Tuesday, 3 September 2019

September Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It is certain that our mental health and wellbeing benefit from avoiding bad politics and the news​ from time to time​.
However the recent British news are hard to be ignored, specially with the Austerity measures​,​ resembling the Nazi's holocaust steps, that have been in place for years now.
In July Boris Johnson was appointed Prime Minister (probably by a group of 0.01% of the population, consisting of male, white Tories) and these days he is trying to shut down democracy, closing the Parliament. This is not only going to affect the migrants after Brexit, but every citizen.

Since Saturday 31st August people have been protesting to oppose to Boris's coup
More protest are in plan every day now in every town and city in the country www.stopthecoup.org.uk

Another protest is taking place at Parliament Square London, SW1P today, Tuesday 3 September 6-8pm 

We'll be again at LARC on Monday 16 September for our monthly meeting. 
Do join us, please and in the main time enjoy these remaining mild days of Summer.


EVENTS & OTHER NEWS

A Homage to Razz
4 September 7:45pm, National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall
Celebrate the life of poet and musician Razz, guardian of Survivors’ Poetry, in an evening of readings and tribute. Eight Survivors’ Poetry poets closely connected with Razz perform a concoction of Razz’s work and their own to pay homage to the legacy he left to us all: Simon Jenner, Frank Banga, Dave Russell, Jessica Lawrence, Debbie McNamara, George Tahta, Colin Hambrook, Wendy Young and MC Cina Rama www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/events-exhibitions/homage-razz

Also Survivors' Poetry Live at the Poetry Cafe 
Thu 12 Sept, 7:30-10.30pm. Arrive 7pm to sign up (1.50 floorspots / 2.50 conc/ 3.50). 
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX.  Facebook: Survivor's Poetry Gigs

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Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about? curated by Dolly Sen

7th September - 8th November. Open 10am - 5pm Wednesday - Friday. Including first and last Saturdays of the month
Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, Kent bethlemgallery.com/event/art-protest-whats-there-to-be-mad-about
A group exhibition of artworks and protest ephemera and a series of live performances and acts of protest.

Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy
7 September 2019 - 4 January 2020 Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Hospital, Beckenham Kent BR3 3BX

Making of a documentary about views on mental distress
Dolly Sen is a 'mad artist' and she is making a documentary called 'BEDLAMB' on a bed surrounded by cuddly sheep toys, asking people their views on madness/mental distress, what it is and why people are becoming increasingly mentally distressed. If you want to be interviewed for the film, contact dollysen70@hotmail.com.
6th September 5 - 7pm, Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, Kent. bethlemgallery.com
14th September, Great Yarmouth during the day in the town centre, library and beach
This is part of a bigger project Section 136, which you can find out more about at www.section136.co.uk

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Manchester Mad Pride All-Dayer - MHRN fundraiser

8 Sep at 12noon till Midnight, Niamos, Chichester Road, M15 5EU Manchester

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NSUN is RECRUITING Chief Executive Officer & new trustees
CEO application form & CV to be returned by Friday 20th September – 6pm
Trustees applications deadline is Monday 16th September 2019 – 9am
info@nsun.org.uk  www.nsun.org.uk/news/nsun-is-recruiting

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FREE training in Intentional Peer Support A Pioneering Method for One-to-One Peer Counselling
12th September6pm-8pm, Islington Town Hall, London
A Talk for Health Special event where TfH founder Nicky Forsythe will teach some key ideas and practices from IPS

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The Critical Psychotherapy Network First Annual Conference 
Challenging Psychotherapeutic, Psychoanalytic and Counselling Norms in the Era of managed Care
Sat 14 September10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The Philadelphia Association4 Marty's YardLondon NW3 1QW

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DPAC at The World Transformed 2019  
Sat 21 Sep 2019 10:00 am - Tue 24 Sep 2019 10:00 pm Brighton
DPAC is hosting some sessions at The World Transformed this year. The World Transformed is about imagining radical change and planning how to make it happen.
A 4-day politics, arts and music festival running alongside the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, working to build left power both inside and outside of Parliament.
Read more about it on The World Transformed  and DPAC dpac.uk.net/2019/08/dpac-at-the-world-transformed-2019

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Mental Health Crisis Summit
Sat, 28 September 10:00 – 17:00, Royal Free Campus, UCL Medical School, Rowland Hill St, Hampstead, London NW3 2PF
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-crisis-summit-tickets-61871782166

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NSUN Members' Event and AGM 2019 - The Value of User-led Groups
Thu, 24 October, 10:30 – 16:30 pm, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nsun-members-event-and-agm-2019-the-value-of-user-led-groups-tickets-69003937635

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Update about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons (UNCRPD)

Dorothy Gould has provided an update on the most recent development concerning the UNCRPD. Work is now occurring on indicators for the 33 Articles which make up the UNCRPD. The idea is that these can then be used to demonstrate further what the UNCRPD means in practice and to track a country’s progress with implementing it. Read the full update www.nsun.org.uk/news/update-on-the-uncrpd

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​Research project​ 
What supports patients to understand their rights under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007)?

