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A former altar boy who planted a homemade pipe bomb on the Tube in a bid to kill and maim passengers has been jailed for 15 years. Weapons-obsessed Damon Smith, 20, left the improvised explosive device filled with ball bearings on the floor of a Jubilee Line train as he travelled to classes at London Metropolitan University. Anti-terror police found Smith, who has Asperger's, had an unhealthy obsession with guns and had posed for a selfie next to a TV image of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Brussels-born mastermind of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks - Tube bomb plotter Damon Smith jailed for 15 years | London Evening Standard




London Mental Health and Creative Arts Support Meetup group - London Mental Health and Creative Arts Support Meetup (London, England)


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My name is Mark Neary and without the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), I don’t know where my autistic son Steven would be today. After the council wrongly took him away, the Act helped me bring Steven home. Steven has autism and severe learning disabilities, and lives at home with me. A few years ago when Steven was 20, I was unwell and he was taken into respite care. He was only supposed to be there for a few days. That turned into a year - Petition * Urgently protect the Human Rights Act - it helped get my autistic son home * Change.org




National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Tuesday 22 May - NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 22 May 2017 | Nurtural




National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin Extra - Tuesday 22 May - NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 22 May 2017 | Nurtural





Up to 20 deaths at an NHS-run mental health unit are being investigated as part of a police inquiry, but the Essex NHS Trust said patient safety was a "top priority" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-39975971





The family of a former coal miner say he taken his own life after being “hounded” by Government officials over a benefits claim. Jimmy Ballentine, 60, started work in the mines aged 15 but fell ill with depression after losing his job during the Thatcher strikes - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coal-miner-took-life-after-10477308




Woman with anorexia claims NHS turned her down for treatment 'because she wasn't skinny enough' - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-anorexia-claims-nhs-turned-10495925






27th May 2017 session of 'Alphabet 12' in Birmingham

Birmingham’s Project Aspie Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’ started Saturday 29 October 2016 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.

Harold “Hackie” Reitman, M.D. is the founder of neurodiversity community and resource site DifferentBrains.com. It is the only place where intellectual developmental differences (e.g. autism, dyslexia, ADHD), mental health challenges (e.g. bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders) and neurological issues (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Concussions, Parkinson’s, and Traumatic Brain Injuries) all converge under one welcoming roof. Dr. Reitman host the website’s weekly interview show Exploring Different Brains, and directed a 40 minute neurodiversity documentary- all of which is free to view on the site.

Dr. Reitman, a retired orthopaedic surgeon and former professional heavyweight boxer, wrote the Amazon best selling book “ Aspertools: The Practical Guide for Understanding and Embracing Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Neurodiversity,” which was published by HCI Books in the United States, and Souvenir Press in the United Kingdom. The book also features contributions from Pati Fizzano, an ESE specialist, and Rebecca Reitman, Dr. Reitman’s daughter who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in her 20s. Dr. Reitman also recently wrote, co-directed, and produced the feature length independent film "The Square Root of 2", starring Darby Stanchfield of ABC’s hit show "Scandal.” It is inspired by his daughter’s experiences in college.

Dr. Hackie Reitman’s recent speaking engagements include giving the keynote address with Tim Shriver for the AADMD at the Special Olympics in L.A., presenting at the USAAA World Conference, alongside other neurodiversity advocates including Temple Grandin and Stephen Shore, speaking at the 2016 AspenBrainLab hosted by the Aspen Institute, delivering a keynote presentation at the Neurodiversity Leadership Conference, hosted by AASCEND and San Francisco State University. His upcoming speaking engagements include speaking and paneling at this year’s USAAA World Conference, and speaking at the 2017 American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) conference at the University of Texas.

Dr. Harold Reitman's Special Webinar starts 1.10 pm and we hope attendees of May's 'Alphabet 12' enjoy Dr. Reitman's Webinar.

