Mental health news this week

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Southern Health NHS Trust boss Katrina Percy resigns. A report published in December said the deaths of hundreds of mental health and learning-disability patients over four years were not properly examined, and blamed a "failure of leadership" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37221250



An autistic boy was robbed, beaten up, and stripped at knifepoint in a Manchester city centre car park. It was the first time that Curtis McDonnell, aged 16, had been to Manchester on his own - This autistic teenager was beaten up, taunted and stripped naked by a gang on his first trip to Manchester city centre - Manchester Evening News

(I was in Manchester in August - it didn't seem particularly bad as a city. And compared to some US cities - oh dear. I was in San Francisco a few years back, and it turned out that an alley I had walked past had a dead man lying at the other end of it whose head had been cut off)



A former Army chief has admitted he has refused to take a controversial anti-malaria drug despite it being offered to his troops. Lord Dannatt told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme he personally believes the drug can have "catastrophic" mental health effects. He said his own son took Lariam and became "extremely depressed" - Ex-Army chief Dannatt refused Lariam drug used by troops - BBC News




A GP who kept a blog about living with bipolar disorder was found dead after being suspended from work when a patient read her online entries and complained, an inquest has heard. In the weeks leading up to her death, Dr Wendy Potts had written candidly about her condition and the effect it had on her life - GP found dead after being suspended over bipolar disorder blog | UK news | The Guardian




A MAN says he is scared to leave his home after being wrongly labelled a pae-dophile because his 32-year-old girlfriend looks too young. Worried Shakey Finks, 42, says police have told him to carry a photocopy of Jessica Stevens’ driving licence to prove she is not underage when challenged.

“This has deeply upset us both as these allegations are wholly untrue, and has caused us both to suffer from anxiety and depression."

More - Shakey Finks, from Plymouth, says he is repeatedly accused of being a paedophile because his girlfriend looks so much younger than him

(I think the 2nd picture down illustrates the point - but I think you'd only have to be looking at that second picture!)




Woman removed from Easy Jet flight after epileptic seizure - https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/news/news/woman-removed-easyjet-flight-after-epileptic-seizure-66591




A stalker bombarded BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis with letters over the course of 20 years after becoming 'obsessed' with her. Edward Vines, 46, was slapped with a harassment order in 2009 which barred him from contacting Ms Maitlis and her husband, children and parents. But a court heard this did not prevent him from contacting the journalist

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-obsessed-university-left-fearing-family.html





Mental health trust apologises after woman has to sleep in police car. Katie Simpkins, from Corsham in Wiltshire, was detained for her own safety but no hospital bed was available in the county - https://www.theguardian.com/society...ogises-after-woman-has-to-sleep-in-police-car





'I emotionally broke down': Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson reveals her devastation at being 'abandoned with a baby'

("We Scousers don't need therapists, we just chat to anyone, people on the bus, giving them our life story")

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...guson-reveals-devastation-abandoned-baby.html




HUNDREDS of people in Tamworth could lose out on vital mental health support when one of the town's key providers closes in October. Tamworth Changes, a mental health recovery service based in Lady Bank, is to fold on October 31 after losing its local authority and NHS funding.

Read more at - http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/tam...nding-is-cut/story-29672399-detail/story.html




A hospital for children with mental health problems in Stafford has been slammed by health officials after inspectors observed a youngster harming themselves in front of a member of staff. Huntercombe Hospital has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors identified a number of serious failings - http://www.itv.com/news/central/2016-08-31/serious-failings-at-childrens-mental-health-hospital/





Anorexia and bulimia reduced Rachael Huckle to a sparrow-like waif at the age of just nine. She would spend more than a decade secretly battling eating disorders, coming close to death several times. Constantly in and out of hospital , she lost her childhood and the desire to live. After years of mental and physical pain she summoned the will to fight back – only to discover she needed to LOSE weight to qualify for specialist care, which was based on patients’ body mass index (BMI). It meant Rachael, then a painfully thin 16-year-old, dropped below four stone so that she could qualify for help. Now, thankfully in recovery and aged 30, she has spoken out to highlight lack of NHS funds to help people with eating disorders – which have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/i-anorexic-just-9-drop-8763075





A new scheme will see Thames Valley Police work in partnership with mental health professionals to ensure people in distress get appropriate care. The Street Triage scheme, which will cover Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell, will see professionals from East Berkshire's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made available to attend incidents with police officers from today - http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co...ntal-health-professionals-for-new-scheme.html




The husband of late Northumberland mum Sally Allan is helping to launch a “vital” new initiative to raise awareness for mental-health issues in the North East - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/husband-late-sally-allan-helps-11840138




Mental health services in the North East have been labelled as “outstanding” following an inspection by health leaders. England’s chief inspector of hospitals has praised the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) as “exceptional” after a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/north-east-mental-health-services-11823955




England cricketer Monty Panesar has fought a public battle with mental health issues. He believes a culture of shame and labelling among the South Asian community is a barrier to others like him accessing help. But why do some in the community struggle with this issue? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36489893




The number of rough sleepers with mental health problems has tripled in recent years, and a ground-breaking project in east London now aims to identify and support rough sleepers with such issues. The BBC's social affairs correspondent, Michael Buchanan, spent three months following Thames Reach staff as they try to help those homeless people who struggle with a range of psychological issues - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37238599




The number of serving and ex-forces personnel being awarded compensation for mental disorders has hit record levels - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...combat-stress-veterans-uk-armed-a7199461.html




AN ASPIRING singer who ended up homeless as she battled mental health problems has been given a shot at success. Kirsty Heggie will entertain customers at an Edinburgh bar during a four-week residency - http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/singer-who-battled-mental-health-8744742




A SWINDON campaigner is on his way to Downing Street in a bid to raise awareness about mental health issues. Steve Carr, from Pinehurst is trekking more than 80 miles to Number 10 to personally hand in his 12 page report on the issues of homelessness and mental health.

