News Archive 2012

Sleep Disorders – 04/12/12

Increasing numbers of people are asking for help with sleep disorders with specialist sleep clinics treating more people with sleep disorders than ever before.

More than 30% of the UK population suffers from insomnia or another sleep disorder, according to the Mental Health Foundation. This can have serious mental and physical consequences.

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Mental Health Trust Partnership to Educate Clinicians of the Future – 11/10/12

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is working alongside a West Midlands University to deliver a primary care mental health Masters for clinicians of the future.

The agreement between the Trust and the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Health and Wellbeing was unveiled at a launch event this week and will see the two work together on mental health education and research.

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Did you know one in three patients over the age of 65 being treated in hospital have dementia – and the number is increasing as people live longer – 28/09/12

There are many forms of dementia but all are caused by diseases or conditions of the brain.  Symptoms of dementia include problems with memory, everyday tasks – like eating drinking, communication and recognising objects or people.  Everyone experiences dementia in different ways and what is a problem for one person may not be for another. If you are worried about someone’s memory talk to them about visiting their doctor.

A Talk in The Park – 13/09/12

Join us to mark World Mental Health Day this year!

We are holding a Fun Day at Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge from 12-4pm on Saturday 13th October.

There will be stalls form a variety of local health services and charities and health professionals on hand to offer advice and guidance on your health and wellbeing as well as a variety of games and competitions for everyone to get involved in.

Olympic swimmer Nick Gillingham will also be in attendance to give a talk about his experiences of mental health and how mental health can impact on your physical health.

The day will be packed with lots of activities and interactive workshops. In addition, there will be displays of information about services in the borough which can support people when they experience emotional and psychological issues as well as looking after your health and wellbeing – Everyone is welcome!

So why not come along and join in the fun – have a coffee a cake and a talk in the park!

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World Suicide Prevention Day – 11/09/12

Monday 10th September was the 10th anniversary of the World Suicide Prevention Day, celebrated worldwide by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year was “Suicide Prevention across the Globe: Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope”.

This anniversary marks a decade of work has been undertaken with the aim of proving that suicide is preventable and to help reduce the stigma and silence that surrounds it.

The IASP has issued a brochure with more information and a presentation with facts and figures about suicide. More information can also be found on the IASP website, where you can sign up to help prevent suicide.

Feel Good Through Singing! – 02/08/12

Dudley Mind are setting up a wellbeing choir open to anyone you enjoys singing.

Singing has been shown to have lots of health benefits, not only physically as it exercises major muscles groups in the upper body and is an aerobic activity, but also on your mental wellbeing.

Singing creates a feel good factor, a sense of excitement and feeling of belonging in a group all which can make you feel happier.

A free Taster Session is taking place on Wednesday 22nd August, 6.30pm – 8pm at the Village Hotel, Dudley for anyone interested in taking part. 

You don’t need any experience to go along, and there will be no auditions to join. A love of singing is all that is required!

For more information or to book a place on the Taster Session please ring Dudley Mind on 01384 442 938 or Email: enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

Help for Military Veterans – 24/07/12

It is estimated that approximately 20,000 service personnel leave the Forces every year and many of these suffer with common mental health problems or struggle to readjust to civilian life.

Ex Serviceman Jason White 37 from Walsall explains his battle with mental health and the affect this has had on his life:

“My experiences in the army left me traumatised and I didn’t feel able to talk to friends and family about my feelings because I thought admitting I couldn’t cope might make me seem less of a man, so I turned to alcohol as a way to cope, but this only made things worse”

After the breakdown of his marriage Jason moved back to his home town of Walsall and lost touch with a number of close friends and relatives.  Jason’s drinking habit only got worse and resulted in him committing two criminal offences. 

Feeling that life had got too hard and he had nowhere to turn to Jason became suicidal.  Fortunately for the sake of his daughter Jason sought help from his GP who put him in touch with Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Services.

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Notice Of Election – 23/07/12

For the Council of Governors of the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors of the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Elections are to be held for the following positions:

11 Public Governors in the following constituencies:

  • Public: Dudley (5 vacancies)
  • Public: Walsall (5 vacancies)
  • Public: The rest of the Black Country and the West Midlands, and the rest of England (1 vacancy)

5 Staff Governors within the Staff Constituency

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Entries open for Dawn Jones Art Prize – 22/06/12

Service users and carers who have experience of mental ill-health are invited to submit art work into the Dawn Jones Competition.

The competition was created by Dawn’s mother after Dawn’s long battle with mental health problems which led her to taking her own life. With the support of Walsall SUE, the project now runs every year to commemorate Dawn’s talents in poetry and art.

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Carer’s Week 18th – 22nd June – 14/06/12

In support of National Carers Week next week there will be a host of activities taking place across both Dudley and Walsall.  Wednesday 20th June our very own Carers Support Service will be present at Dorothy Pattison Hospital (10am-12noon) and Bloxwich Hospital (2pm – 4pm) to offer face to face advice, guidance and support for carers of those accessing our services.  If you want to know more about what support is available for carers of people accessing our services feel free to pop along and see the carers team.

We also have some new information leaflets (downloadable here) available on our staff and public websites to support Mental Health carers.

Opportunity to take part in Mental Health Research – 07/06/12

Dudley Public Health are currently researching how being out of work may influence men’s health in Dudley Borough.

If you are male, live in Dudley borough and are currently out of work they would be interested in hearing about your experience of unemployment.

To take part in a short informal interview or to learn more about the research please contact Jamie Annakin, Mental Wellbeing Advisor on 01384 321812 or via Jamie.annakin@dudley.nhs.uk

Refreshments will be provided and travel costs reimbursed. Any information will be treated in a confidential manner.

