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A London man accused of beheading a grandmother in her back garden with a machete pleaded not guilty to murder on the grounds of insanity. Nicholas Salvador, 25, known as 'Fat Nick', is alleged to have killed Palmira Silva, 82, in the garden of her home in Edmonton, north London, in September last year. The court heard that he is currently receiving treatment in Broadmoor Hospital - Edmonton beheading suspect denies hacking grandmother to death in her garden claiming he is insane - Mirror Online

A Reading singer hanged herself after fearing she was losing her voice and would be ousted from her amateur singing group, an inquest heard. Pensioner Elizabeth Rogers was found hanged by her husband. The inquest heard that Mrs Rogers had called her GP and asked to be put on a course of anti-depressants less than two weeks before she died. Recording a verdict of suicide, Mr Bedford said that he was sure Mrs Rogers had taken her own life because she would not have known when her husband would return and therefore it was not a "cry for help".

"I can be satisfied Mrs Rogers took her own life, but I think it is important to add that she did so whilst suffering from depression." - Opera singer hanged herself over fears she was losing her voice and would be ousted from choir - Mirror Online

A 73-year-old former soldier has been charged over the death of a man with learning difficulties in Northern Ireland more than 40 years ago. John Pat Cunningham, 27, was shot dead by the Army in a field in Benburb, County Armagh, in June 1974. Dennis Hutchings, who has been charged with attempted murder, appeared at Omagh Magistrates Court in Co Tyrone today and was released on bail.

Read more: Ex-soldier charged with attempted murder of John Pat Cunningham in 1974 | Daily Mail Online

A lottery winner in Wales was killed by a train after years of struggling to cope with her £500, 000 scratchcard jackpot. Former ballet dancer Helen Ford, 54, was able to buy an apartment in the seaside town on Penarth, near Cardiff, with her winnings, but friends described the windfall as 'the worst thing that could ever happen to her'. An inquest into her death at Cardiff Coroner's Court was told she had struggled to manage her finances after the lottery win in September 2003, and was living with bipolar personality disorder

Read more: Penarth lottery winner killed by train had struggled to cope with £500k jackpot | Daily Mail Online

Mental Health Awareness Week - between 11 to 17 May. Tell us about your upcoming events - Tell us about your event

Cybersmile Foundation news - http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b0f8adcbfd745a16e52ef0e3d&id=127b6d626c&e=f755c3bfa0

This was in Stylist magazine this week;

We have no issue talking about our physical ailments, but the same can’t be said for what’s going on in our heads. Stylist hears from three female writers who know first-hand what it’s like to live with mental illness No-one would feel this way about a broken leg. There’s no stigma that shames us to hobble on regardless, no gnawing fear that it will count against us at promotion time or taint us in the eyes of our family and friends

The rest of the article - http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/stylist-hears-first-hand-what-it-s-like-to-live-with-mental-illness

Catch it, Check it,. Change it - a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) app - http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/health/factsheets/catch.pdf

THE TALK DIFFERENT APP - Marie Spitz, whose little girl, Pauline, is autistic and has a severe speech disorder, developed the concept of the “Talk Different” app. After graduating from a French-German Business school, she entered the world of work, but over fifteen years ago, when she discovered her daughter’s disability, she gave up her job and devoted most of her energy to the cause of disability. This fun and original app uses a series of trumps to make communication easier. Sequences of visual elements, animated or not, are used to form “picture phrases” combining image, text and voice (multi-lingual), so you can illustrate a daily situation, an action, a request, an emotion or any other word to help you converse and/or write a message - http://talkdifferent.com/en/

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

Consultation Survey - Improving Outcomes for People Experiencing Mental Health Crisis

Notes for People Taking Part in Focus Groups Thank you very much for agreeing to take part in a Focus Group discussion. This note is to explain why the groups are taking place and how they will run. The Groups are part of a consultation process, which also involves a survey and discussions with professionals, but Birmingham Is keen to make sure that at least 80% of the contributions are from people who have used the services, or close to someone who has- as a carer or family member. In line with national policy Birmingham wants to make sure that the mental health system and all the groups who work with it are responding to people's mental health crises as effectively as possible- keeping them safe and making a future crisis less likely to happen.

These are the main themes we will be discussing with you, so that you can have an idea ahead of the session of what will be covered.

1. What urgent and emergency access to crisis care is needed in Birmingham? What was your experience and how could things be improved?

2. What does the quality of treatment and care in crisis need to be like in Birmingham? What can your experience tell us about assessment, treatment options and the quality of services?

3 Prevention- what do you think would help to stop a crisis happening, or make its impact less serious. How do we best help people from getting into a crisis in the first place?

The sessions will last for 90 minutes and will have no more than 15 people They will be run by the Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University All contributions will be completely confidential No other professionals will be present We can reimburse fares if you let us know on the day

If you have any further questions or concerns about your taking part, please contact: [email protected] or telephone 01865 790 312

Come and tell us what you think and sign into a group discussion session with people from IPC, an independent organisation, which is running the consultation.

