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Mental health news this week



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Mental health news this week

Funding cuts have led to 6,000 serious assaults on overworked and underpaid care workers as they try to help the most vulnerable people. Three staff a day – often earning the minimum wage – have been attacked in the past five years as the sector “crumbles” due to cuts, the GMB union warned. Only serious injuries such as fractures, loss of sight, brain damage and asphyxia are recorded, so the union says its figures might just be the tip of the iceberg. But it includes those who lost their lives – like newly qualified social worker Jenny Foote. She was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher by paranoid schizophrenic Michael Meanza. Jenny had asked him to turn down the TV at a mental illness hostel - Family of carer murdered with fire extinguisher say rise in attacks 'horrifying'

A prisoner with a history of mental health problems died at HMP Birmingham after a suicide monitoring system was stopped, an inquest heard. Marcus McGuire was discovered dead in his cell - Prisoner died after suicide monitoring system was stopped

Adults who are sleeping rough and living with mental illness and substance misuse will benefit from £1.9 million funding to improve their access to vital healthcare - New funding for rough sleepers living with mental illness and substance misuse

Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, has launched a new Mental Health seminar series for companies - Make UK Launches Mental Health and Wellbeing Seminars

A woman campaigning to improve mental health services in Aberdeen has called on the public to decorate a city bridge with art - Call to put mental health in picture by decorating Aberdeen city centre bridge - Evening Express

Aberdeen boxer Lee McAllister urges people to talk about mental health - Aberdeen boxer Lee McAllister urges people to talk about mental health - Evening Express

Children being 'locked up' and 'sedated' in mental health hospitals. A new report finds "shocking evidence of poor and restrictive practices" at mental health hospitals across the country - Children being 'locked up' and 'sedated' in mental health hospitals

At least 40 people with a profound learning disability or autism have died while admitted to "barbaric" secure hospitals the government has promised to close since 2015 - 40 people died in 'barbaric' secure hospitals the government pledged would close

A killer who bludgeoned her neighbour to death and left her with more than 100 injuries has been sentenced Moore to a Section 37 hospital order with Section 41 restrictions. Mother, wife and grandmother Sue Atkinson, 64, was found dead in her back garden in The Ryedales, west Hull, after being viciously attacked by Sherry Moore. Mrs Atkinson, a former nursery nurse and a City of Culture volunteer, was found with a metal pole beside her and a stone bird bath on top of her, with more than 100 injuries to her head, neck and body. Moore was initially charged with murder but later admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility after court hearings heard how the 55-year-old had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act six times before - Killer neighbour who left beloved gran with 100 injuries discovers fate

The Mentoring and Befriending Service supports clients in reducing social isolation and to develop independence. We support any person over the age of 18 who is at risk of, or experiencing social exclusion in Croydon (London). Referrals are welcome from community mental health teams and GP’s as well as self-referrals for our user-led groups - Croydon Social Inclusion

Mind Management Newsletter : Responsibility (May 2019) - Responsibility - Mind Management May Newsletter 2019

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin : Tuesday 7 May - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=1d4ed1d6-9709-4b05-8aea-6a88a046d4aa

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin : Monday 13 May - https://www.nsun.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=5e2f1c90-c273-48b5-84cd-3780326b2a40

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin : Monday 20 May - NSUN Bulletin Monday 20 May 2019

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin : Tuesday 28 May - NSUN Bulletin Tuesday 28 May 2019

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin : Monday 03 June - NSUN Bulletin Monday 03 June 2019

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin : Monday 10 June - NSUN Bulletin Monday 10 June 2019

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 - Birmingham Mental Health Mates Meet-up

Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre summer fayre

Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York YO42 1UF

Sunday 23 June

11am – 4.30pm

Free entry (car parking £1)

Meditation classes for children and adults
Tours of the meditation rooms
Bouncy castle
Water slide
Games and prizes
Bric-a-brac and stalls
Food & drink
Face painting
Bands and family entertainment

More - Summer Fayre - Madhyamaka KMC

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 June – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 30th July – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 27th August – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 24th September – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 29th October – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 26th November – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 17th 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 - https://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.

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

Flower Wreath.
Aston Hall
Sat 29 June
11am – 1.30pm
Make your own paper flowers to create a decorative wreath inspired by Aston’s gardens.

Lavender Month
Blakesley Hall
Sat 13 July
11am – 1.30pm
Enjoy Blakesley’s lavender filled gardens and make your own lavender craft to take home.

