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Mental health news this week



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Detectives are trying to track down a violent registered sex offender who has absconded from a mental health unit, in connection with a spate of random attacks on the public. Scotland Yard said Vitalij Kovaliov, 35, may be linked to eight attacks in four days ranging from assaults, including one on an eight-year-old boy, to indecent exposure and racist abuse. Scotland Yard said six offences were reported to police on June 28. Detectives from the Hounslow district would like to speak to Kovaliov in connection with the attacks in the Chiswick area of west London.

More - Police hunt sex offender who absconded from mental health unit - BT

A former city headhunter who suffered severe depression hanged himself in a luxury hotel suite the day after apparently missing an appointment with mental health experts, an inquest heard. Daniel Barry Mortin, 27, was found lying on a bed in the £255-a-night penthouse suite at the Varsity Hotel, in Cambridge, by two hotel porters.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3668011/Cambridge-maths-graduate-hanged-225-night-penthouse-suite-missing-appointment-mental-health-experts.html

A healthcare assistant has been charged with committing a string of rapes and sexual assaults at a mental health unit. Robert Roberts is accused of carrying out the attacks at the Millbrook Mental Health Unit, at King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield, in 2014. He is charged with 14 counts of sexual assault and two of rape. The 59-year-old, of Hathersage Way, Sutton in Ashfield, is due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 25 July - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-36657038

Staff shortages and failures at a hospital unit contributed to the death of a dementia sufferer who died after an incident with another patient. Health bosses apologised “unreservedly” after Gwilym Ivor Lumley, 88, of Coed-y-Glyn, Wrexham, died at the town’s Maelor Hospital. Mr Lumley was pushed over by another patient with dementia at the hospital’s Heddfan mental health unit, which resulted in him banging his head

More - Staff shortages at Wrexham mental health unit played part in death of elderly dementia patient - Daily Post

In the US, two daughters have been shot dead by their own mother Christy Sheats. It has emerged the Texas mom was seeking therapy for depression and was on a number of mental illness medications.

Read more: Texas daughters shot dead by their mom Christy Sheats are laid to rest | Daily Mail Online

A man with a learning disability who made a touching video appeal for work has finally landed his dream job. Thomas Cullen, 20, who has Down’s syndrome, posted a video having failed to find a job after months of trying. Charity Mencap said the video highlighted the difficulties faced by people with a learning disability in gaining employment. Mr Cullen has begun working in the kitchens at the Water Mill, at Carlton Miniott, near his home in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

More - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/young-man-downs-syndrome-desperate-8309773

A McDONALD’S worker has been praised for making an autistic boy’s day, after recognising his disability and giving him special treatment. Katie Deyes was overjoyed by the customer service given at the fast food restaurant in Wales, as a young staff member called Aled went above and beyond to help make 16-year-old Alex feel comfortable.

More - https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1370929/woman-praises-mcdonalds-worker-for-making-her-autistic-brothers-day-with-this-heartwarming-gesture/

Look Ahead - latest service user bulletin - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/

‘Reflection’ – June 2016 Mind Management Newsletter - http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=abf17926c1bd9d1e758f48f56&id=2d9eb0e6db&e=bd175bab3f

Mental health services across Newcastle and Gateshead are set to be centralised in a shake up aimed at reducing time patients spend in hospital - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-gateshead-clinics-close-mental-11538882

The new ‘MyCare’ app, developed by Meriden Family Programme in partnership with families and carers of people who live with a mental health condition, is designed to help carers take good care of themselves. The app is free to download for phones and tablets that are running Android or iOS from either the Google Play or the Apple App store.

Download it here - http://www.meridenfamilyprogramme.com/mycare

Or view a web-based version of the app here: http://www.mycareapp.co.uk

A new NHS-certified smartphone app is encouraging students to become more streetwise about mental and sexual health, as well as issues around drugs and alcohol - http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/health/mental-and-sexual-health-esc-student-suicides-rising-a7113521.html

A GROUP to tackle mental health issues amongst students will be set up at Gloucestershire County Council - http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/14589454.Cross_party_task_group_to_tackle_student_mental_health_to_be_created_at_Gloucestershire_County_Council/

A cyclathon week at Springwood Sixth Form raised almost £180 for West Norfolk Mind.

Read more: http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/education/springwood-sixth-form-students-get-on-their-bikes-for-mental-health-charity-1-7457361#ixzz4DBMIF91d

EDGE Hill University, in partnership with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) union, held the first of six workshops designed to address the growing mental health challenges facing education staff and students across the North West - http://www.champnews.com/newsdetail.aspx?ID=GN4_ART_205405

In Scotland almost half of emergency detentions on mental health grounds were made without first getting consent from a specialist social worker, a review has found. Between July and December last year a total of 1,109 emergency detention certificates (EDCs) were used in crisis situations to detain a patient deemed to need urgent care or treatment. The Mental Health Act states consent to this should be obtained from a specialist social worker, known as a mental health officer, wherever practical.

