It's nearly Halloween, so it's that time of year again, that time when we see the inappropriate sale of 'psycho costumes'.This year the'Psychotic Zombie Nympho made an appearance on the list of 'treats'.Is it naive to think that after the previous years of lobbying by mental health organisations and since the public apology issued by Asda in 2013 for selling the 'mental patient fancy dress costume', we would see the end of the manufacturing of these costumes?
Read more in the 'mental health in the news' section below where we have a few more related articles. Here's something to make with your pumpkin innards!
This week we are launching our new website. We will be continuing to update content over the coming weeks so do let us know if there isany content you used on the old website that you can't find on the new.
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This week, we invite you to pay a visit to a blog collection by Recovery In The Bin (RITB). You may already know about RITB, grassrooots mental health survivor group, which has a Facebook stronghold. On their website, RITB members have recently blogged about welfare, race inequalities, and the universal basic incomeconcept. The blogs are thought provoking.
A story of a Human Rights Activist, a book about persecution, conspiracy and brutality
The book is the first-hand account of Caroline Green who was taken from her home by doctors, police and social workers under section 2 of the 1983 Mental Health Act one hour after she informed several individuals, some of them personally-known prominent members of society, and her father, that she would be reporting them for crimes against children. However, according to her section notes she was detained under court warrant because ‘there were concerns she had lost weight'.
When Hearts Turned Black describes Caroline's journey from Marketing Director at Sky Deutschland to Human Rights Activist and how her persecution began when she published information about secret nuclear weapons programmes to her social media channels.
The journey of uncovering the Truth led her to the depths of conspiracy between the police, the medical profession and the judiciary. Her stay in intensive psychiatric units revealed that the Mental Health Act is being regularly used as a tool to silence paedophile whistle-blowers.
Caroline intends to advocate for a patient she met in The Huntercombe Hospital in Roehampton, a vulnerable woman who was raped by 5 police in a cell. She will raise the case with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
She has reported failing standards of care at The Huntercombe Hospital, Roehampton and Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton to the Care Quality Commission and will follow the independent investigation closely.
Caroline's book can be pre-ordered via her Kickstarter projecthere.
Celebrating participation in healthcare community grants – apply now!
Closing 31 October
Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare. In your application you will need to tell NHS England about how you have involved patients and citizens in a healthcare project, and how you plan to use the grant to share and showcase your work in a creative way. The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation.
The dedicated webpagehas all the guidance you need to read before applying alongside the application form itself.
Guidance on local suicide prevention
In partnership with Public Health England and supported by Meadows Communications, The National Suicide Prevention Alliance have launched a new practice resource for local authority public health teams to develop local suicide prevention plans.
On their dedicated pagesyou will find a range of resources offering in-depth advice and insight.
Free peer counselling skills programme - all man
In today's society it is all too easy to feel lonely and disconnected from others and this can have a negative impact on our mental health and the quality of our life.
This very special male only programme addresses this issue.
Date: 3 November
Time: 10:30 – 16:30
Venue: Cripplegate Foundation, 13 Elliott’s Place, London N1 8HX
For more information and booking please visit this page.
Survey: Activity with Inclusion Health Groups and Equality Monitoring
All Health and Wellbeing Alliance members are requested to complete this survey to inform the Inclusion Health Groups project. The purpose of this survey is to find out whether Alliance members are working with the four specific inclusion health groups: Gypsies and Travellers, homeless people, sex workers and vulnerable migrants (asylum seekers and refugees)
Please repond by 23 October - the survey is only 3 pages long.
Workshop: 'what works' in reducing health inequalities
For organisations working with inclusion health groups (vulnerable homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, gypsy and travellers, and sex workers) and people with lived experience.
Mosaic Clubhouse in Lambeth, (London) is building on its recognition for success in supporting people with mental illness, by developing a plan to grow more clubhouses in the UK.
Having recently secured awards and widespread media coverage, the Board of Trustees at Mosaic Clubhouse now feels the time is right to share the successes of the model and support other communities to achieve the benefits of fully co-produced and delivered, socially-inclusive, cost-effective mental health recovery.
Gateshead Clubhouseis a mental health community hub in the North East run entirely by its members.There aim is to provide the positive side of having a building-based service, while recognising that if left in isolation, these kinds of services can be institutionalised and stagnant, the input of external people, activities and new members is akin to having freshwater run into a stream.
Gateshead Clubhouse aims to provide a service where people with mental health needs can access a range of facilities within a supportive and safe environment. This is where recovery and self-growth can be encouraged through the sharing of skills and abilities of all our members, with further encouragement and help from other associates. Members can get involved in the day to day running of the Clubhouse and participate in a wide range of courses and activities. Open Monday - Friday between 11am - 4:30pm (including Bank Holidays).
There is also an Out-of-Hours servicerun by Mental Health Matters (MHM) Staff on Thursday from 4:30pm - 8:00pm as well as Saturday - Sunday from 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Three co-design workshops
Bidean and CW+ invite you to a series of three workshops to improve the mental health assessment room at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
Bidean, a social enterprise that generates concepts to support well-being and recovery by co-designing with those who are experiencing mental distress is working in partnership with CW+ the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to involve people in enhancing the care environment.
No experience is necessary, if you are interested please contact email@example.com. They are currently gathering the group and agreeing on suitable dates to hold the workshops at SMART, 15 Gertrude St, Chelsea London SW10 0JN
The Wellbeing Haven Westminster
The Wellbeing Haven Westminster is based at The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Great Smith Street London, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU. We are offering a range of activities, drop ins, socials, classes, events, workshops and trips to help improve health and wellbeing of people living in Westminster.