19th May 2015 - venue TBA
Session 1 - 10.30am
Session 2 - 12.30pm
Session 3 - 2.30pm — WOMEN ONLY
Session 4 - 6pm

20th May 2015 - at BITA Pathways. 201 - 206 Alcester Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 ONQ
Session 1 - 10.30am
Session 2 - 12.30pm
Session 3 - 2.30pm
Session 4 - 4.30pm

27th May 2015 - Birmingham MIND HQ, 17 Graham Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3JR
Session 1 - 10.30am
Session 2 - 12.30pm
Session 3 - 2.30pm
Session 4 - 4.30pm

28th May 2015 - BVSC Centre, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR
Session 1 - 10.30am
Session 2 - 12.30pm
Session 3 - 2.30pm
Session 4 - 4.30pm

1st June 2015 - BVSC Centre, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR
Session 1 - 10.30am - WOMEN ONLY
Session 2 - 12.30pm
Session 3 - 2.30pm
Session 4 - 6pm

2nd June 2015 - venue TBA
Session 1 - 10.30am
Session 2 - 12.30pm
Session 3 - 2.30pm
Session 4 - 4.30pm — WOMEN ONLY

All you need to do is select the group you want to attend and tell us this by e-mailing [email protected] (Please include the date, time and venue) or phone 01865 790 312.

We will send you information in advance with more detail about the questions we will be discussing. We do hope you will take part and play your part in this important consultation about the future of services in Birmingham.

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 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

DEMENTIA AWARE FEST 2015 - Birmingham

Dementia Aware-Fest 2015 will be a multi band all day rock gig at the Roadhouse in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Help us beat our 2013 total and have a great day of Rock `n' Roll at the same time

Date: Sunday May 31
Price: £5
More - http://www.theroadhousebirmingham.com/?q=node/932

Reflections on participatory research Venue: Courtyard Room, HSMC (Park House) 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 heard: 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]


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/

Birmingham Central User Voice Forum - Promoting user involvement in Birmingham & Solihull mental health services. Diary Dates 2015;

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]

From the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust;

Would you like a stall to promote your service at our Community Engagement Days? The Community Engagement team are hosting four Community Engagement days across acute hospital sites. These events are well attended and help to showcase our services, address the stigma of mental health, and strengthen our relationships with local communities. They are very well attended and are fun, as well as informative and include live music, giant inflatables, face painting and food stalls. The events help to celebrate the diversity and culture of residents, and provide a great opportunity for you to talk to the local community about your service.

The Community Engagement days take place between 12.00 - 17.00 and dates and venues are as follows:

Oleaster - Saturday 27 June
Mary Seacole - Saturday 25 July
Endeavour Court (Northcroft site) - Saturday 29 August
Lyndon Day Services - Saturday 12 September

If you are interested in having a stall at one of these events, please email - [email protected] by Monday 1 June.

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;

The advertising watchdog has announced that Protein World’s ‘are you beach body ready?’ posters will no longer appear in their current form. The polarising advert, which shows model Renee Sommerfield in a bikini alongside the words ‘Are you beach body ready?’ has been accused of body-shaming by detractors while supporters have said it motivates consumers to get fit and healthy - http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/30/that-...n-its-current-form-ad-watchdog-rules-5174594/

Spoof - https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/beauty/news/a/27501544/new-poster-spoofs-world-protein-advert/

From my local Trust;

National Health Executive – Guide to CQC inspections for mental health providers published - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive....ections-for-mental-health-providers-published

NHS England – Dementia is a challenge to the entire planet – Professor Alistair Burns - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/04/24/alistair-burns-15/

NHS Choices – Mindfulness ‘as good as drugs for preventing depression relapse’ - http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/04April...-drugs-for-preventing-depression-relapse.aspx

The Mindfulness research was reported in all major newspapers, a full evaluation of the study which was published in the Lancet is available here - http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62222-4/abstract

Mental Health Today – Open dialogue method of mental health care launched in the UK - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/open-dialogue-method-of-mental-health-care-launched-in-uk.aspx

Mental Health Today – University of Liverpool psychologists develop app to help people maintain their mental health - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...help-people-maintain-their-mental-health.aspx

Kings Fund – NHS enters 2015/16 facing biggest challenges in recent history, warns the Kings Fund - http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/press/p...st-challenges-recent-history-warns-kings-fund

Mind – Mind partners with VICE UK - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/mind-partners-with-vice-uk/#.VUOp5LDwvIU

HSJ – Stem the patient overspill with this dream team - http://www.hsj.co.uk/home/innovatio...ktitle=Mental-health-resources&contentID=2156

New service for homeless inpatients - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/slam-welcomes-service-for-homeless-patients