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Mental health news this week



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More than half of people with mental health problems receive a “double whammy” of poor care in general hospitals which increases patients’ risk of dying, according to a major new NHS inquiry - Mentally ill patients face 'double whammy' of poor hospital care | Society | The Guardian

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron learned about the benefits of surf therapy on mental health during visit to The Wave Project. Mr Farron met staff from the Newquay-based charity and learned about their work with children and young people who use surfing as a way of overcoming anxiety and mental illness. He heard how youngsters who took part in the Waved Project’s award-winning surf therapy intervention felt more positive and confident - Tim Farron discovers how surf therapy can benefit mental health

A former Perth councillor claims members of a health body are making a “rod to break their back” by not consulting the public on controversial proposals which include closing beds for acute psychiatric patients. Joan McEwen, who is now a carer, said she does not understand why the Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership have not made more carers and people involved with mental health issues aware of their plans. NHS Tayside is undertaking a review of adult mental health and learning disability inpatient services, with its programme team gathering clinical, workforce and financial information regarding four options before making a decision - Former Perth councillor slams lack of consultation on mental health proposals - The Courier

Researchers at King’s College London are looking for participants for a study of LGBT+ mental health issues. People who identify as LGBT+ are at an increased risk of developing a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety than their heterosexual cisgender peers - Researchers seek participants for LGBT+ mental health study * PinkNews

A "UK first" £1.5m mental health centre which has been designed with the input of people who have experienced an illness will officially open later. Gellinudd Recovery Centre, in Pontardawe, Swansea, is not-for-profit and developed by charity Hafal. Part-funded by Big Lottery and the Welsh Government, staff say it will take a more rounded and fulsome approach to treatment - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38747333

INCREASING numbers of mentally ill people in York are facing prison due to a lack of support available through the NHS, a solicitor has said. John Howard, a solicitor working in criminal law in the city, said mentally unwell people are becoming involved in the criminal justice system after struggling to get help.
More - http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15051063.York_solicitor_speaks_out_as_mental_health_care_crisis_continues/

Could air pollution be damaging your mental health? Between 1 and 8 January 2017, London breached its annual air pollution limits. In just a week, the city broke EU regulations that limit nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, which are produced by diesel vehicles. It is a publishable, verifiable, undeniable scientific fact that this gas is connected to heart and breathing problems. The UK’s air is dirty, and it is prematurely killing us. But can it also make your life more difficult in the meantime? Depression; anxiety; Alzheimer’s; poor academic performance – these are just some of the things that scientists have connected to air pollution in recent years. Research is relatively young, and it is dangerous to establish cause and effect too freely, but it now seems apparent that the smog affecting our bodies could also be affecting our brains - http://www.citymetric.com/horizons/could-air-pollution-be-damaging-your-mental-health-2747

Contractors launch mental health awareness campaign - Balfour Beatty, Careys and Willmott Dixon will pioneer a ground-breaking programme to tackle mental ill health in construction. The firms are the first to sign up to the industry’s Mates in Mind programme, which aims to raise awareness about mental health in the industry. It is estimated that the number of deaths from suicide in the construction industry could be 10 times higher than those from fatal accidents at work - http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/27/contractor-launch-mental-health-campaign/

Banks must offer basic account options, as given to other vulnerable people, to assist those struggling with mental health conditions, a think tank says. Mental health problems affected everyday activities such as budgeting and paying bills, the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) said - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38722210

Friends in Need - Southwark (London)

Organizer: Lambeth and Southwark Mind

This group is offered to people 18 years and older. This Support Group is a safe space to come and be, within a non-judgemental environment. It is the groups aim to bring people together to end the loneliness and isolation that so often comes with Depression. This support network is a friendly and easy way to share understanding, information and friendship through both Depression, Anxiety as well as recovery.

