Two complex local issues at large locally this week, handled in the usual oafish manner:
Firstly: A new £1.3 million mental health centre for young people in Scarborough has celebrated its official opening. The event at Lake House was a chance to showcase three powerful short films which were created for the occasion. The films, titled Introducing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Self-Harm and Family Therapy, were launched alongside vibrant artwork which takes pride of place within the new purpose-built building.... Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust has invested nearly £1.3m in the new Lake House building at 20 Manor Court, Eastfield as part of its plans to fundamentally modernise the way CAHMS services are provided. The new base offers an excellent standard of accommodation giving staff and children and young people up to the age of 18 in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale, a modern working and therapeutic environment.
One of the films showcased on (self-harm) is hardly teen (Alien) - viewing but may help the 'grown ups', the message - don't panic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjeXyyc7858.
NB@ Alien - a euphonism - eggs hatch into ??? ... are they really so fragile?
As adults we may fondly reminisce on our misspent youth, fags behind the bike shed, skipping skool, cans of cider, the odd spliff, did we really give a hoot of what was going on in the wider world - all that mattered were our mates, our friends ... that was then, are things so different now?
The media, social-media, information overload, paranoia blah blah - ever tried to get in an Aliens' head? - waste of time - they feed off each other, need each other, Aliens are, just that. Alien. But, they are far from stoopid, and since time began it is often the most inquisitive, sensitive and often highly intelligent that vear off the cemented paths that are layed.
So some may fall foul of the nests in which we lay our eggs. Many choose to jump or leap out of the nest into that great unknown. The explorers. Some spread their wings and fly, others don't. Who knows?
'Scarborough Council admits its hands are tied to stop a shop selling ‘legal highs’ from reopening – even though they originally shut it down. Controversial ‘head shop’ Greenworld is set to open up again at a new spot in Falsgrave, weeks after the council closed the Market Vaults unit over claims it breached its licence by selling the substances. However the firm is set to open at a privately owned unit – meaning the council can’t stop it from reopening.
“We are aware that Greenworld is looking to open up its business in private premises elsewhere in the town,” said Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Democracy, Neighbourhoods and Stronger and Safer Communities http://via..ssional/. “While we do not have the same powers to act on private property as we do on council owned premises, we are looking at all places where New Psychoactive Substances are sold and together with our partner agencies, will take action where appropriate on a case by case basis.”
Michelle (the youngest elected member of SBC) brings to the attention of the local media, a bit of a problem, though as per usual, those in the the cosy 'cul-de-sac' are sitting behind closed curtains.
But, to put this 'story' into current context, today the House of Commons are debating on Drugs Policy, following a report that harsh penalties for drug users do not work; "Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker said the report, comparing the UK with other countries, should end "mindless rhetoric" on drugs policy. He accused the Conservatives of "suppressing" the findings for months. Prime Minister David Cameron said the research did not offer "specific conclusions" and said he did not "believe in" decriminalising drugs." source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764
Aliens with criminal records (wings clipped) are hardly going to fly. So, the not so stoopid Alien goes to the Legal High shop? (NB: incoming reports (flashes) from local Aliens on their experiences with Legal Highs are currently being collated.)
Anyhow, this article may appear clumsy or insensitive, sobeit. My point is that members of our Council are actually on the case with these multi-layered issues, and in line with PPC Julia Mulligan's various 'agencies' working together (though I still have reservations with a view to 'the outsiders' becoming even more alienated or isolated) (I guess flexibility and dynamic thinking is the order of the day). The MP's (Bingo Bob) taking up 'space' at the £ 6 mil lottery funded purpose built hub for teenagers for use of his political office certainly needs cracking wide open ... but thats another 'story' ... though following that logic...
Anyhow, the Scarborough News headline 'We are powerless to act', referring to Scarborough Borough Council (all Codes of Conduct n stuff) ... does provoke some thinking outside of the box .... so will the Aliens take direct action ... ??? or is this purely for the academic ...
or instrumental ...
or for us oldies :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIIGrkL9foQ