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Mental Health Sunflower Afternoons Clinics

Until 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.

More - Mental Health | As-Suffa Institute

A "mentally ill" man who battered his 11-year-old great-niece to death with a table leg has been found guilty of manslaughter. Delroy Forrester admitted killing Jasmine Forrester in an attack on February 9 which left her with almost 100 "catastrophic" injuries before insisting "the devil had to die", but denied murder on the grounds he was "legally insane".

But a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court had heard that a few days before the incident, Forrester had been suffering from a psychotic mental disorder which his daughter, Tyler Forrester, had tried to report to a hospital crisis team. The 51-year-old's daughter was angry her father was not in hospital and had called the crisis team at Penn Hospital in Wolverhampton hours before the incident to ask for help.

More - https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2018/08/16/jury-considering-verdict-on-uncle-who-killed-jasmine-forrester/

The regiment with the highest Afghan war casualty toll is still suffering losses as its heroes battle demons in civilian life. The Rifles lost 55 dead and 252 wounded serving on the front line but its mentally traumatised veterans continue to die young. A fortnight ago Kevin Holt, a former member of the 2nd Battalion who had always dreamed of being a soldier, was discovered dead at 29 by his mum Shirley – who said the Army “can’t be bothered” to help men like him. And just days ago another Rifles veteran, 39-year-old Jonny Cole, was found dead in Codnor Park, near his home in Ironville, Derbys, He is believed to have battled PTSD and anxiety - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/afghanistan-soldier-29-found-dead-13068043

Just over two years ago, England women's bowler Kate Cross looked to have the world at her feet. She had broken record after record on her way to playing international cricket, becoming the first girl to be accepted into the Lancashire Academy at the age of 15 before becoming the first woman to play in the Central Lancashire League for Heywood in 2015. The year before, she had become one of the first 18 women to be awarded professional contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

But unbeknown to all who knew her, Cross was struggling with anxiety and depression - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/45212984


Mental: Bad Behaviour, Ugly Truths and the Beautiful Game by ex footballer Jermaine Pennant - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mental-Behaviour-Ugly-Truths-Beautiful/dp/178606961X

A League One football club boss has been praised for writing a heatwarming letter to a superfan who suffers from depression and anxiety. Life-long Barnsley FC supporter Chris Ryder’s mental health issues were first triggered following the death of his older brother Simon in 2010, who passed away from a heart attack. The 30-year-old’s depression worsened when his dad, William, 64, died from cancer in 2013.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/14/football-club-boss-writes-heartwarming-letter-superfan-depression-7839393/

Run Talk Run is a Rethink Mental Illness Support group. Essentially, a physical & virtual running community committed to supporting each other and being open about mental health.


Every TUESDAY evening, meeting at The Gym Waterloo (SE1 8UX) anytime from 6PM, ready to run at 6.30PM. It is a 5km loop.

Every THURSDAY evening, meeting at The Bridge Gym Cafe (SE1 0NQ) anytime from 6PM, ready to run at 6.30PM. It is a 5km loop westbound and back.

More - https://runtalkrun.com/become-a-run-talk-runner/

Why you need to spare a thought for the men who hate pubs - e.g. THE AUTISTIC MAN : Alan Gardner, 59, has Asperger’s and is host of Channel 4’s The Autistic Gardener - https://www.shortlist.com/food-drink/men-hate-pubs-lgbtq-alcoholic-muslim-disabled/367398

Vital Development, Healing and Psychotherapy. Vital Development International Meeting: Vital Alegria!

Gaunts House, Wimborne, Dorset

August 16th - 19th

All Vital Facilitators and other participants are welcome to enjoy this unique vital gathering, to share Vital Danza workshops and meet members of the Vital Family worldwide. There it will be talks, workshops, live music, a bonfire ceremony and other activities that will be informed soon.