Justin Donne will be Web Host for Dr. Reitman's Special Webinar. Justin Donne was Host at Wednesday 22nd March 2017 Special Mid-Week Session of 'Alphabet 12' Birmingham which focused on 'Autism and Employment' which featured Lead Guest Speakers Paula Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, President of ReAttach Therapy International Foundation and Antonia Hatzfeldt from Auticon based in London.
The session also featured a Webinar from Special Guest Dr. Zoee Bartholomew from CA, USA.

Saturday 27th May 2017 session of 'Alphabet 12' Birmingham will also feature an interactive workshop for all attendees of 'Alphabet 12' Birmingham.

Project Aspie launched ‘Alphabet 12’ an interactive and versatile Autism Opportunity Group for people with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism to gain opportunities to live healthy and independent lives within 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’ offers 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’.

Saturday 27th May 2017 session of ‘Alphabet 12’ takes place at The Learning Zone, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery between 1.00 pm till 3.00 pm. Networking and Refreshments is between 12.00 till 12.45 lunch time.

‘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 658 150 / 07821 548 904 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]







Event: Beat Depression Event

Day: Sunday 28th May
Time: 10am (also at 7am)
Location: Live from the Rainbow theatre 232 Seven Sisters Rd, N4 3NX

Also at your local UCKG Help Centres;

Glyndon Community Centre, 75 Raglan Road, Plumstead, London SE18 7LB
54a High Road, London N22 6BX
17 Heathfield Park, London NW2 5JE
145 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TJ
7 The Grove, London E15 1EL
71 - 73 The Broadway, Southall, London UB1 1LA
St. Andrew’s Road, London E13 8QD
234 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 4JP
UCKG Hammersmith, Unit 39, Broadway Shopping Centre, Hammersmith, London W6 9YD
20 Brenthouse Road, Hackney, London E9 6QG.
Pollards Hill, New Horizon Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 1LT
12 - 14 London Road, West Croydon CR0 2TA
1 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2TS
Eastfield Community Centre, Colliery Road, Eastfield, Wolverhampton WV1 2QY
Beechen Grove Baptist Church, Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JJ
Fulmerston Christian Fellowship, Fulmerston Road, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 3BG
12 Hartshead Square, Sheffield, S1 2EL
The Oddfellows Hall, 118b Oxford Rd, Reading RG1 7NQ (Sunday 6:30pm only) (meetings in English with Portuguese translation)
Church Peterborough, 70 Westgate, PE1 1RE
Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Oxford OX4 1GH
Gateway Conference Centre, 71 London Road, Liverpool, L3 8HY
Meeting Location 1: Springfield Stadium - Blue Room, Janvrin Road, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4LF
Meeting Location 2: Jersey Arts Centre, Phillips Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4SW

More - https://www.uckg.org/just-because-depression-cant-be-seen-doesnt-mean-its-not-real/

(Obviously given that evangelical Christian organisation and the venues etc if attending it won't be long before actively worshipping God is suggested as the solution - which isn't a problem if you already do that of course - but just know that such prosthelytising won't be far off occurring)





Birmingham Mind Carer Wellbeing and Resilience Service - managing your mental health and wellbeing is vital if you are a carer. You need to be well to enable you to continue to be able support the person who needs your care. That’s why connecting with others, prioritising self-care and learning some skills to manage your own mental health, wellbeing and resilience is so important. Birmingham Mind are running Wellbeing and Resilience Sessions for Carers. In these supportive group sessions, you will meet up with other carers, share experiences, share and access information and to take part in some exercises to support your mental wellbeing.

