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Pressure was growing on ministers in London and Cardiff to explain why a man with a history of violence and psychiatric problems was not being closely supervised when he murdered a young woman in an act of cannibalism. Questions were being raised in the House of Commons and the Welsh Assembly over how – if at all – Matthew Williams was being monitored when he lured 22-year-old Cerys Marie Yemm to the hostel in south Wales where he was staying.

More - Ministers face questions over lack of supervision for cannibal killer | UK news | The Guardian

A paranoid schizophrenic beheaded a British grandmother in Tenerife after being released from a psychiatric ward because doctors thought he was feigning his mental illness, a report has found. Jennifer Mills-Westley's daughters have claimed their mother would still be alive had the hospital recognised that her murderer Deyan Deyanov was seriously ill eight months before the brutal attack.

Read more: Deyan Deyanov free to behead Jennifer Mills-Westley by North Wales hospital | Daily Mail Online

Two schoolboys have been locked up in Birmingham for torching a double decker bus with terrified passengers still on board. Eight passengers fled the No.2 National Express Maypole to city centre service as it was engulfed in flames in Stratford Road, Acocks Green.

They were said to suffer from autism and learning difficulties.

More - Stratford Road bus fire: Teens who laughed as they torched double decker caught after Birmingham Mail appeal | Birmingham news

A short startling video of the bus engulfed in flames - http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/video-dramatic-moment-firefighters-battle-7259220

According to his official autopsy, actor and comedian Robin Williams had a disease called Lewy body dementia (LBD), which may have contributed to his decision to kill himself. People with LBD have dementia and often appear disoriented - Autopsy: Robin Williams had Lewy body dementia - Salon.com

A DEMENTIA sufferer was left alone on a locked bus for hours in South Tyneside after charity staff forgot to drop her off. Two people have been suspended by the Alzheimer’s Society and an investigation carried out after the pensioner suffered the ordeal - http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/...-a-bus-after-staff-forgot-about-her-1-6945778

Sir Mick Jagger was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder after the suicide of his long-term partner, L'Wren Scott, it is claimed. Revelations about Sir Mick's mental state were made in court papers in L'Wren Scott's home state of Utah, as part of a dispute between the band and insurers in the wake of Scott's death. Sir Mick was not examined by a psychiatrist - http://www.itv.com/news/2014-11-11/mick-jagger-diagnosed-with-acute-traumatic-stress-disorder/

An actress who appeared in BBC dramas Waterloo Road and Doctors took her own life after battling drug and gambling problems, an inquest heard. Lynsey Pow, 34, who also appeared alongside Billie Piper in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, was found dead at her flat in Honor Oak Park on November 28 last year. Ms Pow was prescribed anti-depressants and referred for psychiatric treatment. When she met Dr Hugo on October 30 she told him she was off drugs and seemed like a “different person”, eager to get back to her life in London and work commitments.

Assistant Coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe recorded a narrative verdict, saying the presence of drugs in Ms Pow’s system meant it could not be proven she intended to kill herself - “It is likely to have influenced her mind so it cannot be said that she intended to die. I am recording this as a drug-related self-harm death.”

More - http://www.standard.co.uk/news/lond...-with-cocaine-and-gambling-debts-9846076.html

X Factor star Ben Haenow reveals how parents' messy divorce led to spiral of depression and alcohol abuse. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...l-depression-alcohol-abuse.html#ixzz3J3cqY81f

Kay Morris-Robertson is a first time author aged 37. She has written the book A to Zee Across America having travelled all across all 50 States alone after a series of life changing events. The motivation of the journey was borne out of the sudden death of her husband aged 32 whilst sailing on the pacific. Being wrongfully locked-up and diagnosed with a mental illness.

Kay was born in Oldham, Lancashire and worked at Executive level in project management. She and John where engaged and been together for 7 years and in 2008 she was offered a promotion from the Westfield office in London to go to live and work in Los Angeles.

John had been learning to sail, having passed his exam that same day he took Kay for their maiden voyage on a hired sailboat. About 20 minutes into the sail out on the Pacific and John very suddenly collapsed and lost consciousness, despite Kay’s and then the Life guards and Sherriff’s best efforts John was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kay returned to work and continue to do a good job put was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the April the following year it had all got too much, she went to her boss and Westfield and asked for help - but the next day she had been arrested and locked away for 10 days in a mental institution against her will instead! Resulting in a lawsuit, which Kay won back in 2009.

