As we lead up to Anxiety 2014: Art and Mental Health Festival, we are pleased to invite you to an evening screening of two films about mental health and well-being. We are showing two films from the UK and USA. The films are contrasting interpretations of the way that the everyday environment interacts with our mental health and wellbeing.
Overload (2011) Ivan Riches (UK) 36 min
A documentary involving service users from the Maudsley Hospital and CoolTan Arts about the stressful nature of the everyday urban environment. Presentation and Q&A with Director Ivan Riches.
Crooked Beauty (2011) Ken Paul Rosenthal (USA) 30 min
A poetic account of the experience of bi polar disorder and its relationship to art and creativity, by San Francisco-based filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal.
21 September 2012, 6-9pm
LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY
56 SOUTHWARK BRIDGE ROAD
SE1 1 0AB
Tube: Southwark or Borough, Buses: 344, RV1
Places are limited, RSVP: David Mendez email@example.com
We don’t think it’s fair that people affected by mental illness can be legally discriminated against. Did you know that 1 in 4 of the population is prevented from serving on a jury, becoming a company director or an MP, just because they have known mental health problems? Now, we have a one-off chance to change this, but we can’t do it alone. The law is outdated and we need to change it to show that Britain won’t tolerate mental health discrimination. On 14 September 2012 Gavin Barwell MP will put forward a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to amend this archaic legislation. But we need 100 votes from MPs for the Bill to be passed.
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Jo Brand brings together top comedians for Comedy Slam! in support of mental health
Date: Tuesday 23 October, 7.00-10.30pm
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Award winning entertainer Jo Brand, along with fellow top comedians, will deliver an unmissable night of stand-up comedy to support mental health services in South London. Confirmed acts to date include Nina Conti, the ventriloquist and stand-up comedians Alistair Barrie and Robin Ince.
|Jo Brand: ‘I support SLaM because we should all be able to talk about our mental health, honestly and openly and because SLaM staff are inspirational, their common sense, unending kindness and ability to deal with very tense situations is amazing.’|
|Nina Conti: ‘I support SLaM because it’s important to stand up for people affected by mental health. South London and Maudsley provide the widest range of mental health services in the UK and I’m proud to be promoting them.’|
|Alistair Barrie: ‘I support SLaM because they provide amazing services for people, often at the end of their tether and in distress.’|
Kumar Jacob, Chair of Maudsley Charity said; ‘The benefits of laughter are wide ranging, including reducing stress, boosting the immune system and connecting us with others. Please join us and these wonderful, generous comedians to improve your own wellbeing as well as help us support mental health services in South London.’
Tickets for the event, which will last approximately three hours, cost between £20 and £35.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest for the event, and to be informed when the box office opens.
We would like to remind all our network members that The Afiya Trust will be recruiting for a Service User to lead on a project funded by Time to Change. Please see the attached advert if you would like to express an interest in applying for this position and send all replies by the end of August to email@example.com
Details here: TTC advert
Project Support Officer and Administrator
We are writing to remind you that our APM is approaching on Tuesday 11 September 2012, 5.30 – 7.00pm at Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD.
Please let us know if you are planning to attend by clicking on the link below.
This year we will be reflecting on what has happened during the last year and focusing on our plans for the future. Copies of our Annual Report and Accounts will be available at the meeting.
The main event will be followed by a reception, where you can meet SLaM’s Board of Directors and Members Council. You will also be able to view a display showcasing arts in the Trust.
We very much hope to see you on 11 September.
If you have any further queries please contact our Communications and Media Department by telephone on 020 3228 2830 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Glazier’s Hall, London Bridge Click to see map|
All are welcome to the NHS Lambeth Annual General Meeting
NHS Lambeth’s next Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 September 2012 from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at the Imperial War Museum.
The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Hewitt, Chair of NHS South East London. Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Collaborative Board, will talk about the performance and achievements of the last year and the development of clinical commissioning in Lambeth.
Andrew Eyres, the Managing Director of the Lambeth Business Support Unit for NHS South East London, said: “Everyone is welcome to our Annual General Meeting, where we will report on the last year, and look forward to the next. This is an opportunity for people to come and find out what’s been happening in their local NHS”.
Time will also be spent focussing on the development of integrated care and how this will improve health services for people across Lambeth.
The meeting will be held in the Cinema Room at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ.
An agenda, any papers and the Annual Report for 2011/2012 will be available a week before the meeting, at www.selondon.nhs.uk/annualreports.
