User Focused Monitoring: D Rose In Our Experience

For anyone considering service user involvement / user focused monitoring, this is a key text.

User Focused Monitoring D Rose In Our Experience (1998)

The ground-breaking project reported here represents a partnership between Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority (KCW) and The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (now the Centre for Mental Health). It demonstrates that people with severe and enduring mental illness can have a voice in decisions about the mental health services they receive. It further shows that people with mental health problems can, with appropriate training and support, elicit the views of others with severe mental health problems.

Diana Rose is a social scientist and also a mental health service user. She undertakes research from the service user’s perspective. She came to the Institute of Psychiatry after pioneering user-focused research for 7 years in a London-based charity. She has developed new methodologies in order that the user ’voice’ can be more clearly heard in research. She co-directs SURE whose staff are mainly users or ex-users of mental health services as well as being scientists. She is currently working both on epistemological issues and developing ways of finding out exactly what difference user involvement in research makes to both process and outcomes as well as policy.

GV Art events

3 to 13 September 2012

Current exhibition

Theatre of the Mind

continues until 29 September

GV Art’s Theatre of the Mind season with a range of works by Rachel Gadsden in conjunction with Elastic Theatre ’s new multi-media work, JULIUS.

See our website for catalogues and press releases,

Image : Rachel Gadsden, Fury 1, mixed media on paper, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Intrusive Thoughts and Representation

Monday 3 September 2012, 6.30 – 8.30pmThis Roundtable event discusses the nature of obsessions, compulsions, intrusive thoughts and how these can be represented through artistic mediums. The panel will be composed of Dr. Simon Darnley, Dr. Erin Sullivan and Jacek Ludwig Scarso, founder of the Elastic Theatre Company and chaired by Art Historian, Dr Marius Kwint.
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Photo by Ludovic Des Cognets. © Elastic Theatre, 2012

Elastic Theatre Workshop
Voice/Art Experiments

Thursday 6 September 2012, from 6.30 – 8.30 pmJacek Ludwig Scarso and Maya Sapone lead an original workshop in vocal exploration drawing on the creative methodologies of Elastic Theatre.  Rachel Gadsden will also attend the event, and produce an artwork inspired by the workshop. Open to all levels of experience.
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Photo by Ludovic Des Cognets. © Elastic Theatre, 2012

Art and Mind Symposium

Tuesday 11 September 2012

The science of optimism  – Why are humans prone to hold unrealistic expectations?

Dr Tali Sharot is our guest speaker at our Art & Mind Symposium. Tali is the author of The Optimism Bias: A tour of the irrationally positive brain, in which she attempts to answer the question ‘What is it about our brains that makes us overestimate the positive?’

Dr Sharot is a faculty member of the Department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences at University College, London.

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An Evening with Rachel Gadsden
Wednesday 12 September 2012, from 6.30 – 8.30 pmThis unique event sees Rachel Gadsden introduce her exhibition and take visitors on a private tour explaining the themes and inspirations for her work.
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Rachel Gadsden, Terrence Soall, 2008, mixed media on canvas

Elastic Theatre Live Event

JULIUS: Meet the Company and the Characters 
Thursday 13 September 2012, from 6.30 – 9 pm

Elastic Theatre reveal the creative process behind the making of JULIUS, and perform exclusive demonstrations to provide an insight into Elastic Theatre’s fusion of performance, dance and contemporary opera.
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Photo by Ludovic Des Cognets. © Elastic Theatre, 2012


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





SE1 1 0AB

Tube: Southwark or Borough, Buses: 344, RV1

Places are limited, RSVP: David Mendez

Make history – let’s end mental health discrimination in legislation!

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.

Help us get your MP to #backthebill by join our campaign now >

#RT via Rethink Mental Illness

Jo Brand and Friends: Live comedy night in support of SLaM

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 to register your interest for the event, and to be informed when the box office opens.


Psychiatric hospital documentary

Afiya Trust job vacancy: urgent

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

Details here: TTC advert

Kind regards,

Chris Reid
Project Support Officer and Administrator
Phone: 0207 587 1701/582 0400
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