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Mental health news this week



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(Sorry for the delay in sending the next one of these)

David Katz, the shooter who killed two people and wounded 10 others before taking his own life at an e-sports tournament in Jacksonville in Florida was in treatment for psychiatric issues at least as early as the age of 12. Katz, who was 24, was prescribed a number of psychiatric medications, including an antipsychotic, and saw "a succession of psychiatrists," according to a 2006 letter from the father's attorney. A therapist said David had experienced a "psychiatric crisis." - David Katz, the Jacksonville shooter, had history of mental illness and police visits to family home - CNN

A PARANOID schizophrenic dressed in women’s tights and a leather jacket tried to strangle a female jogger he believed was David Cameron. Callum McPhee was also carrying a sex aid at the time of the attack on the woman in Chalkhouse Green - Mental health order for man who attacked jogger - Henley Standard

Mental Health trust launches investigation after paranoid schizophrenic Hassan Mustafar butchered Khalid Yousef in Birmingham - Access Denied

University term begins with student mental health firmly under spotlight - University term begins with student mental health firmly under spotlight - ITV News

The body of a Birmingham student who took his own life was found in woodland where he and his family walked their dog. Dan Collins, 22, of Kensington Avenue, Sparkbrook was found in an area of Moseley Bog. A post-mortem examination revealed he had taken a fatal overdose of a prescription anti-depressants. An inquest into his death heard he had been assessed by a number of healthcare professionals in the weeks leading to his death - but had fallen into 'a black hole' in mental health services - Access Denied

Ashley Hall who died in suicide tragedy at 23 "hid behind big smile". Family speaks of bid to raise £300 for MIND Charity amid World Suicide Prevention Day - https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/ashley-hall-who-died-suicide-15133242

Paramedic had sex with vulnerable patient who had called 999. Trevor Finnerty, of previous good character, has since sought counselling and been keeping himself busy with church activities, the tribunal heard - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paramedic-sex-vulnerable-patient-who-13135868

August 2018 Mind Management Newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/42ec4342be2b/wnrlhcpl33-2190585?e=bd175bab3f

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Tuesday 28 August 2018 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=35694015&jobRef=9829.0.133085222&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 03 September 2018 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=35729660&jobRef=9829.0.136378406&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 10 September 2018 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=35770004&jobRef=9829.0.140309540&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 17 September 2018 - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=35812553&jobRef=9829.0.143966250&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

Book - Help Me!: One Woman's Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life

Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life? She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter. What would happen? Could her life be transformed?

More - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Help-Me-Womans-Self-Help-Really/dp/1509888527

A University of Liverpool student was found dead by flatmates just weeks after telling staff she had tried to kill herself. Ceara Thacker, 19, was found hanged on May 11, just two weeks after she told a senior mental health adviser she had 'current suicidal thoughts'. However a damning internal review by the university, shared with the ECHO by Ceara's parents, shows how the teenager's previous pleas for help were ignored for more than two months, due to staff strikes. Now her devastated family want answers over the standard of care given to Ceara, by both Liverpool university and NHS Mental Health Trust Mersey Care, as the teenager’s mental health declined - https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/student-found-hanged-just-two-15145654

Vulnerable children desperate for help with mental illness are being forced to wait up to THREE YEARS for treatment - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kids-struggling-mental-health-problems-13250519

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said she never wants to be prime minister because she values her "mental health too much". She revealed her struggles with self-harm, suicidal thoughts and depression as a teenager - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45538280

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

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

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

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 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!

Job Fairs - in date order;

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 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/

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

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;

Wednesday 3rd October
Thursday 1st November
Wednesday 5th December

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

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.


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]


Wild and Well


20 - 21 October

More - https://www.wildandwell.org/

The Future of Peer Support - NSUN Members' Event and AGM 2018 - by National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JE

Thu 25 October

10:30 – 16:30

NSUN is delighted to invite you, our members, to our 2018 Members' event and AGM - this year being held bang in the middle of the UK in Derby! The theme for this year's event is The Future of Peer Support.

