Friday, 4 January 2019

January Newsletter - FEEL monthly meeting Monday 21st at LARC

Dear Friends,

We hope you have entered 2019 in good health and good spirit. 

January is a dreaded month for many. The 3rd Monday of January has even been labelled "Blue Monday", and that happens to be when our next monthly meeting is taking place.
Please, join us on Monday 21st at LARC, 62 Fieldgate St, London E1 1ES from 6:30-8:30 pmand together we might turn that Monday turquoise-like. 
Something will be announced on the evening as well (clue: being free on Tue 22 Jan might help dispersing some blues...)

Please note that we are planning a public event on the theme of the Mental Health Act review. This will take place on Friday the 22nd February 2019 at Kingsley Hall, 7-9pm. Save the date pls. 
Confirmed speakers are Dorothy Gould (NSUN), Akiko Hart (Mind in Camden, Hearing Voices Network, ISPSUK). More news and details will circulate soon.

2018 ended with some peculiar events, among the various political crises and uproars around the world, not mentioning refugees, brexit, Christian's walls or yellow vests here... The Globe is rumbling allover.
We've heard that Dr Peter Gøtzsche was expelled from the Cochrane Collaboration and a petition in protest was started: www.ipetitions.com/petition/letter-to-danish-minister-of-health-against
Now the Institute for Scientific Freedom is going to be launched in Denmark next March. Sure something to look forward/follow as close as possible www.deadlymedicines.dk

Scottish Psychiatrist Dr Peter Gordon officially presented his resignation as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists last November and how did RCP responded?
Dr Gordon has been raising awareness about the need of a Sunshine legislation (regulations requiring openness in government or business) for several years.
Such laws certainly would bring down the barriers of deceit and expose important truths behind psychiatry. Many psychiatrist, psy-nurses and other mental health professionals silently quit their involvement and/or career in the field. Psychiatry has created such a toxic and damaging environment to work in - not mentioning the poor souls that are meant to be receiving care, and instead are subjected to torture, experimentation and damaging effects from the forceful drugging and often inhumane treatments. So well done and all the best to Dr Gordon and his remarkable work.

Another great news is the recommendation from the All Party Parliamentary Group for the NHS to integrate more complementary, traditional and natural medicine theanp.co.uk/Blog/6959600 It is time that Ethical and natural, safe and real healthcare/medicine are offered for people's sake, not corporate greed. This is a good cause to support.

BBC TWO is showing the Film "I, Daniel Blake" tomorrow Sat 5 Jan 2019 at 21:45pm www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c2xlg Available on iPlayer right after.
Most activist and campaigners might have already seen it. Worth watching it again and pass the link around.  

Please note some of the awesome events listed below.
Looking forward to the first Compassionate Mental Health in London and special guests next week.


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Speak Out Against Psychiatry Meeting 
Saturday 5th January 2019 , 2.30-4.30pm, The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Rd, NW1 1HB London.
Held every two weeks in general but considering making this once a month – to be discussed. 
Be prepared to buy a drink and make a small donation to the publican’s charity for use of the room.
email: speakoutagainstpsychiatry@gmail.com; Twitter: @soapgroup​ 

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Studio Upstairs - 30 Year Anniversary Exhibition
Studio Upstairs 30th anniversary exhibition is at Stour Space,  7 Roach Rd, E3 2PA Hackney, till 13th January
Exhibition includes both artworks from the Dalston and Croydon studio. Studio Upstairs is an arts and wellbeing charity working in London, with studios in East London (Dalston), South London (Croydon) and Bristol, which aims to provide holistic support to adults who are experiencing enduring mental or emotional difficulties www.studioupstairs.org.uk

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Compassionate Mental Health - Safe Spaces for Suffering & Joy
Thu 10 Jan 2019 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Kingsley Hall, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3HJ
Speakers and facilitators include: Will Hall, Dr Joseph H. Berke, Akiko Hart  and core Compassionate mental health team members, Malcolm Stern, Andy Bradley and Brigid Bowen. To book tickets www.tickettailor.com/events/compassionatementalhealth/219368/
Some limited bursary places for people with personal experience on a low income, please contact Brigid Bowen ask@compassionatementalhealth.co.uk for more details. compassionatementalhealth.co.uk