Guests, speakers and workshops leaders (so far):

- Dr Mario Marrone. Chair of International Attachment Network. Member Centro de Terapia Interfamiliar (Elche-España).
- Dr. Nicola Diamond. Ph D. University of East London.
- Dr Richard Stevens. MA. Ph D. Former Head of Psychology at the Open University
- Isabella Florschutz. MA, UKCP. Vital Development Facilitator (VDF).
- Helen Dakini Thatcher. VDF UK.
- Angelika Kali Pathe. VDF Germany
- Markus Utrio. VDF Finland.
- Catherine McInerney. VDF Ireland.
- Miko Horiguchi. VDF Japan.
- Livia Cruz Montes. VDF Spain.
- Maribel Montes. VDF Spain

More - https://www.facebook.com/groups/427338193984871/

(This is online all in capitals therefore so is this cut and paste)



17th - 19TH AUGUST


More - https://www.soulcircus.yoga/

Community Fun Days

The Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust Community Engagement Team 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.

Remaining dates for 2018

Saturday 18 August – Endeavour Court, 210 Reservoir Court, Erdington, Birmingham B23 6DW

All fun days run from 12pm to 5pm and entry is free.

Volunteer - We are always looking for friendly helpers to join us.If you would like to volunteer with one of our Family Fun Days call 0121 301 1067 or email: [email protected]




Yardley Hub Launch (Birmingham) by Creative Support

Mon 20 August

11:00 – 16:00

195 - 197 Church Road, Birmingham B25 8UR


With this open day we celebrate a new start for Creative Support's Recovery Service in Yardley. This hub offers person centred support for people with mental health needs. This new service is an opportunity to extend support across the city.

Refreshments will be available for a varied diet, there will be a number of taster sessions, and goodie bags.

All people are welcome to join this event, have a look around, and ask questions about the service.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yardley-hub-launch-tickets-48330490799

Birmingham Mental Health Mates Meet-Up - by Amy Rose


Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH

This is for anyone affected by Mental Health Issues who wants to meet up with like minded people in a comfortable, welcoming and non-judgmental environment.

We meet on the 1st Sunday of every month* in the lovely Tea Rooms at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. There is no specific structure to our meets, just a relaxed meetup with no pressure to talk or get involved. Look out for the long table with a couple of balloons on.

*Please note this may be adjusted if lands on certain days such as Easter. Monitor this website and Facebook etc for changes.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-mental-health-mates-meet-up-tickets-36681036969

Job Fairs - in date order;

Bristol, 22nd August, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Southampton, 24th August,, Mercure Centre Dolphin Hotel, 10am to 1pm
Brighton & Hove, 5th September, Jurys Inn Waterfront, 10am to 2pm
Bournemouth, 7th September, Premier Inn Central, 10am to 1pm
Peterborough, 7th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Leicester, 12th September, Curve Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Sheffield, 12th September, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Watford, 14th September, Vicarage Road - Watford FC, 10am to 1pm
Telford, 14th September, Park Inn by Radisson, 10am to 2pm
Cambridge, 21st September, Guildhall, 10am to 1pm
Norwich, 21st September, Forum, 10am to 2pm
Colchester, 26th September, Town Hall, 10am to 1pm
Stoke on Trent, 28th September, Best Western Plus, 10am to 1pm
Leeds, 28th September, Crossgates Shopping Centre, 10am to 2pm
Reading, 3rd October, Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
Birmingham, 5th October, Council House, 10am to 2pm
Bedford, 10th October, Corn Exchange, 10am to 1pm
Ipswich, 10th October, Town Hall, 10am to 1pm
Manchester, 12th October, Bridgewater Hall, 10am to 2pm
Bristol, 17th October, Colston Hall, 10am to 2pm
Gloucester, 19th October, Guildhall, 10am to 1pm
Newcastle, 24th October, Assembly Rooms, 10am to 2pm
Glasgow, 31st October, Royal Concert Hall, 10am to 1pm
Coventry, Belgrade Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Portsmouth, 2nd November, Guildhall, 10am to 1pm
Milton Keynes, 7th November, Double Tree by Hilton (Stadium MK), 10am to 1pm
Leicester, 7th November, Curve Theatre, 10am to 2pm
Northampton, 14th November, Guildhall, 10am to 2pm
Wolverhampton, 14th November, Molineux Stadium, 10am to 2pm
Nottingham, 16th November, Motorpoint Arena, 10am to 2pm
Cheltenham, 23rd November, Town Hall, 10am to 1pm

(No dates given for the Hull event in August and the Coventry one in November for some reason)

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

Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2018. 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 August – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 25th September – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 30th October – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 27th November – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 18th 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 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/

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? We encourage carers to register with Birmingham Carers Hub for support and advice.