More - https://www.meetup.com/Friends-in-Need-Southwark/

Book - the Old King in His Exile

As Arno Geiger writes in this heartbreaking and insightful memoir of his father's later years, "Alzheimer's is an illness that, like everything of significance, tells us about a lot more than just itself. Human characteristics and society's mores are enlarged by the illness as if in a magnifying glass. The world is confusing to all of us, and when you look at it with a clear eye you see that the difference between the healthy and the sick is simply the degree to which they are able to conceal the confusion on the surface." Knowing that his father won't ask for help, Arno sets out on a journey to get to know his father at last. Arno remains at his side, listens to his words that are often full of wonderful, unexpected poetry, and discovers that despite everything, his father has not lost his wit, charm, and self-assurance. Awash with light, full of life and surprising insights, and often very funny, The Old King In His Exile is a wonderfully affecting story that will offer solace to anyone who has struggled with losing an aging loved one.

More - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Old-King-His-Exile/dp/1632061066

National Survivor User Network Bulletin - Monday 9 January - https://nurtural.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=d&c=727794759D931D45&ID=FBA3BE8289B3415D&temp=False&tx=0

Birmingham’s*Project Aspie Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’ - at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH.

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

Saturday 28 January 2017 session of ‘Alphabet 12’ will feature Annie Clements, Chief Executive Officer of Autism & ADHD. Autism & ADHD is a Social Enterprise based in Suffolk, providing Support, Information, Training and Activities. Project Aspie is very honoured Annie will be a Guest Speaker for 28th January 2017 session of 'Alphabet 12'.*

For more info on the amazing work Autism & ADHD does please feel free to visit*http://www.autismandadhd.org/

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’ Service User Anna says ‘I enjoy Project Aspie’s ‘Alphabet 12’ as it has empowered me. It has given me a purpose and I want the project to benefit others’.

‘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 e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will next week (Tues 31 Jan) launch an action plan to transform the way people with mental health problems are treated by public services and employers. The plan is a priority project for the combined authority and is the result of months of work by the WMCA Mental Health Commission - https://westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk/news/call-to-action-on-mental-health/

Community Accounting Conference. Wednesday 1st Feb - Thursday 2nd Feb

Crowne Plaza Birmingham City, Central Square, BIRMINGHAM B1 1HH

An evening of essential networking over dinner and drinks before the conference provides an opportunity for delegates to share knowledge in a relaxed setting and prepare for a full day of learning the next day. The programme covers a wide range of topics from HR, anti-money laundering, pensions, IT and payroll.

More - http://www.cfg.org.uk/events/event-information/2017/february/evt31573.aspx

THE benefits of creativity for mental well-being are set to be explored in a new exhibition in Bridport. Inspired by Re-Think Mental Health's Time to Talk Day, work by local artists of all ages is going on display for The Creative Mind Exhibition at the Chapel in the Garden from Friday, February 3 to February 5 - http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15052330.Using_art_to_take_the_stigma_out_of_mental_illness/

A determined PhD student is hoping to tackle the stigmas surrounding mental health. Jolel Miah, 30, of Luton is organising the first Our Minds Matter Conference on Thursday February 16, with the theme: Faith and Culture: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health in Luton.

Read more at: http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/faith-and-culture-help-mental-health-1-7792073

There is an on-line petition that people can sign to show support for the all the services funded via Supporting People and Third Sector Grants which Birmingham City Council is proposing to cut by up to 40%. We feel that the mental health services are particularly at risk from being cut if reductions are made. This will affect Supported Housing, Floating Support (support in people’s own homes) and Recovery services in the community. However the proposed cuts by the Council could also put at risk homelessness services, Domestic Violence Refuges, services for people with learning disability and sensory impairment and addiction/offending backgrounds so there are wider concerns than just the impact to mental health issues.

There is more info on the proposed cuts and impact on the petition. - https://www.change.org/p/birmingham-city-council-say- no-to-proposed-cuts-for-vital- funds-for-vulnerable-people

Please sign and please pass on to as many people as possible as quickly as possible to get them to sign it as well

Ps you may have seen the reports on local news of the Lobby that people with mental health and learning disabilities/sensory difficulties did yesterday at the council house. We submitted approx. 3000 responses from clients on the budget consultation as well. There is likely to be a full demonstration on the 27th Feb and I will email you will details as soon as it is confirmed. To date as providers we have always worked with the Council however the largest local specialist charities now feel the impact will be so severe that we are publically protesting.

Many thanks

Helen Wadley
Birmingham Mind
Phone: 0121 608 8001
Fax: 0121 608 8006
Email: [email protected]

Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2017. 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.

