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Mental health news this week



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Mental illness soars among young women in England - Mental illness soars among young women in England – survey | Society | The Guardian

A man sent emails threatening to carry out a knife and axe attack on two BBC TV stars. Kristofer Jean Pierre Groot, 35, sent five ‘expressive and violent’ emails aimed at BBC Breakfast presenters Louise Minchin and Dan Walker after a segment about cleaning on the show. Groot, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, believed both presenters were directing their comments at him during the show - Man threatened to axe and knife BBC Breakfast stars - MacclesField Express

Women taking the Pill may be at increased risk of depression with teenagers facing a 80 per cent higher risk, a major study has found - Teenagers taking the Pill may face increased depression risk

Terry Jones of Monty Python Has Dementia - http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/arts/television/terry-jones-of-monty-python-has-dementia-his-family-says.html

"Horrifying" practices have been exposed that purport to cure people with autism, during which clients are subjected to shouting and intimidation. An undercover researcher posing as a man with autism was verbally abused and mimicked by a trainer for hours. The BBC investigated after hearing of a Hungarian firm selling training to "cure" and treat autism in London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37460201

Defending heavyweight boxing champion of the world Tyson Fury won’t fight again, predicts British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. Hearn’s comments come in the wake of yet another postponement of the Fury - Wladimir Klitschko rematch, with Fury’s team this time citing mental health issues as the reason for the cancellation after an injury led to its cancellation last time around.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/26/boxing-heavyweight-champion-tyson-fury-is-finished-says-eddie-hearn-6152641/#ixzz4LUCKbkcM

The musician Lucy Spraggan, talks to Rethink about her struggles with depression and how she came to terms with fame - https://www.rethink.org/news-views/2016/8/lucy-spraggan

A GIRL who was days away from death after her weight plummeted to just FIVE STONE has shared shocking pictures of her in the grip of anorexia in a bid to inspire others to seek help. Hannah Koestler, now 22, told how she wanted to show the “grim reality” of the devastating illness by posting distressing photographs of her skeletal body connected to a feeding tube online - https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/1861322/anorexia-nearly-killed-me-girl-22-was-days-away-from-death-after-dropping-to-five-stone-with-a-bmi-of-just-11-but-now-she-helps-others-beat-the-illness-and-has-120k-instagram-f/

Jeremy Corbyn launched a bizarre protest to bring back a Shadow Mental Health minister to his Cabinet – a post he himself axed three months ago - https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1860572/labour-leader-jeremy-corbyn-joins-bizarre-protest-to-bring-back-a-shadow-mental-health-minister-to-his-cabinet-a-post-he-axed-three-months-ago/

A Staffordshire SOLDIER left traumatised by the war in Iraq has been found dead just a week before he was due to receive help for post-traumatic stress disorder. Dad-of-one Nick Bezuidenhout's body was discovered in a property he shared with other veterans.

Read more at - http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/soldier-nick-bezuidenhout-died-suddenly-just-a-week-from-starting-treatment-for-ptsd/story-29760703-detail/story.html

An unarmed black man fatally shot by police in a San Diego (USA) suburb after allegedly taking a "shooting stance," according to cops — was not mentally ill but had suffered from a mental breakdown over the recent death of a friend - http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-killed-police-not-mentally-ill-suffered-breakdown-family-n657136

(I reckon all black Americans should just start wearing targets whenever near the police and have done with it)

National Survivor User Network - their NETWORK magazine, latest issue (Spring 2016) - http://www.nsun.org.uk/assets/downloadableFiles/NETWORK_SPRING_2016_ONLINE.pdf

‘The Present’ – September 2016 Mind Management newsletter - http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=abf17926c1bd9d1e758f48f56&id=3518b8e7d0&e=bd175bab3f

South and City College Birmingham course - Moving Forward (ESA)

Summary - This programme offers courses specifically for people who experience mental health difficulties. You will work on individual goals which may include work skills, communication skills and confidence building.

Description - You will also work on practical skills such as handling money, using public transport along with the skills related to your chosen area of study. You will have specific sessions to help you improve your maths, English and ICT skills.

Locations - Bordesley Green Campus, Hall Green Campus, Handsworth Campus

More - http://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/supported-learning/615-entry-level/5492-moving-forward-esa

(That link currently doesn't work because the entire college website is down it seems - so try again on Monday when somebody there notices)

Door Step Club at YMCA Erdington (Birmingham) - Start Again Project

For young people aged 14 to 25 who suffer with their physical and mental health and face barriers to participating in regular sport.

