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Mental health news this week



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Man detained under Mental Health Act after armed police called to reports of suspect with firearm outside primary school in Greater Manchester - Man detained under Mental Health Act after armed police called to reports of suspect with firearm outside primary school - Mirror Online

Knife thugs rob autistic man on a Black Country number 74 bus, sparking an appeal from police.

Read more at Knife thugs rob autistic man on number 74 bus << Express & Star

Autistic young man in Manchester horrifically tortured by gang for more than 24 hours in row over X-box - Autistic young man horrifically tortured by gang for more than 24 hours in row over Xbox - Manchester Evening News

AUTIS is a community charity group to support & spread awareness of Autism. Our support meetings are held Tuesdays from 9.30-11.30, all welcome including children

Highcroft community centre, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7NG

More - Autis | Facebook

The Guardian newspaper - mental health: share your personal experiences - Mental health: share your personal experiences | Society | The Guardian

Action - not words – was the challenge at the launch of ‘Thrive West Midlands’ - the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Mental Health Commission action plan. Thrive West Midlands sets out a series of ambitious actions and pledges the commission has produced with the aim of changing lives in the region.

You can download copies of the action plan here - https://westmidlandscombinedauthority.org.uk/what-we-do/commissions/mental-health/updates/

The latest Mind Management Newsletter - http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=abf17926c1bd9d1e758f48f56&id=996a80db80&e=bd175bab3f

UK police forces dealt with nearly 300,000 incidents involving people with mental health issues last year - http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/nearly-300000-police-incidents-in-2016-involved-mental-health-35419983.html

A nurse who works in the NHS at a senior level has praised the “amazing, phenomenal” care she received as an inpatient for 12 weeks herself at the City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health during a crippling bout of depression which struck her late last year. Mandy Stevens, 47, who lives in Stoke Newington in London, is a former NHS director of mental health who has worked in this field of healthcare for nearly three decades, having worked her way up from being a hospital cleaner - https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2017/01/30/mandy-stevens-city-hackney-centre-mental-health/

The rabbi behind the UK’s first Mental Health Awareness Shabbat wants it to become as much a fixture of the communal calendar as Mitzvah Day and Shabbat UK. More than 60 synagogues of all denominations across the country will this weekend incorporate into services a sermon by Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue’s Rabbi Daniel Epstein. It will be based around this week’s Parashat Bo, telling of the Plague of Darkness, which has obvious symbolism for those dealing with mental health issues. The special Shabbat is supported by communal mental health charity Jami - https://www.thejc.com/community/community-news/rabbi-why-mental-health-shabbat-is-so-important-1.431923

Service User and Carer involvement in Nurse Education - These pages have been created in partnership with Health Education England to form a 'How To' guide on involving service users and carers in nurse education. The aim is to illustrate the potential and spur readers on to further development of this agenda, rather than insisting on compliance with a set of strict rules or funding conditions. These webpages have been co-produced with service users and carers and written in real time, so anyone could suggest improvements as the resource.

The project covers England and includes all four fields of nursing practice - Child, Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability. It ranges from pre-registration to some aspects of post-qualification continuous professional development. The 'How To' Guide will help a range of stakeholders, including students and staff who are engaged in learning

service users and carers who offer their personal experience of illness or disability to support nurse education

university lecturers and training department staff in healthcare organisations

clinical supervisors who are providing learning experiences for students and staff undertaking professional development.

Involvement leads, who have responsibility of ensuring that service users and carers are involved appropriately

Inspection and quality assurance people, who need to know what good practice looks like.

More - http://www.peterbates.org.uk/service-user-and-carer-involvement-in-nurse-education.html

The US House of Representatives has voted to scrap regulations that require background checks for gun buyers with mental health issues. Republican Party lawmakers argued that the regulation reinforced negative stereotypes that people with mental disorders are dangerous - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38853390

(Well that is one way of challenging the issue of stigma I suppose - though a completely wrong way I grant you)

'Malignant narcisissm': Donald Trump displays classic traits of mental illness, claim many US psychologists - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/donald-trump-mental-illness-narcisissm-us-president-psychologists-inauguration-crowd-size-paranoia-a7552661.html

(Then again psychologists will also tell you though that e.g. most racing-drivers, bomb disposal experts, AND serial-killers all have the same personality type. So such things are hardly conclusive)

A story which the ex racing driver Martin Brundle tells;

He was looking around the starting grid at his rivals at the 1994 Monaco GP, the very next race after Ayrton Senna had just been killed. Brundle had spent many years in the earlier even more dangerous era of motor racing. Seeing the fear newly displayed on many of the younger driver's faces, he silently thought to himself - "I'll beat you today". And he did - only Michael Schumacher beat him in that race

(They are running Star Trek Voyager on Cable TV again - I'll try to flag up the episode called The Thaw. The crew meet Fear personified - and ponder how to conquer him before he can frighten them all to death. e.g. Why do we get on a rollercoaster in the first place? But why do we then just get off immediately afterwards?)

