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South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) has been chosen to host a series of focus groups as part of the Government’s review of the Mental Health Act.

The review has been set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. There are concerns that processes are out of step with a modern mental health system and also that rates of detention under the Act are rising, with a disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups being detained.

The review is seeking the views of service users and carers, relevant professionals and associated organisations.

Its Eating Disorders Awareness week this week and staff from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s inpatient eating disorder ward at St George’s Hospital in Stafford will be wearing silly socks to mark their support.

Clinicians and researchers with an interest in mother and baby mental health are invited to a two day symposium to be held at St George's Hospital Stafford.  Chaired by Professor Ian Brockington the event will feature international experts from Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

Sessions will discuss the use of the Stafford Interview and the worldwide development of the mother and baby mental health specialty.

The event, on 24-25 May 2018 will cost £100 per delegate.

For more information contact: eve.walker@sssft.nhs.uk

Colleagues at Wellbeing Matters, Tamworth, have been working on resources to help practitioners and service users access Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) resources.

The team offer support to people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and trauma. One treatment used is CBT which is used to break down a problem into manageable parts which can be focused on within treatment. This process is called formulation. Many people find it helpful to do this using diagrams or graphic representations which can be a problem if you have a visual impairment.

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