Museum Collections Tour - behind-the-scenes tour

Be amazed by our collection as we go behind the scenes to see intriguing objects from taxidermy to transport!

Wed 5 Sep

10.30am – 12.30pm

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter - Mixed Media Collages

Join artist Claire Leggett to create your own collage from a range of beautiful materials.

Thu 20 Sep

11am – 1.30pm

Museum and Art Gallery - Printing

Artist Colin Yates will teach new printing techniques to help you create art to take home with you.

Wed 10 Oct

11am – 1.30pm

Aston Hall - Origami

Make beautiful origami under instruction from one of our own carers!

Wed 14 Nov

11am – 1.30pm

Museum and Art Gallery - Simple Painting

Whether you’ve never painted before, or are an accomplished artist, Claire Leggett will help you produce artwork to be proud of.

Sat 17 Nov

11am – 1.30pm

Soho House - Georgian Christmas

Our annual Christmas celebration with a Georgian twist at Soho House!

Fri 14 Dec

11am – 1.30pm

Refreshments and all materials are provided free of charge at all sessions. Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked.

To book, please contact Rosie at: [email protected]
Or call 0121 348 8103

Hannah is looking for volunteers to take part in a new project to create an exhibition on Body Image as part of our Story Lab testing gallery, trying out new ideas for exhibitions and interpretation. If any of you would be interested in working with Hannah and creating an exhibition to go on display in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, please do look at the information on - http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/volunteering

(the role is ‘ColLABorator at Birmingham Museums Trust’) and let me or Hannah know!

Festival Number 6

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales LL48 6ER

6th – 9th September

Music, arts and culture festival

More - https://festivalnumber6.com/

(Surely alludes to the TV show The Prisoner filmed in Portmeirion where the lead character was called Number 6)

A DISORDER FOR EVERYONE! - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, creating change.

Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Thursday 6th September

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-disorder-for-everyone-exploring-the-culture-of-psychiatric-diagnosis-creating-change-tickets-41295898143

Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY

Friday 28th September

Further information - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-disorder-for-everyone-exploring-the-culture-of-psychiatric-diagnosis-creating-change-tickets-43331925957

St. George’s Centre, 62 Saint Georges Road, Leeds LS10 4TQ

Friday 29th November

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-disorder-for-everyone-challenging-the-culture-of-psychiatric-diagnosis-exploring-trauma-informed-tickets-44284832125

Further information - http://www.adisorder4everyone.com/events/

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 2018 meetings;

Thursday 7th September
Wednesday 3rd October

Reasonable travel expenses are paid to members and guests who live in the Midlands, subject to a maximum of £10.

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

Harrogate Health & Healing Festival

22 & 23 September

Majestic Hotel, Ripon Rd, Harrogate HG1 2HU

Entrance Fee - payable at the door. Adults £5. Concessions £4. Under 15s free when accompanied by an adult.

More - https://www.healthhealingfestivals.co.uk/harrogate-event

Me, My World and I. Leading up to the festival we will be running workshops over the summer at various locations, including Zinnia, KINMOS, Stonham Carers group, ANAWIM, St Mary’s Hospice and MEENA Refugee Centre. This year from the 4th -10th of October we will be running our festival at Centrala Gallery, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT.

We will commence by hosting a V.I.P Preview on Wednesday 3rd of October at 6.30pm - 8pm. Following this, we will be running a range of multi- creative workshops from the 4th of October (National Poetry Day) throughout the week. All of the work created will culminate showcasing a grand celebration of music, poetry, arts and film performances on Wednesday the 10th of October (World Mental Health Day).

Alongside this, we are delighted to announce that we have received Charity Status. Arts All Over The Place are now a registered charity (Charity number 1178638).


Would you like to work with artists in creating some work for the festival?

We will be based at KINMOS Centre, Cambridge Methodist Church, Cambridge Rd, Birmingham B13 9UE.

MAKE DO N’ MEND visual arts workshops are run every fortnight from 1pm - 3pm Dates: Monday 23rd July, 6th August, 20th of August and the 3rd of September.

MAKE & CREATE Theatre and Film Project. Work as part of a team in creating a piece of theatre by either writing/devising and performing a bespoke performance. Dates: Every Monday from 1pm-3pm, starting 30th July-3rd of September.