Mondays at the YMCA community facility (Reservoir Rd) between 12:30pm and 2pm.

More - http://www.start-again.co.uk/new-door-step-club-at-ymca-erdington/

Recovery College for All - Autumn Term Prospectus 2016

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

The college offers a range of sessions, which are open to our service users, their carers and families and staff. These sessions have been developed with and for people who have been affected by mental health issues.

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/recovery/recovery-college/prospectus/

Essex Wellbeing Self help group - if you would like to learn the techniques used by psychologists to help deal with improving mental wellbeing in a supportive environment facilitated by a psychologist and psychotherapist this group is for you - http://www.meetup.com/Harlow-Anxiety-Meetup/

British Association of Anger Management offer;

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If preferred a face 2 face assessment in London or East Grinstead can be arranged at the cost of £165.

More - http://www.angermanage.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.

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/

Exhibition - Bedlam: the asylum and beyond

15 September 2016 - 15 January 2017

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. Reimagine the institution, informed by the experiences of the patients, doctors, artists and reformers who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it.

More - http://wellcomecollection.org/bedlam

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - Member seminars

Member seminars are a great reason to become a member of our trust. As a member you are entitled to attend the member seminars which take place throughout the year on a whole host of topics associated with mental health, ranging from clinical conditions, to more general wellbeing, or research within the trust. Member seminars are free for Trust members.

We are currently putting together a programme of membership seminars. If there is a particular subject area you would like to see covered, please contact the membership office: [email protected] or 0121 301 1083.

Upcoming seminars:

Dementia Seminar

Tuesday 4th October 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Solihull United Reformed Church
741 Warwick Rd,
West Midlands
B91 3DG

This seminar will explore why people may experience memory problems and what to do if you notice you or someone else is developing problems with their memory. We will look what dementia is, the different types and how to live well with it.

Physical approaches to improving well being

Wednesday 19th October 2016, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Urban Work Space
69 Steward St,
B18 7AF

This seminar will outline the impact of poor physical health on mental health and what people can do to affect their well-being (both physical and mental). Easy steps will be discussed about what people can do to improve or prevent deterioration of mood or coping ability. The five ways to well-being will be discussed and other approaches that are routed in evidence that promote improved well- being.

Upcoming Seminar in January - Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/members-and-governors/members-area/member-seminars/

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 - [email protected]
Updated information on meetings will be on our website at - www.suresearch.org.uk

Arts All Over The Place;

Thursday 6th October - NATIONAL POETRY DAY - VIP PREVIEW EVENING - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Featuring case studies on the positive impact of arts in mental health. With special guest speakers JC E-arts, Artful Minds project and Jason Clarke. Workshops and arts activities including ‘Message in a Bottle’ & ‘Chain of Words’ with Cathy Crossley and Cait Roberts. Entertainment with Harpist, The Choir with No Name and Rachel Mayfield.

Nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

Friday 7th October - DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAY - 11:00am - 9:00pm

11:00am - 1:00pm. SCI-FI FILM & FANTASY Make, create and star in a film with the wonderful 2ArtToyGuys. HEALTH & WEALTH FABRIC COLLAGE Fun fabrics installation workshop with Kim Knowles.

1:00pm - 3:00pm. POETRY FOR HEALING Learn and explore the cathartic benefits of writing for survival and wellbeing with Jodie Mcloughlin.

5:00pm - 9:00pm. DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAY EVENT with live music and entertainment featuring Belly Dance Blast Off, Dr Greenwood, Rachel Mayfield and ADHD. Workshops with Random Acts of Recovery, Hands On Clay Play and a performance from the Zinnia Drama Group.

Doughnuts and refreshments.

Saturday 8th October - HEROES AND LEGENDS - 11:00am - 4:00pm

This day will be dedicated to commemorating local and famous creatives who are sadly no longer with us. We celebrate the positive impact and creative legacy that continues to inspire us all. Featuring: Musical Connections, Kalillo Drumming, Dance Attack, and ‘I'll Show You My Birmingham’ with Rachel Mayfield. Including ‘Tribute to Bowie and Friends’ workshop. Complimentary Hand Massage and Mehndi throughout the day. Nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

Sunday 9th October - THEATRE IN HEALTH - 11:00am - 4:30pm

11:00am - 1:00pm. STIGMATITUS Stamp out stigma with The Creative Tortoise. Drama and visual arts workshop using comments, quotes, stories and gestures.