Many of our member groups were set up to provide mutual support between people who experienced distress and difficulties. As 'peer support' gains more recognition within services we want to find out what issues people are facing and how we can protect and promote the core principles of 'peer led peer support'.

This is an event where you can:

- Connect with others from around the country – and stay connected
- Share what's happening with local user-led groups
- Agree what issues and messages need amplifying at a local and national level

The day will feature AGM business, presentations, music and entertainment, workshops, plus the ever-popular soapboxes. Lunch and refreshments provided will keep us all energised for the day!

Stalls for organisations are available at a cost of only £50 each and are FREE for user-led organisations so please contact us ASAP if you would like to book one.

More - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-peer-support-nsun-members-event-and-agm-2018-tickets-48161652800

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

Flippancy to end with

US therapists say there's been a rise in anxiety stemming from the country's politics, and it is being called "Trump Anxiety Disorder." Mental health professionals in the United States have seen an increase in patients whose stress has come from politics. A prevalent "symptom" of the "disorder" is feeling as though the world is going to end - http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/07/29/us-therapists-see-increase-patients-trump-anxiety-disorder

(And that story is on Fox News notice! Trump Anxiety Disorder is displayed by barbers in any line of barber shops whenever he walks along the pavement outside wondering which one to visit - or by Trump himself whenever that Robert Mueller arrests yet another person)

From my local Trust;

Public Health England – Mental health data and analysis: a guide for health professionals - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mental-health-data-and-analysis-a-guide-for-health-professionals

Behind the Headlines – Rates of deliberate overdoses rising in young people - https://www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/rates-deliberate-overdoses-rising-young-people/

Mind – Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/half-of-workers-have-experienced-poor-mental-health-in-current-job/

NHS Networks – CQC calls for guidance to improve sexual safety on mental health wards - https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/releases/cqc-calls-new-national-guidance-improve-sexual-safety-mental-health-wards

Kings Fund – Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using tele-therapy for UK veterans with PTSD - http://www.fim-trust.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/20180625-Teletherapy-report-FINAL.pdf

Health Service Journal – Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledges - https://www.hsj.co.uk/finance-and-efficiency/revealed-one-in-10-ccgs-flout-key-nhs-spending-pledge/7023364.article

Centre for Mental Health – Charter for Equal Health sets out vision for better physical health support for people with mental health conditions - https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/charter-for-equal-health-sets-out-vision-for-better-physical-health-support-for-people-with-mental-health-conditions

Parliament – Mental health policy in England - https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7547

Office for National Statistics – Suicides in the UK: 2017 registrations - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2017registrations

Health Service Journal – Spike in reports of sexual assaults across mental health trusts - https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/spike-in-reports-of-sexual-assault-across-mental-health-trusts/7023278.article

NHS England – Mental health therapists in GP practices could be the norm - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2018/08/mental-health-therapists-in-gp-practices-could-be-the-norm/

Behind the Headlines – Nearly of quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘self-harming’, charity reports - https://www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/nearly-quarter-14-year-old-girls-uk-self-harming-charity-reports/

Mental Health Today – BPD stigma is ‘most common’ crisis trigger - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/mental-health-diagnosis/bpd-stigma-is-most-common-crisis-trigger

Health Service Journal – Mental Health Matters: what should we expect from the long-term plan? - https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/mental-health-matters-what-should-we-expect-from-the-long-term-plan/7023219.article

Health Service Journal – Revealed: Hundreds of children wait more than a year for specialist help - https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/revealed-hundreds-of-children-wait-more-than-a-year-for-specialist-help/7023232.article


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Jan 7, 2008
it seems to be all about birmingham


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Founding Member
May 8, 2008
yes - i'm in Birmingham - which might explain that bias in the gathering (much of it is from local hard copy leaflets etc) - the NSUN newsletters and the NHS links at the bottom have lots of national news though