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National Survivor User Network bulletin - Monday 25 September 2017 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=33938914&jobRef=9829.0.12404782&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network bulletin - Monday 02 October - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=33968359&jobRef=9829.0.13440058&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

Bullying – September 2017 Mind Management Newsletter - Mind Management September Newsletter

A student took her own life after doctors failed to check her medical history before discharging her and her former university refused to share her records, an inquest heard. Hannah Webster, 20, a finance and banking student at the University of Essex, committed suicide just three days after doctors released her from hospital. Essex Coroner's Court, in Chelmsford, heard that Miss Webster had been treated for depression and borderline personality disorder when she lived at her home in Dewsbury, Yorkshire - Student took her own life after authorities refused to share her records due to 'data protection', inquest hears

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust’s Recovery College for All is built on the belief that learning together makes us stronger and supports our recovery. You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience to attend the college. The college offers a range of sessions which are open to our service users, their carers and families and staff. These sessions have been developed in collaboration with, and for, people who have been affected by mental health issues. The sessions are delivered by tutors who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health (experts by experience), healthcare professional and carers. We hope the college will support you on your recovery journey to living a full and satisfying life, in the presence or absence of symptoms.

Prospectus - http://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/recovery/recovery-college/prospectus/

Mental Health Sunflower Afternoons Clinics

6 July 2017 - 26 December 2019


Venue: As-Suffa Institute, 156 High Street, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UX

(High Street in Aston is a weird stretch of road probably not even known to many locals. Birchfield Rd on the A34 doesn't actually lead straight to Newtown Row A34 as most people seem to think - a short stretch in between by Newtown Swimming Baths and The Bartons Arms pub is called High Street on the A34 - there. The confusion is probably because Newtown Shopping Centre is right there too and not on Newtown Row A34 a few hundred yards down)

Open to: All Welcome
Recurring Days: Every Thursdays
Recurring Time: 1pm - 3pm

More Information: As-Suffa Outreach in partnership with Birmingham Mind welcomes you to our ’Sunflower Afternoons’. Come along to our weekly FREE Sunshine Sessions where you can get help on different areas of mental health. Whether its advice and information or help with housing and debt, our experienced support workers will be more than willing to help.

Birmingham Mind provides high quality services in a variety of settings. All the services are carefully vetted by Birmingham Mind’s own monitoring arrangements or external verification. They provide person centred support to enable people to be in control of their lives.

Birmingham Mind’s residential services are rated as excellent by CQC, and have achieved the top standard awarded by National Mind, and have gained PQASSO level one. The organisation also has the Investors in People Gold Award, is a Mindful Employer and due to the overall excellence of our services we have been awarded the Charity Commission Accreditation mark.

Birmingham Mind are by far the largest voluntary sector provider of mental health services within Birmingham and as a consequence have a vast amount of experience within the organisation. Their vision is that people are in control of their lives and this aspiration emphasises the need to build upon peoples strengths underpinned at all times by a well established recovery approach.

More - https://www.as-suffa.org/events/mental-health/

Yoga for anxiety/depression;


7.30pm - 9pm
Manchester Yoga Central
4th Oct to 8th Nov
£60 full price / £50 concession for course


11.45am - 1.15pm
Yoga Rooms, Chorlton (Manchester)
5th Oct to 9th Nov
£60 full price / £50 concession for course

More - http://yogatherapymanchester.com/anxiety-and-depression/4591672601

ARTS ALL OVER THE PLACE presents SURVIVING OR THRIVING? - Interactive Arts In Health Festival

Taking place on :

4th, 5th, 6th October @ The Edge, 79 - 81, Cheapside, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0QH

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th October @ Mac Theatre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

By working with YOU, we can tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Our aim is to bring people together to experience and enjoy a series of exciting and meaningful events, this includes an interactive arts exhibition, workshops and performances. There will be opportunities to share our best practice together and continue to show the positive impact that creativity has on all of our mental well-being! Following on from the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week, we will look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and stuck on getting through the day, we will explore how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two.

In its 10th year, AAOTP celebrates the creative talents of those who have or have had mental health problems across all aspects of the Arts, and promotes the value of the Arts in Mental Health recovery. It gives free exhibition space to people who might otherwise have no opportunity to showcase their talent, and provides free workshops during the event for people to experience a huge variety of Art forms. It also provides information and interactive pop-up events about mental health to the public and acts as a way of reducing the stigma and discrimination many people with mental health problems face.

All digital work will be exhibited at the Mac Birmingham from 7th - 10th of October. Please note that we have a limited space for exhibiting for all visual art work submissions as we will mainly be showcasing a digital display of works this year. If for some reason you are not able to send digital images of your work and would like some help with this then please pop into The Edge @ Friction Arts on Wednesday 5th of October from 2pm - 6pm and we will help you curate your art and take photographs of your work. Either way, if you need help with any of this then just pop down and our team of volunteers will be happy to help you. However, if would you prefer the opportunity to exhibit framed and completed art works, then please ensure that you or someone else on your behalf must be able to drop off your work at either at The Edge @Friction Arts on Wednesday 4th of October or @ Mac Birmingham on Thursday 5th October from the times of 2pm - 6pm on both days. We can only accept ONE framed piece of arts work or 3D piece per person.

At Mac Birmingham there is a car park but from 1st October there will be charges up to 4 hours £2 up to 12 hours £3.

