - Level II Body Calm Coach Training, Midlands, UK
25-27 September 2015 - MindBody Calm Retreat, Midlands, UK

More - http://www.sandynewbigging.com/

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 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:

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 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

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;

Search engines like Google or Yahoo make people think they are smarter than they actually are because they have the world's knowledge at their fingertips, psychologists at Yale University have found. Browsing the Internet for information gives people a ‘widely inaccurate’ view of their own intelligence and could lead to over-confidence when making decisions, experts warn - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/sci...ple-think-they-are-smarter-than-they-are.html

(Doesn't that often apply to ANY form of education though? After all why do so many motorists crash so soon after passing their driving test?)

From my local Trust;

NHS England – NHS Mental Health Apps Library to increase access to psychological therapies and help to improve mental health outcomes - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/03/24/mh-apps-library/

NHS England – New taskforce will shape the future of mental health services – Dr Geraldine Strathdee - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/03/26/geraldine-strathdee-10/

Department of Health – Dementia-friendly health and social care environments - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...health-and-social-care-environments-hbn-08-02

Department of Health – Mental Health Aftercare in England and Wales - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-aftercare-in-england-and-wales

Department of Health – The seventh year of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) service - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...l-capacity-advocacy-service-7th-annual-report

Department of Health – Reference guide to the Mental Health Act 1983 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mental-health-act-1983-reference-guide

Mind – Mind backs new sport and mental health charter - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaig...sport-and-mental-health-charter/#.VR7RQsJFDhh

NHS Networks – Report on work prospects of people with mental health problems -https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/helping-people-with-mental-health-problems-find-work

Mental Health Today – NHS culture and support for staff mental health ‘improving’, say employers - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...upport-for-staff-mental-health-improving.aspx

Mental Health Today – MP group calls for independent review of benefit sanctions - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/mp-group-calls-for-independent-review-of-benefit-sanctions.aspx

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Academics call for sustainable mental healthcare - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/academicscallforsustainable.aspx

University of Manchester – Mental health report finds staffing problems linked to ward suicides - http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=14166

South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Local NHS Trust goes paper-less to improve patient care - http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/about/publi...trust-goes-paper-less-to-improve-patient-care

Mental Health Today – Mental health organisations warn against making judgements on mental health of Germanwings crash pilot - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...mental-health-of-germanwings-crash-pilot.aspx

Obviously all sorts is coming out about it in dribs and drabs about that last story - it is already being very widely reported. They are now saying that if a crew member leaves the cockpit then another has to replace them until they come back - call me sexist but I can't see what any female flight-attendant can achieve against any determined male pilot - he'd have gravity on his side for a start off too.

Are they going to have Ronda Rousey become a flight-attendant?

And if you don't know who Ronda Rousey is, here is her latest cage-fight, all 14 seconds of it. She's the one in the black outfit - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw7Jt2bZCBU

(That big giant kick right at the start etc by opponent Cat Zingano - yes that might've worked even if it actually missed - but DON'T then immediately try to grapple her you idiot - that always brings instant defeat. Welcome to jiu-jitsu city)

Some of the comments under the clip;

i just went to the kitchen .... did i miss anything?

i just paid 70 bucks in canada to see this

This is just joint fighting, anybody could do that

(Well the women she beats in 14 seconds clearly can't do it I say!)

How come the fight ended so fast? They don't have rounds? I don't know anything about this sport.

(Enough said I say - Zingano's arm or shoulder or both risked being broken so she immediately submitted to prevent that obviously)


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Jan 4, 2015
Thanks this is very informative