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New online advocacy tool from British Institute of Human Rights 
The BIHR has a new online advocacy tool which supports people with mental health and/or mental capacity issues, and those who advocate for them, to know when their human rights may be at risk and how to use the law to resolve these issues knowyourhumanrights.co.uk
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Service user perspectives on coercion and restraint in mental health
Diana Rose, Emma Perry, Sarah Rae and Naomi Good Published in BJPsych International August 2017

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Antidepressant withdrawal – the tide is finally turning
www.cambridge.org/core/journals/epidemiology-and-psychiatric-sciences/article/antidepressant-withdrawal-the-tide-is-finally-turning/8394C10FE317CA5A39B62B86793FC3ED/core-reader

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CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act to highlight payments made to doctors
The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry calls for the implementation of a UK Sunshine Act to make transparent the financial relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies & the makers of medical devices cepuk.org/2019/08/06/cep-calls-uk-sunshine-act-highlight-payments-made-doctors

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Better provision for people coming off medication​ Petition​
www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-mp-better-provision-for-people-coming-off-medication

Stop sending misleading letters to GPs
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F.E.E.L. - Friends of East End Loonies
FEEL meets the third Monday of each month 6.30 - 8.30 pm LARC 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London  E1 1ES U.K.


www.facebook.com/feel.campaign

Thursday, 8 August 2019

August Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We wish to send massive congratulations to the Deaf men that just finished completing the Two Deaf Foots John O'Groats to Lands End walk across Britain.
Mark Hodgson started his journey from John O' Groats on June 5 and was later joined by Daniel DorneyThe aim of their challenge was to raise awareness about the "mental health crisis" faced by the deaf community, following thesad news of a number of deaf people that took their lives across the country lately. What set the alarm was the passing of Daniel Webster earlier this year, when took his life after being denied access to direct BSL services by his local CCGwww.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/danielmjwebsterfund

Donations of this latest foundrise will go to SignHealth and Deaf4Deaf charities, which provide services for Deaf/BSL users also remotely, via video-chat, with the hope to reach as many Deaf people in need of talking therapies and support  www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/2deaffoot?utm_term=7PvnpAdPg

Deaf suicide survivor Richard D France asserted how the services received within the Deaf unit at Springfield Hospital, in South London, made a whole difference in his care and health improvement. He talks about his experience in a documentary released recently www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/getting-personal-pilot
Once again healthy and clear communication seems to be essential while offering help and support, rather than pills and forced treatments.
Specialised Deaf units also provide a healthy ratio between patients to nursing staff on wards, something that it's generally missing in general/mainstream wards, where nurses often work 12-14hrs shifts (if not doing a double shift covering for staff shortage doing TWO straight shifts), while overloaded with bureaucratic duties.

Most of the mainstream services, conferences and events are not accessible to the Deaf community, creating massive gaps to the information that reach them.
It must be stressed that not all deaf people use sign language and deafness in se is not necessarily the cause of mental illness in the individuals.
It is important to carry on these conversations and strengthening the arguments, as change is happening, even if at a slow pace.
Concluding the topic with the You Have to be deaf to understand the deaf poem, written in 1971 by Willard J. Madsen, professor of journalism at Gallaudet University.

As always we look forward to see many of you for our monthly F.E.E.L. meeting which is taking place on 
Monday the 19th August at LARC 6:30-8:30pm.
Also stay tuned for the forthcoming Art and Protest - Exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery, curated by Dolly Sen, opening next month.
Our FEEL banner with the Loonies Proverb will be exhibited there possibly encouraging the sprouting of more seeds. Details below.


