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Mental health news this week



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Knives and drugs kits removed from north London house where 'schizophrenic son stabbed Bagel millionaire mother and sister to death'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4786178/Tributes-mum-daughter-killed-schizophrenic-son.html

PM Theresa May says that mental health services are "patchy" and she's going to review them - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40967200/theresa-may-admits-uk-mental-health-services-are-patchy

Mentally ill woman died in cell after monitoring was reduced, inquest hears. Sarah Reed had psychotic episodes and was screaming and shouting in HMP Holloway, but observation was reduced to one per hour - Mentally ill woman died in cell after monitoring was reduced, inquest hears | UK news | The Guardian

Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has said being attacked by a man with scissors was "very frightening" but that she was "relatively unscathed". Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London's Euston station. A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said - Liz Carr: Silent Witness actress in 'frightening' scissor attack - BBC News

A six-year old boy's dream is about to come true as chocolate bosses say they are doing everything they can to find him the special toy he has spent hundreds of pounds looking for. Jayden Lakey, who has autism and has been searching Britain and abroad for a shark toy in Kinder Eggs for the last eight months, has today heard the news he's been waiting for - he will be sent an egg with a shark inside.

Read more at - Autistic boy who bought hundreds of Kinder Eggs IS going to get his shark toy after all | Plymouth Herald

Job Fairs - in date order;

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

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

Table Top Sale

Kuumba Centre, Boulton Road, West Bromwich B70 6NW

(The centre is for people in Sandwell from an African, African Caribbean or Black dual heritage background and their significant others, who are affected by mental ill health)

Saturday 26th August

12pm - 4pm

More- http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/site/custom_scripts/ip_directory_record.php?recordID=601&categoryID=46

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 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 - Cakes and Ladders 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/

International Society for the Psychological treatment of Schizophrenia and other psychoses

30th August - 3rd September


More - http://www.ispsuk.org/

Spirit Fest

The Festival site is between Westbury-on-Severn and Flaxley, ​Gloucestershire

31 Aug - 3 Sept

Our vision for this festival is to celebrate life in the traditional ways with music, singing, dance, art and ceremony as the indigenous peoples of the British Isles. We seek to encourage respect for all life and the planet. The festival is also a meeting place for the heart and medicine tribes of all nations and creeds including dance, music, performance, devotion, healing, shamanic and art medicine, Yoga, Tantra and all tolerant religions.

More - http://www.spiritfestuk.org/

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 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

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

Wanderlust 108


7.30AM - 4PM

Victoria Park - LONDON

Full day celebration in support of the mindful movement, featuring a triathlon unlike any you’ve ever known. We bring together three intentional activities : a 5K* run, an outdoor yoga flow class, and a guided meditation. Following the triathlon, you can take one scheduled activity, such as acroyoga, AIReal Yoga™, hooping, or walking meditation.

More - https://wanderlust.com/108-events/london/

Course - Understanding Mental Health (BAES)

Venue Erdington Adult Education Centre (Birmingham)

Course Code - 17ER001101L

Times - Tue 10:00 - 12:00

Start Date - 26/09/2017

End Date - 07/11/2017

Number of sessions - 6

Fee details (Annual fee). Standard Fee - £54. Concessionary Fee - £24. Discounted Fee - £24

Joining Our Courses. Registration Details. You cannot register for this course online. Please contact us on 0121 303 4318 for further information.

NSUN Annual General Meeting and Members' Event - by National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

WED 27 SEP AT 10:30


More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nsun-annual-general-meeting-and-members-event-2017-registration-36690191350?ref=enivte001&invite=MTI0Mzg4MjIvZ2FyeV9vYnJpZW5fOTlAeWFob28uY28udWsvMA==&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitemodernv2&ref=enivte001&utm_term=attend

Mental Health Basics for Yoga Teachers with Lisa Kaley-Isley

The Light Centre, 114 London Wall, London EC2M 5QA

Dates - Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October from 9.30am to 5pm each day (with a break for lunch).

Cost - £170

Surveys conducted with yoga participants consistently reveal that seeking assistance with mental health conditions, especially relief from anxiety and depression, is a prime motivator for beginning yoga practice. In this new workshop, learn some of the basic tools all yoga teachers should have to recognise and respond appropriately to these conditions in a class situation.

Read more - http://www.yogacampus.com/workshops/mental-health-basics-for-yoga-teachers

Yours Live magazine wellbeing events;

Gunton Hall, Lowestoft. 6 - 9 October

Lakeside Village, Hampshire. 11 - 15 December

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

Tree Of Life festival


9:45AM – 6PM

THE BEECHES CONFERENCE CENTRE, 76 Selly Oak Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1LS

More - https://treeoflifemagazine.co.uk/events/festival/

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/

Colchester Mind Body Spirit festival

Marks Tey Village Hall

21st - 22nd October

10am - 4pm each day

£4 (concessions £3.50 & under 16 free)​

Life Arts is again providing a weekend packed with complementary therapies, spiritual guidance, health advice, meditation space, workshops and healing music. This event is raising money for local charity, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity with many fantastic prizes to be won in the grand raffle.

More - http://www.lifearts.co.uk/colchester-mind-body-spirit-festival-2017/

Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival


The NEC, Birmingham

10.00 - 18.00 Friday,

10.00 - 18.00 Saturday

10.00 - 17.00 Sunday

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

Stylist Live - expo aimed at women

Olympia, London

10 - 12 November

Expect life lessons, insights and inspiration for everyone. With help from your favourite inspirational women, Stylist Live explores everything, from the morning routines of successful women to boozy book readings. This is a weekend of empowerment, entertainment and influence at its best

More - http://live.stylist.co.uk/

Course - Working in Mental Health - Level 2 Certificate (NCFE)

Venue - Erdington Adult Education Centre (Birmingham)

Course Code - 17ER001041P

Times - Tue 10:00 - 12:00

Start Date - 14/11/2017

End Date - 17/07/2018

Number of sessions - 30

Fee details (Annual fee). Standard Fee - £320. Concessionary Fee - £0. Discounted Fee - £80

Joining Our Courses. Registration Details. You cannot register for this course online. Please contact us on 0121 303 4318 for further information.

Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit festival

Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AU

18th - 19th November

10am - 4pm each day

£3.50 (concessions £3.00 under 16 free)​

Life Arts is again providing a weekend packed with complementary therapies, spiritual guidance, health advice, meditation space, workshops and healing music. This event is raising money for local charity, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity with many fantastic prizes to be won in the grand raffle.

More - http://www.lifearts.co.uk/woodbridge-mind-body-spirit-festival-2017/

From my local Trust;

NHS Networks – Carers who struggle with money also likely to suffer feelings of social isolation - https://digital.nhs.uk/article/7352/Financial-problems-caused-by-caring-linked-to-increased-feelings-of-social-isolation

National Health Executive – Children travelling up to 200 miles for ‘in area’ mental healthcare - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Mental-Health/children-travelling-up-to-200-miles-for-in-area-mental-healthcare

Mind – Mind survey finds men more likely to experience work-related mental health problems - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/mind-survey-finds-men-more-likely-to-experience-work-related-mental-health-problems/

Mind – Better support needed for people on antidepressants, says Minds - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/better-support-needed-for-people-on-antidepressants-says-mind/

HSJ – Exclusive: Warning dementia care could ‘slip back’ - https://www.hsj.co.uk/commissioning/exclusive-warning-dementia-care-could-slip-back/7020297.article

HSJ – Vanguard launching first bed management system across trusts - https://www.hsj.co.uk/mental-health/vanguard-launching-first-bed-management-system-across-trusts/7020343.article