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Mental Health Matters and MPFT launch ground-breaking Mental Health and Autism Peer Support Service in South Staffordshire

19 July 2021, South Staffordshire – Mental Health Matters (MHM) have successfully launched a new Mental Health and Peer Support (MAPS) service in South Staffordshire.

Developed in partnership with Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) and Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS), the service will provide support to individuals with autism who are also struggling with their mental health.

Clients accessing the service will be supported by a Peer Support Worker who can draw on their own experiences to help clients navigate the uncertainty of a diagnosis, create a care plan and access broader services.

Jane Hughes, CEO of MHM, said: “We are excited to launch a support service that is guided by those with lived experience. Working in partnership with MPFT and SAAS allows us to combine our range of expertise to design a service that places clients at the heart of their support”.

Salwa El-Raheb-Booth, Chair of Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society, said: “Expertise by Experience (peer support), is finally acknowledged, and funded. As a Society run by autistics for autistics, SAAS is only too pleased to work with MHM and MPFT in delivering a useful and forward-looking support service for people on the spectrum”.

The service is being commissioned by Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Lisa Agell, Operations Director for Unplanned Care and Mental Health MPFT, added: “It has been fantastic to work in partnership with SAAS to shape these services. Using lived experience and putting the client at the centre of their care plan will make a huge difference to people with autism who are struggling with their mental health”.

Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a third sector organisation providing a wide range of support to people with mental health needs offering a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment. Learn more: www.mhm.org.uk/

Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (SAAS) is a charity that aims to use knowledge of those on the autism spectrum to aid and facilitate independent and happy lives by providing support to people on the autism spectrum, and to promote better understanding and acceptance of the autism spectrum disorder.

Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of MHM, on Monday 19 July, 2021. For more information subscribe and follow https://pressat.co.uk/

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Viagra could have been a groundbreaking cure for period cramps

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FACT: Viagra might be a secret weapon against period cramps

By Purbita Saha

Sildenafil has only been on the market since the late ‘90s. In its brief history it’s helped tens of millions of people and made billions for Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies.

But Viagra (the brand-specific name for the drug) wasn’t always meant to treat erectile dysfunction. It works all over the body, relaxing the muscles and dilating blood vessels, which could either lead to a boner or help with a slew of other conditions. The first clinical trials involving sildenafil were actually for angina and hypertension. Throughout the course of those studies, the attending nurses discovered that the pill had some… conspicuous side effects on people with penises.

[Related: How a Victorian heart medicine became a gay sex drug]

The drugmakers saw a major money making opportunity and changed the drug’s focus. That’s a story plenty of folks have heard before. But what’s less known is that the medication also had soothing effects on study subjects experiencing pain from uterine cramping. A more recent clinical trial, run by Penn State University and the National Institute of Health from 2007 to 2011, followed up on this neglected result. It only included 25 participants, with a few receiving Viagra and a few receiving a placebo, so we have to take them with a grain of salt. But those patients did indeed experience massive relief from primary dysmenorrhea, a.k.a. period cramps, within just four hours. (It’s important to note they got the dose vaginally, not orally, which may have maximized the effectiveness and minimized other side effects.)

Those findings were reported almost eight years ago now, and for some reason there hasn’t been much research or buzz around Viagra and period cramps since. Which might point to a larger pattern in medicine—that there just isn’t a big appetite when it comes to understanding and treating reproductive issues that don’t have to do with penises.

FACT: Cats once dropped out of planes to help fight an army of rats

By Sara Kiley Watson

Weird stories tend to keep getting weirder over time—and the true-story turned urban-legend tale of public health officials who parachuted cats to a remote island to prevent a resurgence of the plague has certainly acquired some mythical add-ons over the years. 

Basically, back in the 1950s, Borneo was having a bit of a mosquito problem. What was customary in the day (and still is in some places), was to knock out those nasty biting bugs with DDT. This thorough spritzing had some unexpected consequences, including that enough predatory creatures died off to cause a massive upswing in thatch-eating caterpillars. But the real problem was that cats kept keeling over.

To regain control over a now precariously poised situation for potentially disease-carrying and predator-free rats, the British Royal Air Force allegedly dropped 20 cats over the island in parachuted baskets to “wage war on rats which were threatening crops.”