1:00pm -1:30pm. Arts Auction. Come and sell your art! Following the auction there will be a selection of theatre and Q&A’s that explore mental health issues.

1:30pm - 2:30pm. LEDGE Performance and Q&A with writer Richard Green.

2:30pm - 3:30pm. ALTERED MINDS Performance and Q&A with writer and performer Augustus Stevens.

3:30pm - 4:30pm. ALICE IN THE WILDERNESS Performance and Q&A with writer and performer Alice Smith.

Nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

Monday 10th October - WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY CELEBRATIONS - 11:00am - 5:00pm

11:00am - 1:00pm. COSMIC IMAGINEERING Join this workshop and begin the journey of using writing for soothing the soul with Adrian Crossen.

11:00am -1:00pm. CERAMIC HEALING Eclectic clay creation workshop with Graham Taylor. Stall Holders, entertainment and party with Musical Connections, Kalillo Drumming, Dance Attack and The Birmingham Wellbeing Community Choir.

Nibbles and refreshments will be provided.

By working with YOU, we can tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Our aim is to bring people together to experience and enjoy a series of exciting and meaningful events, this includes an interactive arts exhibition, workshops and performances. There will be opportunities to share our best practice together and continue to show the positive impact that creativity has on ALL OF OUR mental well-being!

More - http://www.artsallovertheplace.org.uk/aaotp/festival-2016

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 - [email protected]

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

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

World Mental Health Day party

Monday 10th October

Irish Centre, Digbeth, Birmingham

Contact - Sandra Smith - 0121 685 6801

I can't find anything online for that event at all, but here are the main links if you want to search;


Creative Support - Open Day

Monday 10th October

11am - 3pm

Hockley, Birmingham - 0121 200 3188

Northfield, Birmingham - 0121 476 4347

Again nothing on the website though - http://www.creativesupport.co.uk/

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/

Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2016. 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 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/

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 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

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/

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.

The 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

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Lucas Plan

November 26th,


The Lucas Plan was a pioneering effort by workers at the arms company Lucas Aerospace to retain jobs by proposing alternative, socially-useful applications of the company’s technology and their own skills. It remains one of the most radical and forward thinking attempts ever made by workers to take the steering wheel and directly drive the direction of change

More - http://lucasplan.org.uk/

Complex PTSD - How Your Childhood Hurts you Today

Lecture by Judymay Murphy

Saturday December 10

13:00 to 17:00

Standard - £50

Concession - £40

Why is it that things that seem so easy to others can feel so difficult for you? You might be academically gifted and yet sales phone calls cause you to shut down (just not interested) or quake. You might be very loving and yet as soon as you need to lovingly stand up for yourself you back down and self-abandon? And why is it that something that at this stage you realize is no threat to you or no big deal can feel like the end of the world?

Behavioural expert Judymay Murphy explains what Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is, how it was created in your childhood, which if the four primary types is your conditioned response, the four different ways it is stored in your body, and how to turn this around so you can move forward with grace and ease. Understanding how you retreat into either fight, flight, freeze or fawn modes and the advantages and drawbacks of each, will unlock many of the parts of your life that have been feeling stuck or in a time-lag.

More - https://www.alternatives.org.uk/event/complex-ptsd-how-your-childhood-hurts-you-today

(That lecture despite being lengthy seems a little pricey even for London - and so try to be sure that you'll get something substantial from it before deciding to attend)

From my local Trust;

Mental Health Network – What the planning guidance means for mental health services - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/09/nhs-shared-planning-guidance

NHS England – Two financial incentives will improve mental health care for children and young people and A&E users with mental health needs - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/09/improve-mental-healthcare/

NHS England – NHS England prepare to invest in three new units for mums with mental ill health - https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/2016/09/23/mums-with-mental-ill-health/

Parliament – Role for whole government in improving mental health support - https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/news-parliament-2015/improving-access-mental-health-services-report-published-16-17/

Young Minds – Government needs to keep promise on mental health funding - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/3429_government_needs_to_keep_promise_on_mental_health_funding

Department of Health – Dementia Nursing: vision and strategy - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dementia-nursing-vision-and-strategy

Mental Health Today – NHS trust launches interconnected technology trial that aims to revolutionise care for people with dementia - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/nhs-trust-launches-interconnected-technology-trial-that-aims-to-revolutionise-care-for-people-with-dementia.aspx

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