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Mental health news this week



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The former chief executive of a troubled mental health trust has been given a £190,000 payoff after she left her latest role. Katrina Percy faced repeated calls to resign over Southern Health NHS foundation trust’s failure to investigate more than 1,000 unexpected deaths of patients with mental health problems and learning disabilities - Ex-Southern Health boss gets PS190,000 payoff for quitting advisory role | Society | The Guardian

The number of killings by patients being treated for mental health problems is falling, probably as a result of improved NHS care. But the number of suicides has increased across the UK since the financial crash in 2008 – except in Scotland. There are concerns that every year dozens of patients may be killing themselves after they have been wrongly released from hospital because mental health units have too few beds - Number of killings by mental health patients falls | Society | The Guardian

A doctor had an illicit one night stand with one of her patients whilst she was treating him over the break-up of a romance. Married mother of one Dr Jean Paton-Ker, 41, secretly met the man in a pub before going home with him for sex. At the time the patient, then 40, was suffering from depression after splitting with his girlfriend and the GP had increased his dosage of anti-depressants to combat his low moods - Family GP had one night stand with patient suffering from depression after splitting with his girlfriend - Mirror Online

A NURSE who urged two dementia patients to kiss each other and then laughed as the video was posted on Snapchat has been struck off. Paris Roberts, 23, “amused herself” by mocking the two dementia sufferers in the lounge of the home - Nurse Paris Roberts struck off for making two dementia patients kiss and posting a video of it on SNAPCHAT

Welfare boss Damian Green won praise from disability charities for ending medical assessments for the long-term sick - Disability charities praise Tory welfare minister for ending benefit tests for the long-term sick - Mirror Online

A young Solihull woman haunted after suffering a vicious sex assault died from a drink and drugs overdose two years later. Tragic Jordan Page, 25, was also abused when she was just 13 and had later turned to alcohol to cope with her problems. The sales administrator took a huge overdose the day after she mistakenly thought she would not be getting psychiatric help - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/young-woman-haunted-vicious-sex-8995316

Kid Cudi has checked himself into rehab to get help with "depression and suicidal urges". The musician and actor, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, shared the news with fans - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37559849/kid-cudi-checks-himself-into-rehab-over-mental-health-problems

Hannah Tyrrell, a member of the Ireland women's rugby (union) team, talks about overcoming mental health problems and how she wants to help people facing similar problems. Tyrrell, who experienced bulimia and self-harm as a young teenager, is involved with the Tackle Your Feelings campaign which aims to promote mental wellbeing and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37568269

Rugby League campaign - http://rugbyleague.stateofmindsport.org/

Rugby Union campaign - http://stateofmind.org.uk/

(I remember an old TV sitcom called Oh No It's Selwyn Froggit - played by Greengrass from Heartbeat - where our Yorkshire friend met a posh bloke in a stately home

The plight of a four-year-old boy who nearly died after his parents gave him 12 alternative medicines has prompted doctors to warn against the treatments. The boy took a dozen supplements supposedly to help treat his autism. Doctors at Newham Hospital in east London said the parents were "devastated" that their good intentions had made him so unwell - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37572771

London Social Anxiety Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-ZVobIYmC/?gj=ej1b

Arts All Over The Place - October 5th to 10th - Birmingham

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

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 - 11am - 9pm

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

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

5pm - 9pm. 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 - 11am - 4pm

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 - 11am - 4:30pm

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

1pm* - 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 - 11am - 5pm

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

11am* - 1pm. 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!

Our mailing address is: Arts All Over The Place, Unit 7, Rotten Park Street, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B16 0AB

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

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/

Click to view attached flyer for a World Mental Health Day event at the Irish Centre (Birmingham) being organised by QUATTRO (Phoenix Centre’s newly established service user and carer led support group). Entry for this event is free should you wish to attend - https://secure.membra.co.uk/Attachments/wmhdflyer_2016929101839.pdf

World Mental Health Day Conference - Widnes

To mark World Mental Health Day, in Halton we will be hosting a FREE conference at Riverside College on 10th October 2016 for local workforce and frontline staff who work with children and families. In the evening a FREE public social event will be hosted at The Studio in Widnes that will be family friendly and have lots of great entertainment.

Riverside College, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QQ

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-mental-health-day-conference-registration-26698915174

World Mental Health Day at the University of Birmingham

On Monday 10 October, individuals, charities and organisations across the world will be raising awareness of mental health illnesses. The theme for the 2016 World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation for Mental Health, is “Dignity in Mental Health – Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All” and aims to address the stigma and discrimination experienced from those suffering mental health issues. The University will be hosting a number of events on the day for staff and students that will look at discussions centred on the stigma surrounding mental ill health and also providing advice and support to help improve your personal mental wellbeing.

Events include:

Mental wellbeing exhibition - 12 noon to 2pm, Foyer of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Features stalls from University services and external organisations that can provide advice, support and giveaways related to mental health and how to improve your mental wellbeing. Exhibitors include Birmingham Mind, Birmingham Healthy Minds, Samaritans, Calligraphy, Thrive, Sustainable Transport and Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund. We will also be providing free 15-minute massage sessions for staff. Visit the website for full details of the event and to sign-up for a massage slot!

Lecture: Project PERFECT – Uncoupling Mental Illness from Irrationality. Speaker: Professor Lisa Bortolotti - from 1.10pm –1.50pm, The Barber Concert Hall, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Project PERFECT (Pragmatic and Epistemic Role of Factually Erroneous Cognitions and Thoughts) is a five-year project funded by the European Research Council exploring how we can break down the stigma commonly associated with mental illness by promoting a better understanding of how the mind works. Professor Lisa Bortolotti will discuss the team’s work to create a more humane and realistic perception of mental distress, focusing on a person’s circumstances, strengths, and weaknesses, rather than diagnostic labels alone.

