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Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every mental health NHS trust in England in terms of risk of providing poor care - BBC News - Mental health NHS trusts ranked for risk of poor care

Women are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression when in a position of authority at work, according to US scientists - BBC News - Women bosses 'more depressed' than male counterparts

A "quiet and peaceful" Birmingham father-of-four was stabbed to death by his mentally ill neighbour in a ferocious street attack. Paranoid schizophrenic Adum Osman killed Leon Davis with a kitchen knife before calmly walking off to buy cigarettes.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the Sudanese refugee had convinced himself that the 55-year-old victim was bombarding him with loud music. But Judge Melbourne Inman QC branded Osman "deluded" and said his complaints about Mr Davis were "unjustified".

The 36-year-old warehouseman was sent to a secure hospital without a time limit after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility - Father-of-four stabbed to death by paranoid schizophrenic neighbour over 'loud music' - Mirror Online

The family of a depressed mum who killed her three disabled children have blasted medics and social services for putting her under "constant pressure". Tania Clarence, 43, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility of Olivia, four, and three-year-old twins Ben and Max at the family home in New Malden, south west London, over the Easter holidays. The children, who suffered from the muscle-weakening condition MSA type-2, were found dead - tucked into their beds with toys arranged around their heads posed as if on a "bier" lying in state.

More - Family of mum Tania Clarence who killed three disabled children blast 'constant pressure' from medics and social services - Mirror Online

A fresh inquiry could be held into the killing of Birmingham schoolgirl Christina Edkins, who was stabbed to death on a bus. Health Minister Norman Lamb Mr Lamb made the pledge in response to Halesowen MP James Morris (Con), who highlighted “repeated failures” by the NHS and other services in the treatment of Christina’s killer, Phillip Simelane. Simelane, a paranoid schizophrenic, was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital - Fresh inquiry could be held into murder of Birmingham schoolgirl Christina Edkins - Birmingham Mail

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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.

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)

From my local Trust;

NHS England – NHS England welcomes soaps’ ‘positive’ mental health stories - http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/11/11/soaps-positive-mental-health-stories/

Centre for Mental Health – The lifetime cost of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/publications/costs_of_ADHD.aspx

NHS Networks – Help for people with sight loss and dementia - http://www.vision2020uk.org.uk/news.asp?newsID=5524&section=000100050006

NHS Networks: Briefing on partnership of CCGs and health and wellbeing boards - http://www.nhscc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/NHSCC-A-shared-agenda_CCGs-in-HWBs-Oct-2014.pdf

NHS Networks – Commissioning and contracting for integrated care - http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/f...sioning-contracting-integrated-care-nov14.pdf

Mental Health Today – Wirral man wins Janey Antoniou award for work to improve mental health services - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...r-work-to-improve-mental-health-services.aspx

Mental Health Today – Psychological impact of online abuse images can do longer lasting damage than physical, warns charity - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...se-resource-for-frontline-professionals-.aspx

Mental Health Today – Use of police cells as Places of Safety must end, says Minister - http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/...afety_must_end_says_minister_25769817556.aspx

The Guardian – Broadmoor hospital: why we opened our doors to a film crew - http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/nov/12/broadmoor-itv-documentary

The Guardian – Too many prisoners jailed unnecessarily, says review head - http://www.theguardian.com/society/...prisoners-jailed-england-wales-suicide-review

SCIE – Dignity in care: Four new videos - http://www.scie.org.uk/news/index

HSJ – FTs will resist forced expenditure on primary care - http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/finance/f...e?blocktitle=Mental-health-news&contentID=554

HSJ – The care that still casts a shadow on patient experience - http://www.hsj.co.uk/home/innovatio...title=Mental-health-resources&contentID=2156#

SLaM – Limited duration of overseas deployment prevents mental health problems in the UK - http://www.slam.nhs.uk/media/news/l...-prevents-mental-health-problems-in-uk-troops