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Mental health news this week



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Mental health news this week

Paul Routledge - Daily Mirror : the Government are using prisons as dumping grounds for the mentally ill - Paul Routledge: Government is using prisons as dumping grounds for mentally ill

Living next to the sea is good for your mental health, a new study has found - Living by the sea is good for your mental health, study suggests

Young people seeking support online over personal issues can find themselves being bullied and accused of attention-seeking - leaving them vulnerable to grooming online. This latest toxic social media trend is known as "sadfishing". The term is used to describe a post in which an individual opens up about an emotional problem and it is deemed to be an attempt to attract attention, sympathy or hook an audience. The phenomenon has been driven by some celebrities who have been accused of inflating details about their emotional problems online - 'Sadfishing': New toxic online trend threatens mental health of vulnerable children

Perth based kilted fitness instructors say making exercise fun improves mental health - Kilted fitness instructors say making exercise fun improves mental health

York mental health service is facing axe. A MENTAL health service aimed at helping people who visit their GP with worries about their mental wellbeing could be axed. York has a higher rate of suicide and of people being admitted to hospital for self-harm than the national average -

Mental health services across Worcestershire and Herefordshire to get £5million boost - Mental health services across Worcestershire and Herefordshire to get £5million boost

Plans to open an out of hours ‘crisis café’ to help people struggling with their mental health have taken a step forward. The new mental health crisis and recovery centre in Weston-super-Mare town centre, is being pioneered by Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Care Commissioning Group (CCG) - How new crisis café will help people struggling with mental health

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Mental health trust to be quizzed about death of 41-year-old woman. Area coroner Yvonne Blake received a letter from Victoria Robinson's Dereham GP, Dr Klaus Koch, ahead of an inquest held at Norfolk Coroner's Court - Mental health trust to be quizzed about death of 41-year-old woman

Man found dead by busy road near mental health services. Darrell Helgeson, 53, was found by police officers in woodland in Hardings Way, King's Lynn - Man found dead by busy road near mental health services, inquest hears

A Spanish healthcare worker who was named Britain’s nurse of the year has said he had a mental breakdown because of Brexit. Joan Pons Laplana said the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU resulted in his mental health deteriorating as he feared a no-deal Brexit could put his job at risk due to his European national status.

Happiful Magazine - we’re on a mission to create a healthier, happier, more sustainable society. Our aim is to provide informative, inspiring and topical stories about mental health and wellbeing. We want to break the stigma of mental health in our society, and to shine a light on the positivity and support that should be available for everyone, no matter their situation - Happiful Magazine

Transitions - Sept 2019 Mind Management Newsletter - Transitions - Mind Management Sept Newsletter 2019

(London) A free workshop on the "taboo" topic of suicide takes place at the Stonebridge Hub in Hillside from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Thursday next week for World Mental Health Day.

(London) In a separate event Brent Council health representatives will be at the Brent Civic Centre from 11am to 2.30pm with information about mental wellbeing and the support available.

More on each - Community workshop covering suicide prevention taking place in Stonebridge

A FLINTSHIRE woman will launch an interactive workshop this World Mental Health Day. Jane Bellis will launch a brand new Resilience and Wellbeing training delivery system, ‘Mindset Mojo’ at Theatr Clwyd on October 10 - Mindset Mojo to launch at Theatr Clwyd this World Mental Health Day

Various events to aid people with their mental health will be held in Harrow Civic Centre. Harrow Council will be hosting many events at the Civic Centre, Station Road, as part of World Mental Health Day which takes place on October 10 - Harrow Council to help educate people about suicide prevention for World Mental Health Day

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 23 September - NSUN Bulletin Monday 23rd September 2019

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) weekly bulletin - Monday 30 September - NSUN Bulletin Monday 30th September 2019

Birmingham Time To Change hub events - World Mental health day 2019

5.10.2019, 1100 - 1600, Sainsbury’s in Northfield, Stall - BTTC Funded and attending

10.10.2019, 1100 - 1600, The Arches in Digbeth, Arts all over the place. Bttc and funded and attending

10.10.2019, 1100 - 1630, Birmingham city university, BCU Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan St, Birmingham, B4 7BD - Common Unity BCU and Birmingham TTC. TTC attending Common Unity and BCU event

