News Archive 2009

Electronic Pill Dispenser Project to Aid Vulnerable Adults Across Dudley borough – 09/12/09

Over fifty vulnerable adults, who risk deteriorating ill health by forgetting to take their medication, are taking part in a major trial.

The automatic pill dispenser trial is being run by Dudley Council, in conjunction with Dudley PCT (Primary Care Trust).

The battery operated device has a built in alarm which is programmed to sound or flash, reminding people when to take their pills. It can prevent those who have difficulty remembering from over or under dosing. In this way hospital admittance can be avoided, as can the need for increased care.

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Patient Opinion to Shape Mental Health Services in Dudley and Walsall – 23/11/09

Mental health patients in Dudley and Walsall will be able to change the way services are delivered in the boroughs thanks to a new online scoring tool.

Service users of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will have the opportunity to post their opinions via the Patient Opinion website at

The website, launched today is just one of the ways the Trust is encouraging patients, families and their carers to have their say on the standards of care they received. The Trust can then respond to individual concerns.

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New Specialist Deaf Service Launched – 14/10/09

A Black Country mental health trust is celebrating the launch of a new national service which provides help and support to deaf children.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) was selected by the National Commissioning Group to be one of four centres in England to deliver a national Deaf service for children up to the age of 18 and their families.

The Trust will provide mental health services for children and young people who are deaf, or who have parents that are deaf, across central England.

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New Therapy Service to Help Mental Health Patients – 08/10/09

An innovative new treatment programme to help people with a severe mental health disorder has been launched in Dudley.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has set up a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) service for people experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

The intensive 12-month treatment course sees patients take part in a number of therapy sessions aimed at teaching them how to tolerate and manage painful emotions.

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Art Competition Ensures Dawn’s Memory Lives On – 06/10/09

Creative mental health service users in Walsall are set to show off their artistic talents at an annual competition.

Service users from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) are taking part in the annual Dawn Jones Art Prize and Exhibition, run by Walsall Service Users Empowerment (SUE).

The competition was set up in 2006 in memory of the late Dawn Jones, a Walsall woman who suffered with mental ill health.

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Online Mental Health Checker – 5/10/09

NHS Direct has launched a new online health checker to provide help and advice for people concerned about their mental health and wellbeing. The online resource can help people with low impact long-term issues or people suffering from first-time symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression, perhaps in response to the current economic climate, or stressful periods in their life.

The checker is available at under the ‘Health and symptoms checkers’ heading.

Asian and Afro-Caribbean Men to Get Help Coping with Stress – 01/09/09

Young Asian and Afro-Caribbean men in Walsall are set to be given help coping with the mental stresses brought on by the recession.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) has organised an event to promote better mental health for black and minority ethnic (BME) men in the town.

The ‘Getting on with it!’ event, which will target Walsall males aged 16 to 25, will see a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) worker help attendees learn coping strategies for anxiety, stress and depression.

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Cash Boost for Mental Health Trust’s Employment Service – 05/08/09

Mental health patients in Walsall who need help getting a job are set to benefit after a Black Country mental health trust won a new contract.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) has secured £173,000 to deliver a new employment service in Walsall.

The funding, which was awarded by Walsall Council from the Government’s Working Neighbourhood Fund, aims to help disadvantaged people obtain short to medium-term work placements in order to increase their chance of finding a job.

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Housing and Support Needs in Walsall for people with Mental Health problems – 22/07/09

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Venues Sought to House New Mental Health Service – 01/07/09

A new service aimed at improving the mental health and well being of residents across Dudley is appealing for locations to host sessions.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team is seeking community venues throughout the borough which it can use for free on a regular basis.

The IAPT programme is a government-funded project aimed at ensuring people with mild to moderate mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, are able to access therapies closer to home.

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Cultures of the World Unite in Dudley – June 2009

People in Dudley can sample food, music and art from around the world at a free fun day.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT), in partnership with Dudley Council, has organised a special event in Dudley town centre on June 20 to coincide with national Refugee Week and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.

The ‘Celebrating Communities Together Fun Day’ aims to bring together residents from various ethnic backgrounds to improve emotional wellbeing by encouraging interaction between the different communities in Dudley.

