Archive for November, 2007

World AIDS Day

November 29, 2007


According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

Around 95% of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2007

World AIDS Day was originally organised by UNAIDS, who chose the theme after consultation with other organisations. In 2005 UNAIDS handed over responsibility for World AIDS Day to an independent organisation known as The World AIDS Campaign (WAC).

The WAC’s slogan for their work is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise”. This is an appeal to governments, policy makers and regional health authorities to ensure that they meet the many targets that have been set in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and especially the promise of universal access to HIV treatment, care, support and prevention services by 2010. This campaign will run until 2010, with a related theme chosen for World AIDS Day each year.

The 2007 theme, “leadership”, highlights the need for innovation, vision and perseverance in the face of the AIDS challenge. The campaign calls on all sectors of society such as families, communities and civil society organisations – rather than just governments – to take the initiative and provide leadership on AIDS.

Stop AIDS in Children

In line with this year’s theme, AVERT is running the Stop AIDS in Children campaign to call for urgent action in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Currently only 9% of pregnant women living with HIV in the developing world are provided with drugs to prevent the virus being transmitted to their babies. As a result, nearly half a million children become infected with HIV every year. The Stop AIDS in Children campaign is calling on governments and international agencies to urgently improve PMTCT coverage worldwide.

All the above information has been provided by Avert and if you would like to read more, the link to their site is below.

In Wales there will be a demonstration at the Senydd in Cardiff at 12.30 this Friday 30th November.   If you have the time to go along in support, please wear something red. 


What is meant by ‘domestic violence’?

November 27, 2007

    Facts & figures

Although domestic violence is chronically under reported, research estimates that it:

  • accounts for 16% of all violent crime (Source: Crime in England and Wales 04/05 report)
  • has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)
  • costs in excess of £23bn a year
  • claims the lives of two women each week and 30 men per year
  • will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime

This is the link to the Home Office website where you can read this and other information for yourself.

The following entry is from Australia, where it is stated that domestic violence will affect the lives of 50% of Australian women in their lifetime.

Sydney, Australia – November 2, 2007 – White Ribbon today launches its 2007

national campaign with a call to action for all political parties to pledge their commitment

to develop social policies to end violence against women in Australia. At the launch of its

annual media campaign White Ribbon asks Australia’s politicians to remember that

almost half of all Australian women will be victims of physical or sexual abuse in their

lifetime, and implores them to bring violence prevention strategies higher up the political

agenda.   To read more click on this link:-

Keep up to date..

November 27, 2007

So much has come onto these pages in the last few days – you may want to know that further down, and on previous pages, you will find posts on:

Violence Against Women;  Mr Blair and the ‘nutter’ word;  Statistics for Violence Against Women;  WAG Consultations – the MHA and Draft Code of Practice;  Network and Forum and a programme change;  CONCUR newsletter Issue 5;  “What Difference does it make?” event on 7th December;  Addy’s blog – a real insight and a brave one too; Mental Health Promotion Wales newsletter link;  More NHS Shake-ups coming..; and lots more as you work back throught the pages/archives.   Oh, what a busy bee I am.


Mind comments on boost to war veterans mental health care

November 27, 2007

Leading mental health charity Mind today (Friday 23 November) comments on the Government’s plans to provide specialist mental health care to ex-military servicemen.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of mental health charity Mind, said:

“There’s no doubt that soldiers can suffer considerable trauma in conflict zones, and it goes without saying that for people experiencing trauma on a daily basis, mental health care should be an absolute priority.

In recent months more and more ex-servicemen have been contacting Mind not knowing where to go for help, highlighting that the need for specialist mental health care has become increasingly urgent.

The Government’s plans to extend mental health services to all war veterans are a considerable improvement on current policy, which has in the past excluded people from much needed after-care, and seen others queuing up for urgent treatment.

Whilst these plans are a step in the right direction, we now need the Government to invest new funds in long-term care and support, including regular mental health check-ups for servicemen, and increasing the range of support they can access so that this very unique need can be fully met.”

Oberon comments:

Mind have produced an excellent booklet – Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder – which is available to read on their website -use the Mind link in links – and also to purchase if you want.   This also contains a list of organisations and services being provided to help and support service women and men who are suffering mental ill health as a result of their battle experiences.  The government plans may take a little time to come on line – but there is an increasing amount of help available in the community and on the internet, and this booklet and the information it contains is a good start for both sufferers, families and carers.  This blog would also be pleased to have comments on this post and PTSD from anyone involved.  Just click on comments at the end of this post, and write what you want.

Is this what you meant by ‘nutter’ Mr Blair?

November 27, 2007

Still can’t believe you used this adjective. 

Wikipedia – the nutter word….. 

People with mental disorders

Particularly in the UK, people with mental disorders are often nicknamed nutters. In general, the word describes a person who behaves erratically or abnormally. The word was probably made popular by Jasper Carrott in his “Nutter on the Bus” routine.

International Day to end Violence Against Women

November 26, 2007

End Violence Against Women

Sunday 25th November was the start of the International 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women.  If you, or a friend have suffered such violence, or if you are wanting to get involved to work to bring an end to this criminal behaviour then you may like to have a look at the linked information below.

Statistics for violence against women

Violence against women is a major problem in the UK. In fact, almost half of all women in the UK experience domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking (Walby & Allen, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking: Findings from the British Crime Survey, 2004).

For some forms of violence against women such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation, rape and sexual violence, trafficking and forced prostitution we have limited statistics. This is due to a number of factors including: the hidden nature of the abuse; fear and stigma preventing reporting and lack of systematic data collection by the UK Government. The figures that are available are likely to be an underestimate.

Millions of women and girls every year are being beaten, raped, mutilated, abducted, forced to marry, and murdered. It’s time for the violence to stop.

The links on the left of this page will take you to a list of facts and statistics that illustrate just how prevalent violence against women is here in the UK.

Key research:

WAG Consultations

November 26, 2007

Do you know that the Welsh Assembly Government is holding a number of consultations during November and December.   One that may particularly interest service users and carers involves the Mental Health Act and the draft Code of Practice for Wales.   In conjunction with WAG, Mind Cymru are organising a series of consultations.   One is being held in Merthyr in mid December, and if you would like to go, please speak to your Mind Drop-in manager as soon as possible, or contact

Steven John
Network Support Team Administrator
Mind Cymru
3rd Floor, Quebec House
Castlebridge, Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff, CF11 9AB
T: 029 2034 6578

This Consultation is important for both service users and carers – you need to know what is being proposed and to express your own views while there is time.

Network and Forum – programme change.

November 26, 2007

Sorry, but there has to be a change around of the format for the meetings.   The Network will now be at 1.30 – 2.30 and the Forum 2.45 – 3.45.   We are sorry for this short notice, but the situation is unavoidable if we are to help people attend the Forum.   The agenda is as published but there will also be a chance to say whether you prefer that advocacy is provided as at present – with a separation between in-patient and community advocacy, or whether you would prefer generic advocacy – where the same advocate can work with you in either situation.  Have a think about it before the meeting, and we will try to get a group decision.

Nutter’s Mr Blair?

November 26, 2007

Funny that Tony Blair should apparently have been worried that if he became openly involved with religion when Prime Minister, he might be thought of as a nutter.   Wonder what he could mean?  Who does he think are the nutters that he doesn’t want to be compared with?  Stigma and discrimination are everywhere, aren’t they?

Like animals – want a smile?

November 23, 2007

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