12.10.2019, 1200 - 1700, Mac CANNON HILL PARK - Bedlam. BTTC attending. BSMHFT Event

10.10.2019, Reminisce Social Club, Soho Hill, B19 1AG. dance

16.10.2019, 1900 - 2130, New Testament church of god, 240 - 244 Lozells Rd B19 1NP. Church Group-Stepping out beyond these walls

3.10.2019, 1000 - 1200, Balsall Heath, 22 - 28 George Street B12 9JR. Wellbeing session - Working with Birmingham TTC

8.10.2019, 1200 - 1400. Balsall Heath, 22 - 28 George Street B12 9JR. Wellbeing session. Working with Birmingham TTC

26.10.2019, 1400 - 1600, Handsworth Wood, The Grange B20 1BH. Wellbeing session. Working with Birmingham TTC

The BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival, which runs for 12 days, opening on Tuesday 1 October - Saturday 12 October, aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing through the importance of the arts and coincides with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
Organisers Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Midlands Arts Centre, Sampad South Asian Arts and new partner, Birmingham-based Geese Theatre Company, bring together an accessible, celebratory, and thought-provoking arts festival in consultation with practitioners and those people who have experienced mental ill health.

More - BEDLAM Festival Returns For The 4th Edition


Arts All Over The Place presents - THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL

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/

National Survivor User Network (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/viewEmailAsPage.do?erRef=9829.0.1808775&databaseId=NationalSurvivorUserNetwork&mailingId=38056676&jobRef=9829.0.337178690&key=769ac34a4012ab69c069debab7d9e81&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

Roots to Fruit is a horticultural activity centre. We provide accredited training and qualifications in horticulture and land based studies. We can also cater for bespoke horticultural and therapeutic activities to suit specific client needs. The activity centre is based on the well-established plant nursery Oakdene Nurseries. It is easily accessible by road and public transport. Within a few minutes walk are 3 bus stops, all receiving regular buses from Walsall, Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.

Roots to Fruit Therapy is located at Streetly, West Midlands.

Is there something holding you back in life? Is it stopping you from reaching your potential? Is it preventing you from becoming happy?
Roots to Fruit Therapy are experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with:

Lacking Motivation
Childhood Issues
Self Harm

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

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust’s 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.

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

Recovery For All Forum

1st Friday of the month

10.30am - 12pm

Uffculme Centre, 52 Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY
[email protected]

More - https://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/recovery/rfa-strategy/

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 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/

Mind Body Spirit wellbeing festival

The NEC, Birmingham

1 - 3 November

More - https://birmingham.mindbodyspirit.co.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 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 - suresear[email protected]

Updated information on meetings will be on our website at - www.suresearch.org.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 Mental Health Network and Centre for Mental Health - Primary care mental health service improves health and saves NHS money, finds new report - https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/primary-care-mental-health-service-improves-health-and-saves-nhs-money-finds-new-report

News from NHS England - NHS hospitals go back to the future for dementia care - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/09/nhs-hospitals-go-back-to-the-future-for-dementia-care/

News from Nuffield Trust - Report shows that getting NHS ready for no deal is an impossible task: Nuffield Trust response to NAO report - https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/news-item/report-shows-that-getting-nhs-ready-for-no-deal-is-an-impossible-task-nuffield-trust-response-to-nao-report

News from NHS Digital - New mortality indicator published on people with learning disabilities - https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/health-and-care-of-people-with-learning-disabilities/standardised-mortality-ratio-indicator

HQIP report reviews quality of mental healthcare and the manner in which services are used by 11 to 15 year olds - https://www.hqip.org.uk/resource/mental-healthcare-in-young-people-and-young-adults/#.XZIRA2Z8DGg

Top tips: Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community - https://www.rcgp.org.uk/-/media/Files/CIRC/Desktop-guides/Managing-medicines-for-adults-receiving-social-care-in-the-community-Final-Aug-2019.ashx

Medical teams tackling obesity should include psychologists - https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/new-bps-report-shows-psychology-key-beating-obesity-problem

Patient Director for Sussex MSK Partnership David Gilbert campaigns for patient-led healthcare - https://www.networks.nhs.uk/news/patient-revolutionary-tells-all/newsitem_popview

