I am writing let you know that we are holding a 15km walk in May in Lloyd Park. This will raise much needed funds for Mind in Croydon in these difficult times, but don’t worry there is no requirement to get sponsorship (although it would be great if you do)!
Ronnie Corbett is coming to officially start the walk at 10am and we have lots of other fun activities throughout the day including a Crystal Palace Football Club coach teaching people ball skills (we are yet to confirm if there will be any players present).
Also, we are holding a ‘Living Library’ on a double-decker bus at the event and also on Croydon High Street on Tuesday 21st of May. Our Living Library project challenges stereotypes by allowing the general public to speak to people with diagnosed mental health conditions.
Here’s a link to the information: http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/positive-steps.asp#.UW0Vn1cgij1
We would appreciate if you could forward this around to your friends, family and colleagues. Please let me know if you would like a poster to display.
Any distance you can manage walking would be great as the route is three times around the park and you are not obliged to complete the entire 15km.
We are also in need of volunteers if you know anyone who would like to get involved in this capacity.
Register for the walk now using the link above or if you don’t want to walk please feel free come along and support us!
If you would like any further information please let me know.
Information and Design Coordinator
Mind in Croydon
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General Office: 020 8668 2210
Fax Number: 020 8763 2084
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My name is Ben Spencer and I am a psychiatry registrar at the Institute of Psychiatry working on a research project that is looking into people’s views of genetic testing in clozapine.
Schizophrenia is a common illness that can affect how people tolerate stress, and their experience of the world. Some people who have schizophrenia do not get better on standard medication, and treatment with clozapine is offered. Clozapine can affect the immune system and so people who take it have to have regular blood tests, and sometimes get side effects.
At the moment, researchers are looking into whether it might be possible to use a genetic test to predict if people with schizophrenia would benefit from clozapine, or would get side effects. This research may mean that people would have to have blood tests less often when they are treated with clozapine.
No one has looked into people’s views on this, and I am keen to find out what people think. To do this I have written a questionnaire about it to give to people. I need to find out though if it’s asking the questions that service users think are important.
I am looking for people who have experience of mental health services, and who would like to look at a questionnaire we have written to find out about people’s views and attend a focus group discussion on it. Ideally if you have knowledge or experience of clozapine or psychosis.
If you wanted to take part I would send you an information sheet about the study, and a copy of the questionnaire for you to complete in your own time. I would also send you a feedback form so you can write about your experiences of it.
Then I would invite you to come along to a focus group to discuss with other similar people you thoughts on the questionnaire itself (is it too long, short, too simple). Also at this group we would discuss the research itself and the issues or questions you think we should be asking.
You would be given your travel costs (up to a maximum of £10) to attend the focus group, and a £10 Marks and Spencer’s gift voucher for your involvement.
Please note the focus group session will take place on Wednesday 22/05/2013 in Brixton.
Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved in this project by emailing : email@example.com with your name, phone number, and address to post the study information to.
The deadline to respond by is Wednesday 15/05/2013.
Date: Thursday 16 May 2013
Time: Lecture at 18.30, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill
This unique event will bring together academics from the IoP and clinical professionals from South London and Maudsley (SLaM) to discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding the physical health of mental health patients.
Research shows that people with mental health disorders are more likely to have an increased risk of physical health problems and to lose significantly greater years of life (“mortality gap”) as compared to the average population. Despite this, according to a recent publication by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) there is a ‘long-standing and continuing lack of parity between mental and physical health’. With NHS and local authorities currently operating in a climate of significant structural change, it’s time to bridge the gap.
Join us during Mental Health Awareness Week 2013 for a dynamic discussion in which a panel of experts will discuss how to improve the morbidity and mortality rate of mental health sufferers.
This discussion will be chaired by Professor Shitij Kapur, Deputy Vice Principal (Health Schools) & Dean of Institute of Psychiatry who will be joined by a panel of experts including Dr Fiona Gaughran, Lead Consultant in the Psychosis Service at SLaM and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the IoP and Dr Rob Stewart, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Clinical Informatics.
Following the lecture there will be a drinks reception in the newly-opened Education Hub where you will have the opportunity to network.
One CPD point is available for this event subject to peer approval. Certificates of attendance will be made available on request.
Mental health charity, Bromley Mind, is pleased to announce the launch of a new service, Mind Peer Support in Lewisham. This service will provide activities, connections, opportunities and skills for anyone with a mental health problem living in Lewisham and develop community led groups to meet local needs.
Mind Peer Support in Lewisham is supported by the London Borough of Lewisham’s Communities that Care fund and the service currently provides a weekly reading and creative writing group every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm at Lee Green Community Centre. Mind Peer Support in Lewisham is seeking more volunteers to help launch more groups.
Ben Taylor, Chief Executive of Bromley Mind said “It is amazing to see what can be done when people come together to find the local solutions to local needs. We are continuously inspired by the dedication of our Peer Support Volunteers. We welcome more people to join us so that together we can provide more opportunities for individuals to access mental health support in Lewisham”.
In the current difficult economic climate, local mental health services are consistently under threat or change. Mind Peer Support in Lewisham will provide a community led alternative for people seeking support and activities to lead fulfilling lives. This service sees anyone with a mental health problem develop skills as capable community leaders using their experience of mental health problems to support others.
Jim, one of the Peer Support Volunteers said, “Through becoming involved in Mind’s Peer Support in Lewisham and setting up the WordCraft Group, I have been supported to access skills that I never realised I had and regain the confidence my mental health problem took away from me.”
Mind Peer Support in Lewisham provides full training and support to individuals to set up a mental health activity group of their choice in Lewisham. Training sessions will commence on the, 29th April, and in early June.
For more information please contact Megan Jamison on 07850 639811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
#RT via SLaM e-News
A Nottingham man has now been held in custody for two weeks after he was accused of “threatening behaviour” due to comments he allegedly made during his Atos benefits assessment.
Steve Topley is a 49 year old father with multiple serious health problems who was required to attend a Work Capability Assessment with the notorious IT firm Atos – the company responsible for stripping benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people. During the process Mr Topley made some comments about someone not present at the assessment. His family say these comments were misunderstood and were in response to questions from the assessor about his personal life.
These comments led to Atos staff calling the police and Mr Topley was asked to attend Queens Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham. When he refused to do so he was arrested. At QMC he was de-arrested and received a mental health assessment but no reason was found to detain him under the mental health act. He was then re-arrested and taken in handcuffs to Nottingham police station where he was later charged.
He has now been refused bail twice in closed courts which his family were not permitted to attend. His sister Gina Topley, who says the family are being kept in the dark about the legal process, has said:
“My brother has not been given any opportunity to speak and give his side of the story to a judge and he was not offered an appropriate adult to accompany him when he was arrested.”
His family have not been allowed to visit him in prison and have raised concerns that his medication may not be being administered properly. Mr Topley will face another appearance in a closed court tomorrow (Friday 26th April) and there are major fears that he will be remanded once again pending psychiatric reports.
His family and supporters have called a demonstration outside the court tomorrow calling for his immediate release.
Meet outside Nottingham Crown Court on Friday 26th April from 9.30-11.00am – please help spread the word. For more details and the latest news visit:http://freestevetopley.wordpress.com/
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