We also have one to one support for emotional wellbeing, back to work or self-employment support, various volunteering opportunities and other community initiatives.
We are working in partnership with different voluntary and statutory organisations and are always interested in developing new partnerships. We are regularly starting new activities and events. Please visit our website or subscribe to our regular bulletin to find out more about what is happening now.
Tel: 0207 222 0303The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Great Smith Street London, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU.
The Green Light Discussion Forum
Announcing the launch of the Green Light Discussion Forum
The Green Light Toolkithelps mental health services respond effectively to people who have autism or learning disabilities in addition to mental health difficulties. If working on Green Light issues is part of your role, or if you are interested in this topic, the Green Light Discussion Forum is for you. The purpose of the Green Light Discussion Forum is to exchange ideas and solutions so that people receive good support.
How will it work?
We use an online discussion forum called “Yammer”. If you’re new to Yammer, don’t worry, it’s pretty intuitive - for those that use Facebook, it looks and feels similar, but is a private network where discussions and resources are only available to invited members. Your invite will include a help sheet and some signposts to other guides once you’ve signed in.
Who can join?
The Forum is open to anyone who is interested in sharing online discussion and seeking positive solutions. People themselves, family and friends, mental health staff, people working in learning disability services who are interested in supporting people with mental health issues, and anyone else with an interest in the subject. We will keep an eye on the discussion and try to ensure that people participate constructively and respectfully.
How do I join? What happens next?
Send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org she will reply with a link called “accept Invitation” for you to click and register on a sign up screen. If you already have a Yammer account the link will simply add this network to your existing account.
Can I invite others to join?
Yes – please do. The more people that are registered, the better the discussions and the more value will be gained. So please look on the help sheet when it comes and follow the instructions for inviting others.
Charity engagement survey
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is running a survey of charities across health and social care to establish how much they know about ways of work with the NIHR and what they want out of collaboration.
The survey results will be used to undetrstand how to make it easier for charities to collaborate with NIHR Research Programmes, Research Schools and Units, Infrastructure and Faculty on shared interest.
Anyone working at a health or social care charity is welcome to take part in the survey, and more than one person per charity can respond.
A study by the University of Manchester has found that reports of self-harm among British girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68%.
The study published in the British Medical Journal, found that between 2001 and 2014, 16,912 children and adolescents were identified as having self-harmed at least once. Of these, almost three quarters (73%) were girls. The rate of self-harm was 37.4 out of every 10,000 girls, compared to 12.3 per 10,000 boys. For girls aged 13 to 16 the rate rose from 45.9 per 10,000 in 2011 to 77.0 per 10,000 in 2014. They found that children living in the poorest areas were 23% less likely to be referred in the year after their self-harm episode when compared with youngsters in the least deprived regions. Read the BMJ study here.
Help End DangerousRestraint petition triggers parliament debate An important bill is going through parliament on Friday 3rd November. If it becomes law, it will limit the use of some of the most dangerous forms of restraint in Mental Health hospitals. It is being referred to as 'Seni’s Law', named after a young man called Seni who was tragically killed in a mental health unit due to being physically restrained. If it becomes law, it will limit the use of some of the most dangerous forms of restraint in Mental Health hospitals.
Whatever MPs may settle on, this bill has landed on Parliament because of the online petion support it got. Your voice has been heard. The news is from Change.org - read the full petition updatehere.
This research study is seeking to discover, explore and research what would help to reposition storytelling and the use of narrative across all health and social care related sectors and organisations including voluntary and charitable sectors. The research team needs your help to explore existing approaches. You are therefore invited to share the approach which you use within your organisation to generate and learn from stories. This will help to inform this research projectand assist with the development to resources to support others. Please click the link above for further information, should you wish to find out more get in touch using the following email address email@example.com. The NHS England contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
CQC Public Engagement Strategy Launch
Making better use of people’s views, working closely with representative organisations and publishing simple, clear information are at the centre of CQC’s plans for engaging the public over the next four years.
CQC have published a new strategy for how we’ll engage with the public to help make us an even stronger regulator that is always on the side of people using care services.
The strategy sets out four priorities for 2017-2021:
Working with organisations that represent people who use services to help improve the quality of care.
Encouraging people to share their views and experiences of care with us, improving the way we use this information and reporting on the action we take.
Producing and promoting simple, clear and concise information for the public that explains what good care looks like and supports people to make decisions about services.
Improving the way we work by involving and engaging the public in our policies, plans and processes.
The new strategy was produced with the help of lots of people, including people who use services and organisations that represent them.
Last week, in partnership with National Suicide Prevention Alliance, PHE launched a series of case studies, films, factsheets and infographics to mark one year on from the publication of the suicide prevention planning guidance. The new resources have been developed to support local suicide prevention activity and include:
Case studies including work by Leeds City Council and the Fire and Rescue service to reduce social isolation, joined up working by health and justice in the West Midlands, a Citizens Advice project addressing the wider determinants of health.
PHE South East and Thames Valley Police’s real-time suicide surveillance resource pack
Information sheets on working with coroners, evaluating suicide prevention activity, and socioeconomic deprivation and suicidal behaviour
A series of films: one with Steven Gilbert, a survivor of suicide, discussing how local areas can genuinely engage people with lived experience of mental health issues; and one with Lorna Fraser, Media Advisor at Samaritans, discussing the portrayal of suicide in the media and online
A set of slides based on the original local suicide prevention planning guidance, which you can use to make the case for suicide prevention and good practice within it
A range of key stats and facts as infographic.
You can find all the resources on NSPA's websitehere.
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