Sunday, 23 May 2010

Anthony Robbins interview with Deepak Chopra

Two great masters of inspiration offer some ideas. Listen to the valuable advice they give:

"CIMAP! Cento Italiani Matti a Pechino"

CIMAP, also renamed 'Atomic! A Train of Mad Italians in China', is a documentary filmed in 2008. It tells the journey taken by 77 people affected by different types of mental illness and 130 operators and professionals that assisted them in this travel by train from Venice to Beijing. The aim: finding the dividing line that separets madness from normality. The film is being shown in some halls in Italy starting in Trento on 27/05 with the hope that it might get translated and pass the Italian borders soon.

Be Mindful

Be Mindful is a campaign by the Mental Health Foundation about mindfulness meditation. Find out about the clinical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapies, especially for depression, and listen to how mindfulness has helped people who practice it.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Bipolar disorder: the 'stalking beast'

Testing & researching on BAD (bipolar affective disorder): more about it has been discovered in the past 10yrs than the previous 50yrs. What will the next decade of research bring us with???

Read the Guardian article to find out how more participation could help researchers

How are patient movements doing in the UK today?

HSCNews is conducting a survey of patient-interest groups to determine the current state of the patient movement in the UK, and the hurdles faced by service users groups and individuals.
The closing date for this survey is Wednesday June 9th 2010.
For more information on HSCNews see:

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

ADHD linked to pesticides

Children exposed to pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.

Ruby Wax "Losing it!"

A play starring Ruby Wax and Judith Owen.
Directed by Thea Sharrock

Monday, 17 May 2010

The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

Stephen Fry's documentary is a must see:
The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive
Episode 1: BBC4, Monday 17th May 2010, 7.30pm...a few hrs ago, sorry!
Episode 2: BBC4, Wednesday 19th May 2010, 7.30pm

You can also read 'The Secret Life of Manic Depression', introduced by Stephen Fry:

Out of Mind season

The Out of Mind season is supported by the Open University and Headroom.
Lots of food for thought.

Sectioned: Wednesday, 21:00 on BBC Four

A documentary following people who have been sectioned as they go through the mental health system.

Mental: A History of the Madhouse.

Mental: A History of the Madhouse was on air tonight. It'll be broadcasted again on Thursday, the 20th at 04:00 on BBC Four...4am?!?! :s

Also a good review on the programme on

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Prevention and early detention strategies.

THEDS has been launched in Tower Hamlets to promote the mental health and well being of 16-25 year olds. Preventing is always better that curing :)

SSRI, anyone?!?!

Find out how an increasing proportion of clinical research of SSRI drugs is privatised and directly influenced by pharmaceutical companies and diffuse distorted information...
Well, not only SSRI of course: think about the deadly swine flu for example!

Which cure?

Alternative or orthodox methods? What works for you??? What is right, what is wrong? Do you wait for the Dr to cure you or can you find your best cure by yourself? Expect humor and entertainment in this next exhibition ;)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

FEEL's News.

Dear Friends,

I hope all is well with you.

FEEL's monthly meeting is back next Monday the 17th of May as usual: The LARC Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel E1 1ES (6.30-8.30pm).

The past meetings have become busier and busier.
We all agreed that the first ten minutes of the meeting will be dedicated to creating an agenda for the evening. I would encourage you to arrive in time if there is any pressing issue that you consider to be discussed urgently. May I also suggest that all socialising and exchanges might be left at the end of the meeting in order to start promtly in time, please.

Following the great success of "The Pageant of Survivors History" last March, the Survivors History Group and FEEL have now been invited by a SU group in Ealing to join them and repeat the event. Exact date and locations haven't been agreed yet, but please get in touch if you wish to contribute in any way. Will pass more information very soon.

Please, note that this blog is still under construction, however you are very welcome to share your views in regards.

Looking forward to seeing many of you soon.

Best wishes.

Welcome to FEEL's blog!

Dear Friends,

We would like to welcome you to FEEL's blog!

The idea of having a blog generated following the discontent of some of our friends: the idea of opening a Facebook account in order to read about our updates didn't seem suitable for many.

Apparently Facebook still needs a bit of time before getting popular with everyone. I must admit that I have been a bit skeptical when I was firstly introduced to it, but in fact now it is a big favorite of mine.

I very hope that this blog will allow easier access to people, more participation and perhaps a bit of open comparison/confront if we do wish to work towards improvements within the mental health spectrum.

The Facebook group will still get updated whenever- time permitting -there are relevant information to share: I believe that it will also be easier for members to share their findings and information, posting them directly on the Wall.
Here is our Facebook link

Looking forward to reading people' comments & ideas: we wish to hear your voice! We are working towards a mutual goal: join us in doing so.

Working together GREATER results can be achieved!!!