Mental health units dramatically cut use of restrictive practices - https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-features/latest-news/detail/2019/09/24/mental-health-units-dramatically-cut-use-of-restrictive-practices

Double the number of medical school places to stop mental health services imploding - https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/news-and-features/latest-news/detail/2019/09/27/double-the-number-of-medical-school-places-to-stop-mental-health-services-imploding

Regulators tell trusts to ‘learn lessons’ from deaths in 2008 and 2012 - https://www.hsj.co.uk/patient-safety/regulators-tell-trusts-to-learn-lessons-from-deaths-in-2008-and-2012/7026002.article

Trust approves ‘rapid growth’ plan for overseas work - https://www.hsj.co.uk/commercial/trust-approves-rapid-growth-plan-for-overseas-work/7026003.article

Mental Health Foundation - Farmers’ health and wellbeing needs to be at the centre of Brexit response – new report - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/news/farmers-health-and-wellbeing-needs-be-centre-brexit-response-new-report

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS FT - £1.6million crisis support service - https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/latest-news/investment-in-crisis-support-2456

OSCB publishes a Serious Case Review concerning Child M - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/oscb-publishes-a-serious-case-review-concerning-child-m/

Dementia trial shortlisted for the Times Higher Education award for STEM research project of the year - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/wheld-dementia-trial-shortlisted-for-national-award/

The healing power of nature - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/the-healing-power-of-nature/

Analysis of antipsychotic drugs could improve outcomes for schizophrenia patients - https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/analysis-of-antipsychotic-drugs-could-improve-outcomes-for-schizophrenia-patients/

NHS England’s director for dementia - Rugby world cup a tonic for mental health and dementia - https://www.england.nhs.uk/2019/09/rugby-world-cup-a-tonic-for-mental-health-and-dementia-says-top-nhs-doctor/

The Patient Information Forum (PIF) is to pilot a new quality mark to help people identify trustworthy, high-quality health information - https://www.pifonline.org.uk/pif-partners-cross-sector-organisations-develop-new-quality-mark-trustworthy-health-information/

SSRI Sertraline is effective in reducing anxiety within 6 weeks but less effective for depressive symptoms over the same period - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49743315

Mind is calling on the Government to make sure that the education system works for young people with mental health problems - https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/make-the-education-system-work-for-pupils-with-mental-health-problems-struggling-to-attend-school-urges-mind/

Public urged to pressure government to fix the nursing workforce crisis - https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/uk-safe-staffing-public-campaign-launch-170919

Art charity opens friendship photography competition as part of suicide prevention campaign - https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/awareness/art-charity-opens-friendship-photography-competition-as-part-of-suicide-prevention-campaign

CQC supports World Patient Safety Day - https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/cqc-supports-world-patient-safety-day

Coroners warn city's patients at risk from communication failure. Patients experiencing a mental health crisis in Birmingham are at risk as the police, mental health trust and the city council are not working together or communicating - https://www.hsj.co.uk/patient-safety/coroners-warn-citys-patients-at-risk-from-communication-failure/7025977.article

How to provide community-based early intervention in mental ill health - https://www.hsj.co.uk/mental-health/how-to-provide-community-based-early-intervention-in-mental-ill-health/7025890.article

Self-help guides achieve national recognition from the British Medical Association - https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/news/national-recognition-by-the-british-medical-association-2/
BCPFT/DWMH Joint Quality Improvement initiative launch 2019/2020 - https://www.bcpft.nhs.uk/about-us/news-and-events/769-bcpft-dwmh-joint-quality-improvement-initiative-launch-2019-2020

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is proud to be a member of three new partnerships which will change the way some specialist mental health services are provided in the West Midlands - https://www.mpft.nhs.uk/about-us/latest-news/new-models-care


Well-known member
Sep 5, 2019
On The Train
"However, some children facing genuine distress who are turning to the internet for support are being accused of sadfishing" and then targeted by predators

What a sad story! I am glad the internet wasn't really available to me when I was kid. It was just starting out (I'm 36). It's a sad world.


Well-known member
Oct 2, 2019
There's also a news story about a man successfully suing for a huge amount over risperidal causing breast tissue for him.