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.

Home Treatment Services – Focus Group

Have you recently (within the last year) used a  home treatment service?

Or are you a family member or carer of someone who has recently used a  home treatment service?

If so:
You will have a real understanding of what it is like to use or support someone who uses the home treatment services. Your understanding, ideas and feedback could help us improve the services.

View the flyer for this event with detailed information:Home Treatment Services – Focus Group Advert

The meeting will be trying to find out what is important when:
· Home treatment is considered as an option
· Staff, service users & family explore whether it is the right option and identify what is needed
· Staff from other teams involved in a persons care work alongside the home treatment team
· People come to the end of using the home treatment service

It is hoped that ideas and feedback from both service users and carers can be obtained at the meeting. service users and carers will be able to talk in separate groups as it is important to hear different peoples perspectives.

When?: Wednesday 5th October
What time?: 2pm – 4pm
111 Denmark Hill
(On the Maudsley Hospital Site)

To find out more, or for an informal chat or to book a place, please contact:
Alice Glover – Patient & Public Involvement Lead
Tel: 020 3228 0959 Email:


Lewisham Mental Health & Wellbeing Day – Friday 21st October 2011

This is a fantastic event to promote mental health and general well being including:

– Information
– Workshops
– Updates
– Feedback
– Opinions

View the poster for this event! CLICK HERE:Lewisham Mental Health & Wellbeing Day

When?: Friday 21st October 2011
What time?: (Registration @ 9:30AM) – 4PM
The Civic Suite
1 Catford Road

View some more detailed information about this event CLICK HERE:Event Details & Information

There is no charge to attend the event but booking is essential:
For more information or to book a place please contact Joan Laronde:
Tel: 020 3228 0950

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Self Harm – Help SHIELD to improve quality of care.

Get involved, come to meetings, new members always welcome.

SHIELD is a three year project to improve the care pathways for people who present to the Emergency Departments after self-harm. They are based in South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and work in both King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals.
Many people can be involved in the clinical care that patients receive when they attend the Emergency Department after self-harming.
This can include staff in the Emergency Departments, the mental health liaison teams at both hospitals and staff from various medical and surgical departments.

View SHIELD’s flyer with testimonies from service users as well as more information CLICK HERE:Self Harm Prevention, SHIELD Flyer, Get Involved

If you or anyone you know has been affected by self-harm then SHIELD would welcome your involvement in their project. You could attend SHIELD meetings and give SHIELD advice on how you think services could be improved and be involved in a range of education and training projects. SHIELD meets monthly and always welcome new members.

For more information and if you’re interested about getting involved then take a look as SHIELD’s website:—improving-care

You can also contact the SHIELD team:
Email: or Tel: 0207 188 6004

The Other Side Gallery – September Newsletter

Take a look at this fantastic and jam packed news letter from The Other Side Gallery.

September Addition News Letter

CLICK HERE:The Other Side Gallery – Newsletter September 2011 Edition

In this issue you will find:

Adult community
NIACE survey on
informal adult
community learning
EPIC Tip to help
filming and
editing video
Send Trustees Week
Your story
The Bethlem Gallery
Eternal Maternal
Honda: Made In
Britain competition
Big Society
Bank launches
Candid Arts
Sept Newsletter
Pallant House
launches “Outside
In” competition
The Museum of
Exhbition #4
8, 9
Details of the 2×2
Forum for Outsider
Art in October

For more information about The Other Side Gallery or their projects why not visit their website:


Get involved: SLaM membership

Are you a member of SLaM?

Why should you  join? It allows you to have a voice.

What does becoming a member actually mean?

If you become a member of the Trust, you can help ensure that we are more accountable to the people we provide services for, and that we are better at listening to people’s views.

We’d like members to be active in helping shape our services for the future, but it is up to you to decide how much you want to get involved. There is no cost involved in joining. You’ll be invited to attend events and you’ll receive regular information about the Trust. We will also ensure that you are consulted on specific issues affecting the Trust.

