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Mental health news this week



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Mental health news this week

UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care - UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care

A man who stabbed a 71-year-old man who was walking his dog on holiday in an "horrific" random attack has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Lewis Stone died three months after the attack near Borth Wild Animal Kingdom, Ceredigion. David Kenneth Fleet, of Borth, who has paranoid schizophrenia, pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court to manslaughter - Man sectioned for killing dog walker

A vulnerable young woman died in a mental health unit after two nurses skipped 6 observation checks as they were too busy playing on their phones. Lauren Ellis, 22, was found dead at the Oberlands mental health centre in Guersney - Vulnerable woman, 22, killed herself in mental health unit after 'nurses were too busy playing on their phones and looking up holidays'

The parents of a student found hanged at her university halls have claimed she was failed by mental health services. Ceara Thacker, from Bradford, was found dead at her University of Liverpool accommodation - Student 'fell through cracks' before suicide

A teenager was "screaming for support" with his mental health problems before his death in a young offenders' institution. Liam Kerr was self-harming and attempted suicide at Polmont YOI, near Falkirk - Inmate 'screaming for mental support' before death

The mother of a 14-year-old boy says he has been treated like a truant after his social anxiety disorder led him to miss much of the academic year - School anxiety pupil 'treated like truant'

A 60 per cent rise in the number of sick days taken by Transport for London staff citing a mental health problem sparked a row - Row over 60 per cent spike in number of TfL 'mental health' sick days

Most common antidepressant does little to relieve depression symptoms, researchers say. Experts 'surprised' to find drug has bigger effect on anxiety - Most common antidepressant does little to relieve depression symptoms, researchers say

Mental Health And The Law - seeking participants for research

Have you experienced mental health treatment?

Would you like to tell your story?

Have you considered ways in which the law can protect your treatment choices?

If you answered Yes to any of those and are over 18 and identify as a psychiatric survivor;

[email protected]
07874 951 426

Hub of Hope (database of services - enter your postcode) - Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma

(You may have to try another browser to get that to work - it doesn't seem to work with Microsoft Edge etc)

Stronger Together, online Birmingham group - A place for people to come & get support. Don't suffer in silence. Also somewhere we can all chat in between meet ups - Stronger Together💚

PERFECT SOUND WHATEVER is a book about the healing power of music, and one man's obsessive quest. Because that one man is James Acaster - Perfect Sound Whatever: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER: Amazon.co.uk: James Acaster: 9781472260307: Books

Service User and Carer Choice Award - send nominations by 23 September - Q&E Awards 2019 - Service User - Q&E Awards 2019 - Service User

Recovery For All Forum

1st Friday of the month

10.30am - 12pm

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY
[email protected]
More - Recovery for All Strategy - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - bsmhft

Uncertainty - August 2019 Mind Management Newsletter - https://mailchi.mp/1ac275ecefd1/wnrlhcpl33-2417277?e=bd175bab3f

NSUN weekly bulletin - Tuesday 27 August - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 2 September - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 9 September - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 16 September - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

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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

Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2019. 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 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-u...oups-and-events/positive-mental-health-group/

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;

Monday 30th September (date change from 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


Arts All Over The Place presents


Multi - arts festival and exhibition celebrating the positive impact of creativity in mental wellbeing.

3rd - 10th October 2019

At: The Arches Project, Adderley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4EE

Would you like the free opportunity to have any framed visual art, photography or 3D sculpture featured in the exhibition? If so then please email images of your work with a covering email to - [email protected]

The London Yoga Festival


Hallam Street, LONDON W1W 6JJ

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

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/

NSUN Members' Event and AGM


The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is a network of people who have and do experience mental distress who want to change things for the better.

Thursday 24th October

More - https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/view...personaRef=9829.0.1810364&memberId=1353881160

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.

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

Mind Body Spirit wellbeing festival

The NEC, Birmingham

1 - 3 November

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

Stylist Live Luxe

8 — 10 November

Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0QE

General admission - £80

Join us for a line-up of seriously brilliant women (and men), celebrity interviews, latest catwalk trends, uniquely curated shopping market and laugh-your-socks-off entertainment. As if being treated like a VIP and rubbing shoulders with celebrities is not enough, you will also take home a GOODY BAG WORTH £185.

Periods: No longer taboo?/The Best Medicine With Adam Kay/Brexit: The Aftermath/How To Fail X Stylist/Real Bodies, Real Sex/Strong Session! Exercise: Back To Basics/Stylist Sunday Papers/Letters To My Younger Self/Vicky McClure: Your Authentic Self/The World According To Aisling.

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

Northern Yoga Show

Saturday November 16 @ 9AM - Sunday November 17 @ 6PM

Base Camp, Exchange House, Exchange Square, Middlesbrough TS1 1DB

The show features two days of yoga classes, workshops and much more. Created by Victoria Sky of Treeliving Yoga, a yoga school based in Saltburn by the Sea with classes in Middlesbrough and retreats around the world, The Urban Therapy Show illustrates how the healing power of yoga can be applied in the most urban of settings. There are classes for absolute beginners right through to the most experienced yogis. We’ve tried to incorporate as many types of yoga as we can - from dru to yin and from kundalini to rocket yoga. There are classes for men, teens and children. We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you.