More - http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/...health_champion_on_his_way_to_Downing_Street/





ALMOST 10,000 Scots have called for a radical transformation of mental health services. Ministers are being urged to back changes such as introducing 'on-demand' counselling services in GP surgeries, amid concerns about lengthy waits for treatment after referrals - http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...demands_a_shake_up_of_mental_health_services/




The number of suicides has increased by almost a fifth in Northern Ireland, statistics revealed. The children’s commissioner said the total of young people who have taken their own lives remained too high and the tally of youngsters self-harming has risen sharply.

Read more at: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/he...ent-boost-urged-as-suicides-rise-19-1-7554507




The heartbroken parents of a Welsh student have paid tribute to their son after his inquest gave a verdict of suicide. Denise Sullivan, 66, said her life had been ruined after her son, Liam Sullivan, 32, was “failed” by mental health services in Southampton - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/heartbroken-parents-say-son-failed-11832722




Can social media help maternal mental health? - https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/aug/31/can-social-media-help-maternal-mental-health


Picture perfect: How helpful is social media for our mental health? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37218059



(In university American Football) Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph forges friendship with autistic boy during school visit - https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/florida-state-wr-travis-rudolph-060023614.html?vp=1#




Wyrley Festival of Fun

10 September 2016

Witton Lakes, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7XX

More - https://streetlife-uk-live-media.s3...5e9a126467db3acb6210fb6ec26763175a7c4b7_o.pdf







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

LYNDON - 10TH SEPTEMBER, HOBBS MEADOW, SOLIHULL B92 8PN

For more information contact: commsteam@bsmhft.nhs.uk call 0121 301 1067






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


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

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

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







WORCESTERSHIRE residents interested in shaping the future of mental health services are being invited to attend public meetings to give their views on proposals.

A session is being held at the same venue (Perdiswell Young Persons Leisure Centre) on September 5 between 2pm and 4pm.

The last session organised takes place on September 19 at Simply Limitless in Kidderminster between 2pm and 4pm.

Anyone wanting to attend the event needs to register in advance by emailing - WHCNHS.AMHLDSDU@nhs.net or call 01905 760 222.

To find out more about the proposals, and to have a say, visit hacw.nhs.uk/amhconsultation.

More - http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news...alth_services_invited_to_consultation_events/






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

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 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 - louise.deakin@birminghammuseums.org.uk

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







North Staffs Mind is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary and we're holding a lecture afternoon in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 8th September, followed by an evening of entertainment.

Bookings can be made via this link: http://nsmind.org.uk/fortyyears/





FESTIVAL of LIFE

Date: September

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





The Good Life Experience expo;

A WEEKEND OF FUN + DISCOVERY WITH MUSIC, BOOKS, FOOD & THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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 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 - suresearch.org@gmail.com
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 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-us...oups-and-events/positive-mental-health-group/










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?







Malcolm Stern talk;

Embracing Jekyll and Hyde

Monday 21st November

7pm - 9pm

A lecture for Alternatives at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London

An exploration of the shadow - our unacknowledged darkness

We’re so used to creating heroes and villains that we fail to recognise that the human condition means we’re all a mixture of both. Stevenson’s dramatic story “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” explores the consequences of the split between these two sides of the psyche.

In his work as a group psychotherapist, Malcolm has worked extensively with the shadow – our unacknowledged darkness, first identified by Carl Gustav Jung. In healing the division between our warring sub-personalities, we can begin to find peace in ourselves.

When we learn to recognise our shadow, we can also befriend it. The abandoned aspects of ourselves can wreak havoc in all parts of our lives – what we disown can sabotage us. We can never totally exorcise our shadow, but when we learn to recognise and to honour it; it loses its power over us and becomes an integral part of awakening to wholeness. Our dark, primal, passionate side can also be a force for good, when it is healthily integrated. This won’t simply transform us as individuals; it’s a necessary step in our evolutionary journey.

Tonight’s interactive talk will focus on ways of feeding the divine (Jekyll) inside us and of taming the depraved (Hyde) within. We’ll look at simple practices that can transform our lives.

More - www.malcolmstern.com/events/embracing-jekyll-and-hyde







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.

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: info@wellcomecollection.org
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;

Department of Health – Mental health crisis care: health based places of safety funding - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...is-care-health-based-places-of-safety-funding


Department of Health – Government announces successful bids to £15million mental health fund - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...cessful-bids-to-15-million-mental-health-fund


Parliament – Access and waiting time standards for early intervention in psychosis - http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CDP-2016-0150


National Health Executive – Mental health trust to stop operating gender identity clinic - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive....rust-to-stop-operating-gender-identity-clinic


NHS Networks – Better mental health provision in primary care - http://www.londonscn.nhs.uk/publication/tooling-up-and-gearing-up-mental-health-in-primary-care/


HSJ – Mental health trust saves £2m by cutting out of area placements - https://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/pro...151.article?blocktitle=Latest&contentID=19947


Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust – Our Healthy Minds App is now available to download for free - http://www.halesowennews.co.uk/news...ire_to_help_people_with_mental_health_issues/
 
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the autistic boy who was beaten and stripped brought back bad memories for me. I used to get beaten up and humiliated by bullies, one beating left me with a dislocated jaw. that was a number of years ago and I still have a difficult time leaving the house for fear of people. I was put in special education because of my Asperger's so then I was labeled as a "retard" and became the target of bullies. the teachers would do nothing, they would often say that I had provoked them. I just wanted to be left alone.
 

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