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Mental health news this week



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Mentally ill patients who dial 999 in the West Midlands are being taken to A & E instead of getting psychological support, a mental health specialist has said.

Read more at - http://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/2016/10/08/999-callers-failed-over-mental-health/

Police are hunting thugs who stabbed a 16-year-old autistic boy in the back as he was walking to his home in the Black Country. The teenager was walking down Brookfields Road in Oldbury when he was approached by a group of men in a black Vauxhall Corsa at 12.30am on October 5 - Police manhunt after autistic schoolboy stabbed in back by drugs gang - Birmingham Mail

A US businessman has admitted strangling a British woman in a Cardiff hotel room after meeting her on a dating site. Sammy Almahri pleaded guilty to murdering Nadine Aburas, 28. Almahri, 45, initially admitted manslaughter but denied murder, saying he was suffering from a mental disorder and carried out the killing after hearing the "voice of God". He changed his plea to guilty during a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court - Hotel room murder: Sammy Almahri admits strangling Nadine Aburas

A teenage girl with mental health problems has described her "terrifying" experience of being cared for on an adult ward. Sascha, 16, from west Cornwall, says she was treated alongside terminally ill people and patients with dementia.

More - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-37631784

Ellie Muffitt says the way her university handled her complaint of sexual assault sent her into a spiral of depression - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37727416

NSUN weekly bulletin Monday 10 October 2016 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=d&c=727794759D931D45&ID=639D6D32091584F4&temp=False&tx=0

(There was a problem with me getting the current one - I'll try to send it next week - there has been a problem for months actually such that I thought that NSUN had stopped sending them out completely - I am chasing it up but can't guarantee a solution. Even the NSUN webpage where you can click them still hasn't got the 17th October one yet. You get certain mental health groups doing a song and dance news website but then not even getting the basics right)

The charity Children North East has more than doubled the amount of work it does with mental health in recent years offering drop-in sessions for advice and information - http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2016-10-21/mental-health-charity-doubles-its-work-in-the-north-east/

NHS care of children and young people is the service’s biggest weakness and so inadequate that it is causing too many tragedies, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/20/jeremy-hunt-promises-better-mental-health-services-children-adolescents

Instagram's new tool offers support to people with mental health issues - http://www.wired.co.uk/article/instagram-tool-tackles-self-harm-and-provides-support

A mental health awareness scheme has been launched in honour of popular Northumberland mum Sally Allan. The 59-year-old, of Ponteland, went missing from her home on Boxing Day last year after sharing a happy Christmas Day surrounded by friends and family. A major search operation took place to find her, with members of the community joining in to help the emergency services. However, on February 3, her body was found by the riverside at Jarrow - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/family-northumberland-mum-sally-allan-12055763

Review of 10 killings uncovers failings at NHS mental health trust that 'severely underestimated' risk posed by patients - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/18/review-of-10-killings-uncovers-failings-at-nhs-mental-health-tru/

Express yourself: how a Manchester charity is using dance to improve mental health - https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/oct/18/charity-dance-mental-health-young-people

A Hereford COUNCILLOR who passionately believes in the importance of mental health support in the workplace is continuing to push for an awareness day. Cllr David Summers, an It's Our County county councillor, was left disappointed when his suggestion for a mental health day called Let's Listen Herefordshire was refused by Conservative cabinet member, Patricia Morgan and council officers - http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/14815952.Councillor_will_fight_for_mental_health_awareness_event/

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

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/

Birmingham’s*Project Aspie is launching Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’ which takes place Saturday 29 October 2016 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH.

‘Alphabet 12’ is an Autism Opportunity Support Group for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

Saturday 29 October 2016 session of ‘Alphabet 12’ will feature Justin Donne who’s career began as a professional actor in Hollywood working television commercials, music videos, TV, and got so far as a feature film, before transitioning into general management and consulting for the world’s top stunt coordinator and television director. He oversaw the holding company for years, instigating the profitable operation of a production company, Vegas night club, and working household.

Then Justin snuck into Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in operations management consulting, in retail Store Operations at The Disneyland Resort in California before transferring to Park Operations at Disneyland Resort Paris. His paternal grandfather served in British Military Intelligence, hence the English heritage, his mother being French. After a few TV shows, some commercials, voice-over work and a film, Justin realised that under the performer was a business person bursting to get out.

