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Eradicating the City's Mental Health Stigma

Eradicating the City's Mental Health Stigma

20 July 2017 | City AM

Concerns about relationships and finances can have a huge impact on our performance at work. It’s therefore crucial that businesses look to support employees with their entire life.

As a law firm partner for many years, I have always been interested in optimising team performance. But it was only when I took over as managing partner of our business in the UK and Africa that I recognised the extent to which our health, both physical and mental, needs to be treated as a core business issue.

One in three cases of dementia ‘could be prevented’...

One in three cases of dementia ‘could be prevented’ by targeting nine key risk factors

20 July 2017 | The Nursing Times (will require registration to access full article)

One in three cases of dementia could potentially be prevented if brain health is improved throughout life by targeting nine risk factors, according to researchers.

The risk factors identified as key include continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life.

MOD launches Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

MOD launches Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

19 July | GOV.UK

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, has today launched an innovative strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces, their families, veterans, and Defence civilians.

While rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the Armed Forces (3.2%) than in the general population (3.5%), the challenge of improving the mental health of the MOD’s entire workforce is an important one. While rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the Armed Forces (3.2%) than in the general population (3.5%), the challenge of improving the mental health of the MOD’s entire workforce is an important one. The Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2022, launched by Mr Ellwood at an international conference with counterparts from the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, builds on five years of research and aims to build a coordinated approach to prevent, detect, and treat mental health and wellbeing issues, as well as introduce measures to promote the importance of mental health.

Research suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious

Research suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious

19 July 2017 | BBC News

Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious.

Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfies and 35% said their confidence was directly linked to the number of followers they had.

Instagram was highlighted as having become the vehicle most used for mean comments.

Seven per cent of young social network users said they had been bullied on the Facebook-owned photo app.

That compared to a figure of 6% for Facebook itself, 5% for Snapchat and 2% for Twitter and YouTube.

Stressful experiences 'can age the brain by four years'

Stressful experiences 'can age the brain by four years'

17 July 2017, BBC News | Health

Stressful events in life, such as the death of a child, divorce or being fired, can age the brain by at least four years, US researchers suggests.

Shortlist for WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Awards announced

WMAHSN Celebration of Innovation

Posted on 13 July 2017 

The shortlist has now been released for WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Awards 2017! 

Following the success of last years awards - which saw more than 80 entries flood in from across the West Midlands - this year, there are even more categories, celebrating innovation in healthcare across the region.The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Event on 20 July - you can take a look at the programme - and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth, as well as the organisation's key priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals or teams and innovative organisations.
 

The King's Fund responds to the latest NHS Providers report

The Kinds Fund

7th July 2017

The King’s Fund has responded to the new NHS Providers report, The State of the NHS Provider Sector.

Helen Gilburt, Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund, said: ‘This report yet again raises concerns around how good intentions on mental health are often not translating into better services on the ground. The NHS is under severe financial pressure, but sacrificing funding for mental health to relieve other parts of the system is at odds with the commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health.

Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients

Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients

There has been a steep rise in the number of people arriving at A&E departments in England with mental health problems, figures show. Experts say a lack of early support means patients are reaching crisis....

Call for proposals for the 2018 EIT Health Business Plan

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We are now entering a new year of EIT Health KIC operations. As you may be aware, EIT Health runs on an annual planning cycle and the call for proposals for inclusion in the 2018 Business Plan has now been issued, with a deadline of 12 April. There is a useful summary on page 5 of the document. We have had considerable success so far, so you are strongly encouraged to apply.
 

Matchmaking Event


Projects will need partners from at least two CLCs, and those who are considering or preparing proposals can find partners at the forthcoming Matchmaking Event, running 1 - 3 February in Uppsala. Paddie Murphy and Karen Morrey from the WMAHSN are planning to attend and would like to take ideas from West Midlands partners with them. Please use this template to describe your idea and the type of collaborators you are seeking, and send it to Paddie or Karen by 30 January. The more detail they receive, the better job they can do finding partners for you. If you would like to attend the event, please let Paddie or Karen know and they will forward the registration information.
 

Meridian LIVE - 15 February

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As you may be aware, on 15 February the WMAHSN will be commemorating the first birthday of Meridian, the online health innovation exchange, at the Meridian LIVE event at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, Birmingham.


Supporting the spread of good practice to deliver improved health and wealth across the West Midlands, Meridian has grown from strength to strength in its inaugural twelve months. Meridian LIVE will offer you and your colleagues the chance to network and explore the latest innovations and advances within the region, meeting the people behind the campaigns and innovations submitted.

Places are free but limited, so if you have not already done so, book your place as soon as possible at Eventbrite. Please also share details of this event with colleagues in your organisation and among your networks. 

There will also be an exhibition zone, with space for up to 50 organisations to showcase their healthcare challenges and innovations to a potential audience of 200+ innovators and potential partners. With two-thirds of the exhibition spaces already booked, you are encouraged to book a free exhibition place for your organisation to maximise your presence at the event. To register your interest in an exhibition stand, please contact [email protected] or call 0121 371 8061 as soon as possible.