Barber gallery tour: art as a creative tool to mental wellbeing - from 11.30am – 12 noon. Find out about artists featured in the Barber collection who suffered with mental illness, and explore how artists have used creativity as a means to help with mental wellbeing, in this free 30-minute gallery talk.

Recovery Arts Exhibition In the Learning Space at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. 4 – 16 October, Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 5pm. The Barber's Recovery Art group offers adults experiencing or recovering from physical or mental health illness the chance to explore the galleries and take part in regular art workshops. Art and creativity is explored as a means to help with recovery by providing time out, social interaction and the chance to take part in positive activity. Each year the group's work is showcased in a small exhibition at the Barber Institute. The exhibition is free and will be open on Monday 10 October, offering the chance to enjoy the artwork and read the artists’ own words.

More - https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/hr/wellbeing/World-Mental-Health-Day-2016.aspx

Join us for the Recovery College for All Autumn Term - We are pleased to announce that bookings for the Autumn Term of our Recovery College for All, based at the Uffculme Centre (Birmingham), are now open. Our Autumn term runs from 10 October to 8 December and sessions take place on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

We are running fifteen different sessions in our autumn term, from Mindfulness to Mental Health First Aid, Caring in a Crisis to Compassion and Recovery.

Recovery College for All offers a warm and welcoming learning environment. Our sessions are designed to increase your knowledge and skills around recovery and to help you manage your mental health and wellbeing. Service users, carers and staff are very welcome to attend any of the sessions on our timetable. Most of these sessions are run more than once, so select the date and time which works best for you.

Please click here to take a look at our prospectus for full details of what’s on offer. To book a place, or for further information, please contact the team: https://secure.membra.co.uk/Attachments/recoverycollegeautumntermprospectus2016_2016930144736.pdf

Anxiety apps for your phone - http://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/top-iphone-android-apps#3

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

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/

Tree of Life Festival

THE BEECHES CONFERENCE CENTRE, 76 Selly Oak Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1LS

Saturday October 15 from 10AM to 6PM

EARLY BIRD Festival Ticket - £10. FULL PRICE Festival Ticket - £15

More - http://treeoflifemagazine.co.uk/month/october-2016/15-oct-autumn-tree-of-life-festival/

Moonlit Pathways Mind, Body & Spirit Weekends;

Pittville Pump Rooms, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham GL52 3JE

15th & 16th October

Open 10am to 5pm both days

Adult Entry £5
Concessions £4
Two day discounts available
Children 15 and under Free

More - http://www.moonlitpathways.co.uk/events/cheltenham2016/

Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November

Open 10am to 5pm each day

Adults (over 15) : £5
Concessions : £4
2-Day Pass : £8
2-Day Concessions : £6
Under 15s : FREE
FREE parking

More - http://www.moonlitpathways.co.uk/events/lincoln2016two/

Wortley House Hotel, Rowland Road, S****horpe, North Lincolnshire DN16 1SU

Saturday 26th November

Open 10am to 5pm each day

Adults (over 15) : £3
Concessions : £2
Under 15s : FREE
FREE parking

More - http://www.moonlitpathways.co.uk/events/s****horpe2016two/

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/

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:

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/

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/

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 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 - 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

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 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

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 – People with mental health problems still face stigma - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/09/people-with-mental-health-problems-still-face-stigma

Mental Health Network – The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/09/the-adult-psychiatric-morbidity-survey

NHS England – Six mental health pilot sites to redesign services and prevent patients being admitted to hospital miles away from home go live on 1 October - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2016/09/mh-pilot-sites/

Department of Health – OAPs in mental health services for adults in acute inpatients care - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/oaps-in-mental-health-services-for-adults-in-acute-inpatient-care

Kings Fund – Inequalities in mental health, cognitive impairment and dementia among older people - http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_management/2016/09/inequalities-in-mental-health-cognitive-impairement-and-dementia-among-older-people.html

Mental Health Today – Record number of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard applications made in past year, new figures show - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/record-number-of-deprivation-of-liberty-safeguard-applications-made-in-past-year-new-figures-show.aspx

Young Minds – Young women show higher rates of self-harm - http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/3435_young_women_show_higher_rates_of_self-harm

HSJ – Staffing and leadership monitored at private hospital in special measures - https://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/regions/west-midlands/staffing-and-leadership-monitored-at-private-hospital-in-special-measures/7010733.article?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=20224

HSJ – CQC closed unit after CQC warning notice - https://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/providers/north-east-london-nhs-foundation-trust/cqc-closed-unit-after-cqc-warning-notice/7010840.article?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=20224

HSJ – Contract to be left for pioneering ‘ACO’ - https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/acute-care/contract-to-be-let-for-pioneering-aco/7011004.article?blocktitle=Latest&contentID=19947

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – National Award recognition for Rampton Hospital’s Physical Healthcare Team - http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/latest-news/national-award-recognition-for-rampton-hospitals-physical-healthcare-team-1656

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – Medicine at Oxford named world’s best for sixth year in a row - http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/medicine-at-oxford-named-worlds-best-for-sixth-year-in-a-row/

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust – It Takes Balls to Talk campaign lands commons support - https://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/our-news/it-takes-balls-to-talk-campaign-lands-commons-support-966