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Event held to Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse – 08/06/09

People who are experiencing drug or alcohol related difficulties can learn more about the support available to them at an event in Walsall.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) has organised an event in the town centre to coincide with national Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Week, which runs from June 8 to 12.

Members of the Trust’s substance misuse service will be in the Town Square, outside Tesco, on Friday (Jun 12) between 11am and 4pm to promote their service and raise awareness about drug and alcohol related problems.

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Carers Rewarded for their Commitment – 20/05/09

A special social event is set to be held in Walsall to reward the carers of people with mental health problems for their hard work throughout the year.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) has organised its annual Celebrating Carers evening as part of national Carers Week, which runs from June 8 to June 14.

The free event, which is set to take place on June 11, will see mental health carers in Walsall come together for an evening of fun, games, music and food in recognition of their commitment to providing unpaid care to someone they know.

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Employment Services Help Patients Achieve their Goal – 19/05/09

Hundreds of mental health patients across Dudley and Walsall are being given help to get a job thanks to specialist employment teams.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has two departments – one in Walsall and one in Dudley – dedicated to helping service users achieve their employment goals.

The teams work with people who have experienced severe and enduring mental ill health to assist them with a range of work-related ambitions such as finding employment, securing a voluntary placement, attending college or writing CVs.

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Public Trust Board Meeting is being held to formally adopt the Trust accounts – 15/05/09

The Trust Board meeting which is open to the general public will be held 9th June 2009 at 4.00 p.m, Conference Room, Trafalgar House, King Street, Dudley, DY2 8PS.

The purpose of this meeting is to formally adopt the Trust accounts for 1st October 2008 – 31st March 2009.

Freda Speaks out to Battle Mental Health Stigma – 08/05/09

Following the recent Depression Awareness Week, a former police officer from Wolverhampton has joined forces with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) to talk about her 10-year battle with the illness.

After finishing a busy week fighting crime on the streets of Walsall, WPC Freda Griffiths awoke one Saturday morning in 1988 feeling unwell.

“I woke up one Saturday morning 20 years ago and lay staring at a blank wall,” she says. “I felt sick, exhausted and unable to communicate. It all appeared to happen so suddenly and was a complete shock to those around me.”

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BME Mental Health Services in the Spotlight – 06/05/09

Scores of psychiatrists from across the region are set to gather in Walsall to discuss how to improve mental health services for black and ethnic minority (BME) communities.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) is joining together with the West Midlands branch of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) to host a conference on May 15 at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.

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Event Held to Celebrate Nurses’ Contribution – 30/04/09

Mental health nurses from across Dudley and Walsall are set to join together to celebrate their profession.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) is set to hold an event at Bushey Fields Hospital, in Dudley, to pay tribute to the hard work done by its nursing staff.

The event on May 12 will form part of the national festivities to mark Nurses Day, an annual celebration held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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Help is Out There for Those Feeling Down – 15/04/09

A mental health trust in the Black Country is urging Dudley and Walsall residents who are persistently feeling low in mood to seek the correct help and support.

Staff at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) say there is a range of services available to residents who are feeling depressed.

The Trust is raising awareness of the condition ahead of national Depression Awareness Week which starts on April 20.

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Tips to Avoid Feeling Anxious – 08/04/09

Exercise, relaxation and learning new skills are just some of the ways people can avoid falling victim to anxiety, say experts at a Black Country mental health trust.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (DWMHPT) is offering advice on the condition ahead of Mental Health Action Week, which starts on April 12.

The week is this year aiming to raise awareness about the impact fear and anxiety can have on people’s lives.

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Scores Turn Out for Mental Health Trust Event – 25/03/09

More than 100 people came together to help a Black Country mental health trust shape the future of its services.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust held its ‘Better Together – Moving Forward’ event in Dudley last week to discuss ideas for its clinical plan.

Service users, carers, clinicians, staff, commissioners, voluntary sector organisations and other partners were invited to the event to initiate and share ideas about how to develop mental health services in Dudley and Walsall.

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Mental Health Trust Plans for the Future – 24/02/09

A Black Country mental health trust is seeking the views of patients and carers to help shape the future of its services.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is set to hold an event on March 18 to discuss ideas for its clinical plan.

The strategy will set out the Trust’s approach to delivering care and treatment in the coming years.

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