Thou Art – Arts and Mental Health: Inclusion and Exclusion – Film Screening

A fantastic Film Screening and panel discussion
Refreshments Provided

This film screening has been arranged by Thou Art.
The film is of first person narratives telling the story of the lives of artists. These are lives in which both mental illness and art have played a major role. It is a forceful statement about access, about rights, about the link between mental health difficulties and creativity, about resilience and personal fortitude.

When?: Friday 28th October 2011
What time?: 2-4pm
Podium Lecture theatre
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle

If anyone would like to travel to the event together in a group, we will be meeting in the front entrance at the  Maudsley hospital at 12.45 pm, departing at 1.00 pm to catch a bus to the London College of Communication.

View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:Arts and Mental Health Inclusion and Exclusion – Thou Art – 2011

The panel discussion will address a range of issues including:
– How can the learning experience in Higher Arts Education be more accessible and inclusive of people with mental health difficulties?
– What forms of mobility are available for artists with mental health difficulties who practice in community arts settings, to access the „mainstream‟ arts world?
– How can art education ensure that the rich creative contribution of students who have experienced mental health difficulties is recognised, and how can it be tapped into to enrich the culture of the University, its curriculum and its support systems?

The panel will include:
 Mark Crawley – Dean of Students, University of the Arts London
 Dr Olivia Sagan – University College London
 Helen Shearn, – Arts Development Manager at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
 Andrew Locke – Audio Visual Artist
 Paul Ashton -Artist

If you need further information then you can contact Maxine Walker: Email:
Or go Thou Art’s website:



Fantastic classes – in depth analysis and information

Where?: London Metropolitan University,
166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB
What time?: 5:30 – 7pm
When & What?:
– 5th October 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about Traditions of mental health and illness: What diversity means.
– 19th October 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about Critical psychiatry and psychology: cultural psychiatry, anti-racist psychiatry
– 2nd November 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about Mental health around the globe: Different approaches to developing mental
health in communities and individuals.
– 16th November 2011: Speaker PATRICK VERNON explores whether there is a crisis in Black Mental Health in the UK.
– 30th November 2011: Speaker SUMAN FERNANDO talks about movements to reform psychiatry in UK: How to make effective changes.
– 14th December 2011: Speakers PETER FERNS & PREMILA TRIVEDI discuss service development, training and service user participation.

View the flyer for this event which contains more details CLICK HERE:Master Classes – Mental Health – Race & Culture 2011 London Met

The over-representation of black people among those diagnosed as ‘schizophrenic’ and among people who are sectioned and given compulsory treatment with drugs is well known. This is happening in a context where mental health services in the UK, particularly the way psychiatry is practised, are not satisfying a lot of people, especially those identified as ‘black and minority ethnic’ (BME). In fact, many find the services oppressive, damaging to their personalities and often racist and insensitive to cultural difference. The issues have attracted much attention but little if any progress has been made in tackling them, although there is some understanding of how and why they have arisen and why these problems persist.


– Discuss the cultural diversity of what mental health and illness means
– Consider what is known about how ‘other cultures’ have constructed very different systems to help and support people with personal problems
– Look at what training is needed to improve the systems we have here and how people who use services can work together with providers; and
– Discuss how changes can be achieved.


– Service users
– Practitioners
– Students
– Teachers & lecturers
– Policy-makers

This is a FREE EVENT, but with a ceiling on places so contact Marcy O’Reilly: to get a
confirmation of your place on each date. If you ask for a place and then cannot attend, please notify us immediately so that we can offer it to someone else.

How to involve?

Thank you to those service users, carers and staff who responded to the question “Why involve?”. You can find some of the answers via a tab on the front page.

If you haven’t yet answered this question, please feel free to send in your answer in around 20 words. We will be using the responses to help publicise the Involvement Register and to promote, explain and increase Involvement in the work of the Trust.

We are now asking you to let us have your thoughts on “How to involve?”.

In around 20 words, please tell us what makes it easier or more difficult for you to be involved as a service user consultant in SLaM. As a member of staff, what lessons have you learnt about how best to involve SUCs in your work?

Thank you.