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/

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.


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Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Road, Birmingham B13 0BD

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

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]

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

Yours Live magazine wellbeing events;

Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl, Wales. 3 - 7 April

Thoresby Hall, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. 7 - 10 July

Gunton Hall, Lowestoft. 6 - 9 October

Lakeside. 11 - 15 December

More details - http://www.yours.co.uk/2016/08/events2017

Water Under The Bridge - Charity Gig - London

Music is a transformative vehicle of expression, especially for those who struggle with aspects of mental health. Water Under The Bridge is a student project uniting notable and unsigned musicians from both locally and further afield. We are raising awareness and funds for Bromley and Lewisham Mind, who carry out vital work for people with mental health needs and dementia. We are aware, first hand, of the role that music and the creative process can play in the path to recovery, and the need to speak out openly and unashamedly about our afflictions.

The Albany Theatre, Deptford, London

Uniting musicians from locally and further afield, to raise funds for Bromley and Lewisham Mind.

Sunday April 9 at 7:30PM

A full price ticket to the event is £8

More - https://www.meetup.com/Water-Under-The-Bridge/

Mind Body Spirit festival

Olympia, London

28 April - 1 May

More - http://www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/london

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.

Remaining 2017 meetings;

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

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.

Remaining meetings;

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/

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;

National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death – Mental Health in General Hospitals: Treat as one - http://www.ncepod.org.uk/2017mhgh.html

NICE – An evidence review of the outcomes that can be expected of drug misuse treatment in England - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/586111/PHE_Evidence_review_of_drug_treatment_outcomes.pdf

NICE – Improving the physical health of people with serious mental illness: a quality improvement approach - https://www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning/improving-the-physical-health-of-people-with-serious-mental-illness-a-quality-improvement-approach

NHS Confederation – New guidance published on developing an outcomes based payment approach for IAPT services - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2017/01/developing-an-outcomes-based-payment-approach-for-iapt-services

Mental Health Today – Coventry University to roll out Mental Health Frist Aid training to all healthcare students - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/coventry-university-to-roll-out-mental-health-first-aid-training-to-all-healthcare-students.aspx

Mental Health Today – New guidelines drawn up on use of restraint in mental health settings focus on care rather than control - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/new-guidelines-drawn-up-on-use-of-restraint-in-mental-health-settings-focus-on-care-rather-than-control.aspx

Mental Health Today – Record number of suicides in prisons in England and Wales - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/record-number-of-suicides-in-prisons-in-england-and-wales.aspx

NHS Networks – Mental Health carers’ assessments under the spotlight - https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/supporting-carers

NHS Networks – NHS Rightcare mental health and dementia packs for CCGs - https://www.england.nhs.uk/rightcare/intel/cfv/data-packs/

HSJ – New rules on when mental health trusts should call police - https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/mental-health/new-rules-on-when-mental-health-trusts-should-call-police/

HSJ – ‘Outstanding’ trust to lead new NHS Improvement programme - https://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/providers/northumberland-tyne-and-wear-nhs-foundation-trust/outstanding-trust-to-lead-new-nhs-improvement-programme/

Parliament – Mental Health problems : statistics on prevalence and services - http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN06988

Kings Fund – Staying put: developing dementia friendly care and support for people with a learning disability - http://kingsfund.blogs.com/health_management/2017/01/staying-put-developing-dementia-friendly-care-and-support-for-people-with-a-learning-disability.html

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – Recovery College launched in Buckinghamshire - http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/recovery-college-launched-in-buckinghamshire

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – ECT services receives accreditation - http://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-events/626-ect-service-receives-accreditation


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Oct 10, 2014
Oh, Day by day, the number of addicted news are increasing. Really bad things for us. We should think about it asap. Neither the situation will cross the limit. It's pathetic.