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A gifted schoolgirl killed herself herself just weeks after scoring a string of GCSE A stars because she was depressed at being diagnosed with a mild form of autism, an inquest heard. School prefect Elspeth McKendrick, 16, was left shattered in 2012 when doctors diagnosed her with Asperger's syndrome.

Read more: Elspeth McKendrick hanged herself as she was struggling to cope with Asperger's diagnosis | Daily Mail Online





Council refuse Erdington (Birmingham) bedsit block extension planning application after the police reveal the appalling levels of violence amongst existing residents, many of whom have mental health issues - Council refuse Erdington bedsit block extension after police reveal appalling levels of violence - Birmingham Mail





Herefordshire Coroners Court has heard that a man shot his terminally ill wife and then killed himself. John Knott killed his wife Anne who had Alzheimer's disease at their home in Bosbury, in August last year - Man shot terminally ill wife then killed himself | Central - ITV News

(Note the innate Class prejudice in the reporting by many media Oxbridgers regarding that case - then compare it with the reporting of the Mick Philpott case etc)





Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has announced the identity of its new Chief Executive. Simon Gilby has been appointed to the senior role, and will take up his post later in the year. He was appointed following a selection process involving staff, stakeholders and patients of the Trust, earlier this month. The Trust provides a range of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull, as well as community health services in Coventry - Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust | New Chief Executive for NHS Trust




Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship - Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk' - BBC News






Good news about female body image - a new book out - Girls Uninterrupted: Steps for Building Stronger Girls in a Challenging World - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girls-Uninterrupted-Building-Stronger-Challenging/dp/1848318200




Bad news about it - What happens when women approach a building with 2 separate entrance doors, one marked 'Average' and the other 'Beautiful'. Which door do they walk through?

In an experiment 9, 397 women out of 11, 000 entered the building via the 'Average' door! That's 84 per cent who have negative thoughts about their appearance.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...women-rate-average-looking.html#ixzz3Wp2qMV7P





More good news - A ‘strongest woman’ contestant is proving her mettle after her brave You Tube video revealing her mental health issues went viral worldwide. Tamworth mum-of-one Kira Hollis posted the thought-provoking video on Facebook a week ago - and more than 2.3 million people have viewed the post in just eight days. The four minute video shows the striking 27-year-old hold up a series of hand written cards, revealing she is battling Borderline Personality Disorder - http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/watch-tamworth-mum-kira-hollis-8972621





And more good news;

'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,
Bloomsbury
London,
WC1E 7BS
020 7419 8507
www.treadwells-london.com
www.flofiximage.com






You decide whether this is good news or bad news about female body image - I suspect that there might be a gender split on this one;

With the public outcry for the use of more realistic female images in the media, the Star In A Bra project champions the use of relatable role models and promotes a positive approach to body image.

Psychology student Charlotte Buck has entered the model search competition in her underwear - https://www.starinabra.com/users/view/charlotte-buck

My local paper said she was from Sutton Coldfield, but that webpage says she is from London - she is saying different places to get the votes from all of them?

(The voting has finished - if only the voting was finished in the General Election - eh?)


"I've got some bad news for ya!" - Say that to an American in your British accent and watch them laugh - you need Cable TV to understand why - https://twitter.com/hashtag/bnb








Madlove is a project based on his personal experience of mental health hospitals. The project will bring together people with and without mental health experiences, mental health professionals and academics, artists and designers – and everyone else on the spectrum. Together we will attempt to create a unique space where mutual care blossoms, stigma and discrimination are actively challenged, divisions understood, and madness can be experienced in a less painful way - http://madlove.org.uk/

(Be careful if doing Google searches etc for more information since a sex-themed exhibition in Singapore has the same name!)







Wellbeing self-assessment. How happy are you?

Good mental wellbeing - some people call it happiness - is about more than avoiding mental health problems. It means feeling good and functioning well.
This tool uses The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale, a scale which is often used by scientists and psychologists to measure wellbeing. To get your wellbeing score, go through the following statements and tick the box that best describes your thoughts and feelings over the last two weeks;

http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Documents/Wellbeing self-assessment.htm





A new service has launched in Walsall, designed to support older people and families living with mental health conditions and depression. The Mind Matters Café held at 17 Lichfield Street in Walsall will take place every fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30am – 12:30pm.

