Working together to shape PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY SERVICES – Event

Have your input into the direction of Mental Health.

Across Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham, there will be some changes to the way that
psychological therapies* are provided by the mental health services. Come to this event, hear our
plans & help make sure that the new services meet the needs of local communities.

  • View the graphic flyer for this event: Shaping Psychological Therapy Services – May 16th 2012 Event PosterBefore attending the event you may with to find out about the current proposed changes / modernisations by reading this below doccument, which will also enable you to be best placed to pitch your ideas at the event during contributions:
  • View the Psychological Therapies Overview of Proposed Changes Document: Psychological Therapies Overview of Proposed Changes DocumentWhen?: Wednesday 16th May 2012
    What time?: 1:30PM – 4:30PM (LUNCH SERVED AT @ 12.30PM)
    Cambridge House
    1 Addington Square,
    SE5 0HF
    Map: CLICK

    If you:
    · Have experience of using psychological therapy services
    · Supported people who may use or have used these services (as an individual or as an organisation)
    · Work in psychological therapy services or make referrals to them
    Then we would like to invite you to join us in shaping the new services.

    Booking Essential.
    For more information about the plans and / or to book a place please contact:
    Sandra Rutland: Tel: 020 3228 2466 Email:

    * By ‘psychological therapies’ we mean talking therapies such as psychotherapy or clinical psychology provided one to one or in a group.
    We are not working on changes to talking therapies and self help provided through GPs and
    self referrals (sometimes called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services)

Culture, Health and Wellbeing – International Conference 2013

Your chance to truly shape and involve in mental health in a global way!

This is set to be a truly international conference and is in the process of being put together, currently accepting applications for participation from those wishing to promote their mental health organisations & ideas for the content of the conference.

The conference will be a fantastic resource for anyone with a stake in mental health to come and enjoy or volunteer at.

When?: Monday the 24th, Tuesday the 25th & Wednesday the 26th of June 2013
What time?: This is to be confirmed – your suggestions and involvement may be valuable.
Where?: It will take place at a quality venue in Bristol United Kindgom – your suggestions and involvement may be valuable.
Map (of Bristol): CLICK

  • View the graphic flyer for this event: Culture, Health and Wellbeing – International Conference 2013

    Conference Chair:

    Professor Richard Parish
    Chief Executive
    of the Royal Society for Public Health, UK

    Find out more and register your interest for email alerts at

    – More details in the flyer:

  • View the graphic flyer for this event: Culture, Health and Wellbeing – International Conference 2013

    This post will be updated and / or replaced as details and fixtures develop relating to the conference.
    Make sure you’re subscribed to our Blog to keep abreast!

  • SLaM Trustwide Privacy & Dignity Strategy

    As part of the development of a Trustwide Privacy & Dignity Strategy, Natalie Warman (Assistant Director of Nursing with responsibility for physical healthcare) approached the Operational Trustwide Involvement Group in Summer 2011.

    The operational arm of the Trust Wide Involvement Group is designed to ensure that a wider range of service users are involved in the improvement and development of SLaM [South London & Maudsley] services, and to look across the Trust and externally to influence and develop good practice, innovation and service user research.

    The aim of this consultation was to engage people with experience of using SLaM services in the process of identifying what is important to service users and carers about privacy and dignity.

    Read the report here: Privacy and Dignity report

    Summary, reader- and presentation-friendly version, with images here: P&D summary and pictoral

    Please note we published an incomplete project team list in an earlier version of both of these documents. They were reposted on 7 May: the changes affect page 1 of the report and page 2 of  the pictorial summary. Apologies.

    Mental health charity lodges complaint with Ofcom after Channel 4 broadcasts ‘offensive, harmful and ignorant views’

    Thursday 26 April – The national charity Rethink Mental Illness (1) has made an official complaint to the broadcasting regular Ofcom, after Channel 4 aired the views of an evangelical Christian, claiming mental illness is a ‘behavioral problem, rooted in pride, self-centeredness and self-pity’.

    Appearing on on Wednesday 25 April, Malcolm Bowden claimed that depression and other mental illnesses are a ‘behavioral problem, rooted in pride, self-centeredness and self-pity’ and that ‘true Christians should not be depressed’.

    Paul Jenkins, CEO of Rethink Mental Illness said:

    “While of course we support free speech and open debate, we feel that Channel 4 really crossed an unacceptable line by broadcasting these harmful and ignorant views. His misinformed opinions are deeply offensive to anyone who has even a basic understanding of mental illness.