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Survivors' Poetry Live at the Poetry Cafe (every second Thursday of the month - see leaflet attached) 
Thu 10th Dec, 7:30-10.30pm. Arrive 7pm to sign up for floorspots (1.50 floorspots / 2.50 concessions / 3.50 the full ticket). 
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX Facebook: Survivor's Poetry Gigs.
An evening of Poetry and song. MC Alastair Murray; resident musician Dave Russell. 
Featured Guest the brilliant hiphop and spoken word artist POTENT WHISPER: 'Changing the world one rhyme at at time' www.potentwhisper.com


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London Group of the Spiritual Crisis Network (Monthly meeting) 
Friday 11 January 2019 Arrive 7pm for 7.15pm (future dates, usually on the 2nd Friday of the month: February 8th March 8th April 12th), London Buddhist Centre, 51 Roman Rd Bethnal Green London E2 0HU.
If you're planning to attend you might contact londonSCN@gmx.co.uk; you can call 07930 415 506 if you come late and have difficulty accessing the building. Do not attempt to contact this number except on the evening of the meeting, as it won't be switched on. Wait at reception if you arrive early (before 7pm). Please try not to interrupt the end of yoga session in the basement. The national SCN website is spiritualcrisisnetwork.uk Please do take a look. The London group was set up in line with the ethos/aims expressed there.

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Psychology, Equality and Social Justice 
Sat 19 Jan 2019, 12:30-5:30pm, London School of Economics, Wolfson Theatre, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ. Dismayed at the state of the world in 2019? Appalled by food banks and hostile environments and homeless people dying on the streets? Here's a resolution for 2019: let's use our work to make a difference. Come to 'Psychology for Social Justice and Equality' at LSE, Jan 19th. A meeting to launch new initiatives. No fees/tickets etc needed. For details contact evangelos.ntontis@canterbury.ac.uk 

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Support Stansted 15 
15 human rights defenders peacefully and non-violently prevented a mass deportation flight at Stansted Airport in 2017, but have been found guilty of 'endangering safety at aerodromes' under serious terror-related charges. Their action enabled at least 11 asylum seekers to be given the right to stay permanently in the UK and highlighted injustices in the immigration and asylum system. Please protest against this outrageous verdict that suggests a link between non-violent protest and terrorism. You can help by signing change.org petition to reverse the verdict and can donate to the defendants' costs here.

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Help CHRUSP advocate at the UN
The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) is a non-profit fighting for the worldwide abolition of involuntary confinement and involuntary 'treatment', an atrocity of great magnitude that is commonly overlooked or worse, considered to be a positive good by well-meaning people.
Please donate to help CHRUSP sending delegates to UN meetings and create resources for continued advocacy by users and survivors of psychiatry

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UK Premiere: 'Fattitude' Body-Positive Documentary Screening
Sat, February 2, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Everyman Kings Cross 14-18 Handyside Street London N1C 4DNUK 
Premiere of the US 'Fattitude' Documentary exploring weight-stigma, body positivity, and fat activism hosted by the charity AnyBody UK

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Symposium about Scientific Freedom And the inauguration of the Institute for Scientific Freedom
Saturday, 9 March 2019 at Bethesda, Rømersgade 17, København (Israels Plads), Denmark
Peter C. Gøtzsche, Peter Breggin, Robert Whitaker among other speakers

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OUPS Annual Conference - Parapsychology 
10th-12th May 2019, Warwick University
The conference will put research described as 'paranormal' under the microscope of critical scrutiny. Phenomena to be discussed include near-death experiences, poltergeists, and the veracity of readings by mediums. This will be presented to be of interest to both academics and lay persons www.oups.org.uk/events/annual-conference-parapsychology

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Transformation, Illness and Identity 
6th July 2019 Holiday Inn Riverlights, Derby - Day Session (9-5) TBC, Derby - Evening Session (7.30-10.00)
CALL FOR PAPERS (Day Session) POETRY/PROSE (Evening Session)
Please send all submissions to Hannah via compassion_well@hotmail.co.uk before the 4th February 2019 compassionatewellbeingconferences.weebly.com



***Best wishes for a healthy, happy and productive 2019!***



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Friday, 7 December 2018

December newsletter - Monthly meeting 17 Dec 6:30-8:30 pm @ LARC

Dear Friends,

The 10th December marks the 70th anniversary of the declaration of Human Rights.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on 3rd December, since it was proclaimed by the UN in 1992.
This year theme was "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

However it looks like there is still lots of work to do before we can say our society treats people with inclusiveness and equality.
We are still submerged by SO much ignorance towards each other needs, mostly because monetary profit is usually deemed the priority. 
Adjustments and proper care cost money and not everyone is prepared to slice income to accommodate special needs.