EVENTS & OTHER NEWS

Call for Solutions - Ideas and suggestions for a better welfare benefits system
The Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience are gathering ideas and suggestions for a better social security system.
The deadline for submissions has now been extended until the end of August warwick.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BNZ7EnuWbbhsBn

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Survivors' Poetry Live at the Poetry Cafe 
Thu 8 August, 7:30-10.30pm. Arrive 7pm to sign up (1.50 floorspots / 2.50 conc/ 3.50). 
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden WC2H 9BX. 
Guest artists Jeanetter Ju-Pierre. MC Dave Russell. Facebook: Survivor's Poetry Gigs

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1960s and 70s Underground Press, 
by UCL Institute of Advanced Studies 
Tue, 13 August 12:30 – 14:15 pm, IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, LONDON WC1E 6BT

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'Picnics are a Health Outcome', a Mental Health Resistance Network pic-nic 
Wed 14 August, Hyde Park www.facebook.com/events/3235989503085510
MHRN are challenging NHS England to remove the statement in their NHS long term plan that cites work as a health outcome for mental health treatments.
Everyone is welcome to join the pic-nic & performances in Hyde Park (flyers attached) 

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Spirituality & Recovery Peer Support Group
*Last Wednesday of the month 2pm - 4pm  (optional mindfulness: 1.30pm-2pm)
The Canvas Cafe 42 Hanbury St, London E1 5JL. Enquiries: elft.SpiritualPeer@nhs.net
2nd Friday of the month 3pm - 4.30pm (optional mindfulness: 2.30pm-3pm)
St John's Church, Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NG Enquiries: elft.SpiritualPeer@nhs.net
 
 
 
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LHVN NETWORK MEETING, Speaker: MICK MCKEOWN
Wednesday 4th September, 2pm - 5pm, Mind in Camden, Barnes House 9-15 Camden Rd, NW1 9LQ
Please let us know if you will be attending, and encourage your group members to attend lhvn@mindincamden.org.uk
It is a meeting for group members, and anyone interested, as well as facilitators.

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WILLIAM BLAKE EXHIBITION 
11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020, TATE BRITAIN, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

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Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about?

7th September - 8th November, Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX
Open 10am - 5pm Wednesday - Friday. Including first and last Saturdays of the month.

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'Putting Power into Participation' focus group
Friday 20th September, 11am to 3pm, Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP
Shaping Our Lives and the University of Essex are looking for people with lived experience of using services to take part in a focus group in London on Friday 20th September. They want to find out about how involvement and participation can lead to direct policy change. This workshop will explore ways in which service users might be enabled to directly challenge policy decisions that affect them. The emphasis will be on identifying processes in and around participative democracy. 
Refreshments and a light lunch is provided. Travel and support: Reasonable travel and support costs will be funded. There is an involvement payment of £25 for those people who wish to accept it. Contact Becki Meakin on 07956 424511 or at becki@shapingourlives.org.uk 

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Engaging with Voicesby Balanced Minds, £10 – £25
Thu, 26 September10:00 - 16:00, Golders Green Friends Meeting House17 North Square, London NW11 7AD

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I is for Insult: questioning "Borderline Personality Disorder", With Rachel Rowan Olive

27th September 2019, 10.30 - 17.00, Cardboard Citizens, Cardboard Citizens, 77A Greenfield Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1EJ

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Mental Health Crisis Summit

Sat, 28 September 10:00 – 17:00, Royal Free Campus, UCL Medical School, Rowland Hill St, Hampstead, London NW3 2PF
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-crisis-summit-tickets-61871782166

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'DROP THE DISORDER' - THE BOOK!
You can pre-order your copy of the new Drop The Disorder book www.pccs-books.co.uk/products/drop-the-disorder/
Find out about their upcoming events in different towns and cities around the UK www.adisorder4everyone.com/events

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7th British Congress on Medicine and Spirituality, by BUSS - British Union of Spiritist Societies

9 + 10 November 10am-5:30pm, Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, W1 6XT London

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/7th-british-congress-on-medicine-and-spirituality-tickets-56246935097

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The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) online tool
Released recently for people with mental health or mental capacity issues: It gives tips on how to identify whether an issue you have with your care or treatment is a human rights issue. It provides suggestions on how to use a human rights approach to overcome these challenges knowyourhumanrights.co.uk

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Matthew Leahy death public inquiry
petition.parliament.uk/petitions/255823

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Callout for people in self-employed, zero hours or gig jobs. Share your experiences of being on Universal Credit

If you are in a self employed, zero hour or gig economy job and you are claiming Universal Credit, DPAC are interested to know your experiences of claiming UC while self employed. Is it working OK? Or not? Please email mail@dpac.uk.net and share your experience.

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Free Our People Now - Institutions are No Solution  fundraiser

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Reparations For An Oppressive Psychiatric System Petition

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How can the Power Threat Meaning Framework be applied to experiences perceived to be transcendent/ transformative, or spiritual, and how could it be used to support this?
Fri, 17 January 202010:00 – 17:00Conway Hall25 Red Lion SquareLondon WC1R 4RL