Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Saturday, 26 June 2010


'Dogged by depression or anxiety? Fed up with mood swings? Imagine being able to get on top of things again, with the help of your friends. Antidepressants and psychotherapy have their place, but Moodscope puts you in control.' You might try this as it is being offered free for a public beta trial. Register and fill in your questionnaire to see how you are doing. Check out the very nice blog too ;)


The Summer edition of the Pendulum comes on a new practical B5 format. Lots of precious infos as always



INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION: 7th - 30th June, Monday - Friday 10-4 (Free entry) As part of 3rd annual Gypsy, Roma & Traveller History Month, LIWC has created a fabulous exhibition of photographs, artefacts and a walk-in model caravan showing the history and culture of Irish Travellers. Only a few days left!!!


Monday, 21 June 2010

Survivors Research Network Seminar Series

Please book your places now for the seminar on `The Survivors History Movement and the History of Self Harm activism´, to discuss the value of history for those of us who have suffered severe mental distress, to take place from 4.00pm-6.00pm at the Centre for Excellence in Mental Health, Basement Watson Building, University of
Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT on Wednesday July 14th.

To book a place, contact Nicki Young:
Tel: 0121 415 8570, email: n.young.1@bham.ac.uk,
Post: CEIMH, Basement, Watson Building,
University of Birmingham B15 2TT

Friday, 11 June 2010

Human Experimentation.

Last May Paolo Fiora joined us at our monthly meeting to talk about Human Experimentation.
This is a pretty unknown subject to the wide public, but every so now and then you can read articles circulating in regards, like the one I recently came across with http://www.greenchange.org/article.php?id=5904
But aren't many mental patients the object of human experimentation too? While being administered "new drugs" that little knowledge, if any, justifies the long term effect on the physical body, left alone the effect on the mind, that people discovers after years on them.
If you wish you might get in contact with Paolo via mail paolo_bf@hotmail.com or by phone 07983 332934. http://www.freedomfchs.com/

Third Monday & Fourth event.‏

Dear Friends,

I hope to find you well.

Please, note that FEEL monthly meeting is taking place in ten days time, on the 21st of this month.
Join us at The LARC Centre, 62 Fieldgate St E1 from 6.30pm, making sure that you arrive in time if you have any issue that you wish to be included to our agenda.

We are also very pleased to inform you that we have invited Dr Joanna Moncrieff to our next major event "HUMANE THERAPY NOT DRUG TYRANNY IV", which has been planned for Friday the 30th of July at 7-9pm at The Kingsley Hall, corner of Powis and Bruce Roads, London E3 3HUhttp://www.kingsleyhall.freeuk.com/khmap.htm.

Dr Moncrieff is a critic of psychiatric drug treatments and has published numerous articles in medical journals. She was a founding member and is the co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network www.critpsynet.freeuk.com


A page has been create for this event on Facebook as well http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/event.php?eid=117937014915786

Comments and views on how FEEL could improve are always welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

The EPF (European Patient Forum) and 'The Value+ project'

In the past two years the EPF -European Patient Forum- has worked on 'The Value+ project' focused on EC-funded projects. The result of this initiative can be found in a collection of resources that can be downloaded free of charge as pdfs from the EPF website.

All resources can be found at

A Conversation with David Webb ’Thinking about Suicide’

The Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health, University of Birmingham presents A Conversation with David Webb ’Thinking about Suicide’ on the 22 June 2010 from 4.00-6.00 pm.



SURVIVORS RESEARCH NETWORK -Birmingham Research -Seminar Series. COLLABORATION IN MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH: Challenges, constraints and contributions to knowledge. On June 16th 2010 from 4.00pm-6.00pm at CEIMH


THINK event on 10 June 2010 2.30-6.30pm.

THINK event is taking place on Thursday the 10th of June 2.30-6.30 pm in York Hall, Bethnal Green. An activity packed day open to all. If you wish to improve health and social care services in Tower Hamlets this event will give you a chance to participate actively.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Natural Depression Treatments.

If you are feeling down for an extended period of time, it is important to seek professional help. If diagnosed by a medical doctor with depression, you may like to complement their recommended treatment with any of the natural healing alternatives available to you.

"DSM V" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

Be aware: the new "DSM" (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is due in 3yrs time. It looks nobody will be left out, children included. Individuality more than ever is seen as a risk.



Feeling Spent?

Why is it that so many people highly suffer from the change of the season. Professionals state that Spring and Summer are the times of higher hospital admissions, specially for BAD sufferers, when most go manic. But if we were to watch the case by the chronobiology aspects rather than the psychiatric one people wouldn't end up recurring to tranquilizers or sleeping pills or to enormous amounts of coffee to stay awake during the day. In fact there is no need of having a label of mental disorder of any sort for suffering consequences due to lack of sleep.
All it takes might be simply making small changes in our lifestyle and respect and restore our internal body clocks.

Delivering Race Equality survey.

Mind is carrying out a survey amongst people who identify as Black and Ethnic Minority. Please would you take the time to look at this web page and think about the issues? Even if the survey does not apply to you, you may know people who you could tell about the survey. As you will see, it is relevant to the future direction/s of government policy.