There in-lies the motivation of the journey and eventually the book. A journey she made alone across 50 States was to help her overcome her PTSD and soon became an unexpected inspiration to many others.

Read more: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/travel/a-to-zee-across-america-299550.html#ixzz3InUz2cSo

Every year The British Association of Anger Management helps people ‘Keep Cool Over Yule’ offering some useful strategies as part of its National Anger Awareness Month which takes place from 1st to 31st December 2014. This year we want to encourage people to do our Stress Survey. Information and data on stress and anxiety in the UK is outdated and in dire need of updating. This survey aims to feel the mood of the nation and develop more current statistics

More - http://email.beatinganger.co.uk/dis...5e98e05e02a2112cf199236edad&S=361&L=223&N=265

HumAnima news (animal therapy) - http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8355b6847cdbc4b7bd70daec3&id=11471e68de&e=3e4526c887

Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements does not seem to cut the risk of developing dementia in healthy people - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30022534

Not enough young people with gambling problems know where to turn for help - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29823841

Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson's disease, according to scientists in Sweden - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29935449

Police are hunting "despicable" thieves who stole a teenage cerebral palsy victim's leg splints - so they could pinch the trainers attached to them. The lowlife crooks broke into a car belonging to 15-year-old Owen Clements' mother after spotting the splints on a back seat - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/despicable-thieves-steal-cerebral-palsy-4586928

Ethnic Health Initiative - CULTURE & SUBSTANCE MISUSE CONFERENCE. 17TH November 2014. London Conference - http://www.bmehealth.org/

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. We are a non-affiliated organisation based in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham.

These are the latest dates so far booked:

Wednesday 3rd December

Thursday 8th January
Wednesday 4th February
Thursday 5th March
Wednesday 1st April
Thursday 7th May
Wednesday 3rd June
Thursday 2nd July
Wednesday 5th August

All monthly meetings start at 10.30 am and usually finish by 1pm. Tea, coffee and a warm welcome are available from 10am.

More - http://www.suresearch.org.uk/

The Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust annual Christmas card design competition is now open for entries. Open to staff, service users, carers and members, entries should have a Christmas theme, created using either felt-tip pens, paint, crayons, pencils or computer designs/graphics. Collages and photograph-based designs will not be accepted.

All artwork should be on A4 paper, either portrait or landscape, but must not be folded. Entries may be scanned and submitted digitally via email, but image resolution must be at least 300dpi.

All entrants must also provide their name, email address and telephone number and state whether you are a member of staff, service user or member.

Entries should be marked Christmas card design competition 2014, and can be emailed to [email protected] or sent by post to:

Communications and marketing department
B1, Unit1,
50 Summer Hill Road,
B1 3RB

The deadline for entries is Friday November 28th 2014.

For more information call 0121 301 1274 or email [email protected]

The Positive Mental Health Group supported by the community engagement & service user and carer experience departments of the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust BSMHFT would love to invite you to our free Christmas Party!

Come and join us for karaoke, music, raffles, games, competitions and dancing.

From 7pm until late on Thursday 11th December 2014 in The Leinster Suite @ The Irish Centre, Digbeth, Birmingham.
Free buffet and cakes. Prizes for best Fancy dress and dancer!
For more information contact: Faheem Uddin, Chair of Positive Mental Health Group on 07800 728 825
Users, Carers, and Staff of all mental health groups and voluntary agencies connected to the group are welcome

The Irish Centre is on Digbeth High Street Buses 2, 3, 5, 6, 1, 31, 35, 50 to the Coach Station

Or any bus down Digbeth High Street (opposite the Custard Factory) including 17, 37, 60, 97, 900 & 957. Plenty of on-street parking available too.

SPRINGHILL LIBRARY CARER'S GROUP - Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service is here to offer support, information and guidance for carers. The library groups aim to promote health and well being by providing a relaxed and informal setting for reading, discussion and socialising.

Monday 8th December
2pm - 4pm
Springhill Library, Springhill, Hockley, Birmingham B18 7BH

For information on the group please call Safia Sawal/Joanne Tysall at Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service - 0121 380 4949/ 07713 387325/07713 385 891

Shoulder To Shoulder Veterans' Drop in, 10am - 12pm. Forthcoming dates:

Monday 8th December 2014
Thursday 29th January 2015
Tuesday 17th February 2015
Thursday 26th March 2015
Tuesday 21st April 2015
Monday 18th May 2015

At West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road Birmingham B7 4HW

20 minute walk from Moor St Station past Millennium Point Number 14 Bus runs regularly from Priory Queensway to Vauxhall Road

We can pay travel expenses on the day - please keep your tickets
Come along for coffee and a chat
Meet other veterans
Find out about Shoulder to Shoulder mentoring

Reception staff will direct you to the room

Any queries on the day call Jane on 07842 811 459
Any queries generally call 0121 236 2531

Positive Mental Health Group - monthly networking meeting dates for 2014. 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.