Due to limited space we can only accept art submissions no larger than 60cm x 60cm cm measurement, otherwise we regret that we will not be able to include your work. If this is an issue then please get in touch by email and we will do what we can to help. Please note that it is essential that you or a nominated person must be able to collect your work on Tuesday 10th October from 3pm - 6pm @ Mac Birmingham as we have no storage facilities to keep any arts works. CALL-OUT FOR POETRY

Poems should fit one page of A4( possibly in 2 columns) or we may just print an extract. Any poems displayed or printed remain the property of the poet. Please add your name or a pseudonym or tell us if you do not want your name included. We regret that we cannot include images in the booklet of poems. All poets whose work is included in the booklet will be entitled to a free copy after the festival.

For any further information about volunteering or anything else then please contact - [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;

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

Job Fairs - in date order;

Newcastle Upon Tyne, 4th October, The Assembly Rooms, 10am to 2pm
Gloucester, 6th October, The Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Ipswich, 6th October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Plymouth, 11th October, The Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Exeter, 12th October, Corn Exchange, 10am to 2pm
Reading, 13th October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Southampton, 18th October, Mercure Centre - Dolphin Hotel, 10am to 2pm
Manchester, 20th October, The Bridgewater Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bournemouth, 25th October, Premier Inn - Bournemouth Central, 10am to 2pm
Bristol, 25th October, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Liverpool, 27th October, The Crypt Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral, 10am to 2pm
Birmingham, 27th October, Council House, 10am to 2pm
Hull, 1st November, City Hall, 10am to 2pm
Portsmouth, 1st November, Portsmouth Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Northampton, 3rd November, Northampton 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
Shrewsbury, 10th November, Theatre Severn, 10am to 2pm
Coventry, 15th November, Belgrade Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Great Yarmouth, 15th November, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Oxford 17th November, 2017 Town Hall 10am to 2pm General

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

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/

Birmingham Mind events;

Two DAY ADULT Mental Health First Aid Course - by Birmingham Mind

Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th October

Birmingham Mind, 17 Graham Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3JR


Our quality assured MHFA instructors deliver training that has been designed to fit into four manageable chunks. These are:

Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression
Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis
Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self harm
Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-day-adult-mhfa-course-tuesday-17th-wednesday-18th-october-2017-tickets-36823455948

Mental Health First Aid Adult LITE - by Birmingham Mind

Wednesday 25th October

Birmingham Mind, 17 Graham Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3JR

We are offering the 4hr MHFA LITE course, the perfect introduction to mental health training.

What will I learn? Our MHFA Lite course is an introductory three hour mental health awareness course. By the end of the course you'll be able to:

Define mental health and some common mental health issues
Identify stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
Relate to people's experiences and support people in distress
Look after your own mental health.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhfa-adult-lite-wednesday-25th-october-2017-tickets-37531183781

Two Day YOUTH Mental Health First Aid Course - by Birmingham Mind

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th November

Birmingham Mind, 17 Graham Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3JR


Our Youth Mental Health First Aid course is split into four manageable chunks. These are: What is mental health? - Depression and anxiety - Suicide and psychosis - Self-harm and eating disorders.

Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people today, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-day-youth-mhfa-course-tuesday-7th-wednesday-8th-november-2017-tickets-31056964216

Two Day ADULT Mental Health First Aid by Birmingham Mind

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November

Birmingham Mind, 17 Graham Street, Hockley, Birmingham B1 3JR


We are offering the 4hr MHFA LITE course, the perfect introduction to mental health training.

What will I learn? Our MHFA Lite course is an introductory three hour mental health awareness course. By the end of the course you'll be able to:

Define mental health and some common mental health issues
Identify stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues
Relate to people's experiences and support people in distress
Look after your own mental health.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-day-adult-mhfa-monday-13th-and-tuesday-14th-november-2017-tickets-31067808652

HMP Prison Healthcare seminar with Natalie Willetts (head of healthcare at HMP Birmingham)

Friday 20th October

11am - 12.30pm

Exeter Room, Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY
[email protected]

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/

Go Get Your Dreams - Just Do Meeting - Friday 27th October.

Jemma Stone will be hosting the next Monthly Meeting at The Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QY.

If you are interested in helping to create a steering group of individuals including peer supporters, mentors, tutors, creative workers, service users, NHS workers and carers then come along to our monthly meeting which is held on the last Friday of the month at 10.30am for refreshments, starting at 11am until 1pm with time afterwards for networking and discussions.

Share your skills, experience, knowledge and understanding to help create a pathway forwards in helping people experiencing difficult times, recovering from a mental health illness, family issues, onset, ongoing and post depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, support in training and employment. We welcome everyone to our meetings and look forward to new people each month helping us to make a positive difference in society. We are interested in working with charities, secondary and third sector workers and business organizations who will help us to make an impact on improving people's lives, moving forwards together in collaboration as a consortium. See you there.

Assist Angels are our key workers who assist people as & when they need help with onset, post, long term and short term intervention to aid recovery of Mental Health problems, illnesses encouraging integration, socialisation, voluntary & paid employment, back to work support & training, Business Start Ups. Individually Tailored Packages provide uniqueness to every client.

Areas - inclusive Services across 6 areas Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley & Sandwell.

Go Get Your Dreams ... this is the link to the main website - https://justdogoget.co.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 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 X61 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/

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/

EVENT: Health Wellbeing Expo:

VENUE: Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre, Port Talbot, Wales

DATE: November 11th - 12th

More - http://www.natural-living-expo.co.uk/upcoming-events.html

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/