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Mental health news this week



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Two young men who murdered Brendan Mason were given life sentences. Joshua Hack and Keith Lowe lured 23-year-old Brendan Mason to Leicester's Abbey Park before beating him, stripping him naked and leaving him for dead while they wandered off to eat at McDonald's.

Judge - "Brendan Mason was only 23 with his life before him. He was sadly a vulnerable young man with learning difficulties."

The judge said the fact Hack is autistic and Lowe has ADHD and both a low IQ would only give them a slight reduction in their sentence

Read more at - http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/u...0148728-detail/story.html#ls9PREzqzS6XWpM9.99

A Red Arrows ace pilot and Falklands War hero hanged himself after becoming depressed after going into semi-retirement. Peter Collins, 62, was one of Britain’s most experienced test pilots joining the RAF in the mid-1970s and trained on their Sea Harrier FRS1 fighter - Red Arrows ace and Falklands hero killed himself after suffering depression after retirement - Mirror Online

A man who murdered his partner has been sentenced to life in prison. Alin Apopei, 27, stabbed to death his girlfriend, 25-year-old Denisa Silmen, at their home in east London. Apopei, who had bragged he could get away with the killing by pretending to be mad, will serve a minimum term of 20 years.

More - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39044683

Socialite Jemima Khan was bombarded with messages by a stalker who delivered letters to her home and tried to arrange hotel meetings. Conor O'Mahoney, 60, hand delivered letters to her home and tried to talk to her over the intercom. He then bombarded the 42-year-old journalist and her friends with messages on Twitter and Instagram. The court heard O'Mahoney suffered from bipolar disorder which was diagnosed in 1999, but made worse by five years of skin cancer treatment and extensive dental surgery - Jemima Khan stalker bombarded star with social media messages, turned up at her home and sent taxis to collect her - Mirror Online

Dementia may be triggered by a diet high in sugar , a landmark study suggests. More than 850,000 in the UK have the disease, for which there is currently no cure - Dementia could be triggered by eating too much sugar, landmark study reveals - Mirror Online

Sir Nicholas Wall, formerly Britain's most senior family law judge, has committed suicide after being diagnosed with dementia. Sir Nicholas, 71, was appointed President of the Family Division in 2010, but had to retire on health grounds in 2012. He was initially diagnosed with depression, before recently finding out he had dementia - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...ritains-top-family-law-judge-commits-suicide/

A Birmingham mum who stabbed her three-year-old daughter to death and then doused her in acid has been detained indefinitely. Iman Omar Yousef, 32, from Milverton Road, Erdington, was a paranoid schizophrenic who heard voices in her head at the time she killed little Alia Jama - http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-mum-who-killed-three-12648220

Touching rescue of Dominga, the illegally trafficked bear so depressed that she's gone bald. The spectacled bear was trapped in a cramped zoo and suffered crippling loneliness but has now been transferred to the Amazon to start a new life - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/touching-rescue-dominga-illegally-trafficked-9862616

Fight the Stigma - Mental Health Awareness group in Brighton - https://www.meetup.com/Fight-the-Stigma-Mental-Health-Awareness-Brighton/

Ellen Scott article for the Metro newspaper;

When I headed to the doctor to get a diagnosis for my mental health issues, it felt like there was no best case scenario. Either I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I became a ‘person with anxiety and depression’, and there was something wrong with me, or I was told that there was nothing wrong, everyone was dealing with the same thing, and I was just being overdramatic.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/20/when-...im-still-terrified-of-being-labelled-6459853/

This article was in Stylist magazine;

The creative brain, unravelled: how the highly pressured fashion industry is tackling mental ill health - http://www.stylist.co.uk/fashion/cr...ry-alexander-mcqueen-isabella-blow-depression

Cygnus Community Cafe Gatherings - an inspiration from Cygnus members

There are now 90+ Cygnus Local groups around the UK. What we need now are times and places to meet for heart to heart communications, free from mindsets, belief systems dogmas and agendas. We are creating spaces within our communities where we can grow and support each other - no strings attached. Leave your Dogmas at home, slip off your beliefs at the door and find your authentic voice by listening to your hearts

List - http://cygnusreview.com/pages/cygnus-community-cafes

National Survivor User Network bulletins;

NSUN Survivor Researcher Network Bulletin - January 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=FF0704BD33FF7D1A&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Bulletin Monday 16 January 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=1B105BA580E7A77A&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Bulletin Monday 23 January 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=5BBB05F7C1308E4B&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Bulletin Monday 30 January 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=FA35B8CE799420CE&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Survivor Researcher Network Bulletin - February 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=3058DAFF6E69A0EF&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Bulletin Monday 6 February 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=9988F32897AD75A6&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Bulletin Monday 13 February 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=DF36D63B92E56991&temp=False&tx=0

NSUN Bulletin Monday 20 February 2017 - https://nurtural.createsend.com/cam...59D931D45&ID=4883D86A0009DA90&temp=False&tx=0

(That lot are in a batch because they updated the links that way - I have suggested that they do one link each week and I think they will try)

Holistic Ways Festivals in Scotland;

Glasgow (Trades Hall). 25 - 26/2/2017 and 4 - 5/11/2017
Aberdeen (Elphinstone Hall). 25 - 26/3/2017 and 14 - 15/10/2017
Dumfries (Easterbrook Hall). 15 - 16/4/2017
Dundee (Marryat Hall). 7/5/2017
Edinburgh (Corn Exchange). 26/11/2017

More - http://www.holisticwaysfestival.co.uk/

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

Save Our Support Lobby - Birmingham

Thank you to everyone who made it down to the lobby at Victoria Square on Tuesday 14th February. 100's turned out to support #saveoursupport as we said no to cuts to supporting people. Speakers from across the services that these cuts will impact spoke just outside the council offices. We hope the message was heard loud and clear by the people who will make this important decision.