Mandala Magic
Blakesley Hall
Led by textile artist Tina Francis, learn to sew your own tapestry mandala.
Sat 26 Oct
11am – 1.30pm

Plaster Casting
Aston Hall
Work with artist Benny Semp to create a mould and cast your own plaster artwork inspired by Aston.
Thu 18 July |
11.30am – 2pm (optional tour 10.30am)

Egyptian Papyrus Painting
Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery
Get hands on with original Egyptian artefacts, and try painting on papyrus.
Sat 24 Aug
11am – 1.30pm

Paper Cut Collages
Soho House
Be inspired by Soho to create a paper-cut collage in the style of Matisse with artist Claire Leggett.
Wed 18 Sep
11am – 1.30pm

Mandala Magic
Blakesley Hall
Led by textile artist Tina Francis, learn to sew your own tapestry mandala.
Sat 26 Oct
11am – 1.30pm

Watercolour Leaves
Museum Of The Jewellery Quarter
Celebrate autumn’s leaves with a watercolour session led by artist Claire Leggett
Wed 6 Nov
11am – 1.30pm

Mixed Media Boxes
Birmingham Museum And Art Gallery
Use paint, foils and stitch to create decorative boxes with artist Tina Francis.
Sat 16 Nov
11am – 1.30pm

Christmas Celebration
Weoley Castle
Join Weoley Castle’s volunteer team for a Christmas celebration with crafts and mince pies!
Fri 6 Dec
11am – 1.30pm

To book, please contact Rosie at: [email protected]
Or call 0121 348 8103
Funded by: www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

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 2019 meetings;

Thursday 4th July
Wednesday 7th August
Thursday 5th September
Wednesday 2nd October
Thursday 7th November
Wednesday 4th 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

The Healing Weekend

12th, 13th and 14th July 2019

Highbridge, Somerset TA9 3PZ

More - http://www.thehealingweekend.co.uk

Annual General Meeting and Annual Members’ Meeting - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Wednesday 17 July

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Birmingham B13 8QY.

Lunch will be provided and parking is available. Further details will be made available closer to the date.

Should you have any questions, please call the Communications and Marketing Team on 0121 301 1238 or email [email protected]

More - https://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/about-us/news/save-the-date-for-our-annual-general-meeting-and-annual-members-meeting-2019/

Buddhafield Festival

Wednesday 17 July to Sunday 21 July

Blackdown Hills, Somerset

Joyful gathering of around 4,000 people, celebrating community and connection with the land. Song, dance, arts and crafts, yoga, live music, meditation, and play blend together without drink or drugs to create a loving and life-affirming space. There will be Buddhist teaching, workshops and ritual, under sun and stars. The Festival is family-friendly and open to everyone, however you practice.

More - https://www.buddhafield.com/buddhafield-festival-2019

Magical is a 3-day micro, music, arts and wellness festival. As well as having fantastic musicians and DJs to make you dance like there’s no tomorrow our aim is for 1,000 people to express and find themselves through a unique and diverse programme of activities.


19 - 23 July

More - https://www.magicalfestival.co.uk/


Nr Chaxhill, Westbury-On-Severn GL14 1QU.

24 to 28 July

Community Gathering, a feast of sharing together in Yoga Sacred sound, music, food, laughter, wisdom, Satsang, ceremony and a whole lot more. We will nurture this intention through practices of sacred dance, Sound, Yoga, Kirtan, Satsang, Shamanic Journeying, karma yoga/Seva, Family fun and enjoying the company of like-minded people.

More - https://sundaracommunity.co.uk/

INTO THE WILD - Summer Festival

August 23 - 26th

Chiddinglye, West Hoathly, Sussex RH19 4QS

Over 100 workshops. Over 8 types of Yoga, Circus skills and Cabaret, Singing and Dance workshops, Award winning kids area with Magical, 5 Rhythms - Great talks - Archery, Healing Area ~ Wood & stone carving, Celtic Black smithing - Flint Knapping, Circus skills and performances, Falconry - The original Punch and Judy, Hip hop Shakespeare workshops, Drumming with Kalahari drummers, Sand Mandalas with Tashilunpo monks from Tibet, Mongolian throat singing (Khoomi) & Kirtan workshops, Lino-printing - Beekeeping - Horse drawn crafts, Mask making - Face painting, Drum making - Long Bow making, Dharma talks ~ Dzogchen, Shamanism ~, Natural fire making, Wild crafts ~ Wild food foraging, Den building - Tracking, Woodland theatre - 9 types of Yoga, Tantra ~ Gong baths ~ Meditation, Fire ceremony - Hula hooping, Slack lining - Zip wires - Skating, Teen Spirit area with cinema, Beat box & Graffiti workshops, Great stalls and cafes.

And loads more!

More - https://www.intothewildgathering.com/summer-festival-2019

Togetherness Festival



More - https://www.togetherness.com

OM Yoga Show

18th, 19th & 20th October

Alexandra Palace, London

Don't miss out on being a part of this incredible yoga celebration - the biggest of its kind in Europe!

Book now and you will have a chance to apply for an open class - sessions are limited in number and priority is given to applications from exhibitors.

To discuss options, contact Natasha - [email protected] or 01787 220648

More - https://preview.mailerlite.com/w1u8k7/1069453016140092837/h8d0/

Huddersfield Yoga and Wellbeing Festival

Following the success of the 2018 Huddswellfest we are hard at work planning the 2019 Festival.

