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Mind Management Newsletter : Positive Anger - September 2018 - Mind Management September Newsletter 2018

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin - Monday 24 September 2018 - NSUN Bulletin Monday 24 September 2018

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) - Bulletin Monday 1 October 2018 - NSUN Bulletin Monday 1 October 2018

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) recruiting new Chair and Trustees. NSUN has begun a new recruitment drive looking for a new Chair and several new trustees to join us to help move the organisation forward in an exciting time in our evolution.

More - NSUN recruiting new Chair and Trustees

Walking Out Of Darkness is a unique Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention event, which brings together the Public with Businesses, Schools, Universites and many more to assist, inspire and motivate everyone regarding Mental Health Awareness and work to create zero suicide local and regional communities across the country.

Sun 7 October

10:00 – 18:00

Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BD

More - BIRMINGHAM - SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018 Tickets, Sun, 7 Oct 2018 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

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

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/

Job Fairs - in date order;

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

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

Recovery College for All - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust
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.

As a Trust we are continuing to focus on the recovery journey. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our Recovery College for All sessions soon and hope that you enjoy your experience.

Take a look at our latest prospectus and see which sessions interest you.

We are delivering sessions in Moseley and Solihull.

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

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 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 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!

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

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/

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]

Autism Central 2018

Tuesday 9th October

Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Birmingham B6 6HE.

The event will showcase what support and services are available to those on the Autistic spectrum, their families and professionals who support them. The event is FREE to attend and also features a number of FREE seminars throughout the day.

More - http://www.qac.ac.uk/exhibitions/autism-central/8.htm

Wild and Well


20 - 21 October

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

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

From my local Trust;

Briefing paper (SN/SP/6128, 27 Sept 2018) - http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN06128/SN06128.pdf

Breast Cancer Care and Mind unite to raise awareness of potential impact of disease on mental health - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/eight-in-ten-with-breast-cancer-not-told-about-possible-impact-on-mental-health/

Mind Cymru is calling for longer GP appointment times and an improved online booking system to help people who need to visit their doctor to discuss their mental health problems, following new research - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/longer-gp-appointments-needed-says-mind-cymru/#.W7Iy4_ZFzIU

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and Mind have jointly published a revised mental health guide for managers to improve support for those experiencing stress and mental health issues at work - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/cipd-and-mind-launch-guidance-for-managers-to-support-mental-health-at-work/#.W7I2a_ZFzIU

The recently aired documentary on BBC Panorama ‘Kids in Crisis’ highlights funding concerns in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and a requirement to focus on early support - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/kids-in-crisis-documentary-on-camhs/

£10 million funding competition to support outstanding research in mental health launched by charity The Wolfson Foundation - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/mental-health-profession/innovation-grant-contest-invites-research-entries-for-anxiety-and-depression

Polling shows Brexit's uncertain economic impact to be an imminent mental health concern - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/government-policy/polling-shows-brexits-uncertain-economic-impact-to-be-an-imminent-mental-health-concern

How to start work conversations about mental health - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/innovations/how-to-start-work-conversations-about-mental-health

A new guide to social care and support has been released on the NHS website, to provide guidance to people who may need social care, their families and carers - https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/new-care-and-support-guide-released-on-the-nhs-website

How Shared Lives schemes are changing an 'all or nothing' approach to health and social care - http://nhsproviders.org/news-blogs/blogs/how-shared-lives-schemes-are-changing-an-all-or-nothing-approach-to-health-and-social-care

Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson: We’re not as far along in the conversation about mental health as we think - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/28/ruth-davidson-were-not-as-far-along-in-the-conversation-about-mental-health-as-we-think

Response to the publication of PHE's analysis of the prevalence of physical health conditions in patients with SMI - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/severe-mental-illness-smi-physical-health-inequalities

News from The King’s Fund - https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2018/09/health-inequalities-nhs-plan-needs-take-more-responsibility

More CAMHS beds commissioned in the south east - https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/more-camhs-beds-commissioned-in-the-south-east-/7023431.article

A new national strategy for patient safety in the NHS will be drawn up alongside NHS England’s long term plan for the health service, it has been announced. “A key focus of the strategy will be making it more rewarding and impactful for frontline staff to report incidents, improving how we measure and deliver work to improve safety, and how we help providers reduce risks to patients - https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/hancock-announces-10-year-plan-for-patient-safety/7023460.article

NHS England and NHS Improvement must cut their costs by 20 per cent through developing a new joint operating model - https://www.hsj.co.uk/finance-and-efficiency/nhs-improvement-and-nhs-england-face-20-per-cent-budget-cuts/7023467.article

Patient information gains national recognition by the British Medical Association - https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/news/national-recognition-by-the-british-medical-association/

NICE responds to feedback on eating disorders quality initiatives - https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/nice-responds-to-feedback-on-eating-disorders-quality-initiatives

Briefing paper (number 07058, 18 September 2018) provides an overview of policies and services for people with a learning disability in England - http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN07058/SN07058.pdf

Strain on unpaid carers putting adult social care at increased risk of collapse - https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/strain-unpaid-carers-putting-adult-social-care-increased-risk-collapse

Government announces definition for cannabis-based products for medicinal use in response to ACMD recommendations - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-definition-for-cannabis-based-products-for-medicinal-use

Social media impacts on young people’s wellbeing need to be better understood, says Centre for Mental Health - https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/social-media-impacts-on-young-peoples-wellbeing-need-better-understood

A mental health network and Public Health England have issued a guide for commissioners and others interested in depression in older people - https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health

Young people and psychosis: new research says they are unaware of warning signs - https://www.rethink.org/news-views/2018/09/young-people-and-psychosis-our-new-research-says-they-are-unaware-of-warning-signs-despite-being-most-at-risk

NHS Counter Fraud Authority investigating a suspected £900,000 fraud by external third parties against Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust - https://www.hsj.co.uk/mersey-care-nhs-trust/top-ft-victim-of-suspected-1m-fraud/7023410.article

Embedding quality improvement and shared learning from acute, community and mental health trusts - https://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/evaluation/quality-improvement-hospital-trusts-sharing-learning-trusts-journey-qi