St Giles House Football Tournament! Teams needed!

Football Tournament on October 13th – teams needed!

Are you based in Southwark?
Does your service have a football team?

Then don’t miss out – register your team today for the Southwark Community Cup tournament on October 13th! In honour of World Mental Health Day and Black History Month, PSG will be running a football tournament for service users.

When?: October 13th 2011
What time?: From 12pm to 5pm
Where?: Damilola Taylor Centre in Peckham
Warwick Park Centre
1 East Surrey Gr
London SE15 6DR

Event will be followed by refreshments and music at St Giles.

The tournament will include 8 teams and there are only 5 spaces left – so if you have a team you’d like to enter, please get in touch with Ron or Jason as soon as possible to book your place! Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
This is a great opportunity for all: services users, staff, men and women to take part and join in with a fun day. We will continue the celebration back at St Giles House for music and food from 3-6pm.

For booking/ registration contact:
Email: – Tel:07833 792 002 Or:
Email: – Tel:07969 587 351


Croydon Music Newsletter September 2011

Community Music Croydon

September and it’s sharpening pencils time! What new learning will you treat yourself to this term?
Experience the joy of singing with others weekly or occasionally, or developing your own voice individually with supportive coaching. The development of our voice can be a deep joy and a spiritual journey of its own!

View the full Croydon Music Newsletter CLICK HERE:Croydon Music Newsletter September 2011

Some opportunities include:

– Sing for water: check out the videos! 1
– New term Evening Singing 2
– Term summary 2
– Diary of Events overview London Week of Peace 3
– Event details & Singing Hospitals FREE chanting 4
– Freed Slave Choir songs workshop 5
– Ongoing opportunities 6
– Posters for display 7

If you’re interested in anything which this fantastic community organisation has to offer then you can download a booking form CLICK HERE:Sept_2011_Booking_Form_

If you want more information or to forward a booking form then contact:
Email: Tel:07981 298 541

Hear Us Open Meeting

You are all warmly welcome to attend this open meeting!
“Do GPs understand mental health?”

– Get your chance to speak to guest Dr Dev Malhotra who is the GP Consortia Lead in Mental Health.

View the Hear Us flyer for this meeting CLICK HERE:Hear_Us_Open_Meeting_4th_October_2011

When?: Tuesday October 4th 2011
What Time?: From 1pm onwards
What Venue?: CVA in Croydon, Croydon Voluntary Action, 82 London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB
To view map CLICK HERE:,-0.102568&spn=0.007246,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=14.066575,43.286133&z=16

Food and Drink will be provided!

Hear Us very much hope to seeing you at this event. No need to book in advance, just come along on the day. Please feel free to contact Hear Us if you would like further information:

Tim Oldham (Coordinator)

Hear Us Croydon’s Mental Health Service User Group
Orchard House
15a Purley Road
South Croydon

Tel: 020 8681 6888

Hear Us Website =

To Conceal or Reveal: Can you help with our study?

CLOSED 10/7/2012

What is the study about?

We have been working with mental health service-users to develop a decision aid designed to support the decision process of whether to conceal or to reveal mental health history to an employer.

We developed the decision aid after we learned about mental health service-users’ experiences of ‘disclosure’. We use the term ‘disclosure’ to mean telling an employer about a mental health condition. Now we would like to find out how useful the decision aid is in supporting mental health service users make decisions on disclosure.

How you can help

We are looking for mental health service-users to meet with our study researcher 3 times, to answer some questions and complete some questionnaires.  Half will also read through the decision aid. We are looking for mental health service-users who are involved with a Vocational Service and are in the process of seeking paid or voluntary work, or are considering seeking work in the future.

The interviews will take place where you get mental health care, employment advice or possibly at your own home. Each interview will take between 1-2 hours. Participants will receive £15 costs for each interview and we can pay for the cost of getting to the health centre and back. Whether or not you take part is entirely up to you and will not affect your care.

How do I get involved?

If you think that you might like to take part then please let your vocational specialist know or else you can email/ telephone the researcher Francesca  Lassman directly on 020 7848 5089 or She will be happy to answer any questions you might have.