More - http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14591134.Almost_half_of_mental_health_emergency_detentions_made_without_specialist_consent/

A DARING mum in Scotland is to part with her locks to challenge people's thoughts on mental health. Clare McKechnie, an entrepreneur, is planning to shave off her flowing red hair in an attempt to show people image isn't everything when it comes to mental health. Before she takes on the challenge the mum-of-two from Rutherglen will be sporting a series of unusual hairstyles before going the whole hog and shaving her head. Having trained by anti-stigma charity See Me, the 38-year-old wanted to start raising awareness about mental health discrimination on her area, and decided changing her hair was the best way to make a statement.

More - http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14592120.Mum_challenging_mental_health_perception_with_charity_head_shave/

Mothers in Scotland with postnatal depression experience “significant gaps” in mental health provision due to inconsistent access to specialist care in hospitals and the community. The first national study of perinatal mental health care revealed only five of Scotland’s 14 health boards offered specialist treatment in the community.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/families-put-at-risk-by-poor-mental-health-provision-1-4164556#ixzz4DBJakpYQ

In Northern Ireland a Foyle MLA has called for the appointment of an ‘independent champion’ to represent those with mental health difficulties after figures revealed that 235 people have died through suicide in the western region over the last four years. The figures were released after Mark H Durkan requested them in a question at the Northern Ireland Assembly. Mr Durkan, who is Chair of the Stormont All Party Group on Mental Health, asked for the number of deaths registered to suicide in all health and social care trusts from 2010 onwards.

Read more: http://www.derryjournal.com/news/mark-h-durkan-we-must-find-mental-health-champion-1-7457890#ixzz4DAyvK7UZ

A Welsh hospital ward dedicated to caring for elderly people with mental health problems could soon shut as part of a drive to develop more community-based services, it has been announced. Cwm Taf University Health Board confirmed that one of four older people’s mental health wards at Ysbyty George Thomas in Treorchy , Rhondda, could close as part of their proposals - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/hospital-mental-health-ward-could-11548737

An NHS trust has offered staff free counselling to help them cope with the Brexit result. District nurses and carers providing community and mental health services in South East London and Kent have been told they can take the sessions to manage their concerns about the referendum.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3664762/NHS-trust-offers-nurses-mental-health-carers-free-counselling-referendum-vote.html

The EU referendum has caused a mental health crisis - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/29/eu-referendum-mental-health-vote

(I find the biggest bores to be people who `carry' the News Agenda around with them every day and spout off about it - e.g. if you argued one way or the other about Veils only once Jack Straw mentioned, it but had never actually spoken about it before to the Moslems whom you actually know personally - then yes I mean you. So if you are thinking about decisions which aren't your's - whether we should be in The Single Market when you won't be the one voting over that, who should be the Tory leader when you can't vote in it, or whether Trump should beat Clinton when you can't vote in that either etc - then yes I mean you again. Stop wasting your time - and mine when we meet)

Number 18 from the list of abstract things which somehow only I seem to be able to see;

BBC News, Independent Television News (ITN), and Sky News - They Report The Actual "News"?

What does the term "news" actually mean? Well not what you might think in fact - and the differences can be very subtle;

e.g. Jack Straw and Veils - pardon me for saying, but the ACTUAL issue of some Moslem women wearing Veils was ONLY truly `NEWS' in the TRUE sense of the word when they actually STARTED doing it in this country (decades ago), NOT when Straw suddenly brought it up in late 2006 - so WHY was it examined as an issue in its own right THEN?

i.e. if Jack Straw suddenly from nowhere starts wittering about Geoff Hurst's goal crossing the line or not in 1966, DOES the GAME itself then become "news" in the true sense?

(No it doesn't - the game itself was only truly `news' in 1966).

Straw suddenly wittering about it would be news, yes indeed, but the GAME itself WOULDN'T be `news'.

Yet watch how BBC News, ITN, and Sky News routinely allow Westminster to trick us like that - if Straw wittered about it, the GAME itself would become "news" and then be treated as such and be examined as if it was news - when the game itself patently WOULDN'T be news at all - it occurred in 1966.

Only an anniversary of that event etc would truly make it `news' subsequently

(It is suspected that Knighthoods/Peerages are offered to senior journalists at those 3 fawning news organisation by senior Westminster figures to allow them to bring up particular things at particular times and thereby thrust them into being "news" - when in truth they aren't).

