Sunday, 8 March 2020

March Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Our meetings each month bring us some lovely surprises in our spontaneous circle. ​In February we were very pleased to welcome back one of our ​fav pro-active aficionado​s​, after re-emerg​ing from a pause, telling us about ​a work-in-progress​ book writing. Another local ally, former founder of what became to be known as the Bipolar Explores about two decades ago (a support group in Tower Hamlets, not the current music group), joined us for the first time, offering a comparison of the services received then and now. Fellow survivor Nelcy C talked about her life experience and the newly shared material she made available recently online (video 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaTbRER0Jl0&feature=youtu.be; video 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5ZygF-muCg&feature=youtu.be) and updated website standinguptomadness.wordpress.com

One of the main topics we discussed at the meeting was about the forceful and traumatic approach that many of us have experienced ​while being involuntarily admitted to hospital and consequently got sectioned. This might have happened by being picked up on the streets ​by the police, ​if not assaulted and abducted from our own homes, under the "frame of care", maybe after having asked for help and been left on hold, waiting for the services to become available... 
For some people (general population) it might be difficult to figure out these experiences, and ​understand the depth of extra trauma, suffering, ​anger and frustration ​generated ​in ​such delicate situations. Admission periods themselves often turn up to be more traumatic rather than therapeutic for patients, specially as nursing staff are too busy completing endless paperwork, and/or already too tired from overstretched, short-staffed, shifts they cover for.

Recently Ombudsman disclosed that 1 in 5 mental health patients don’t feel safe in NHS care, according to a recent survey
www.ombudsman.org.uk/news-and-blog/news/1-5-mental-health-patients-dont-feel-safe-nhs-care-ombudsman-finds

Certainly some people might have also experienced caring and compassionate services/personnel, but why can't proper and gentle care be the norm in psychiatry?
The ambulance specialised in mental health emergencies launched a few years ago in Sweden apolitical.co/en/solution_article/worlds-first-mental-health-ambulance-arrives-sweden, last year was replicated in the United States www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/7/1/20677523

In the main time a new report, by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, affirmed that "Involuntary psychiatric interventions based on 'medical necessity' or 'best interests' may well amount to torture." www.madinamerica.com/2020/03/report-psychiatric-interventions-torture
In Norway forced drugging with antipsychotics is against the law now www.madinamerica.com/2019/05/forced-drugging-antipsychotics-against-law
What can coercive intervention do if not making things worse? 
Another article tells how Societies With Little Coercion Have Little Mental Illness www.madinamerica.com/2013/08/societies-little-coercion-little-mental-illness

While some of us already know by experience about the damaging effects of aggressive and coercive interventions, some are just starting questioning these www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2904

New, holistic and expanded approaches on how to deal/treat trauma seem to be more readily available and are worth to get check out, like Embodiment www.embodiedtrauma.com; however these are concepts and services accessed nowhere near mainstream care.

International Women's Day today!
Let's all take the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate all the women's work in improving lives and society, the battles to overcome past and present struggles and the courage to go ahead in the process #InternationalWomensDay

We wish you can join us for the March FEEL meeting on Monday 16th, 6:30-8:30pm at LARC.


EVENTS & OTHER NEWS


Women's History Month events

Sun 1 Mar 20 - Tue 31 Mar venues across London
Sun 1 Mar 20 - Tue 31 Mar venues across Tower Hamlets and East London

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Punk4MentalHealth p4mh.com
Friday, 6 March,19:00 – 23:30, The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN

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Abortion Rights - the struggle continues, by LARC film club
Sat, 7 March, 14:30 – 19:00pm, LARC 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/larc-film-club-presents-abortion-rights-the-struggle-continues-tickets-96414098163

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Open Day with Global Women's Strike and other organisations 
Sun 8 March, 12-5pm, Crossroads Women's Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, NW5 2DX London

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International Women’s Day March on March 8, by Michelle Baharier

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International Women's Day Event March 8, Leicester, LE1 5GG

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LHVN Network Meeting: Speaker: Dorothy Gould "Experiences of abuse and hate crime"
Wednesday 11th March 2pm - 5pmMind in CamdenBarnes House 9-15 Camden Rd NW1 9LQ

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival ff.hrw.org/london
London 12-20 March 2020 at Barbican, Curzon Soho, Regent Street Cinema

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International Women's Day by whfs.org.uk
Friday 13 March 10:30-12:30pm, The Brady Centre, 192-196 Hanbury St, London E1 5HU
Join Women's Health & Family Services for a discussion on supporting survivors of abuse through pregnancy and childbirth.

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F.E.E.L. - Friends of East End Loonies
FEEL meets the third Monday of each month 6.30 - 8.30 pm ​​LARC 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London  E1 1ES
 
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The Nave Presents: We Consume, The Exhibition
19-22 March 2020, Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner Street, Bermondsey London SE1 3PL
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-nave-presents-we-consume-the-exhibition-tickets-96997352693

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The Colour of Health: How Housing and Ethnicity affect Health Outcomes
Wed, 1 April, 2-4pm, The Health Foundation, 8 Salisbury Square, London EC4Y 8AP
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-colour-of-health-how-housing-and-ethnicity-affect-health-outcomes-tickets-95259045369

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ROFA conference 2020. Post-election - what now?
Wed 22 April, 10am – 4pm, Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/training-and-support/powerup/view/rofa-conference-2020-post-election-what-now

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SHUTDOWN THE SHOWTRIAL 
Julian Assange extradition hearing will continue at Woolwich Court on Monday, May 18, 2020, HM Prison Belmarsh, London 
www.facebook.com/events/204965407286223

#FREE Assange Protect right to freedom of expression Petition

Release Julian Assange, Petition
www.codepink.org/assange

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WITHDRAWAL FROM PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS Conference

Friday 16 – Saturday 17 October 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland
iipdw.org/iipdw-conference-iceland-october-2020

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The War on Disabled People - Book by Ellen Clifford

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Free copy of Liberty's guide to the Human Rights Act
liberty.e-activist.com/page/56440

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Consultation on how the DWP treat disabled people (closes at 11:45pm on 23 March 2020)

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Survey: What do people with severe and enduring Mental Illness want from clinical pharmacy services?

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Drop the Disorder! Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis

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Anti-psychotic medication linked to adverse change in brain structure
neurosciencenews.com/antipsychotics-brain-structure-15792

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The Museum of Neoliberalism (visit by appointment only)
16 Eltham Road, London, SE128TF, GBR
www.spellingmistakescostlives.com/museumofneoliberalism

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5 ways coronavirus could help humanity survive the ecological crisis
ecohustler.com/nature/5-ways-coronavirus-could-help-humanity-survive-the-ecological-crisis

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The lost decade: the hidden story of how austerity broke Britain

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Write to your MP to get the Windrush Lessons Learned Review published
Protect Afro textured hair! Amend the UK Equality Act to include hair
 
Anyone willing to come off psychiatric medication please always seek for reliable help.
Some good resources can be found here:

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