People can register their attendance for the event at www.lambethccg.nhs.uk/event/nhs-lambeth-annual-general-meeting-2012/
For further information, please contact Tania Barnett on 020 3049 4291 or email email@example.com.
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Challenging attitudes, changing lives.
I wanted to write a letter to you in the hope we can come to some sort of agreement as to where we both go from here. I have written to you many times before in days of despair and days of hope, today is one of my good days when I can find the strength from within to speak to you forcefully, concisely, from the head and from the heart. If need be, I can also speak to you aggressively, just to enforce my point, but seeing as we are now old friends, I shall try to remain diplomatic at all times.
Let me start by complimenting you on the wonderful public relations team you have working for you. How you manage to cause so much pain and heartache to so many people and not get a negative reaction in the press is a testament to the work they do on your behalf. How you get away with creating a stigma against those of us who suffer is nothing short of remarkable. When we are on better terms, perhaps you can tell me how they do it?
Exactly how is it that you manage to turn the tables on people so that they are seen as weak, hopeless, worthless and even on the verge of taking their lives because you won’t let them breathe? How come you’re still not seen as the major illness you are when so many people suffer because of you?
I saw first hand how you destroyed someone with no regard, no remorse, just a relentless charge through someone’s persona. Watching someone so vibrant, loving, outgoing and confident become a shadow of the person that I loved was horrible. To make someone change in such a way and, worse of all, to do it over a long period of time so that they are not aware of it, how do you do that?
You came to me over a 2 to 3 year time span, I knew you were there but I was not ready to acknowledge your existence. Unaware of the strength I needed to halt you on your path of destruction, I allowed you to control me and my feelings until that day when you almost beat me.
The truth of the matter is that I was a beaten man, but I did not want you to claim me as another victim. From within, I found hidden strength, through the love of my wife and children, I fought back. I am lucky in that sense, but others are not as fortunate as me, it’s so hard with your uncanny knack of pinpointing someone’s weakness and going straight for it.
The good news for me, and the bad for you, is that now I’m on top. Without you I would not be writing, something I had a passion for as a young boy in school, YOU stirred my creative juices and made my mind awash with ways I could defeat you. Now I am ready to help others defeat you and most of all I am ready to show others how the weakness comes from you not themselves.
I am starting a revolution and will unite all “Depressionistas” from all walks of life in my battle. Are you ready for us this time my friend? We may seem weak as single entities but as a force we are strong and we will not be defeated. Your days of chaining us to shackles will soon be over.
Try putting a positive spin on that!
You can also follow Garry on Twitter @depressedmoose
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The S.H.A.R.E. Project – a new peer support project in Lewisham – STILL SOME PLACES LEFT FOR TASTER THIS WEDNESDAY!Posted: August 20, 2012
Some of you will already be aware of The S.H.A.R.E. Project, however I know that this will be something new for quite a few of you reading this email. As a bit of brief background: I am based in the Ladywell Unit and have been working on peer-Led recovery projects both in the community and with in-patients since my arrival in the spring.
S.H.A.R.E. stands for Stories of Hope and REcovery. The project participants will be sharing parts of their own story with others who also have experience of mental health problems and aims to inspire and encourage as well as provide a regular peer support space where people can learn from each other.
The project is currently recruiting service users who would be interested in taking part – either by telling their own story, or by offering to help co-ordinate the project. This aspect includes some admin and record keeping, giving talks to SLaM staff and finding venues and opportunities for the project to attend. Service users who are members of the Involvement Register would receive payment for some activities. Those who are not already members would have the opportunity to join the Register. All participants will receive training and 1:1 supervision.
There is a 2-hour taster session this Wednesday and there are still a couple of places left, PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO ANYONE WHO YOU THINK WOULD FIND THIS PROJECT OF INTEREST.
Following the taster, there will be three training sessions, taking place on:-
TUESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER – 12-4PM
THURSDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER – 12-4PM
TUESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER – 12-4PM – this last session will be held at the Ladywell Unit.
Venue: Stanstead Lodge (Seniors), 260 Stanstead Road, Catford, London
If people cannot make the taster they are welcome to contact me to talk about joining the Project and attending the training.
There will be further recruitment after Christmas.
Please contact me if you would like further information.
Flyer here: SHARE Project Poster
Peer-Led Recovery Project Manager
0203 228 6063
Mob: 07794 279 420.
* I am part-time and my working hours are Tuesday 9-4pm, Wednesday 9-5pm and Thursday 12.15-5pm.* Lewisham Psychological Therapies Service 4th Floor, Ladywell House University Hospital Lewisham Lewisham High Street London SE13 6LW