Dudley Children’s Services Receive Praise from Inspectors – 15/05/12

Dudley CAMHS service for looked after children received outstanding praise in a recent OFSTED inspection.

The inspection which was carried out by CQC/OFSTED in December 2011 noted the positive outcomes for children and young people accessing this service, citing that the service ensures children are being kept safe across the borough.

Dudley CAMHS work with looked after children, social workers and foster carers to acknowledge the impact difficult early life experiences can have on emotional wellbeing and offer support to work through these and develop secure family relationships and a sense of belonging.

The inspection looked at the outcomes achieved, the impact of services and the support available for young people and their parents.  Particular praise was given to the speedy access to Dudley CAMHS for looked after children and young people, improved confidence and self-esteem amongst children receiving support and overall increased placement stability.

Inspectors said “There are some outstanding examples of projects to support children and young people” and “staff demonstrate clear commitment to their work and meeting the needs of the children and families they serve”

Well done to the Dudley CAMHS team, the outcome of this inspection acknowledges the great work that takes place and the positive effect this has on the lives of local children and young people.  Keep up the good work !

The full OFSTED report can be viewed here

Free Course Available to Make Parenting Easier – 11/05/12

A free eight-week course in positive parenting is being offered to all Walsall & Dudley parents, grandparents and carers of children aged 12 and under.

The course begins on Wednesday 16th May (6-8pm) in the Conference Suite of Walsall Manor Hospital and consists of six group sessions and three follow-up telephone calls.

The course, called Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme is led by Walsall Health professionals and aims to offer positive guidance and support to parents to make parenting easier with help on managing common child behaviours, reducing conflict at home, increasing confidence and improving relationships –Triple P techniques have been widely used and seen in the ITV1 series Driving Mum and Dad Mad.

Dr Gary Law, Child Clinical Psychologist, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust said, “Every parent can take something from this course to make their parenting easier. Parents tend to learn ‘on the job’ through trial and error. Triple P is an evidenced based programme which helps you to work out what’s going well and how to keep doing it, and how to recognise when things are not going well. Parents will learn new skills to encourage behaviours they want to see and how to manage the more problematic behaviours”.

To book a place or for more information on the course, please phone: 01922 603815 (weekdays 9-10:30), email: wellbeing@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk or just turn up on 16th May at 6pm!

Further details can be found on the following website: www8.triplep.net

Mental Health Awareness Week 2012 – Come along and see us in Russells Hall Hospital Hub! – 09/05/12

During Mental health Awareness Week, 21st – 28th May, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s Community Development Workers will be raising awareness of mental health at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley.

The team will be in the Health Hub in the main entrance of Russells Hall Hospital, 21st – 25th May from 10am – 5pm, to give members of the public more information on common mental health problems and reducing stigma of mental health. There will be a variety of information on stress, anxiety and depression available as well as the opportunity to become a Foundation Trust member.

Mental Health Awareness Week is organised every year by the Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues across the country. This year the week focuses on helping others to help yourself including random acts of kindness, volunteering and peer support. Doing good things for others can reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health. It feels good to give and doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or even cost you money.

Why not try and carry out one act of kindness every day during Mental Health Awareness Week to see what difference it makes.

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week please visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk and don’t forget to visit the team at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, DY1 2HQ

Walsall Council asks carers for their views – 24/04/12

People who look after friends, family or neighbours with a mental health issue contributed their views and experiences towards a new carers' strategy being launched in June by Walsall Council.

Carers attended a drop-in session at the Broadway North Centre to discuss the support they have had and the difficulties they have found.

People spoke of the challenges of caring for someone with dementia, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression and Alzheimer's in particular.

They praised the Carers Support Service for the help and information it has given them and highlighted the importance of having a timely Carer's Assessment.

Many said they found it difficult to get out because they have no-one else to take over their caring role. Others highlighted the importance of working with health professionals, including GPs and psychiatrists, who were compassionate and understanding.

Walsall Council and NHS Walsall are working in partnership to launch a new carers' strategy in June this year as well as further develop their ongoing relationships with carers.

Consultation is ongoing. People can complete a questionnaire online at www.walsall.gov.uk/localconsultation, email their comments to carers@walsall.gov.uk, write to Carers, Walsall Council Communications Unit, Walsall Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TS, or contact 01922 655834 or 658368 to chat to someone over the phone.

Give as you Live! – 02/04/12

The Mental Health Foundation have teamed up with Give as you Live so whilst you shop online at your favourite stores you can also be raising money.

There are thousands of brands that each donate to the Mental Health Foundation every time you shop – at no extra cost to you! There are plenty of stores involved including Amazon, Debenhams and Asda and many more.  Over Easter there are plenty of delicious treats from brands including Thorntons, Green & Blacks and Waitrose.

If you spend over £10 on your first purchase the Mental Health Foundation will receive an extra £5.

To find out more and get shopping and donating visit www.giveasyoulive.com

Pampering and Mental Health Awareness for Women and Children in Walsall – 28/03/12

A number of pampering activities for women and children will be available on Saturday 31st March at St Pauls Church in Walsall. The Pampering Day will give service users, carers or the public the chance to get involved in a number of activities whilst talking about any mental health concerns you may have.

At the event there will be free massages, card and jewellery making, henna tattoos and facials as well information on stress, depression and anxiety.

The event is open from 11am – 3pm at St Pauls Church, The Crossing, Darwell Street, Walsall, WS1 1DA. No booking is required, please just drop in on the day.

For any further information please contact Lourenzita Haye on 07766 420098 / 07766 252782 or via Lourenzita.haye@dwmh.nhs.uk