The clues are this - a VERY select band of senior BBC journalists at the Radio 4 Today Programme set the daily News Agenda by 6am each day, via some arcane process. ITN and Sky News then take their leads from that.

That is why Fleet Street newspapers often have a VERY different running order and emphasis of stories each day - but BBC News, ITN, and Sky News have more or less uniformity of running order and emphasis - which is clear evidence of concoction at some level.

Let me guess though - you see things the other way round? The fact that Fleet Street IS politically biased makes you see the variations of its front pages as proof of its daily concoction, and you see the uniformity of TV news as proof of its trustworthy and spontaneous construction?

In which case the subtle construction trickery by BBC News, ITN, and Sky News has tricked you - spontaneously constructed TV news by 3 separate news organisations wouldn't produce uniformity of output any more than it does in Fleet Street.

(As regards the days when the mere News Agenda triggers sudden and widespread community trouble in the face of non existent actually incidents beforehand - like with Jack Straw and Veils again - Moslem women had NOT just suddenly or increasingly started wearing them just beforehand - the police need to be made to investigate that Radio 4 link on being made to realise it. Unless and until they do, we'll keep on getting a concocted News Agenda daily)

Throughout June and July is Recovery College for All - it offers a range of co-produced sessions which have been developed with and for people who have been affected by mental health issues. Everyone is welcome

All of our courses take place at the Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Birmingham B13 8QY

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/EasysiteWeb/getresource.axd?AssetID=54049&type=full...

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]

Shaw event;

I am pleased to provide details of a Mental Health Conference to be held at Birmingham NEC on July 12th 2016.

The conference focusses on thinking creatively to make mental health communities stronger and more effective.

The aim is to bring together Mental Health Professionals, Service/Product Providers and Service Users and ask (and maybe answer) some key questions that will help shape the future of Mental Health Services.

Conference Highlights Include:

• Premiere event venue: NEC Birmingham

• Projected number of attendees: 150

• Keynote speech from Isabella Goldie, Director of Development and Delivery, Mental Health Foundation

• Guest speech from Natasha Devon MBE, founder of the award winning Self-Esteem Team and Body Gossip Education Programme

• Specialist Panel Q&A

• 6 Specialist Workshop Sessions (On topics including sensory theraplay for vulnerable children, self-harm and anxiety disorders)

• Exhibit Hall featuring 12 exhibitors

Everyone is welcome, see you all there

For more information and to book tickets, please visit our webpage - http://www.shaw.co.uk/mental-health-conference/.

(Ticket are over 100 quid and so pricey)

Mellow mental health community event

Join us on 16th July - now at Handsworth Park, Birmingham

12noon - 6pm
[email protected]

(The change of venue of because of all the murders in the other original park which I brought up last week!)

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


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

Buddhafield Festival


Wednesday 13 — Sunday 17 July

The Buddhafield Festival is a gathering of up to 3,000 people  — a joyful and unique creation of community. Ritual, song, dance, arts and crafts, yoga, t’ai chi, meditation, and play, blend together

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

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - Caring Minds Service User, Carer, Volunteer and Staff Summertime Picnic

Karaoke and Disco

Saturday 6 August, 2pm - 8pm

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Birmingham B13 8QY

Food and soft drinks will be provided free of charge

More - uffculm[email protected]

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - Join us for our Opportunities Coffee Morning to learn how you can help us and gain great experience in a range of engagement opportunities. Our colleagues from Recovery For All and Volunteering will also be available to consult with.

We look forward to seeing you soon and here's how and when you can find us:

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QY

Friday 29th July, 11am - 1pm
Friday 30th September, 11am - 1pm
Friday 25th November, 11am - 1pm

Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church, 16 South Parade, Sutton Coldfield B72 1QY

Friday 26th August, 1pm - 3pm
Friday 28th October, 1pm - 3pm
Friday 23rd December, 1pm - 3pm

To find out more call us on 0800 954 2511 or 07985 882 114

Emotional Wellbeing Course for LGBT Women

This is a FREE course that explores clinically proven tools and techniques that are good for your emotional health. All sessions will take place on the following dates at the Birmingham LGBT Centre:

Saturday July 30th 11-4pm (Free Lunch provided)
Wednesday 10th August 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 16th August 6-8.30pm
Wednesday 31st August 6-8.30pm

More - http://blgbt.org/emotional-wellbeing-course-lgbt-women/

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

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

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

Soho House Museum in Birmingham is hosting monthly meet-ups where people with dementia and their carer/family member/friend can take part in museum related activities. From reminiscence to handling objects, music to craft, to provide stimulation and enjoyment.