CALL- OUT FOR ARTS WORK AND POETRY - If you are carer or individual who has experienced/ supported someone with mental health issues. Or maybe you are an artist or community group who works in the mental health sector. If so, then we would really love to hear from you! How would you like to be involved in our forthcoming festival? There are a range of opportunities to showcase and exhibit framed visual art, sculpture and poetry. Each person/group can submit up to four pieces of work. If would like to find out further information about exhibiting your work then please get in touch and we will send an application form.

For further information please contact us at [email protected] www.artsallovertheplace.org.uk

Mind Body Spirit festival - Birmingham



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

Stylist Live (lifestyle expo aimed at women)

9 - 11 November

LOCATION - Olympia, Olympia Way, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX


Friday : 10am – 7pm
Saturday : 10am – 7pm
Sunday : 10am – 6pm

With life lessons, insights and inspiration for everyone - with help from your favourite inspirational women - this is a weekend of empowerment, entertainment and influence at its best, and we can’t wait to see you there!

One talk - Motherhood and Mental Health

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

Mindful Living Show

08 - 09 Feb 2019


This event showcases products like beauty, health, spa, body, brain, yoga, jewellery accessories etc.

More - https://10times.com/mindful-living-wa

The main website hasn't been updated yet, check it nearer the time - http://www.mindfullivingshow.com

From my local Trust;

Public Health England – Continuity of care for prisoners who need substance misuse treatment - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/continuity-of-care-for-prisoners-who-need-substance-misuse-treatment

Department of Health and Social Care - £76 million a year to build homes for vulnerable people - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/76-million-a-year-to-build-homes-for-vulnerable-people

National Health Executive – Calls for law change as Mental Health Act detainees taking their lives at ‘appalling’ rates - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Mental-Health/calls-for-law-change-as-mental-health-act-detainees-taking-their-lives-at-appalling-rates

Health Quality Improvement Partnership – Assessment of delirium in hospital for dementia: spotlight audit 2007-2018 - http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Mental-Health/calls-for-law-change-as-mental-health-act-detainees-taking-their-lives-at-appalling-rates

NHS Networks – Dementia risk now included as part of NHS Health Check - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dementia-risk-now-included-as-part-of-nhs-health-check

Health Service Journal – CQC now examining mental health care in acute hospitals - https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/cqc-now-examining-mental-health-care-in-acute-hospitals/7023113.article

Health Service Journal – Learning disabilities and autism added to long-term plan clinical priorities - https://www.hsj.co.uk/clinical/learning-disabilities-and-autism-added-to-long-term-plan-clinical-priorities/7023130.article

Mental Health Foundation – Mental Health Foundation welcomes leading workplace enterprise into its group - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/news/mental-health-foundation-welcomes-leading-workplace-enterprise-its-group

NHS Improvement – The mental health and e-rostering improvement collaborative report - https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/mental-health-and-community-e-rostering-improvement-collaborative-report/

Department of Transport – People with hidden disabilities to benefit from Blue Badges - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/people-with-hidden-disabilities-to-benefit-from-blue-badges

Health Service Journal – Trailblazer sites to be selected to test £1.5bn plans - https://www.hsj.co.uk/service-design/trailblazer-sites-to-be-selected-to-test-15bn-plans/7023020.article

Health Service Journal – CCGs and trust set up mental health partnership board - https://www.hsj.co.uk/service-design/ccgs-and-trust-set-up-mental-health-partnership-board/7023032.article

Department of Health – Social prescribing scheme across England to receive £4.5million - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/social-prescribing-schemes-across-england-to-receive-45-million

NHS Networks – Government response to consultation on children’s mental health - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper

NHS Networks – Blitz on drugs in prison underway - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/blitz-on-drugs-in-prison-underway

The Guardian – A path to wellbeing: the growing world of gardening therapy - https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2018/jul/26/a-path-to-wellbeing-the-growing-world-of-gardening-therapy

Health Service Journal – Seven sites chosen to provide new mental health staff course - https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/seven-sites-chosen-to-provide-new-mental-health-staff-course/7023006.article

Royal College of Nursing – New law to protect nursing staff from assaults is given the go-ahead - https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/new-law-to-protect-nursing-staff-from-assaults-is-given-the-go-ahead