    “The fact that this nonsense even made it to air, brings home how much work there still is to do in terms of breaking down the myths and stigma which still surround mental illness and why campaigns such as Time to Change (2) are so vital.

    “I simply cannot imagine Channel 4 would provide this kind of platform for someone claiming that being gay, or having cancer was simply a case of being difficult and self-centered.

    “To frame mental illness as a moral failing, to intentionally pile shame and guilt on people who may already be struggling to overcome these emotions, is breathtakingly insensitive.

    “Not only are his views offensive, they are harmful. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if young men felt more able to be open about their illness. One of the most significant factors stopping them, is the fear that others will judge them as Bowden does, as self-centered or weak. To reinforce this attitude is simply dangerous.

    “We are bitterly disappointed that Channel 4 has given a prime time, unchallenged platform to such harmful, offensive views. As a responsible broadcaster, they have a duty to break down the myths which surround mental illness, not reinforce them.”


    For more information, please contact Rachel Whitehead, News and Media Manager for Rethink Mental Illness on 0207 840 3138 or email

    Notes to editors

    1.Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness.

    For 40 years we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups that change people’s lives and challenge attitudes about mental illness.

    We directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone.

    We give information and advice to 500,000 more and we change policy for millions.

    For more information go to

    2. Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

    For more information go to


    To complain to channel four go here:

    If you do complain, (takes 2 minutes) please consider adding a copy of your complaint here as a comment.

    Help SLaM shape psychological therapy services in Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham

    Hello Everyone.

    South London & Maudsley Mental Health Foundation Trust are doing some work on the psychological therapy services provided to residents of Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham.

    By psychological therapies’ we mean talking therapies such as psychotherapy or clinical psychology provided one to one or in a group. (We are not working on changes to talking therapies and self help provided through GPs and self referrals, sometimes called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.)

    We have developed a proposal, and had some feedback from people who use services, staff working in SLaM and some other interested parties.  As a result we amended the proposal.

    The feedback has helped us identify areas where we need to do more work, and we would like to involve more people at this stage.

    I have attached a document here: AG PT overview doc for May which outlines:

    • the changes that we are proposing,
    • the reasons behind the proposed changes,
    • the feedback that we have had to date
    • details of how people can give their ideas and views.

    On 16th May, (1.30 – 4.30) we will be holding an event where we hope that people with an interest in the services can work together to shape them.  Please see attached poster here: AG may 16th 2012 poster.  Booking essential.

    I hope that the attached document & links to available supplementary documents

    will give you the background information that you need to feel informed enough to contribute either at the event or through the other methods identified in the document.

    However, I would be very happy to talk to people about the proposed changes either individually or in groups, as I realise that written information isn’t always the best way to gain an understanding.  Please let me know what would help. Also, please let me know if you would like paper copies of the poster, or any of the documents.

    Please feel free to circulate this information

    With best wishes,


    Alice Glover

    Patient & Public Involvement LeadMood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
    email:  tel: 020 3228 0959
    113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

    New Involvement Poster

    Please see our lovely new A4 poster here: Slam twig poster

    Written, designed and made by Service Users.

    Please feel free to print out and put up.

    We can supply small amounts of these, printed in full colour, for stalls, information packs etc: please get in touch if you would like us to send you some: help us spread the word about the value of Involvement :-).

    Newsletter – Psychology Service User Involvement Group

    A must read for active service users wanting to find out more about involvement opportunities

    This is the second edition of Psychology Service User Involvement Group (PSUIG) Newsletter. The PSUIG aims to promote high quality, recovery focused user involvement in psychology services throughout the Trust.

    This newsletter has been developed to keep you up-to-date on interesting involvement activities and projects taking place within the Trust.

    View the graphical newsletter as a PDF now! CLICK HERE: PSUIG Newsletter Spring 2012 April.

    In this Edition

    • Page 2) PSUIG award 2011
      (by Graham Hadley)
    • Page 4) Heartsounds Uganda
      (by Rashid Male)
    • Page 6) Service User Event – Report
      (by Jean Cozens)
    • Page 7) PSUIG “Promoting Involvement Training”
      (by Carmine De Rosa)

    HeartFelt for Women – 9th May!