The sessions take place every Monday from 11am – 1pm at the Beechcroft Centre, Erdington, Birmingham B23 7JG

You don’t need a GP referral or any mental health diagnosis to attend these sessions, but you do need to register in advance. If you would like to find out more, please contact Michelle for an informal chat on 0121 237 3761 or 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 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 - 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/






Job Fairs - in date order;

Hull - 31st May, City Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bedford, 2nd June, Corn Exchange, 10am to 2pm
Southampton - date TBC, venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Gloucester - 7th June, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Oxford - 9th June, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Peterborough - 14th June, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Telford - 16th June, Park Inn by Radisson, 10am to 2pm
Brighton - 21st June, Jurys Inn - Waterfront, 10am to 2pm
Colchester - 21st June, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Wandsworth (London), 23rd June, Civic Suite, 10am to 2pm
Sheffield - 28th June, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Leicester - 28th June, Curve Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Bournemouth - 30th June, Premier Inn, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 1st July, The Forum, 10am to 3pm
Bristol - 5th July, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Northampton - 7th July, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 12th July, The Forum, 10am to 2pm
Portsmouth - 12th July, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Manchester - 14th July, Bridgewater Hall, 10am to 2pm
Worcester, 14th July, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Stoke on Trent, 19th July, Quality Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Bradford, 19th July, Great Victoria Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Ipswich, 21st July, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Birmingham - 26th July, Council House, 10am to 2pm
Reading - 28th July, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Blackburn - date TBC, venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Middlesbrough - 2nd August, Jurys Inn, 10am to 2pm
Glasgow - 4th August, Royal Concert Hall, 10am to 2pm
Oldham - date TBC, venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Derby - 9th August, Derby Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Nottingham - 9th August, Motorpoint Arena, 10am to 2pm
Swansea - 10th August, The Dragon Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Cardiff - 11th August, City Hall, 10am to 2pm
Cambridge - 16th August, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Milton Keynes - 18th August, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel (Stadium MK), 10am to 2pm
Hornsey (London) - 18th August, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Coventry - 23rd August, Belgrade Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Cheltenham - 25th August, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Hull - 30th August, City Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bedford - 1st September, Corn Exchange, 10am to 2pm
Chelmsford - date TBC, Venue TBC, 10am to 2pm
Ealing (London) - 1st September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Brighton - 6th September, Jurys Inn - Waterfront, 10am to 2pm
Leicester - 8th September, Curve Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Telford - 8th September, Park Inn by Radisson, 10am to 2pm
Sheffield - 13th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Peterborough - 15th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Stoke on Trent - 20th September, Quality Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 20th September, The Forum, 10am to 2pm
Stratford (London) - 22nd September, Old Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Colchester - 27th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Leeds - 29th September, Crossgates Shopping Centre, 10am to 2pm
Newcastle Upon Tyne - 4th October, Assembly Rooms, 10am to 2pm
Ipswich - 6th October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Reading - 13th October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Manchester - 20th October, Bridgewater Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bristol - 25th October, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Birmingham - 27th October, Council House, 10am to 2pm
Portsmouth - 1st November, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Northampton - 3rd November, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Watford - 8th November, Langley Banqueting Suite, 10am to 2pm
Nottingham - 8th November, Motorpoint Arena, 10am to 2pm
Wolverhampton - 10th November, Molineux Stadium, 10am to 2pm
Coventry - 15th November, Belgrade Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Norwich - 29th November, The Forum, 10am to 2pm

(I'm querying Blackburn and Chelmsford etc where no date is given)

More details - https://www.thejobfairs.co.uk/job-fairs






Kundalini Yoga Festival

London Kundalini Centre, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AD

DATE AND TIME - Wed May 31 @ 4PM – Sun Jun 4 @ 4PM

Cost: £40

More - http://kundaliniyogafestival.org.uk/

(If you are familiar with aspects of the Sikh religion then that type of Yoga will make more sense - a Sikh called Yogi Bhajan introduced it to the West - that said not all Sikhs accept his teachings)






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/






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;

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 Great Get Together : a community event that will be held on the weekend of the 17 - 18 June to mark the anniversary of Jo Cox's death. Asking people to throw a get together - it could be big or small, a street party or just sharing cake with friends and neighbours - and to use it as a chance to enjoy being together and celebrate what we have in common. We hope this can be a chance to bring our communities closer together. Jo's killing was designed to divide us and we can think of no better response than an anniversary that brings us closer together to celebrate all that we have in common.