More - https://www.treelivingyoga.com/events/urbanyogashow

From my local Trust;

News from NHS England - ‘Support After Suicide Partnership’ to offer national multi-agency bereavement support - https://www.england.nhs.uk/blog/pioneering-support-suicide-bereavement/

NICE publish quality standard on suicide prevention - https://www.nice.org.uk/news/articl...those-affected-by-suspected-suicide-says-nice

Public Health England - PHE has published the first-ever evidence review of dependence and withdrawal problems for 5 classes of prescription medicines - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dependence-on-prescription-medicines-linked-to-deprivation

Parliament - Immersive and addictive technologies report published - https://www.parliament.uk/business/...ittee/news/immersive-technology-report-17-19/

MIND - Goldman Sachs and Mind announce a £1.5 million partnership to provide mental health support in Universities - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campai...nch-mental-health-programme-for-universities/

NHS Digital partners with University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM to enhance clinical trial capability - https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/new-hub-to-enhance-clinical-trial-capability

NHS Providers - Report questions effectiveness of NHS regulation and oversight - https://nhsproviders.org/news-blogs...es-questions-for-nhs-regulation-and-oversight

NHS ramps up support for survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/09/nhs-ramps-up-support-for-survivors-of-fgm/

WHO publishes international comparison of nursing workforce - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/09/nhs-ramps-up-support-for-survivors-of-fgm/

Care Quality Commission - CQC following up on recommendations made in its review of children and young people’s mental health services - https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories...s-review-children-young-peoples-mental-health

Trusts hire ‘big four’ consultants to advise on joint working - https://www.hsj.co.uk/structure/tru...ts-to-advise-on-joint-working/7025899.article

CQC demands trust act as patients wait up to eight days for a bed - https://www.hsj.co.uk/oxleas-nhs-fo...it-up-to-eight-days-for-a-bed/7025916.article

West London NHS Trust - New Broadmoor Hospital: key milestone towards completion - https://www.westlondon.nhs.uk/news-events/new-broadmoor-hospital-key-milestone-towards-completion/

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust - Warwickshire Safe Havens - the ‘highly recommended’ drop in service for mental health support - https://www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk/our-ne...rop-in-service-for-mental-health-support-1694

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Lichfield community CAMHS shortlisted for Royal College of Psychiatrists national award - https://www.mpft.nhs.uk/about-us/latest-news/lichfield-community-camhs-shortlisted-national-award

Mental Health Network (NHS Confederation) - NHS Confederation calls for urgent government action - https://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2019/09/five-funding-priorities-for-the-nhs

HM Treasury - Spending Round 2019 (policy paper) - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi.../spending-round-2019#departmental-settlements

Department of Health and Social Care - Drugs policy and medicinal cannabis report: government response - https://assets.publishing.service.g...s-policy-medicinal-cannabis-print-version.pdf

Parliament - The Women and Equalities Committee holds the fourth evidence session of its inquiry into the mental health of men and boys - https://www.parliament.uk/business/...2017/mental-health-men-boys-4-evidence-17-19/

MIND - ONS statistics show rise in suicides - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/ons-statistics-show-rise-in-suicides/

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published ‘Guess How Much We Love You: A Manifesto for Children’ ahead of any upcoming General Election - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/ons-statistics-show-rise-in-suicides/

Royal College of Nurses - Government announces £1,000 personalised training budgets for nurses - https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/uk-personalised-training-budgets-for-nurses-030919

NHS Digital pilot will improve care for people with a learning disability by introducing a reasonable adjustment flag on patient records - https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/reasonable-adjustments-flagging

Social Prescribing Link Workers – welcome pack and explanatory leaflet published - https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/social-prescribing-link-worker-welcome-pack/

Children exposed to severe stress during pregnancy ten times more likely to develop personality disorder - https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-...s-more-likely-to-develop-personality-disorder

Better teacher training needed to tackle the increasing numbers of children with mental illness, say RCPsych - https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-...s-of-children-with-mental-illness-say-rcpsych

West London NHS Trust expands age range for Early Intervention for Psychosis services - https://www.westlondon.nhs.uk/news-...or-early-intervention-for-psychosis-services/

NHS leaders say a lack of investment is putting patients at risk of harm at their NHS trust News from NICE - https://nhsproviders.org/news-blogs...g-patients-at-risk-of-harm-at-their-nhs-trust

'Bullying and harassment' at trusts to be targeted by NHSE regional teams - https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-re...rgeted-by-nhse-regional-teams/7025837.article

Tripling in support workers substituting for nurses shows practice is ‘the new normal’ - https://www.hsj.co.uk/north-staffor...ws-practice-is-the-new-normal/7025840.article

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust - CQC “Outstanding” rated Trust shortlisted for HSJ Mental health provider of the year - https://combined.nhs.uk/shortlisted-in-hsj-awards-mental-health-provider-of-the-year/

News from Department of Health and Social Care - Millions in local investment to support children and young people's mental health - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...ort-children-and-young-people-s-mental-health

Sir Andrew Dillon to stand down as NICE chief executive - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/...ort-children-and-young-people-s-mental-health

NICE has announced its intention to work with GW Pharma in its evaluation of cannabidiol for treating 2 types of severe treatment-resistant epilepsy - https://www.nice.org.uk/news/articl...-for-treating-difficult-to-control-epilepsies

New figures revealed by NHS Digital showed 51%* of young people aged 11 to 15 who had recently drunk alcohol, smoked cigarettes and taken drugs experienced low levels of happiness - https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-eve...-likely-to-be-unhappy-according-to-new-report

Improved NHS care for Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease to save 2,500 hospital trips - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/08/improved-nhs-care-for-parkinsons-ms-and-mnd/

Public Health England publish CAPRICORN Framework preventing offending and re-offending by children - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-offending-and-re-offending-by-children

Guidance on preventing falls in people with learning disabilities - https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...ng-disabilities-making-reasonable-adjustments

Supporting an ageing workforce: A report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice - https://www.centreforsocialjustice....2019/08/CSJJ7421-Ageing-Report-190815-WEB.pdf

Mental Health Matters: Standard hit for the first time - https://www.hsj.co.uk/mental-health-matters-standard-hit-for-the-first-time/7025824.article


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