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Mental health news this week



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A mentally ill teenager who zigzagged through Russell Square in central London stabbing random strangers has admitted killing an American tourist and injuring five others. Zakaria Bulhan, 19, killed Darlene Horton, 64, a retired special needs teacher, and injured other holidaymakers and theatregoers - Teenager admits killing US tourist in Russell Square stabbings | UK news | The Guardian

Fearne Cotton shares personal details about her brave battle with depression in new book Happy

Read more: Fearne Cotton shares her battle with depression in new book Happy | Metro News

TV news presenter Marks Austin reveals his struggle to cope with anorexic daughter's illness - health - news-presenter-reveals-his-struggle-to-cope-with-anorexic-daughters-illness - Health & Fitness - msn

A Royal Marine jailed for murdering a wounded Taliban fighter received a boost to his bid to have his conviction overturned after prosecutors admitted for the first time that he was mentally ill at the time of the killing.

More - Boost for Marine A as prosecutors admit he was mentally ill when he killed an Afghan insurgent

("Marine A - acquit Marine A - why don't that court utter the words that Tories and UKIP are longing to hear?")

Black Country Ideas Festival Success To Help Improve Mental Health Care - Mental health came under the spotlight at a unique Sandwell event aimed at improving care and support in the community. More than 50 people took part in the Ideas Festival held at West Bromwich Town Hall and hosted by the borough’s Mental Health People’s Parliament and rights-based organisation Changing Our Lives. The event focused on ‘community places of safety’, where people can go for support.


Ideas Festival Success To Help Improve Mental Health Care - The Phoenix Newspaper


Allow some mental health patients to self-harm because stopping them can make problem worse, says researcher (who somehow isn't an American) - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/allow-self-harm-mental-health-patients-researcher-patrick-sullivan-reduction-university-of-a7572136.html

A new mental health service to support pregnant women and new mums is set to launch in Bristol. The Specialist Community Perinatal Mental Health Service (SCPNS) will help women deal with any mental and emotional problems they face during pregnancy and up until their child's first birthday.

Read more at http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/8203-bristol-area-to-get-new-mental-health-service-for-pregnant-women-and-new-mums/story-30125251-detail/story.html

As I hinted at last week;

The psychiatrist who wrote the guide to personality disorders says that diagnosing Trump is “bullsh*t” - http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/10/14551890/trump-mental-health-narcissistic-personality

(Find the psychologist or psychiatrist who said that a schizophrenic killed Rachel Nickell at the time when the dopey police were accusing a pagan - there's your true expert. That said though - I'm still searching on that one)

The 2 times I realised that ITN should be called Lie TN;

1. When they made out that Princess Diana hadn't spoken to Andrew Morton at all, and said that book of his about Prince Charles having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles was entirely made up.

2. When they followed the acquitted Colin Stagg about for several hours (see Rachel Nickell case above) until in frustration he whacked their camera with a dog chain. And then they ran the tape of that attack - "as an example of the violent temper of Colin Stagg". Then when the dopey police (finally) realised it was Robert Napper actually whodunit, ITN went round to Colin Stagg's house and said that they had believed in his innocence all along!

Hey - the dishonest mainstream media - and I didn't even vote for Donald Trump - which was where we came in

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

Save Our Support Lobby - Birmingham

14th Feb

3pm - 4,30pm

Victoria Square outside The Council House

Please join us to show support for services to vulnerable people in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council is proposing taking £10M out of £26M funding that funds housing and housing related support to:

- People with mental health issues
- Vulnerable young people
- Women at risk/victims of Domestic violence
- Homeless families and single people
- People with learning disabilities and sensory impairment
- People who have offended
- People with addiction issues

Local specialist charities like St Basil’s, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, Birmingham Mind, Midland Mencap, BID Services, Birmingham Rathbone, BVSC as well as local Housing Associations and local branches of national Charities are for the first time going public to say that this is a line that shouldn’t be crossed. We appreciate that Birmingham City Council does not get sufficient Government money and therefore has some difficult financial decisions but we are saying that these services cannot be cut further without devastating and tragic consequences.

So please spread the word and let’s get Birmingham to stand up on the 14th Feb and say that our City takes pride in ensuring vulnerable people have a roof over their heads.

You can also help by signing the petition against the cuts online.

More - https://www.bvsc.org/news/join-us-save-our-support-protest-lobby

This Valentine’s day, we would like to cordially invite you to “Caring Minds Celebration of LGBT+ History Month” at the Uffculme centre in Birmingham (2pm- 5 pm) for an afternoon of celebration and reflection on everything LGBT+.

The event is open to Service Users, Carers, Staff, Volunteers and Partners.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caring-minds-celebration-of-lgbt-history-month-tickets-30552402057

if you have seen the leaflet floating about;

this URL given on the leaflet - http://www.bit.ly/2j1DyXY

is NOT the same as this URL, merely all in lower case instead - http://www.bit.ly/2j1dyyxy

click both of them and you will see - it normally doesn't matter of course (urls are normally not case sensitive) but they've actually picked a hosting site where it DOES matter

I have told them for future leaflets - for me why people turn basic info searches into puzzles in Mental Health is always a sign of an indifferent attitude by organisers

(re that other link - Federal judge swats Aetna bid to buy rival health insurer Humana when Donald Trump discovers it is owned by Moslem immigrants).

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]

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

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]

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/

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 Village. 11 - 15 December

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

Mind Body Spirit festival

Olympia, London

28 April - 1 May

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

Flo Vibe Festival

2nd - 4th June

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 Health Executive – West Midlands leads the way with ‘unprecedented’ mental health plan - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/west-midlands-leads-the-way-with-unprecedented-mental-health-plan

Mental Health Today - Mental ill health costs West Midlands £12 billion per year, study finds - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/mental-ill-health-costs-west-midlands-12billion-per-year-study-finds.aspx

Mental Health Today - Better town planning can help people with dementia to live more independently, say experts - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/better-town-planning-can-help-people-with-dementia-to-live-more-independently-say-experts.aspx

NHS Improvement - New payment approaches for mental health services - https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/new-payment-approaches/

NHS England - NHS England launches new measures to help GPs and patients access the care they need - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2017/01/accessing-care/

Public Health England - An evidence review of the outcomes that can be expected of drug misuse treatment in England - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drug-misuse-treatment-in-england-evidence-review-of-outcomes

Royal College of Psychiatrists - Increase in number of trainee psychiatrists - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2017/psychiatrytraineescomment.aspx

Mind - Government should postpone cutting disability benefits, says new report - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/government-should-postpone-cutting-disability-benefits-says-new-report/

SLAM - New animation to promote mind and body - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/new-animation-to-promote-mind-and-body