We have one final ask from you all. On Tuesday 28th February, the final decision on the budget being proposed will be made. The council could vote to approve these draconian cuts to important services that support vulnerable people. We can't let that happen and we need your help to send one final message to the council that these cuts will have a devastating impact on our city. Here is what we need you to do.

On Monday 27th February at 12pm we are asking you to join us in Victoria Square. All that is required is that you come along at that time and bring a blanket with you. Then at 12:15pm, take the blanket out, wrap it around you and sit down. The reason for this is simple. The proposed cuts will mean 450 bed spaces will be lost in Birmingham. That means 450 people could be forced to sleep rough in the city. We want to send a clear message that, if these cuts are implemented, this is what we will see in Birmingham. Are we really okay with this? Do we think that this is honestly acceptable?

Join us on Monday 27th February at 12pm and let’s send one final message to the council that these cuts will have a devastating impact on our ability to help vulnerable people in our city.

Thank you


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

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.

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-us...oups-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.

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

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 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]

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, Hampshire. 11 - 15 December

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

The Arches Project is a place that offers a platform for creative talents of all disciplines to gain experience and exposure to become employable within their industry, by showcasing the work in an exciting and unique space within the Birmingham art scene.

We are currently seeking work for an exhibition called 'Reflected Realities', which aims to explore the differences between what people think and see.

We are looking for works that are sculpture, installation, collage, mixed media, 3D and 2D work.

The deadline for submission is 21st April 2017 and the exhibition will run from 9th June.

We would really like to involve artists who have experience with mental health and can therefore offer a unique perspective of their own reflected reality in a creative way.

We would appreciate it if you circulate the attached poster for us amongst your community.

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks

Catherine Bell
[email protected]

(Again I've had to hunt out details - the place is in Digbeth in Birmingham - I've found that link anyway)

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/

Calm Zone Stress Management with Dr Liz Croton

Venue - Barefoot Yoga studio, Harborne, Birmingham

Sat 17 Jun

3 - 5.30pm

Cost: £30 / £25 Early Bird when booked by 17 May

Simple, fast techniques based on neuroscience for eliminating anxiety, panic, depression, reducing chronic stress and self-sabotage, and gaining more freedom in your life.

More - http://barefootbirmingham.com/calmzone-workshop-g-p-lizzie-croton-sat-17-june-2017/#more-'

Refocus on Recovery

18 to 20 September

Nottingham Conference Centre

Call for abstracts – closes on 28th February – don’t miss out!

Refocus on Recovery 2017 is an international conference aimed at advancing the field of recovery research and to create an international community of influence. It is the largest regular scientific conference in the world on recovery for people with mental health problems and is presenting world-leading research about how people can live well with illness.

Keynote speakers come from the UK (Steve Gillard, Isabella Goldie, Jayasree Kalathil, Anu Singh, Mike Slade) as well as from India (Manoj Kumar), Canada (Kwame McKenzie), Germany (Jasna Russo) and Norway (Mark Hopfenbeck). We will also hear from Jenny Edwards (Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation) and Ruth Hawkins (Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

It promises a great opportunity for learning and networking. For the three previous Recovery conferences, around 500 people came from 25 countries. There is a lively social programme, as well as the Gala Dinner, we have exciting creative opportunities such as the boomwhacker percussion energiser event, a ‘Story Shop’ offering a range of stories from people with lived experience and more….

Main conference themes:
Recovery for different groups
Prevention of mental ill-health
Re-situating recovery
Allocating resources

Registration and abstract submission are now open! Visit www.researchintorecovery.com/ror2017 for more information.

The Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.researchintorecovery.com/ror2017
Twitter: @InstituteMH #RonR2017

From my local Trust;

Health Education England – Learning resources promoting integration of physical and mental health launched - http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/breaking-down-the-barriers/

NHS Networks – Obesity in mental health secure units - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/obesity-in-mental-health-secure-units

Mental Health Today – Church teaching fuelling self-harm and suicide risk among lesbian, gay and bisexual people, report says - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...bian-gay-and-bisexual-people-report-says.aspx

NHS Networks – Charities aim to improve services for people with multiple needs thanks to grant - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...ople-with-multiple-needs-thanks-to-grant.aspx

Health service journal – Revealed: 23 trusts chosen for new Carter review - https://www.hsj.co.uk/topics/financ...-chosen-for-new-carter-review/7015649.article

Health Service Journal – Revealed: Pioneering ‘accountable care organisation’ delayed - https://www.hsj.co.uk/hsj-local/pro...ble-care-organisation-delayed/7015696.article

Health Service Journal – Exclusive: Trust chiefs must sign off CCG mental health spending - https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/menta...ff-ccg-mental-health-spending/7015729.article