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A man arrested on suspicion of murdering his mother and sister on Merseyside has been detained under the Mental Health Act - Bootle double-murder suspect sectioned, police say - BBC News

A besotted bank customer was detained under the Mental Health Act after bombarding a female employee with ‘romantic’ notes – but has now escaped from a psychiatric hospital. Police are hunting for Malachi Ward, 30, who had continually visited Santander Bank in New Street, Birmingham, and asked to see the banker - Police hunt escaped psychiatric patient who had harassed Birmingham Santander employee - Birmingham Mail

A teenager bullied and groomed a friend with learning difficulties into helping him make a pipe bomb in a series of coded text messages which were given away when the friend failed to grasp that 'cake' was a codeword for 'bomb', a court has heard. Kazi Islam, 18, sent messages via his Blackberry to Harry Thomas, 19, praising Lee Rigby's killers and encouraging him to buy a knife to attack soldiers with, along with the ingredients to make an explosive device, the Old Bailey was told

Read more: Kazi Islam's 'attempt to groom man for bomb ingredients failed in texts' | Daily Mail Online

The extent of the mental health impact of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone is revealed in a report released by the International Medical Corps - Extent of the mental health impact of Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone revealed in report released by International Medical Corps | News in Mind

(If Ebola really was secretly created by The Masons etc then we can only be grateful that they conveniently dumped it right in that Ebola River in Africa so that we'd know exactly where to look for its origins. We'll have to be careful that The Masons don't create a virus named Thames, Severn or Clyde etc though - because think where they will put those)

True story - a foreign New Age leader guy was going around saying that The Masons were secretly plotting against him worldwide etc, whilst 2 British followers were being allowed to spout his philosophy - at the main Mason building in Birmingham!

Talk about insulting your host - it was like Nigel Farage attacking the BBC the other week for not allowing him to talk on there, when that was exactly what they were allowing him to do.

(Those people on Cable TV get me when they say things like - "You aren't allowed to say on TV that aliens from space are secretly in the Area 51 government base" etc, somehow completely unaware that they've just contradicted their own argument. You clearly are allowed to say that on TV - because they just have).

A hospital director told female members of staff that he wanted to see them pole dancing and performing les-bian sex acts, a tribunal was told. Adrian Needham said he only employed women with “big bre-asts” and referred to maternity leave as “f***king off,” the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told. He allegedly told a colleague at the mental health hospital: “I’m not looking at you, I’m looking at your t**s.”

More - Hospital boss accused of sexist bullying after he allegedly told staff he wanted them 'pole dancing' - Mirror Online

(Thinking about it - his description of Maternity Leave is actually technically correct given the way how women end up needing it? He clearly never realised that defence)

Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance anti-depressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial - http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62222-4/abstract

Reflections on participatory research Venue: Courtyard Room, HSMC (Park House), University Of Birmingham, Wednesday 3rd June 2015: 1.00 – 3.00pm

The seminar will provide reflections on the experience and findings from two participatory research projects, with an opportunity to discuss the future of the participatory research theme in the College of Social Science.


1.00: Chair’s intro and welcome: Joy Fillingham
1.05: Co-researching micro-care: Kerry Allen, Adrian Murray and Gareth Welford
1.35: Comments and questions
1.45: The right to be hard: independent mental health advocacy in England: Laura Able and Karen Newbigging
2.15: Comments and questions
2.25: Break for refreshments
2.35: Open discussion: the impact and future of participatory research in the College
3.00: Close

If you like to attend this free seminar, please contact Evelina Balandyte at - [email protected]

Mind Management For You Newsletter

I hope this Newsletter finds you well. This month’s newsletter is about ‘Care’.

Care can mean different things. When someone goes to counselling it is very important that they feel they click with their counsellor. This doesn’t always happen as people come from different backgrounds with different language and culture.

I have clients that come back to me that I sometimes question why, as sometimes their vocabulary is so different to mine I have to ask what certain words they say mean. I believe they come back because regardless of their language, background or culture they see that I care.

Regardless of where you come from, who you are and what you have achieved most people just want someone to care.

So I encourage you to find people in your life that genuinely care about you and to really appreciate the ones that do. Make time to remember their birthday. Go out of your way to make them feel special and see the difference it makes to them and to you.

Other news is, I plan to host another Mind Management Workshop on Sunday 17th May from 10.30am – 4.30pm. This is an opportunity to take a step back from your life in a non-judgemental, confidential and friendly environment to build your self-awareness and challenge negative beliefs.

The workshop will be mainly about increasing confidence and learning techniques so you can cope better with whatever life brings. If this is something you feel you need and want to be a part of then please get in touch.

I hope this newsletter has helped.

As always if I can help you or anyone you know who is stuck with anxiety, lacking in self-confidence or struggling with depression then please feel free to give me call.

I wish you all continued success and happiness.

Sheila x
Counsellor MBACP

Mobile: 07799 791 537
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.MindManagementForYou.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/

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:

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;

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;

Jamelia has apologised after saying that shops shouldn't stock clothes for bigger women but says she stands by her comments - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/artic...er-plus-sized-clothes-comments-on-loose-women

(Shops should apologise for selling any Jamelia records)

From my local Trust;

Mental Health Today – Grant boosts Greenwich mental health service for LGBTQ youngsters - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...service-metro-service-lgbtq-london-teens.aspx

Kings Fund – One hundred days for early action: time for government to put prevention first - http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_m...e-for-government-to-put-prevention-first.html

SCIE – Report: SCIE’s Roundtable event on leadership and the Care Act - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/index

Young Minds – Bipolar UK Youth Service – for people aged 18 - 25 affected by Bipolar - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b...e_-_for_people_aged_18-25_affected_by_bipolar

Young Minds – How to promote youth-friendly mental health and well-being services - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/b...ng_social_and_emotional_well-being_in_schools

Youth Minds – Finding the right treatment for you: Arts Therapies - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2700_finding_the_right_treatment_for_you_arts_therapies

Health & Care Professions Council – The WHAT? Campaign, launched Spring 2015, highlights the benefits of using a registered Arts Therapist to employers - http://www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/professions/index.asp?id=1#profDetails

Inspire – In the know: Tower Hamlets Mental Health Directory - http://www.ideastoreonlinedirectory.org/kb5/towerhamlets/cd/mentalhealth.page?communitychannel=10


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By law there is limited media reporting in such circumstances (to ensure a fair trial and all that)

They'll be more media reporting during and then after the trial - all will be explained then I'm sure - it usually is.