The sessions are free to attend and refreshment will be provided. The sessions will take place on the first Friday of each calendar month. On the following dates:

• Friday 5th August, 11am - 12.30pm
• Friday 2nd September, 11am - 12.30pm
• Friday 7th October, 11am - 12.30pm
• Friday 4th November, 11am - 12.30pm

Pre-booking is required. To book please contact Louise on 0121 348 8150 or email - [email protected]

More - http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho/whats-on/dementia-cafe-e8e14f73-484a-48ad-8f32-881ce675788e

Wildheart Gathering


12th - 14th August

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

Into The Wild Gathering - Summer Festival;

August 26 - 29th

Bentley estate, East Sussex

Last few 2nd Tier Early Bird Tickets on sale now only £75

Over 100 workshops;

Woodland craft area, Hip hop Shakespeare, Den building & Wild fire making, Wild games, Circus skills and Cabaret, Singing and Dance workshops, 5 Rhythyms - Great talks - Archery, Shamtastic Drumming, Healing Area ~ Wood & stone carving, Circus skills and performances, Dharma talks ~ Dzogchen, Shamanism ~ Natural fire making, Wild crafts ~ Wild food foraging, Woodland theatre - 8 types of Yoga, Tantra ~ Gong baths ~ Meditation, Teen Spirit area with cinema, Great stalls and cafes.

And loads more!

More - http://www.intothewildgathering.com/#!summer-festival-/c21sy

The Summer House Weekend will be from August 18th - 22nd

The location is sent out to ticketholders only

More - http://thesummerhouseweekend.com/


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

• 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 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;

1 - 2 July 2016, Event City, Manchester - http://manchester.autismshow.co.uk/

Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival

Friday 4 November at 10:00 to Sunday 6 November at 17:00

Hall 10, The NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT

A host of exhibitors presenting wellbeing & health products, organic food, therapies, jewellery, holistic retreats, divinations, supplements and healing.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mind-body-spirit-wellbeing-festival-nec-2016-tickets-18152248865?

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/

Stylist Live (for women) takes place from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th October at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH.

Tickets - Standard, £15 per day. VIP - £55 per day.

Some of the talks there;

Thu 13 Oct

Inspiration Stage

14:30 – 15:15. Caitlin Moran & Sali Hughes: The power of female friendship - Join top writers, broadcasters and feminists Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes as they discuss what female friendship means to them. Close mates in real life, they’ll share the story of their friendship, how it has endured and why the support of a fantastic friend can’t be replaced. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

More - http://live.stylist.co.uk/talks-and-workshops

Life Lab

15:45 – 16:30. How to make decisions with confidence - With so many choices to make every day, decision overwhelm affects us all. Learn to be bold when choosing between different courses of action in this interactive workshop. With years of experience coaching top professionals, Dr Mandy Lehto will guide you through the decision-making process and show you how to trust your intuition.

The Lounge

16:00 – 16:45. Why the bad mother revolution is here: with Cherry Healey, Esther Walker, Katie Kirby & The Scummy Mummies - Fed up with perfect Insta-mums, photogenic kids and social media parenting humblebrags? You're not alone - and now there's a revolution brewing. It's time to embrace being a Bad Mother, with all the imperfect, messy, honest truth of what it really takes to be a parent in 2016. TV presenter and writer Cherry Healey, journalist and author of Bad Mother Esther Walker, Hurrah for Gin blogger Katie Kirby and comedy duo the Scummy Mummies discuss this kickback against the tyranny of perfect parenting.

Fri 14 Oct

Life Lab

10:30 – 11:15. How to stop feeling tired all the time with Xochi Balfour - Constantly exhausted? Wellness blogger and author of Naturalista, Xochi Balfour has got the practical and simple tips to energise you. Feeling tired all the time is increasingly common and there are a wide range of psychical, psychological and lifestyle issues that can contribute to fatigue - even when you’ve had plenty of sleep. Let Xochi demonstrate how holistic mindfulness and optimum nutrition can really revitalise you.

The Lounge

10:45 – 11:30. Screw social media: How to look behind the digital filter for happiness - We’re a nation of smartphone and social media addicts, but is this constant exposure to so-called ‘perfect’ lifestyles harming us? The UK’s first comparison coach Lucy Sheridan knows so, and in this unique workshop, she’ll tackle the problem of ‘compare and despair’ and why it’s making us unhappy. Bring your smartphone and get ready to start living #comparisonfree as you change your attitude to social media.

Life Lab

11:45 – 12:30. How to fail brilliantly - Bouncing back from failure can be tough, but mistakes are crucial for us to learn from. In this inspiring talk, happiness consultant and change maker Samantha Clarke of Samantha & will help you fail with confidence and give you strategies to move forward with resilience and positivity after a knock back.