If you would like to teach a class, deliver a workshop or talk please contact us.

For information on general stalls hire and food stalls hire please contact us.
We have a variety of roles for you to help with at the festival. For more information please contact us.

If you/your group or band would like to play at the festival or you would like to do a demonstration please contact us.

We have both event sponsorship packages and VIP gift bag sponsorship opportunities. For more information please contact us.

More - https://www.yorkshireyogi.com/Huddersfield-Yoga-Wellbeing-Festival/Huddswellfest-2019

From my local Trust;

NHS England – Interim NHS People Plan - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/06/more-staff-not-enough-nhs-must-also-be-best-place-to-work-says-new-nhs-people-plan/

Centre for Mental Health - New report exposes impact of bullying in charitable organisations - https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/charity-leaders-commit-creating-safer-systems-processes-and-cultures-tackle-bullying

Mental Health Today - Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust co-produces animation to promote ‘Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting (VIPP)’ - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/parental-mental-health/nhs-intervention-helps-caregivers-become-more-attuned-to-a-childs-needs

University of Birmingham - Significant association between mental illness and domestic abuse in UK women - https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2019/06/domestic-abuse-mental-illness-birmingham.aspx

Care Quality Commission - Medicines in health and adult social care: Learning from risks and sharing good practice for better outcomes - https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/medicines-health-adult-social-care-learning-risks-sharing-good-practice-better-outcomes

Health Service Journal - NHS England to issue new guidance to CCGs on Learning Disabilities Mortality Review process - https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/nhse-to-step-in-after-ccg-rewrote-teenagers-mortality-review/7025267.article

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Position statement on antidepressants and depression - https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-features/latest-news/detail/2019/05/29/rcpsych-calls-on-nice-to-update-its-antidepressant-withdrawal-advice

Mind – Spike in people seeking help after dramas and documentaries explore mental health problems - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/spike-in-people-seeking-help-after-dramas-and-documentaries-explore-mental-health-problems-as-mind-media-awards-open-for-entries/

Health Service Journal – Prisoners face ‘year-long’ waits for hospital beds - https://www.hsj.co.uk/quality-and-performance/prisoners-face-year-long-waits-for-hospital-beds/7025144.article

NHS Networks – Physical health equality for those with serious mental health needs - https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/pub-007618

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Early interventions needed to save lives of young adults with eating disorders - https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-features/latest-news/detail/2019/05/20/early-interventions-needed-to-save-lives-of-young-adults-with-eating-disorders

Care Quality Commission – Interim report: Review of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with a mental health problem, a learning disability and or autism - https://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/themed-work/interim-report-review-restraint-prolonged-seclusion-segregation-people

Mind – Two damning publications and a documentary highlight the horrendous experiences faced by vulnerable people such as those with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems in various clinical settings including locked mental health wards - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/mental-health-of-people-with-autism-learning-disabilities-and-mental-health-problems-worsening-while-they-re-being-cared-for/

NHS England - National Heroes Service for Veterans - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/05/national-heroes-service/

MIND - Comment on Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill – “More work to be done - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/more-work-to-be-done-as-mental-capacity-amendment-bill-becomes-law/

Yound Minds - Ofsted’s new education inspection framework is stronger on children’s mental health – but doesn’t go far enough - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/ofsted-a-step-in-the-right-direction/

GOV.UK - Justice Secretary announces new model for probation - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/justice-secretary-announces-new-model-for-probation

BBC - Mental Health Awareness Week – ‘Psychosis and Me’ - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00052mn/david-harewood-psychosis-and-me

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Set to offer new route to employment for people with severe mental health conditions - https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/news/north-east-nhs-trust-set-to-offer-new-route-to-employment-for-people-with-severe-mental-health-conditions/

Health Service Journal – Trusts use apprenticeship levy to pay and retain student nurses - https://www.hsj.co.uk/workforce/trusts-use-apprenticeship-levy-to-retain-student-nurses/7025036.article

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – Louis Theroux: Mothers on the edge - https://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/louis-theroux-mothers-on-the-edge

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust – International mental health alliance brings together North East England and South Asian countries - https://www.ntw.nhs.uk/news/international-mental-health-alliance-brings-together-north-east-england-and-south-asian-countries/

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust – Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain tackles anxiety and panic attacks in BBC documentary filmed at the Warneford - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/bake-off-winner-nadiya-hussain-tackles-anxiety-and-panic-attacks-in-bbc-documentary-filmed-at-the-warneford/


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Sep 5, 2019
On The Train
At least 40 people with a profound learning disability or autism have died while admitted to "barbaric" secure hospitals the government has promised to close since 2015 - 40 people died in 'barbaric' secure hospitals the government pledged would close
Children being 'locked up' and 'sedated' in mental health hospitals. A new report finds "shocking evidence of poor and restrictive practices" at mental health hospitals across the country - Children being 'locked up' and 'sedated' in mental health hospitals
These are stories that should have ended in the 1800's and still here there are more :(