    A healthy heart & mental well-being event for women by women

  • View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:BHF Leaflet – A Healthy Heart Event For Women By Women

    Be informed, motivated and inspired to help make healthy lifestyle choices to improve your health and wellbeing.

    When?: 9th May 2012
    What time?: 9.30am – 3.30pm
    Where?: Coin Street, Neighbourhood Centre, London, SE1 9NH
    Map: CLICK

  • Come along to hear how you can improve your health

    – It is well documented that there is a high prevalence of heart disease
    amongst black and minority ethnic communities.

    – The British Heart Foundation and The Afiya Trust are holding an event targeting black women to highlight
    the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and healthy lifestyle.

    – This event is to raise awareness for the prevention of heart disease and interrelated diseases
    such as diabetes and stroke

    – Guest speakers will also provide advice on Nutrition, Weight Loss and Physical Activity

  • For venue details follow this link: CLICK

    This is a free event on a first come, first serve basis so to register send an email as per below:

    Food and refreshments will be served

  • Independent Inquiry into the ‘Schizophrenia’ Label

    An independent Inquiry into the ‘Schizophrenia’ Label has been launched on 16th April 2012 by a group of organisations and individuals concerned about the meaning and usefulness of ‘schizophrenia’ and similar labels such as ‘psychosis’. The Inquiry aims to investigate the impact this label has on people’s lives and to collect evidence from people, including mental health service users and carers, those (including professionals) who use these labels to describe mental health problems in other people, and those who have concerns about the use of such labels.

    Please visit the website for more information and to submit evidence to the Inquiry. You can submit evidence via the website by completing a questionnaire or writing to us using our testimony form at

    The evidence collected will be examined by an independent panel made up of service users, academicians and a lawyer. The panel will produce a report based on this evidence which will be forwarded to a range of organisations including NICE, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, other professional and statutory bodies, private and third sector organisations, and the Department of Health.

    This Inquiry has no financial ties to any organisation and is supported by around one hundred individuals and over 20 national and international organisations. You can also use the website to register your support and to spread the word about the Inquiry.

    Please email if you need any further information.

    We look forward to your support.

    Suman Fernando

    Jayasree Kalathil

    Phil Thomas

    Jan Wallcraft

    [Coordinating Group]

    Mirroring in Life – Mirroring in Groups Event

    £15 on Entry – £10 Concessions

    London Psychodrama Network Event

    Learn some gems about communication and relationships – change your life!

  • Mirroring is happening in everyday life. In our communication with people we are mirrors to each other. In beginning of life mirroring starts with mother and baby and it continues through life. But also our subjective mirrors can be mutually distorted by projections. We have a tendency to project unconsciously our own parts to others. But it can be corrected with feedbacks from other group members – Interpersonal learning. In this psychodrama session we will have the opportunity to explore our mirroring to each other in a group and also in some relationships in our life.

    When?: Friday 27th April 2012
    What time?: Arrive at 6.45pm for 7pm … the evening ends at 9.30pm
    Where?: Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, W2 3EL
    The nearest tube is Lancaster Gate on the Central line
    also accessible from Paddington
    Map: CLICK

  • Dusan is an associate specialist in psychiatry in Goodmayes Hospital, East London. A Trainer of BPA and leading trainer of Serbian Psychodrama Association. He completed training hours in introductory and diploma course with London Institute of Group Analysis. He is a founder member of London Psychodrama Network. Dusan has special interest in compatible integration of Psychodrama – Moreno, Group Analysis – Foulkes and Pines, and Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy – Yalom. Dusan is also exploring psychotherapy informed approach in everyday psychiatric practise.

    Our Taster Evenings
    Our evenings are experiential psychodrama events. Attendees participate at their own level of comfort. There is no need for acting skills, just come along and enjoy a stimulating group setting with safety and confidentiality.
    We offer a different director every month and we invite people to attend as often as they wish … to have as many tasters as they like.
    Each evening is two & half hours long to allow time for people to share what they think & feel at the end … come along.

    CPD hours are available from some presenters – please ask for details

    Money & Booking Your Place
    £15 payable on entry, students and unwaged £10 – just reserve a place in advance by contacting
    or visit our website:

    You can have as many tasters as you like!
    Those who book more than 3 events at once, get one evening free

  • Great Southwark Dragon Quest

    Great Southwark Dragon Quest

    Leaves Redcross Gardens, on Redcross Way SE1 1EX
    5 mins from London Bridge & Borough tubes

    Map and flyer here: dragon quest

    12.30 – 2.00 pm, Sat 21, Sun 22 & Mon 23 April

    A guided walk with clues to find the ten dragons & Georges in and around Borough High St, for adults & children.