Tuesday 31st January - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 28th February - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 28th March - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th April - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 30th May - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 27th June - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th July - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 29th August - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 26th September - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 31st October - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 28th November - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 19th December - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

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/

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.

2017 meetings;

Wednesday 1st February
Thursday 2nd March
Wednesday 5th April
Thursday 4th May
Wednesday 7th June
Thursday 6th July
Wednesday 2nd August
Thursday 7th September
Wednesday 4th October
Thursday 2nd November
Wednesday 6th December

Reasonable travel expenses are paid to members and guests who live in the Midlands, subject to a maximum of £15.

Park House. University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RT.

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

The Gaffer's Garden Project - Would you like to help re-create the vegetable garden at Sarehole Mill in Birmingham?

If you'd like to get out in the open air and join the mill's gardeners to help create our garden, while improving your wellbeing and mental health, we'd love to hear from you. This project is being run in collaboration with Birmingham Mind as part of Birmingham Museums' Health and Wellbeing programme, and is open to anyone who is, or has, been suffering with a mental health condition and would like to join us as part of their recovery.


9th Feb
23rd Feb
9th Mar
23 Mar
6th Apr
20th Apr
4th May

Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Birmingham B13 0BD

For more information about the project, please contact - [email protected]

Are you caring for a friend or family member in Birmingham? Why not join our programme for a creative outlet and a chance to meet other carers.

Object Handling and Creative Writing - Soho House. There’s a hoard of objects with a past at Soho House, but what if they could speak? A poetry and free writing masterclass.

February 25th from 11am – 1.30pm

Stained glass painting - Musuem and Art Gallery. Learn about the stained glass collection in our Industrial Museum and have a go at making your own.

March 17th from 11am – 1.30pm

Sarehole Mill Easter Bake. Ever tried making Italian Easter bread? Learn how to make and bake your own. Decorate it or eat it warm!

April 13th 11am – 1.30pm

Life Drawing - Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Expressionism or realism? However your pencil interprets the model and her extravagant jewellery is down to you. An introductory class to life drawing led by an artist.

April 20th from 11am – 1.30pm

House Tour and Drama Workshop - Aston Hall. In the dramatic setting of Aston Hall, uncover its history and unlock your dramatic flair. No experience necessary!

May 20th from 11am – 1.30pm

Italian Pizza Make - Sarehole Mill. Move over Jamie Oliver! Using a wood-fired oven, we’ll make, cook and eat together under the glorious sun (hopefully!)

June 29th from 11am – 1.30pm

To book please contact Hannah on [email protected] or call 0121 348 8271

Flo Vibe Festival

2nd - 4th June 2017

A weekend to dip into yoga masterclasses, dance and movement workshops, lakeside revelry and treatments in the woods. When twilight comes, get your groove on and let your spirit soar to spellbinding musicians and DJs.

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Northampton NN6 9LY

More - https://flovibe.com/

From my local Trust;

NHS England - Redesigning a Memory Service the Devon way – Professor Alistair Burns and Colm Owens - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2017/01/alistair-burns-colm-owens/

NHS England - Call to debate end of life care for people with dementia – Professor Alistair Burns and Professor Bee Wee - https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/2017/01/16/alistair-burns-2/

Centre for Mental Health - Supporting carers: mental health carers’ assessments in policy and practice - https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/supporting-carers

HSJ - STPs: Community and primary care grow fastest as acute spend held down - https://www.hsj.co.uk/topics/finance-and-efficiency/stps-community-and-primary-care-grow-fastest-as-acute-spend-held-down/7014759.article?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=20224

NICE - Innovative ways to support smokers requiring nicotine management in a mental health organisation - https://www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning/innovative-ways-to-support-smokers-requiring-nicotine-management-in-a-mental-health-organisation

Mental Health Today - New user-led in-patient mental health service to be launched in Wales - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/new-user-led-in-patient-mental-health-service-to-be-launched-in-wales.aspx

Mental Health Today - New advice service for people with mental ill health and financial difficulties to be developed = https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/new-advice-service-for-people-with-mental-ill-health-and-financial-difficulties-to-be-developed.aspx