Thursday 18 December - from 2.30pm to 4.30pm

(Last Thursday of the month except in December)

ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT - Matchbox 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 61 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

Birmingham & Solihull Cafe dates 2014

The cafe is a monthly gathering where people with dementia and their families and friends can come together in a safe, welcoming environment, in the company of other carers and health and social care professionals. It aims to provide emotional support, information and the opportunity for discussion for people living with the impact of dementia.

17th November
24th November
15th December

For further information please call Gary Stanley, Cafe Co-ordinator on 07827 940 844

Clinical Research Group on Mental Wellbeing, Public Mental Health and Recovery - STAKEHOLDER EVENT

Date Tuesday 25th November 2014
Time 10am – 12.30pm (followed by lunch)
Venue University of Birmingham - Nicolson Building, Winterbourne Estate

We would like to invite you to join with us in developing research proposals that would take forward our understanding, practice and service provision. Increasingly, Mental Health Trusts, Local Authorities, Primary Care services, Clinical Commissioning Groups and other bodies are seeking to achieve positive outcomes, in terms of promoting mental wellbeing, rather than simply intervening to redress the negative impacts of illness and disability.

If this is to mean more than business-as-usual but with a new rhetoric, we may need to be clearer about:

· What constitutes and supports mental wellbeing - and are the same sorts of things that promote wellbeing in the general population also the most effective for people with diagnosed mental health difficulties?
· What is the respective contribution of personal, social and cultural factors in developing and maintaining mental wellbeing?
· How might mental health, primary care and local authority services be different if they focussed on mental wellbeing as a primary outcome - and are there specific interventions or service models that could be piloted and evaluated?
· How can the experience and expertise of people who have experienced mental health difficulties best be utilised in developing new approaches?
· What would be effective ways of evaluating how successful services are being in enhancing people’s experience of wellbeing?

Places will be limited, so if you and/or a colleague would like to come to the event, please could you contact Helen Harris, Research Administrator/CHASM Administrator by email: [email protected] to reserve a place.

Please also let us know if you have any special access or dietary requirements. We will be able to reimburse the travel expenses of service users and carers.

Best wishes

Jerry Tew
Reader in Mental Health and Social Work
University of Birmingham

Prof Scott Weich
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Warwick
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust

Sunday Morning Meditation

Sunday 30th November from 10am - 1pm
Cratcliff Cottage, Dudwood Lane, Nr Elton, Derbyshire DE4 2lZ
Contact: Ann Leese - 07718 067 968 or [email protected]
Cost: £7 (with lunch) or £5 (without lunch)


Mother whose epileptic seizures are triggered by pop-star Ne-Yo's voice has part of her brain removed to try and cure the problem!

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...n-removed-try-cure-problem.html#ixzz3J3yz37DZ

Remind me never to complain about the Spice Girls ever again.

And I'm pretending to know who Ne-Yo actually is.

Just like I know who that Billy Ray Miley Cyprus is.

(Along the Bristol Rd in Birmingham there is a big concert place for young people - called The Dome when I was younger but God knows what the name is now - anyway each week I see if I know the big popstar playing there that week displayed in big letters above the door. I've managed it about once in 5 years or so)

From my local Trust;

More national levers needed to drive essential improvements to CAMHS services - http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2014/...rive-essential-improvements-to-camhs-services

Charity launches training to help commissioners improve mental health services - http://www.rethink.org/media-centre...-commissioners-improve-mental-health-services

Research grants given to four mental health projects - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/research-grants-given-to-four-mental-health-projects.aspx

Autism statutory guidance consultation launched - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/autism-statutory-guidance-consultation-launched

Public Accounts Committee Report heavily criticises Work Programme - http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaig...avily-criticises-work-programme/#.VGYw9Llyat8

RCPsych Awards 2014: Winners - http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases2014/rcpsychawardwinners2014.aspx

West London Mental Health NHS Trust - Broadmoor, shown on ITV - http://www.wlmht.nhs.uk/news-events/broadmoor-on-itv-weds-5-november-9pm/

News from Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust - Innovative Online project - http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/section.php?page=news&t=ln&nid=296