He started in business at the age of nine, helping his grandfather serve customers in his import/export business. Justin read Communications with a marketing focus at Northwestern University to understand industry from a higher altitude. He started volunteering as a karate instructor while in high school, and he has been a zealot for having a positive impact on the community ever since. Justin’s goal is to help people succeed at work whether that means re-inventing processes, coaching employees and leaders or writing a friendlier Employee Handbook.

He is looking for an organisation that's talent-aware and planning to grow.
Project Aspie launched*‘Alphabet 12’*an interactive and versatile*Autism Opportunity Support Group*for people with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism to gain opportunities to live healthy and independent lives in the community. This will be beneficial for people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.*

It is free and is suitable for people who meet the following criteria:

Aged 16+
Who have Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism
Living in Birmingham and West Midlands region
Wanting to meet other people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism

‘Alphabet 12’*will offer Service Users the chance to explore opportunities that will bring Confidence and Motivation.**This will include various Subjects Themes including Creative Arts, Education, Employment, Health and much more. Audience for 'Alphabet 12' also includes Advocates, Carers, Families, Parents, Siblings and Support Workers to name some examples. Various Guest Speakers from different ages, backgrounds, cultures and professions feature on every monthly session of ‘Alphabet 12’.

‘Alphabet 12’ takes place on the last Saturday of every month (excluding December) at The Learning Zone, Birmingham Museum & Arts Gallery from 1.00 pm till 3.00 pm. 'Alphabet 12' sessions start 1.00 pm till 3.00 pm.

Arrival / Registration is 1.10 pm.

‘Alphabet 12’ is funded by Big Lottery Fund and is supported by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

For more details and information on*‘Alphabet 12’*please feel free to contact Project Aspie on 07802 658150 / 07821548904 or [email protected].

Moonlit Pathways Mind, Body & Spirit Weekends;

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/

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

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

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

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/

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)

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

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

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/

From my local Trust;

NHS Confederation – Is mental health crisis care in crisis? - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/10/is-mental-health-crisis-care-in-crisis

NHS Confederation – The state of healthcare and adult social care in England in 2015/16 - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2016/10/the-state-of-health-care-and-adult-social-care-in-england-201516

National Health Executive – NHS Digital instructed to collect out-of-area placements data for the first time - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Mental-Health/nhs-digital-instructed-to-collect-out-of-area-placements-data-for-first-time

Kings Fund – Commitments to increase mental health funding not reaching the front line - http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/press/press-releases/commitments-increase-mental-health-funding-not-reaching-front-line

Centre for Health Economics – Funding of mental health services: do available data support episodic payment? - http://www.york.ac.uk/che/news/2016/che-research-paper-137/

Age UK – Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people - http://www.ageuk.org.uk/latest-news/mental-health-services-are-failing-older-people/

Quality Watch – Towards an early warning indicator for mental health - http://www.qualitywatch.org.uk/blog/towards-early-warning-quality-indicator-mental-health

Quality Watch - Mental Health in England, what we know from the data - http://www.qualitywatch.org.uk/blog/mental-health-england-what-we-know-data

NICE - Mental health of adults in contact with the criminal justice system: draft guidance - https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-address-mental-health-within-the-criminal-justice-system

HSJ – Private equity firms poised to take over mental health hospitals - https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/mental-health/private-equity-firms-poised-to-take-over-mental-health-hospitals/7011377.article?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=20224

Mental Health Today – SLAM will not face criminal charges in Seni Lewis case, CPS says - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/slam-will-not-face-criminal-charges-in-seni-lewis-case-cps-says.aspx

Mental Health Today – New guidelines released to help employers to deal with mental health issues in the workplace - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/new_guidelines_released_to_help_employers_to_deal_with_mental_health_issues_in_the_workplace_25769837744.aspx

UK Parliament – Dementia: policy, services and statistics overview - http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN07007

West London Mental Health NHS Trust – Broadmoor Hospital tests new vital signs camera monitoring - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/news/broadmoor-hospital-tests-new-vital-signs-camera-monitoring/