Life Lab

14:15 – 15:00. Stop saying yes: Why no is your new power word - Learn how to assert yourself powerfully through language in this inspiring workshop. We're all guilty of saying 'yes' all the time to seek approval, or because we don't want to disappoint, but this can be damaging to our confidence and how we're perceived. Transform the way you think about requests and learn to have the confidence to say no, with happiness and change consultant Samantha Clarke

Inspiration Stage

15:00 – 15:45. Calm down dear: How to make it in a man’s world - Working in a traditionally male-dominated environment can bring a unique set of challenges to overcome. In this panel session, Jessica Bennett, author of Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, motor sports presenter Suzi Perry, and chef Sophie Michell talk about how they made a success of their careers, and share top advice on how to overcome the difficulties of being the only woman in the room.

Life Lab

16:45 – 17:30. The golden rules of communicating with your partner - Why is it often hardest to get along with the one you love the most? In this workshop our relationship expert will shed light on the most common issues that trigger conflict in relationships and share strategies that will help you listen more and communicate better for a happier relationship.

Work Lab

19:30 – 20:15. Five lessons from a serial mentor - Is having a career mentor really worth it? In this ultimate guide to finding and getting the most out of a mentoring relationship, the CEO of Elevation Networks, Barbara Kasumu, shares how you can boost your career, re-evaluate your goals, avoid pitfalls and get invaluable experience from someone who’s already been there and done that! Barbara's charity mentors young people to help them achieve their professional goals, and knows the great results that can be gained from a successful mentoring partnership.

Sat 15 Oct

Inspiration Stage

10:45 – 11:30 - 'Why I came out of the mental health closet': Bryony Gordon talks to Lucy Mangan - After struggling with OCD, bulimia and depression, journalist and author Bryony Gordon decided to tackle her mental health issues in her brilliantly candid memoir Mad Girl. In this intimate talk, Bryony shares why she decided to open up about her mental health with Stylist’s very own Lucy Mangan, and the importance of these issues to us all.

The book is here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mad-Girl-Bryony-Gordon/dp/1472232089

The Lounge

12:15 – 13:00. How to find the calmer you with Jody Shield - Discover the unique tools to help you stay zen while spinning all the plates that modern life throws at us. Building on her 10 years of experience working in the corporate world, inspiring alternative therapist Jody Shield now advises an incredible roster of clients - from Nike to Stella McCartney - on how to create a life they live. In this workshop, she'll share simple and effective techniques to limit stress, in a world where we’re addicted to 'busy' and overwhelmed with multitasking.

Life Lab

13:15 – 14:00. Living single: the new happily ever after - Searching for 'the one?' Before you sign up to yet another data app, hear what living single expert Helen Croyon has to say. Author of Screw the Fairytale: A Modern Guide to Love and Sex, Helen's written at length about the incompatibility of life-long relationships with our modern independent lifestyles. She'll discuss the benefits of being single, relationships alternatives, how society's attitudes towards traditional couplings have changed and why being single can be a better alternative.

Sun 16 Oct

Life Lab

14:30 – 15:15. How to sleep like a baby - Discover simple and practical changes that can make a world of difference to your sleep patterns with physiologist and sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan. The stresses and strains of modern life can wreak havoc with our sleep quality and energy levels, so learn how small lifestyle changes can help overcome your sleep problems. Rest better, from tonight.

More - http://live.stylist.co.uk/

From my local Trust;

NHS Confederation – Mental Health Network annual member survey - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/06/mental-health-network-annual-member-survey

Mental Health Today – Rising rates of self-harm among prisoners serving indeterminate sentences - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/rising-rates-of-self-harm-among-prisoners-serving-indeterminate-sentences.aspx

NHS Networks – A public health approach to mental health improvement - http://www.fph.org.uk/parenting_one_way_of_improving_mental_health_for_everyone

NHS Networks – Funding for mental care - http://www.nhsconfed.org/resources/2016/06/funding-for-mental-health

HSJ – Midlands Chief to lead neighbouring mental health trust - http://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/providers/black-country-partnership-nhs-foundation-trust/midlands-chief-to-lead-neighbouring-mental-health-trust/7005790.article?blocktitle=Latest&contentID=19947

West London Mental Health NHS Trust – WLMHT is delighted to part of a winning collaboration of providers - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/new-london-community-nhs-service-will-help-patients-stay-well-recover-home/

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust – New website supports young people with mental health issues - http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/Latest-news/New-website-supports-young-people-with-mental-health-issues.htm