Over time, the story has picked up multiple spins. Some sources claim that thousands of yowling cats were involved, while others say that the plague had already broken out amongst the people living there. The most popular fabrication is that this is a story of biomagnification. Listen to this week’s episode to separate feline fact from fiction.

[Related: You’re probably petting your cat wrong]

FACT: In the future we might be able to breathe through our butts

By Rachel Feltman

On one of the very first episodes of Weirdest Thing, I did a whole exhaustive history of something called a smoke enema. You’ll have to go back and listen if you want all the grim details, but the gist is that throughout history and until the early 1800s, people sometimes tried to resuscitate, revive, or otherwise treat ailing humans by blowing smoke up their anuses. 

Now, I’m not quite issuing a correction here. I’m not retracting my fantastic smoke enema expose. But I’m here to say that, while I wish it weren’t so, there may have been more to the idea than I thought back when that old episode aired. In May, researchers released a study that showed at least some mammals—mice and pigs, to be precise—can be saved from suffocation with the help of oxygen-rich enemas

Lead researcher Takanori Takebe, of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, was inspired by non-mammalian animals that we already know can absorb oxygen through their intestines. Sea cucumbers, for example, suck water through these branching tubes just inside their anuses, expelling the liquid and absorbing the oxygen. There are also fish called loaches that, in addition to breathing through gills like most fish, can pop their heads out of the water to get gulps of air through their mouth, which are then absorbed by their intestines since they have no lungs.

So, it wasn’t totally far-fetched to think mammals might be able to get oxygen from their rear ends, but we obviously don’t just breathe through our butts every time we go swimming or anything as simple as that. Listen to this week’s episode to hear how Takebe and his team managed to turn a bunch of hypoxic mice and pigs into happy and healthy butt-breathers.

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Author: Rachel Feltman
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Why ‘The Voice’s Producers Think Ariana Grande’s Addition To The Show Will Be ‘Groundbreaking’

Ariana Grande will be replacing Nick Jonas as a coach on the 21st season of ‘The Voice’ and the show’s team is already ‘excited’ and ‘ecstatic’ about her addition.

Ariana Grande[1], 27, will soon be appearing on television screens everywhere on a weekly basis when she joins The Voice[2] for its 21st season. The singer’s new gig was announced on Mar. 30 when she shared an Instagram pic[3] of herself on the set of the show along with a joyful caption and we’re finding out producers are looking forward to her new role as coach. She’ll be replacing current coach[4] Nick Jonas[5], 28, when she starts the season and according to the series’ team, she’s bound to be a success.

“The team from The Voice are beyond excited to have Ariana join the show next season,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “They can’t wait to have her perform and coach because when it comes to the show, they want the best talent they can get, and Ariana is without question a superstar. Producers are especially ecstatic to see what Kelly [Clarkson][6] and Ariana do during the season when they will likely have many times to perform together.”

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande posing at the Grammy Awards. (MEGA)

“Everyone is expecting quite a few memorable moments as the show is always looking to reinvigorate itself and move forward and be on the pulse of current music,” the source continued. “And when it comes to Nick, they love Nick and understand he has to work on music, hopeful touring, and some acting projects he is getting off the ground. The show is a well-oiled machine right now that everyone will be back including Nick. They just love mixing it up from season to season to keep it fresh.”

The team also seems to have full confidence in what Ariana will bring to the table and even think her addition will be “groundbreaking.” “Everyone is beyond excited to say the least though for what Ariana has to offer,” the insider further shared. “It is going to be in a word groundbreaking.”

Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande during a previous outing. (MEGA)

Ariana will join returning coaches Kelly, John Legend[7], and Blake Shelton[8] when she starts the show next season. Carson Daly will also return as host. Nick, who appeared[9] on seasons 18 and 20, sent his well wishes to Ariana shortly after she announced the happy news. “Congrats @arianagrande. You’re going to kill it next season. Welcome to the family,” the message read.


  1. ^ Ariana Grande (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ The Voice (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ Instagram pic (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ coach (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ Nick Jonas (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ Kelly [Clarkson] (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ John Legend (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ Blake Shelton (hollywoodlife.com)
  9. ^ who appeared (hollywoodlife.com)

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