More - http://www.wcld.co.uk/kb5/walsall/asch/organisation.page?id=mUn-1ga9k1w






Tree of Life FESTIVAL. Inspiration Wellbeing Vitality

24 FREE Inspiring Talks. 30+ Vibrant Holistic Exhibitors. Fun * friendship * connection * upliftment!

Saturday 11 April 2015, 10am – 6pm, at The Beeches Conference Centre, 76 Selly Oak Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1LS

FREE LARGE CAR PARK

Tickets £10 in advance (£15 on the door)

INFO & TICKETS - 0121 449 4086

More - http://www.treeoflifemagazine.co.uk/page48.htm

(`Upliftment' is actually a word?)








FACT (it says here) - Yoga can improve common health problems.

In order to explore the therapeutic effects of yoga for health and wellbeing, the team at the University of Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) reviewed a number of studies on healthy adults and yoga for people with common health conditions. The focus was directed towards the most common mental and physical health issues to ensure the widest application for the report.

To download a summary presentation of a research report of the therapeutic effects of yoga for health and wellbeing prepared at ScHARR for the British Wheel Of Yoga or the full detailed report, click here - http://www.bwy.org.uk/research/

ScHARR website - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr

I say that a rough generalisation is that yoga done properly is good for you - but yoga done incorrectly is actually bad for you;

How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/magazine/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body.html?_r=0

(Remember that in Britain nearly everyone constantly wears shoes and rides around in cars etc from a very early age, whereas in India that often isn't the case - especially in rural areas - typically causing feet and legs etc to develop differently between us here and them there. So bear in mind that Indian gurus might sometimes be talking about weight distribution issues on Indian feet and legs when saying how safe and beneficial yoga poses are etc)

As I say - does yoga have merits? Yes. Does yoga have hazards? Yes too








State of Mind project - Rugby League

The State of Mind programme was established in 2011 with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of Rugby League players and communities. We want to get people talking about it.

Our team of mental health and sport professionals deliver comprehensive education sessions at no cost throughout the UK in Super League, championship and amateur clubs as well as colleges and community groups, aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues within sport.

If you are involved with a Rugby League club or supporters group and would like to arrange a free State of Mind session for your members you can get in touch via our contact page, or visit the In Your Area pages to find out what’s available where you are - http://www.stateofmindrugby.com/




State of Mind project - Rugby Union

The STATE OF MIND Rugby Union programme was established in 2013 with the aim of improving the mental health, wellbeing and working life of rugby union players and communities.

We’re passionate about Rugby Union and the Rugby Union community. We want you to be happy and enjoy your life, so we’ve got 10 practical ways for looking after your mental health from day to day.

These ideas are simple, easy changes that improve your STATE OF MIND, the way you think and subsequently your overall health. They are not costly, just little changes in your everyday routines to make you healthier & happier!

Caring about your mental health can improve your life so click to go straight to the 10 Ways to look after your STATE OF MIND - http://stateofmind.org.uk/



(Sorry if it teaching you to suck eggs, but Rugby League is played mainly in the north of England - whilst Rugby Union is played mainly in the Midlands, south of England, Wales, Scotland, and both parts of Ireland)










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/







ISLAMIC PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH: WORKING COLLABORATIVELY. 10th JUNE 2015 LONDON/12th JUNE MANCHESTER 2015

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/







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

OR

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









Flippancy to end with;

US comedienne Tiffany Haddish has schizophrenia, here she satirically explains how black people were stolen from Africa and taken to America etc - http://www.laughfactory.com/TiffanyHaddish

(At 30 seconds in - tigers come from Africa? Hopefully her Sociology is better than her Zoology. A bit like that "If" film if you've ever seen it - the cafe waitress says that she is `a tiger' but African music is then played - she probably failed her Zoology exam and so became a waitress. And the `in' joke about dog-trainer Barbara Woodhouse when Roger Moore as 007 meets a tiger in an Indian jungle in Octopussy (he says "Sit!" to it in a silly high-pitched voice to stop it eating him) - do young people get that joke these days when it is shown?)








From my local Trust;

Health Foundation – Is mental health care improving? - http://www.health.org.uk/publications/is-mental-health-care-improving/


RCPsych – New guidance published to help give mental health patients a voice in the 2015 election - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/votingrights.aspx


UK mental health research ‘historically underfunded’ new analysis reveals - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...rically-underfunded-new-analysis-reveals.aspx


Number of armed forces veterans being referred for mental health issues jumps by quarter in past year - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...lth-issues-jumps-by-quarter-in-past-year.aspx


The route to employment – the role of mental health recovery colleges - http://www.centreforum.org/index.php/mainpublications/735-the-route-employment-recovery-colleges


SLAM - New alliance to transform the lives of people with serious long-term mental health issues - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/n...e-with-serious-long-term-mental-health-issues
 
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