Tuesday, 14 January 2020

12 Years Cycle (work in progress)

As we stepped into the new year and decade, people are making lists of their achievements and accomplishments of the past 10 years.

Here we stretched our timeline to the highlights of the 12 years that F.E.E.L. has been around, enlisting our major events and some of the ones we have proactively been involved into, wishing to remember an honor all the collective campaigners work and achievements that are allowing mental health patients to be taken care of with more attention and respect. Work in progress...

These 12 years of our work incidentally include another quite precise cycle within, as we have been around for a full Sheng Xiao, the 12 years cycle of the Chinese Zodiac
The new 12 years cycle is starting on the 25 Jan 2020. 

Finding the fact somehow exciting and auspicious... 
Happy Year of the Rat! And 2020! And 20s!








2007 
- November: F.E.E.L. is BORN

2008
- June: HUMANE THERAPY – NOT DRUG TYRANNY
First public event with speakers Rufus May, Sarah Barratt, Nathalie Fonnesu

2009
- October: HUMANE THERAPY – NOT DRUG TYRANNY II
Guest speakers: Dr Bob Johnson (www.truthtrustconsent.com) and Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation (THACMHO) members.
2010
- March: A Pageant of Survivor History: Mental patients in poetry, story and song from the 18th to 21st century
Organised in collaboration with the Survivors History Group & Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation (THACMHO)  studymore.org.uk/pageant.htm

- July: HUMANE THERAPY – NOT DRUG TYRANNY III
Speakers: Dr Joanna Moncrieff, Sarah Barratt, Nathalie Fonnesu.

- October: (supporting) A Public Execution, by Mad Pride
A day of action to oppose welfare benefit cuts for people labelled mentally ill with a demonstration at Speakers Corner

2011
 
- March: A Day of Workshops
, facilitated by Denise McKenna (Survivors Resistance Network), Robert Dellar (Mad Pride), David Amery (Housing Links) and THACMHO - Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation.

- June: Double Attack on Our Mental Health
Speakers: Dave Skull (Mental Health Survivors Network), Mad Pride; David Amery (Housing Link).

- July: (supporting) Speak Out Against Psychiatry - Protest 
First ever Speak Out Against Psychiatry public event, protesting outside the Royal College of Psychiatry

- November: HUMANE THERAPY – NOT DRUG TYRANNY IV - STIGMA
Speaker: Prof Roland Littlewood

2012:
- November: HUMANE THERAPY – NOT DRUG TYRANNY V
Speakers: Joe Kelly, (Survivor, Activist), Dr Peter Barham, David Skull (Mental Health Resistance Network).

2013:


- May: HUMANE THERAPY – NOT DRUG TYRANNY VI
Speakers: Joe Kelly, (Survivor, Activist), Nat Fonnesu (Survivor, Complementary Therapist), David Skull (Mental Health Resistance Network).
 
- Summer: Historical times as the grounds of the St Clements Hospital in Bow were re-opened after years of silent closure, following the shutting down of the hospital. The very site where some of F.E.E.L. roots sprouted.

Via the Shuffle Festival, the diverse Tower Hamlets local communities were brought together to this awesome space in London, creating an opportunity of merging and meshing of cultures www.shufflefestival.com 
- July: Outsiders Poetry and Ravaged Wonderful Earth book launch; a warm up, pre-opening of the Shuffle Festival www.scribd.com/document/179870206/shuffle-booklet

- August: Outsiders Poetry @ Closing of the Shuffle Festival

- December: Outsiders Poetry @ Winter Shuffle  

2014

- February: Sanity in an era of rabid capitalism? 
Speaker: Denise McKenna (Mental Health Resistance Network).

- August: Outsiders Poetry @ Shuffle Festival 

- November: SANITY FOR BEGINNERS
Speakers: Dr Kevin Zdaniecki, David Amery.

2015

- April: OPEN DIALOGUE APPROACH
Speakers: Dr Russell Razzaque, Nick Putman, Open Dialogue Experts and Training Team from Finland

- June: "ASYLUM" Film screening & Panel discussion with Adrian Laing (R.D. Laing’s son), Dr Morton Schatzman (original Philadelphia Association), Francis Gillet (former Kingsley Hall resident).

- August: Outsiders Poetry @ Shuffle Festival  

- November: DRUG TYRANNY & HUMAN RIGHTS
Cristian R. Montenegro & Rodrigo Fredes (Chile), Paula Peters (Disabled People Against the Cuts), Dave Skull (Mental Health Resistance Network, Mad Pride)

2016

- September: KNOWING OUR RIGHTS
Speakers: Joanna Turner (East London Foundation Trust), Ian Begg (MH advocate)


2017

May: RADAR & PIP updates
Speakers: Dr. Joanna Moncrieff (Critical Psychiatrists Network, RADAR - Research into Antipsychotic Discontinuation And Reduction lead), Marian O’Brien (Mental Health Resistance Network).

- September: LOONIES FEST
F.E.E.L. 10th birthday bash, celebrating survivors activism and sending healing down in times while remembering and honoring all victims of psychiatric abuse and assault

2018

- February: CRPD Study Group: a series of gatherings to familiarise ourselves with the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities crpdcourse.org

- May: (supporting) SPiRiT of Philip Morgan of TACHMO
Organised by the Survivors History Group with the support from Tower Hamlets Archives

- June: The Mental Health Act review 
Updates by Dorothy Gould (Survivor researcher and consultant at NSUN)

2019

- March: "Psychiatry: An Abuse Of Human Rights?" 
Speakers: Akiko Hart (ISPS UK; Hearing Voices Network; Mind in Camden), Dorothy Gould (Survivor Consultant, Researcher and Trainer), Liz Brosnan (Survivor Researcher, SURE - Service User Research Enterprise; EURIKHA )

- June: Peer Power - with Chris Hansen of Intentional Peer Support www.intentionalpeersupport.org


2019 also granted us a series of informal gatherings/meetings with Internationally active survivors campaigners Sasha Altman DuBrul and Tina Minkowitz.

- November: 12 YEARS OLD!!!
Special occasion to celebrate F.E.E.L. collective work over the years and remember past and present Survivors and campaigners, followed by a poetry & music session

2020

- New Year & Decade to explore, starting with a bang... or more precisely a gong!!!
See you on 20 January 2020 @ LARC 😊


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