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Project Aspie - Special Anniversary Launch Day Event - Sunday 10 May

This event will celebrate Project Aspie's success from originally being an Award Winning Advocacy and Peer Support Community Website as it made its transformation into becoming a newly organisation that wants to inspire people with Asperger's Syndrome to live healthy and independent lives in the community.

Project Aspie is fully committed and dedicated in bringing a Social Awareness, Education and Informative Realism of living with Asperger's Syndrome in the community and in society.

The event will feature a Presentation by Project Aspie Founder Graeme Croton covering the Project Aspie's story and much more.

The event will also feature various Special Guests, a showing of an Educational Documentary on Asperger's Syndrome and the Open Day Launch of Project Aspie's next project.

Project Aspie – Special Anniversary Launch Day Event scheduled for Sunday 10 May 2015 that will take place at The Studio, Caxton Gate, 14 Cannon St, Birmingham, B2 5EP between 12.00 – 3.00 pm.

For further enquiries and information contact Margaret from Project Aspie on 0780 265 8150. Project Aspie's New Company Website is currently in development.

To purchase tickets for the event via Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/proj...iversary-launch-day-event-tickets-16699350206

Guests can also register on day of the event.

The event is a public event for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome within Birmingham and West Midlands.

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

Fern Britton has opened up about her difficult battle with depression, and has revealed she even contemplated suicide in the past - Fern Britton talks battle with depression and 'grim' IVF as she admits she even contemplated suicide - 3am & Mirror Online

"Thousands of people across the UK are criminalised every day for using cannabis to treat their illnesses. Some of the most vulnerable members of our society face up to fourteen years in prison for using a medicine that is legal across North America and Europe. Despite the wide body of clinical evidence supporting its use, the British government continues to deny patients a medication with a proven record of safety and efficacy. The United Patients Alliance was founded to represent the interests of medical cannabis patients and to call attention to this injustice. The well-established medical benefits of cannabis need to be recognised by the UK government, and we believe that no one should be criminalised for trying to be well."

Home - United Patients Alliance

Cannabis: the facts - Cannabis: the facts - Live Well - NHS Choices

The former Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jimmy Greaves is out of intensive care following a severe stroke on Sunday and is able to sit up in bed, according to his family - http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/07/jimmy-greaves-out-of-intensive-care-stroke

Thousands sign petition to get Katie Hopkins to apologise for ‘outrageous’ autism tweet aimed at Ed Miliband - http://metro.co.uk/2015/05/05/thous...us-autism-tweet-aimed-at-ed-miliband-5182258/

This mental health column is in the Birmingham Mail newspaper once a week (on Wednesdays I think) but it isn't online. Here is an example;

Mind Over Matter with Dr Ellie Milby - Green spaces make you happier

I LOVE getting out and about in the countryside. After a busy week working in the city, nothing beats the sense of peace and contentment of rambling through an open green space as the stresses of everyday life melt away. It's not surprising that green spaces boost our sense of wellbeing when you consider that our brains are programmed to enjoy nature. From an evolutionary perspective, human beings have only lived in industrialised cities for the past 200 years — a drop in the ocean compared to 100,000 years living as hunter-gatherers. Not everybody is lucky enough to have easy access to the countryside with its rolling hills and sprawling meadows. However, there is good news for city dwellers too.

A recent study by researchers at the University of Exeter has shown the benefits of living in urban areas with more green spaces. The study analysed data from over 10,000 participants over a period of 18 years. The results suggest that people who live in urban areas with more green spaces have lower levels of mental distress and higher levels of life satisfaction. The researchers also compared this effect with other factors that influence wellbeing.

Findings show that the boost in happiness from living near urban green spaces is equivalent to a third of the increase in wellbeing you get from being married and a tenth of the increase in wellbeing from being employed. So visiting your nearest green space on your lunch break or taking a stroll in the park at the weekend can be part of a routine that improves your wellbeing. If that's not possible, there are benefits to making our inside spaces greener too. A recent study found that levels of productivity in employees working in offices with plenty of potted plants were 15% higher than those in offices with no plants. What's more, houseplants have also been shown to help clean the air in our homes and improve recovery rates in hospital patients.

Find your nearest green space at - https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-park

Dr Ellie Milby is a counselling psychologist. You can tweet her here - @DrEIIieM

(She is based in Liverpool but does write for the Birmingham Mail)

That park weblink isn't that good by the look of it - when I put my postcode in it just displayed EVERY park in Birmingham! So admittedly my closest park WAS in that list, but with about 100 others!

Former Coronation Street child star Warren Jackson is pale and drawn as he appears to smoke a pipe of drugs – unrecognisable as the angel-faced boy who played the young Nick Tilsley. Warren, 34, claims he is finally getting his life back on track having spiralled into a sordid life of drink, drugs, and self-harm after losing his job on the ITV soap at 16 - http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/warren-jackson-drugs-hell-after-5626525

(See flippancy below)

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

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 790312

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.

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]

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 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


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;

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


Guardian article about the election - The country is screwed, the electorate is evil ... but here are nine reasons to be cheerful - http://www.theguardian.com/politics...5-stuart-heritage-nine-reasons-to-be-cheerful

(Note this one on the list - "We’ve all learned a very important lesson about disappointment" - I think I learnt that in 1979 not 2015!)

re Warren Jackson above;

It used to be the case that babies used in Soaps would then grow up to play the same characters - until a few years back (in Australia I think) when it was realised that such babies who merely become actors as adults usually aren't actually better at acting than `imported' already grown actors usually are - hence all the "new head" stuff which then began mainly in Aussie soaps - the producers bring in established actors later in the role, rather than just trusting to luck that the baby they picked will grow up to be someone who can act as good as other actors

i.e. Warren Jackson was picked as a baby and then just grew up - so with not a natural aptitude for acting or it was pot luck if he did etc. Adam Rickitt who replaced him as an adult was a trained actor who obviously therefore had an aptitude for it - he was not just picked from a hospital cot as a baby by Corrie producers and left to grow up - you don't get Olivier that way

(That only works with The Dalai Lama - and even then I bet that some other senior Buddhists who come to Buddhism via a natural aptitude or an established tradition and background in it secretly think that it is a silly system when realising they are better than him but have to keep quiet)

I'm about the same age as Olga Korbut (even on the BBC the 1972 commentator never said it was the Vision On music) and Nadia Comaneci - if I'd have been plucked from my cot by a coach and just trained could I have become an Olympic gymnast? No - it takes more than that.

Same with acting

Olga Korbut at the 1972 Olympics - listen to the music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqZoYW57l0k

The music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8T_V7xe7vc

(Java by Al Hirt and Bert Kaempfert - what did we do before Wikipedia?)

Here is all the Vision On music, see how many your remember - and yes The Gallery one is there, everyone remembers that one ("We're a stingy lot at the BBC, so we are hanging on to all your paintings and not returning them, whilst I mime that we are sorry - and since you are deaf you can't hear me") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDZLtDCJUsg

At 4'31 - 06'37 is Max Harris playing Gurney Slade (it was the Bird & Clock theme in Vision On but originally the theme to the surreal ITV comedy Gurney Slade where a man would wander about and someone on a poster would to come to life and ask him the meaning of life etc (or ask him to stop those Feminists defacing their beach ready body)

From the comments underneath - "Olga Korbut used the end title music in the Munich Olympics." - see? I was right

What was that 1970's ITV kids cartoon with gnomes which had the same theme music as the sitcom In Loving Memory? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Jb-OWONOE

It was like a low-budget Disney's Snow White but without her and with only 4 gnomes instead of 7 dwarves (the 1970's was like that in Britain in case you are harking back after Cameron today - we had the 4 gnome week instead of 7 with 1 for each day like the rich Yanks had)

I seem to remember that 3 of them had the same last syllable in their names

Wikipedia is no good with that query

4 gnomes in hats and carrying fishing rods living amongst mushrooms in a garden, 3 of them had similar names like Huckleberry Shuttleberry and Mikelberry or something like that, on ITV, a kids cartoon made in Britain, in about 1976, with the same music as the In Loving Memory sitcom - end my misery and tell me - or was I eating their mushrooms and imagined it?

From my local Trust;

New award scheme to spark NHS digital revolution - http://nhsconfed.org/news/2015/05/new-award-scheme-to-spark-nhs-digital-revolution

New guideline from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on Older people &substance abuse - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2015/olderpeoplesubstanceabuse.aspx

HSJ - Nottinghamshire Healthcare to 'buddy' special measures trust - http://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/ment...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ - Coroner rules lack of mental health beds contributed to death - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/coroner-r...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

Kings Fund - NIHR study on primary care practice performance scores in serious mental illness - http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_m...ower-rates-of-emergency-admissions-for-p.html

Mind opens mental health helpline for emergency services personnel, friends and family - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...cy-services-personnel-friends-and-family.aspx

Changes to SLAM addiction services - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/changes-to-addictions-services-at-slam