The final Review of the Mental Health Act was launched yesterday, 6th December  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modernising-the-mental-health-act-final-report-from-the-independent-review Titled "Modernising the Mental Health Act", its 307 pages will require a bit of time to go through. From first onlooker's response it seems that the document shows an adherence to the original principles of psychiatry, back to the days it was inventedNot much modernisation as such if human rights of patients - the receiving end of this often abusing system - are decreased rather than increased. 

Why weren't more experts-by-experience involved and consulted in this revision, many have asked. Why put such delicate process in the hands of the Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Simon Wessely? Is it too soon to have proper modernised, compassionate approaches to care when every one can read/educate themselves these days the pros and cons, the help and harm psychiatric (s)care does. Obviously to try to reinforce old school psychiatry, which is failing and crumbling thanks to the honesty and ethical work of some of its professional representatives and the collective work put together on a global scale.

NSUN Managing Director, Sarah Yiannoullou, issued the following response www.nsun.org.uk/news/independent-review-of-the-mental-health-act-nsuns-response

The LHVN has launched an Alternative Review, wrote by Akiko Hart and Rai Waddingham www.hearing-voices.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/HVN-Alternative-MH-Act-Review_web.pdf

In the main time as the end of the year approaches, we would like to invite you to the last meeting for the year taking place on Monday 17 Dec at LARC, 62, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel E1 1ES (6:30-8:30 pm). We'd like to wishing you all (here or at the meeting) a very Happy Christmas and may 2019 bring you all you wish for.
Yet the festive season can be a sad and miserable period for many (not a fun myself) sending here further warm wishes to those that struggle more.

The Dragon Cafe is bravely staying open on Mondays 24th and 31st December between 12 - 6 pm (details below).
Or why not celebrate at any other event happening this month, if mobility allows? 
The Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival which begins tonight at 7pm with the documentary The Social Model (details below)
Worth more than a fake Christmas treat under a plastic tree. More events below.

And for the darker days a pet might help (or a friend with a pet too)

EVENTS

7th Annual Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival 
7-9 December 2018, Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ.
Screening films by Deaf/Disabled filmmakers and films with a strong central Deaf/Disabled character. The Festival is free, fully accessible and welcomes everyone - no need to book, just turn up. All screenings are ‘relaxed’, a variety of seating is available, and light refreshments are served. The full programme is available here, where you can also download an A4 version in PDF or Word formats: www.together2012.org.uk/activities-programme/together-2018-disability-film-festival/

Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival
22 November – 14 December 2018 

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News from Nowhere Club
Saturday 8th December 2018 7.30 for 8pm Epicentre, West St E11 4LJ
How Far Away Are We from a World Free of Nuclear Weapons? Speaker: Stephanie Clark
Also attached the new programme for 2019. For info call Rose Kane on 0208 555 5248.

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Disability History Month - UKDHM 2018: Disability and Music
19th November to 22nd December - Nationwide
For full programme check ukdhm.org

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Help get answers for Tim 
Get answers for TimKatie is raising funds via Crowd Justice for Legal Aid to find answers following the tragic death of her brother. 
Her brother Tim was failed in his Mental Health Care: help them get #Answers4Tim www.crowdjustice.com/case/answers4tim/

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Stuart Low Trust Friday Evening Events 
6:30-9:00 pm St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre (next to St Mary’s Church), Upper Street London, N1 2TX 

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Survivor's Poetry @ the Poetry Cafe (every second Thursday of the month - see leaflet attached) 
Thursday 13 December 2018, 7:30-10.30pm. Arrive 7.00pm to sign up for floorspots (1.50 floorspots / 2.50 concessions / 3.50 the full ticket). 
The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX. Facebook Page: Survivor's Poetry Gigs
Special guest Jennie Bellestar Matthias treating us to a rare spoken word event. Resident Musician Dave Russell.