If you'd like to get involved, please take a look at the flyer and visit the website to pledge your support - https://www.jocoxfoundation.org/






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-'





Walking Out Of Darkness - choose from the list below to register for the walk in Weston Super Mare;

Together, we can make a difference. Increase Mental Health Awareness, Suicide Prevention and End Mental Illness Stigma. Fundraise for any local or national Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Charity

Weston-super-Mare - 24 June

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/walking-out-of-darkness-10883871498





Family Fun Days - The Community Engagement Team of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust engages with a wide audience in order to challenge the stigma that people with mental health related issues often face. Part of their work is to host community engagement days at five Trust sites on Saturdays across the summer and you can get involved as a volunteer wherever you are based. More than 1,000 people, including staff, users, carers and partners attend the events each year. Getting involved will give you a chance to meet new people at the Trust, find out more about our services and you may even be able to contribute to the fun activities by turning your hobby or interest into an activity at the fun events. Whether your private passion is baking, braiding, books or ball games there might be a way to get involved.

Dates for 2017;

All events take place between 12pm - 5pm on the dates below:

Saturday 24 June - St. Mary's Church, Solihull
Saturday 15 July - Zinnia Centre, Sparkbrook
Saturday 29 July - Mary Seacole House, Winson Green
Saturday 19 August - Endeavour Court, Erdington

Hot food and refreshments (including halal) will be available from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

More - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/about-us/engaging-with-our-communities/family-fun-days/







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.

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;

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





One World Camp

30 July - 6 August

Cannington, Somerset

Set in stunning lush countryside surrounded by trees and fields. The One World Summer Festival is a truly magical mid-summer event where humans of all shapes and sizes gather together for a week seeking education, like mindedness, love, super healthy macrobiotic food, and off the scale entertainment all in a unique atmosphere of rest and activity, fun and freedom, challenge and adventure. One World presents over 300 plus workshops and lectures over throughout the week. Our teachers are come from all over the world, and are dedicated and experienced in many therapies, natural movement and dance forms, exercise for physical and spiritual development, holistic health, arts, crafts and sports, as well as in specialist areas such as natural cookery.

More;

http://www.oneworldcamp.com/
http://www.oneworldcamp.com/backoffice/kcfinder-master/upload/files/programme v2.pdf





Refocus on Recovery

18 to 20 September

Nottingham Conference Centre
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

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






Holistic Ways Festivals in Scotland;

Aberdeen (Elphinstone Hall). 14 - 15/10/2017
Glasgow (Trades Hall). 4 - 5/11/2017
Edinburgh (Corn Exchange). 26/11/2017

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





From my local Trust;

NHS Improvement – Improving mental health services for Deaf people - https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/improving-mental-health-services-for-deaf-people/



NHS Improvement – Reducing self-harm on mental health inpatient wards - https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/reducing-self-harm-on-mental-health-inpatient-wards/



NHS Improvement – Helping patients with dementia - https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/helping-patients-with-dementia/



NHS Networks – Mental health community teams - https://www.england.nhs.uk/statisti...ity-teams-activity-quarter-ending-march-2017/



Chance to put mental health at the heart of NHS services could be missed - https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/press/...tal-health-heart-nhs-services-could-be-missed



Mental Health Today – Severe mental illness linked to cardiovascular disease and early death - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk...ular_disease_and_early_death_25769840004.aspx



Mind – People with mental health problems made more unwell by benefits system - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campai...-more-unwell-by-benefits-system/#.WShn-IWcHIU



HSJ – Inquest prompts police probe into inpatient deaths - https://www.hsj.co.uk/sectors/menta...135.article?blocktitle=Latest&contentID=19947
 

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