    Led by John Constable & Katy Nicholls.

    Institute of Psychiatry Research Project

    Are you interested in research?

    Here’s your opportunity to get involved in an Institute of Psychiatry research project as a service user consultant.
    This can be paid through the involvement register or voluntary.

    What is the role?

  • Participate in research summary meetings, which will be every three months
  • Help the team consider how the study considers service users’ perspectives and priorities
  • Comment via email on questions or decisions outside of the meetings
  • Suggest relevant issues for discussion in advance of any meetings
  • Provide feedback to the Psychosis Service User Advisory Group (SUAG) on the work of the research, and occasionally
  • attend the SUAG meeting.

    What skills are needed?

  • Experience of using mental health services
  • It would be helpful if you have used Psychosis Services
  • A real interest in the subject area
  • Experience of meetings (it would be helpful if you have been part of strategic meetings but it is not essential if you have the potential to develop in this area)
  • Ability to think beyond your own experience and be an ambassador for fellow service users
  • Some interest and experience in the area of research would be helpful but is not essential

    If you would like to find out more, Role Description Service User Research Role to see the role description and how to apply.

    Some more info on how to apply for this role?
    Call or email Anne Kirby, Patient and Public Involvement Lead for the Psychosis CAG:

    Email: Tel: 07989652482

    Anne will talk to you about your experience and interest. Then Paola Dazzan, Anne and an experienced Service User Consultant/s will make a decision about whom to appoint. It is important that the appointed people can meet the requirements of the role and it is hoped that two people will be appointed.

    What is the deadline for applications?:

    25th May 2012

  • Petition: End Forced Mental Health Treatment


    I just created my own petition on the Avaaz Petition Site. It’s called: End Forced Mental Health Treatment.

    I really care about this issue and together we can do something about it! Every person who signs helps get us closer to the goal of 100 signatures — can you help out by signing?

    Click here to read more about it and sign:

    Campaigns like this always start small, but they grow when people like us get involved — please take a second right now to help out by signing and passing it on.

    Thanks so much,
    Jean Cozens

    Hear Us – May 2012 – Open Meeting!

    This hear us open meeting is jam packed and surely a must for your diary!

    – View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:Hear Us Open Meeting May 2012

    When?: Tuesday 1st May 2012, from 1pm [starting off with tea and cake!]
    Where?: CVA [Croydon Voluntary Action], West Croydon (82 London Road, CR0 2TB) – opposite Lidl

    Who is invited?: The Hear Us Open Meeting is for anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing – service users, carers and staff + Students too!

    Speakers at this meeting will be:
    · Patrice Beveney from the PCT to give an overview of IAPTS

    · CIPTS – Psychological Therapies Service

    · Dr Barry Jones, from Touchstone and Croydon SUN group – talking about Mentalisation Based Therapy

    · Simon Rayner Head of Pathway in the Mood, Anxiety and Personality CAG

    · Dr Sarah Dilks – lead psychologist for the psychosis services in Croydon

    And we are hoping that as many voluntary sector counselling, therapy and peer support groups as possible will be able to join us.

    We want to discuss:
    · Accessing talking therapies for service users

    · Waiting times

    · Why there is not more money being spent on talking therapies

    And anything else that people want to talk about! Really hope to see you there
    Please call 020 8681 6888 if you need anymore information – and please circulate to anyone who might be interested


    Take a look at the hearus forum CLICK HERE:

    Blog has been viewed in 30 countries!

    Hello friends,

    We thought you might be interested to know that this blog has been viewed in 30 countries. Second to the UK is the US. Full details are here: Stats for April 5 countries. We are chuffed!

    Please do encourage your fellow staff and service users to visit our blog, subscribe, submit postings, and comment on things of interest . As you can see, we publish on a wide variety of things, and we welcome any ideas on how to improve this resource. We’ve recently added a “best practice” section, and “news”. We’re also trying to keep on top of archiving, so that you always see the most up to date postings when you visit.

    Are there other things you would like to see here?

    If you can help us spread the word about the blog, we can send you postcards to distribute: please contact us if you could give some out. We also have some posters.

    In the meantime, many thanks to all our subscribers and posters!

    Dan & D: The blog team 🙂