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The Dragon Café every Monday (but only on a Monday
12 midday to 8.30 pm at The Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
Please also note, the Café will be open on Mondays 24th and 31st December between 12 - 6 pm so people can stay in touch with the Café and the creative community over the Christmas period dragoncafe.co.uk/this-week

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Riposte & Amnesty UK PROTECTION EXHIBITION 
10 - 16 December, Coal Drops Yard London N1C 4DQ
To mark the 70th anniversary of the declaration of human rights Riposte Magazine in partnership with Amnesty International UK, has curated a group exhibition where thirty artists have been invited to create work in response to the theme of protection www.ripostemagazine.com/protection-exhibition 

Riposte TRANS AWARENESS WEEK 10-16 December
As part of Trans Awareness Week Riposte Magazine will be sharing essays and interviews with some of the brilliant and beautiful trans women and activists featured in past issues. First up is an essay on freedom from Shon Faye  www.ripostemagazine.com/shon-faye

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'House of Bread: Inside Bethlem Hospital', Mark Neville solo show
Until 5 Jan 2019, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX 
Bethlem Hospital was founded in the city of London in 1247 as a monastery dedicated to St Mary of Bethlehem. As well as being a placename, ‘Bethlehem’ is Hebrew for ‘House of Bread’ museumofthemind.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition-info/house-of-bread-inside-bethlem-hospital

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PROJECTIONS: Cinematic representations of mental illness: Intensive Day Course, Cost: £48 - £65 
9 February 2019, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Freud Museum London 20 Maresfield Gardens London, NW3 5SX 

Psychoanalysis and Feminism: Beauvoir, Irigaray, Kristeva, Butler 
Sat 30 March 2019, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, Freud Museum London 20 Maresfield Gardens London, NW3 5SX 

Friday, 16 November 2018

November EXTRA

Dear Friends,

We have officially entered our TWELFTH year of activity. 

While reminding you about our monthly meeting next Monday 19 Nov, we wish to share a few other last minute important news. We are pleased to announce that Bea Herbert will join us at the meeting and share some info about her youth mental health project States of Mind www.statesofmind.org

Also note and join when possible the MHRN protest next Tue 20th, the national day of action on Wed 21 (details below) and some other relevant info.


Mental Health Resistance Network #WeDemand PROTEST 
Tue 20 November, on occasion of the Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar. 
Protesters will meet at 8am outside the venue, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR. 
More details on event page www.facebook.com/events/544653469293319/
List of demands + printable PDF mentalhealthresistance.org/2018/11/wedemand

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Day of Action for Disability Equality in Education
Wednesday November 21st, NATIONALLY
Parliamentary meeting House of Commons, Committee Room 10, from 5.30pm – 7pm. Some tickets are available for this event and we want as many disabled people as possible to attend: please email DPAC or elaneheffernan@btinternet.com for tickets. More also happening in Cambridge and Liverpool dpac.uk.net/2018/11/day-of-action-for-disability-equality-in-education-november-21st-nationally

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Help to Fight Disability Discrimination on Public Transport
14 days left to donate to the Inclusion London crowdfunder campaign to help fight disability discrimination on public transport www.crowdjustice.com/case/fight-disability-discrimination

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Petition: Protect the human rights of people receiving care and support, by Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) www.rofa.org.uk

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Do you have experience of psychosis? Have you stopped or ever tried to stop taking antipsychotic medication? Would you like the chance to say what support would be helpful when trying to stop? Yes? We would like to hear your views. For more info see doc attached and contact annabel.green@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk University of Manchester, Zochonis Building, Brunswick Street, Manchester, M13 9PL  (info attached)

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LHVN Network Meeting. Speaker: Bobby Baker
(London Hearing Voices Network incorporating Paranoia & Beliefs Network). 
Thu 6 December, 2 - 5pm Conway Hall 25 Red Lion Square London WC1R 4RL

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NSUN Members' Manifesto Survey 
Take part of the review of the 2017 Members' Manifesto. 
The deadline for completion is Friday 21st December www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2SLFXC7

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Last but not least...
The 2012 Insane? Your own choice! PatVerfue video to campaign against the coercive psychiatric system and details of the advance directive as applied in Germany www.patverfue.de/en