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Mental health news this week



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A bungling NHS trust has been forced to apologise again after families of people killed by mentally ill patients under their care were not told their loved one’s cases were being reviewed. Serious questions were being asked about its handling of individuals linked to 10 killings. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust apologised this week after ignoring repeated warnings about paranoid schizophrenic Matthew Daley before he stabbed to death pensioner Don Lock

More Health trust that treated road rage killer Matthew Daley apologises AGAIN after fresh blunder - Mirror Online

A paranoid schizophrenic who pushed a complete stranger in front of a Tube train has been sent to a secure psychiatric unit indefinitely. Devindra Ferguson, 29, shoved software developer Kamlesh Ramji, 40, onto the tracks at Kentish Town station. Mr Ramji was hit by a train in front of horrified commuters at 11.40am on December 2 last year. Amazingly he survived, but suffered a fractured skull, which caused bruising, bleeding and air on the brain, punctured lungs, multiple rib fractures, a fractured scapula, broken arms and legs and fractured his pelvis in three places. Blackfriars Crown Court heard Ferguson stopped complying with treatment in the weeks before the incident. Ferguson will stay at Chase Farm Medium Secure Hospital for an indefinite amount of time until two experts and a judge deem him fit for release.

More - Schizophrenic pushed complete stranger under train at Kentish Town tube station, court told - Crime & Court - Hampstead Highgate Express

A mother who murdered her two young daughters ‘in a spasm of violence’ has been told she must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison. Samira Lupidi, 24, stabbed 17-month-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi at a women’s refuge in November last year. Sentencing Lupidi, the judge acknowledged she was suffering from a depressive disorder at the time of the ‘violent rage’ which led to the killings.

Read more: Samira Lupidi jailed for 24 years for stabbing daughters Jasmine Weaver and Evelyn Lupidi to death | Metro News

A Manchester United fan who became obsessed with winger Adnan Januzaj called off her own wedding after 'falling in love' with the player. Mai Alexander, 24, developed a crush on the Belgian hotshot after watching him make his United debut at the age of 18 in August 2013. Mai was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and spent nine weeks in a secure unit where she received treatment for OCD - Manchester United fan calls off her wedding after 'falling in love' with star Adnan Januzaj - Mirror Online

Nearly 5,500 mental health patients in England had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of hospital beds, new figures show - More mental health patients sent hundreds of miles - BBC News

The family of a man who killed himself said mental health services should be better funded. James Thompson took his own life last year shortly after Leicester's Bradgate Unit said it was full, although he was offered inpatient treatment elsewhere - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-36325428

May 2016 Mind Management Newsletter - http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=abf17926c1bd9d1e758f48f56&id=f084db6e40&e=bd175bab3f

My role: Waterways Chaplain - Hertfordshire chaplain Lorraine Newman - People can be suicidal (near canals etc) and I have had people say that I’ve saved their lives. Just being there makes a huge difference.

Ever heard of the Waterways Chaplaincy? No, they're not Bible thumpers, they are there to help. Currently covering areas from the Midlands down, if you need any kind of support, you can contact the Senior Waterways Chaplain, Jenny Dibsdall on 07717 813 682 who will put you in touch with someone in your area. If you're in the north, ring anyway and Jenny will try to get you some local support.


FROM exams to relationships to media pressures, it’s hard to be a young person in Britain today. This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and it’s an ideal time to reflect upon the prevalence of mental health issues among Britain’s young people. A study in 2005 found that one in 10 young people between the ages of five and 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. That equates to three students in the average school class of 30 - http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/14504831.Three_students_in_every_class_suffer_a_mental_health_problem___it_s_time_to_talk/

More than half of those seeking a diagnosis for dementia have delayed going to their GP by at least a year - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36286016

An extra staff member will be added to take additional calls to the Mind mental health helpline, as health bosses hammer out the final details for a new service - http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/health_bosses_close_to_launching_new_system_for_mental_health_helpline_1_4540126

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges - https://www.headstogether.org.uk/

Rangi Chase says he is happier than he has ever been as he takes an indefinite break from rugby league, and revealed he has been battling depression - http://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12196/10287640/rangi-chase-reveals-he-has-been-battling-depression

Surgeons can perform a hysterectomy on a patient with paranoid schizophrenia who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and lacks the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment, a judge has ruled after a hearing in a specialist court - http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/may/05/court-surgeons-hysterectomy-woman-schizophrenia-ovarian-cancer

Thames Valley Police (TVP) says it has seen a 72 per cent drop in the number of people being detained in police custody under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act

Read more: http://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/fall-in-mental-health-police-custody-cases-1-7391446#ixzz49D47gcxI

Arts All Over The Place - Sponsored walk

Saturday 21st May 2016

Can you walk or sponsor us to raise money for our festival at The Bond in October 20161 We are walking alone the canal from Mary Seacole House to the Oleaster centre's fun day and back, a distance of about 8 miles, a couple of hours walk each way.

Information and sponsor form from [email protected]

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - FAMILY FUN DAYS 2016;



For more information contact: [email protected] call 0121 301 1067

Holistic Health Show. The NEC, Birmingham. Sunday 22nd & Monday 23rd May. Entrance is strictly trade-only - http://www.holistichealthshow.co.uk/

Rosemary Douglas - Mind, Body and Spirit expo events in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and surrounding areas;

Crewe – 2​8th/29th May
Northwich – 30th/31st July
Stockport – 3​rd/4th September
Nantwich – 29th/30th October
Alderley Edge – 26th/27th November

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

Psychology of the Sacred - Integrating Opposites

Weekend Workshop - Vivianne and Chris Crowley

Sat - Sun, 4 - 5 June

Time: Sat 10.30 - 5.30, Sun 10.30 - 5 pm

Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS

Join us for this Jungian-based two day workshop on how to integrate competing complementary forces within: masculine and feminine, ego and shadow - to discover and connect with the True Self, in a workshop of sacred psychology. The two days include practical exercises using meditation, inner journeying, symbolism and small group work.

Chris and Vivianne Crowley have extensive backgrounds in both psychology and Western mystery traditions

Please wear comfortable clothes for meditation and bring a cushion and blanket and/or yoga mat if you would like to lie down for the inner journeying.

(The workshops involve deep inner work and are not recommended for people currently having psychiatric treatment)

Price: £120 (£65 deposit, balance due on first day)

Registration: Full information and online booking - https://www.treadwells-london.com/event/18259/

Details of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) AGM meeting and the Shaping Our Lives event on 8th June in Birmingham - http://www.nsun.org.uk/assets/downloadableFiles/AGMINVITATION_BIRMINGHAM2016.ONLINE2.pdf

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Annual General Meeting and Annual Members' meeting, which will take place on Thursday 7 July, from 12 - 3pm at Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Birmingham, B13 8QY.

This event is a chance for you to find out about our Trust and how we are doing, as well as our plans for the year ahead.

Lunch will be provided and parking is available.

Further details will be made available closer to the date.

Should you have any questions, please call the communications and marketing team on 0121 301 1238 or email: [email protected]


Date: September

More - http://www.festivaloflife.net/index.htm

The Good Life Experience expo;


16-17-18 SEPTEMBER

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Rd, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3FB

More - http://www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk/

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 at 10.30am in the Garden Room at Park House, 40 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2RT.

Suresearch Monthly Meetings in 2016

• Wednesday 1st June - Woodlands Room
• Thursday 7th July - Woodlands Room
• Wednesday 3rd August - Woodlands Room
• Thursday 1st September - Woodlands Room
• Wednesday 5th October - Woodlands Room
• Thursday 3rd November - Woodlands Room
• Wednesday 7th December - Woodlands Room

Tea, coffee and a warm welcome are available from 10am. 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

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 26 May – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 30 June – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 28 July – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 25 August – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 29 September – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 27 October – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 24 November – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 15 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

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/local-groups-and-events/positive-mental-health-group/

Autism Shows;

The Autism Show is the national event for autism, offering practical support to the two million people in the UK who live and work with autism (and Asperger's) on a daily basis;

17 - 18 June 2016, Ex CeL centre, London - http://london.autismshow.co.uk/
24 - 25 June 2016, The NEC, Birmingham - http://birmingham.autismshow.co.uk/
1 - 2 July 2016, Event City, Manchester - http://manchester.autismshow.co.uk/

States of Mind: an exhibition by Ann Veronica Janssens at Wellcome Collection - London

Wellcome Collection launches a year-long exploration into the experience of human consciousness with a new installation by Ann Veronica Janssens, opening 15 October 2015. The artist fills an entire gallery with an enveloping and brightly coloured mist in a work called yellowbluepink

Janssens explores perception through the use of light and colour. In her mist installation at Wellcome Collection, colour is caught in a state of suspension, defying the apparent immateriality of the medium and veiling any detail of surface or depth within the space. As visitors walk through this thickly coloured world, attention is focussed on the process of perception itself - an experience both disorienting and uplifting, heightening the wonder of our own consciousness.
Entering the gallery is to submit to colour as a physical entity and to be subsumed by the experience of seeing.

Ann Veronica Janssens’ installation launches ‘States of Mind’, a year-long investigation into human consciousness; a topic defined as much by what is yet to be understood as what can be readily explained. At the heart of the subject lies the ‘hard question’ of why objective brains give rise to our subjective consciousness. Neuroscience can explain the relationship between brain activity and conscious functions such as memory retention or decision making. Yet it struggles to describe how the activity of neurons results in our individual experience of colour, as in Janssens’ vibrant environment.

Ann Veronica Janssens’ yellowbluepink runs from 15 October 2015 – 3 January 2016

States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness runs from 4 February to 16 October 2016.
#explorewellcome #statesofmind
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
email: [email protected]
web: http://wellcomecollection.org/

From my local Trust;

NHS Confederation – Mental health funding not reaching front-line services, survey finds - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/05/survey-finds-mental-health-funding-not-reaching-frontline-staff

Parliament – Prison safety action plan urgently needed to reverse rapid deterioration - http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/justice-committee/news-parliament-20151/prison-safety-report-published-15-16/

Mental Health Today – Embarrassment stops millions of adults experiencing mental ill health from seeking treatment, survey finds - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/embarrassment-stops-millions-of-adults-experiencing-mental-ill-health-from-seeking-treatment-survey-finds.aspx

NHS Networks - £15m to prevent mental health crises ending in police cells - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-funding-for-safe-places-for-people-in-mental-health-crisis

NHS Networks – CCG improvement and assessment framework: data collection for mental health - https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/ccg-improvement-and-assessment-framework-data-collection-for-mental-health/newsitem_popview

The Guardian – Number of female suicides in England and Wales reaches 20 year high - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/12/number-of-suicides-in-england-and-wales-last-year-reaches-20-year-high

HSJ - NHS England ‘risks being in parallel universe’ on mental health - http://www.hsj.co.uk/topics/policy-and-regulation/nhs-england-risks-being-in-parallel-universe-on-mental-health/7004654.article

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – Oxfordshire Recovery College wins OCVA Working Together Award 2016 - http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/oxfordshire-recovery-college-wins-ocva-working-together-award-2016/