Friday, 17 July 2015

JULY Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We wish to send a reminder about F.E.E.L. monthly meeting as this is now due next week, on Monday the 20th of July
Please join us as we will discuss last month events and the next one in programme, among other things.

June has resulted a very interesting and busy month following three major events dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the start of RD Laing community experiment at the Kingsley Hall in Bow. The more arty one at Cafe Oto, the projection of the documentary Asylum and the reading of the play "The Divided Laing".
Wonderful to get to meet beautiful minds such as Dr Berke, Dr Ridler,  Dr Shatzman, Adrian Laing and Francis Gillett and hear about the creation and early days of the Philadelphia Association and anecdotal stories of those days.

Reviews by Dr Woodhams of the first two events can be read in the following links:

We are now pleased to announce that F.E.E.L. Outsiders Poetry event will be taking part to the Shuffle Festival on Saturday the 1st of August. Opening their doors at the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End on Friday the 24th July until the 1st of August, the Shuffle will go on for nine days offering diverse opportunities for entertainment and be amused, included a tree house restaurant - that's right, people will have to climb up a tree for this!

On Sat 1st of Aug David Kessel will be running a poetry workshop with the Outsider Poets from 12pm. From 2pm the main stage will host the Outsider performance to which we have invited among other members of the Dragon Cafe', Core Arts, Deaf Poets, Eastbeat and Survivor Poets. There will be a ALL-DEAF show between 6 pm and 7:45pm
These events will be deaf accessible with the support of BSL (British Sign Language) interpreters and live captioning by STTR ( speech to text reporters). We take the chance to thank Arts Council England for offering us the opportunity to fund and make this event happen.

Have a look at the rich programme for the day and we hope you can join us for a fun day of free activities and entertainment that we wish to dedicate to all survivors, their families and friends. For one day let's celebrate lunacy, individuality and diversity looking at the bright side of Life

Please find to follow a series of events and news that might be of your interest.


Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery: ​Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder and Complex PTSD
Central London, EC2A on Saturday 18 July 2015. Time  9.30 am — 5.00 pm
This is a new course and suitable both for people who have previously attended 'Living and Working with Dissociation' as well as people with no previous training or experience.
It will look at how to work in clinical practice with people who have suffered complex and chronic childhood trauma, resulting perhaps in a range of diagnoses such as Dissociative Identity Disorder, psychosis, complex PTSD or borderline personality disorder
Cost: £75.00 per person / £70.00 for 'Friends of PODS' 

For more information and to book please go to:


East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) working in partnership with MINDTower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group,Community Options and Bow Haven, have set up the Tower Hamlets Recovery College for service users, carers and staff who use mental health services in the borough. The project aims to support the recovery and wellbeing of mental health service users and will deliver free courses led by individuals with a lived experience of mental health and recovery. The courses will also feature support from someone who is trained and works within mental health services.

The project is being piloted this month and classes will run from 13th to the 30th July 2015. Another pilot for the college will also commence in September 2015 and will end in November 2015.

For more information on the project, please contact Robert Pickard on 020 7426 2450 or  07908 459 239 or   


Survivor History Group 

The next meeting of the Survivor History Group will be on Wednesday 29.7.2015 at 1pm-4pm (ish) 
Where?  Together, 12 Old Street, London,  EC1V 9BE  
Food and drink to reward those who come. 
Everyone is very welcome at meetings of the Survivor History Group.


What is Talk for Health? The Talk for Health programme is run by Psychotherapist Nicky Forsythe. It trains people to be part of a peer counsellling group – a space to talk honestly and be accepted for who you really are. This is good for wellbeing and confidence.

Who is it for? Free for Islington residents Talk for Health is designed for everyone; we can all benefit from developing our communications and listening skills.

Programme 1: YMCA at the Drum  TASTER: Monday 27th July 4pm to 6pm  ADDRESS: 167 Whitecross Street, London, EC1 8JT  TRAINING: Six Tuesday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm August 3, 10, 17, 24 September 7 & 14  ADDRESS:  The Drum, 167 Whitecross Street , EC1 8JT

Programme 2: The Mind Spa at Islington Mind  TASTER:  Monday 7th September 4pm to 6pm  ADDRESS: 35 Ashley Road, N19 3AG  TRAINING: Two  Mondays 11am to 5pm September 14th & October 12th Four Tuesday evenings  6pm to 8.30pm September 22nd, 29th, October 6th & 20th  ADDRESS: 35 Ashley Road, N19 3AG

Your first step is to book a place on the taster.  Email, call us on 07826 148 461, or text ‘call me’ and we will get in touch with you.

New Book: The Hidden Freud: His Hassidic Roots, by Dr Joseph H. Berke
What’s the connection between Jewish mysticism and Western psychoanalysis?
Freud’s ancestors were Hassidim going back many generations, and included the only Jewish King of Poland. 
Freud was forced to deny these roots in order to be accepted as a secular, German professional.
However, his Jewish background also informed the development of his ideas about dreaming, sexuality, depression and mental structures, as well as healing practices.
/The Hidden Freud: His Hassidic Roots/ considers how the ideas of Kabbalah and Hassidism profoundly shaped and enriched Freud’s understanding of mental processes and clinical practices. The book is now on Amazon:


PSYCHOSES – the case for optimism  

Saturday 10th October 2015, 1:30pm – 5:00pm  
Venue: Bloomsbury Suite, Friends House,  173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Dr Bob Johnson & Peter Bullimore with National Paranoia Network Present a Half Day Panel Discussion     
It’s time we   
(2) stopped relying on MIND NUMBING DRUGS, &   
(3) re-kindled the HEALING HAND OF KINDNESS   

(1) DSM-psychiatry isn’t working – 1 in 50 deaths is SUICIDE [>800,000 of 56m in 2012. WHO]  
(2) All psychiatric drugs work by ‘INTOXICATION’alcohol [Myth of Chemical Cure p 244]  
(3) More psychoses were CURED 1796-1850 than ever since. [Mad in America p24]   

Panel: Dr Bob Johnson, Dr Eleanor Longden, Oliver James(stc), Peter Bullimore. 
Chair – David Brindle, the Guardian  Saturday 10th October 2015, 1:30pm – 5:00pm  Venue: Bloomsbury Suite, Friends House,  173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ  
Rates: £15, concessions £5.00. Contributions/donations  welcomed  Email: Tel 07763652490/ 07590837694 –


Revised Mental Health Code of PracticeA revised Mental Health Code of Practice came into effect on1st April, replacing the 2008 version. The Code shows professionals how to carry out their duties under the Mental Health Act 1983 and provide high quality safe care.  The revised Code of Practice seeks to provide stronger protection for patients subject to the Mental Health Act and to clarify roles, rights and responsibilities.  

Find out more about the Mental Health Code of Practice

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