How do I  join?

Anyone who lives in England and Wales can join the Trust as a public member.

Telephone: 020 3228 2441


Annual Public Meeting (APM)

The APM takes place between 5.30pm and 7pm on Tuesday 13 September 2011 at Glazier’s Hall, 6 Montague Close, London Bridge, SE1 9DD. Refreshments will be provided and there is an opportunity for attendees to meet the SLaM Members’ Council and Board of Directors. To attend or for further details please email or telephone 020 3228 2830.

Membership and Member’s Council Elections

An important part of being an NHS Foundation Trust is having a membership made up of service users, carers, staff and members of the public.  The membership has a say in how the Trust is run and the ‘voice’ or executive arm of the membership is the Members Council. For more information on becoming a member or standing in the upcoming  members, please email or telephone 020 3228 5376.


If you are a member of SLaM you will be sent information by post  in October about voting for a representative in your constituency (that is you vote for a member in the category in which you registered. So  if you are registered as a service user you can vote for a service user member of Council or for a public member if you registered as a public member or a carer member if you registered as a carer or a staff member representative). Please use your vote it is one of the ways you can influence the direction SLaM takes in the future.

Stop Smoking & Mental Health Event

Kick the Habit – find greater coping mechanisms – revolutionise your life!

You are warmly invited to this exciting event aimed at everyone including mental health services staff and people using mental health services as well as ex service users.

When?: Wednesday 12 October 2011
What time?: 10:30AM – 2:30PM
Where?: The Owen Centre, Lewisham Hospital
Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH

View the event flyer CLICK HERE:Stop Smoking & Mental Health Event!

During the day…
– Hear people with real experience of stopping smoking.
– Visit and chat at the information bays.
– Lively workshops – getting started and coping with stopping smoking, impact of medication interactions, referral routes, training and more.
– Explore working in partnership.
In addition – Refreshments are provided Free!

– To raise awareness and provide information about smoking and mental health, the new stop smoking and mental health service access and referral routes into stop smoking services, ways to stop smoking and good support mechanisms to stop smoking.
– Impact of stopping smoking on medication, training opportunities

To explore
– How we work together working in partnership with people using services and primary and secondary care services
To provide

Training opportunities
– Practical support to stop smoking – one to one and group

Find out more & book your place!
Tel: Matt – 07824 521 368 or Tel: Miriam – 07969 009559

Psychology Service User Involvement Award

Improve services by rewarding what works!

The Psychology Service User Involvement Group (PSUIG) is offering a best practice award for User Involvement initiatives carried out by a psychologist or psychology team. The purpose of the award is to recognise and reward good practice for user involvement, promote examples of good practice for other psychologists to learn from and, more broadly, promote user involvement in psychology services in the Trust.

– To find out who is the award open to, what constitutes a Service User Involvement project, what the criteria are & more information on what the award entails for the individual receiving the award then CLICK HERE:Psychology Service User Involvement Award 2011 Full Information

– In order to obtain your own questionnaire form so that you may make a nomination then CLICK HERE:Psychology Service User Involvement Award – Questionaire

Deadline for Submissions is: Tuesday 1st of November, 2011.
So there’s not a huge rush – you may also want to circulate the information in this post to other mental health users you may be in contact with.

How to nominate:
Fill in the attached nomination form/questionnaire above and email to by Tuesday 1st of November, 2011. Self nominations are accepted, so please feel free to put forward your own Service User involvement projects.

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This is a fantastic event which celebrates the inexplicable cross over between genius and mental health issues!
This entertaining event is taking place during mental health week.

View the fantastic graphic poster for this event!:MAD PRIDE – A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVE LUNACY – Poster for event

When?: Friday 7th October
What time?: 8PM – 11:30PM
Montague Arms Pub
289 Queens Road
New Cross
SE15 2PA


This will be a really fun event and a chance to network, make friends and to take part in a fundraiser for the campaign against welfare benefit cuts.
If you’re on Facebook then you can take a look at the event by following this link: