Art exhibition by a SLaM out patient

A show called ‘C.R.O.S Installation 1′, Portico Gallery, London

London Artform: film, visual arts   Contact: Phil Beeken

At Portico Gallery 23A Knight’s Hill, West Norwood, South London, SE27 0HS

Continually twenty four hours a day until 30th September 2013

In the window of the Portico Gallery at present is an evolving art research project by the artist Phil Beeken. Mutating from a short information film, a continually growing video shown on a variable number of screens plays on a 24 hour loop. The artist expands both the film and the installation space as time goes on. It is an esoteric study into the fractured nature of the psychogeographical micro and the macro cosmos. A personal view of  London, madness and long walks with a video camera.

Unconventional and idiosyncratic, the work asks the viewer to question exactly what it is they really expect to see in a gallery space…  ‘Who wants to be told what to think?’

The show is viewed from the outside of the gallery, however email for a guide of the piece and further information.

The show is best viewed past sun down as it contains projections.


Bromley Mind are seeking two new Trustees to work with us to achieve our purpose of working alongside people with mental health needs and dementia to improve their quality of life.

Bromley Mind is a registered charity, established in January 2001, which provides community based Mental Health Services, psychological support for people with depression and anxiety and Dementia Care (through our specialist dementia arm, MindCare). Since 2011 we have provided services in the London Borough of Lewisham, as well as in Bromley, and we are currently consulting on proposals to change our name to ‘Bromley and Lewisham Mind’.

We are looking for applicants committed to our aims and values who:
• Live in or have strong connections to the London Borough of Lewisham
• Have direct personal experience of mental health problems or as the family carer of someone with dementia.
We would particularly welcome applications from people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

The Board meets 6 times a year, currently in central Bromley. We also like to draw upon Trustees’ knowledge and experience to support the Chief Executive & Senior Managers with specific projects. These positions are voluntary but expenses are reimbursed. Induction, training and support in the role are provided.

To be eligible to serve as a Trustee you should:
• Be a fully paid up member of Bromley Mind (details available at:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Be able to make a commitment to attend Board Meetings (6 times a year) and to take part in the Board’s Annual Review Day
• Be willing to sit on one of the Board’s sub-committees (meeting 4-6 times a year)
• Be able to make a commitment to keep oneself well informed using information provided to Trustees
• Be able to attend relevant training and conferences
• Be prepared to serve on working groups and/or undertake a lead role appropriate to your skills and experience
• Not be disqualified under Charity or Company Law

If you are interested and would like an informal discussion about becoming a Bromley Mind Trustee please contact Ben Taylor, Chief Executive, Head Office, 5 Station Road, Orpington Kent BR6 0RZ, Telephone: 01689 811222, email:, or for more information, visit our website at

To apply for the role, please send a letter outlining your relevant experience and interest to the above address or email by Friday 6th September 2013.

The Role description can be downloaded below

Role description

PDF here: Trustee officers role description2

Bromley Mind is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from candidates with personal experience of mental health needs.

Via Matthew

Mon 2 Sept @ The Dragon Cafe

DC Programme- Monday 2 September 2013


Yes it’s the return of RISE and SHINE Breakfast Club (peer support) at our new building.

RISE Club Leaft design_August 2013

On Wednesday September 4th at 11am.  1 Rushworth Street London SE1 0RB

Topic for discussion: ‘5 ways to Wellbeing this Autumn’.  All welcome!!!

Bill Stewart

Project Coordinator

Mental Health and Well-being Service Project Coordinator

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

We celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2012

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB.

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Self-advocacy A5 template for september 2013 Schedule


Could you post the attached Word file Self-Advocacy September training details please?

Self-advocacy A5 template for septembert 2013 Schedule

Also, in body of this email is a notice about CoolTan Arts’ Volunteer Coordinator Clara Jones moving on, and leaving event this coming Friday.

With thanks again


Advocacy Training Coordinator

Hi Everyone

As many of you know, Clara will be leaving us at the end of the week – my apologies if this is the way you are finding out; I know Clara has endeavored to tell as many people as possible.  I will be Clara’s replacement from 2nd September and I hope to get the opportunity to meet you all soon.

CoolTan will be holding a leaving party for Clara at the office this Friday, 30th August, 5-7pm and we would like to extend the invite to you!

In CoolTan tradition, we are asking those who would like to and are able to, to bring along food to share. Please let me (or another member of staff) know what you are bringing, so we can ensure variety.  If you can’t, then not to worry, your presence will be more than enough!

We have also started a collection for Clara’s leaving present, and if you would like to donate (any amount), then please either see myself or Michelle Savioz (and if we are not around, please see another member of staff).

All at CoolTan hope you will be able to join us in saying our farewells to Clara.

Kind Regards

Rachel Ball

Volunteer Coordinator


+ Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road
London SE17 1JE

(Main Switchboard: 020 7701 2696 (Mobile: 0798 565 8443

Looking for feedback about a draft Adult Social Care leaflet

Simon Rayner  Head of Mental Health – Southwark Council & Head of Social Care – Southwark/SLaM has asked for some feedback from mental health service users on a draft leaflet about adult social care (personlisation etc).    The leaflet’s purpose is to explain simply and clearly to members of the public what Southwark Adult Social Care can offer, including basic information regarding personalisation, personal budgets, support planning and the customer journey.

Simon would like your views on whether and how the leaflet achieves what it sets out to do, with suggestions for improvements.

There are 2 ways to give feedback:

1)    You can review the leaflet, filling out a review sheet and returning to Simon. For those people on the SLaM involvement register this work could be up to 2 hours paid work at rate PB, could be done from home & needs to be completed by Friday 6th September.

2)    You can look at the leaflet & give general feedback.  This would be a voluntary opportunity and would also need to be completed by Friday 6th September.

To get a copy of the draft leaflet, and for more information please contact:

Alice Glover
Patient & Public Involvement Lead
 – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: tel: 020 3228 0959

113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

Next A2P Indesign course

Hello all

We are slowly settling into our new purpose built community building at 1 Rushworth Street, London, SE1 0RB.

Please find details of the next course in Adobe Indesign, starting in Tuesday September 3rd 2013.

This course is aimed at giving learners a taste of creative computer design with the potential to gain some experience in Art2Print or a pathway into further learning.

Please note that to gain a place on the Indesign course learners will need to have solid basic computer skills. If not they can always sign up for our Tuesday free UK Online computer classes (for Southwark residents only).

This course will cost £25.00 for the 5 weeks duration for non-personal budget holders. They can also access a range of our RISE programme of activities on Wednesday & Thursday for the duration of the course.

Please let me know if you have anyone interested, and please forward this to others.

If you have any questions or any clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Bill Stewart

Project Coordinator

Mental Health and Well-being Service Project Coordinator

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

We celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2012

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB.

Find out more about what we can do for you:

Follow us on Twitter: @BlackfriarsSett

Like us on Facebook:

Six in ten

MIND 6 in 10

SLaM Recovery College Operations Manager Post

Ops Manager position is now up- on NHS Jobs:

The Manager and Deputy Manager posts aren’t up yet, but they should be soon.

Best Wishes

Tony Holmes

Social Inclusion and Recovery Volunteer

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Maudsley Charity

Corporate OT | 1st Floor Admin | MaudsleyHospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

Telephone: 020 3228 2175

GPs to say no to medical evidence requests

Local Medical Committee (LMC) leaders from Lancashire and Cumbria have drafted a letter to help GPs turn down patient requests for support when appealing against their benefits being withdrawn.

The template letter sent to practices advises patients to contact Jobcentre Plus or the appeals service if they need further medical evidence, and allow them to contact their GP if they think more information is needed.

It says –

“It is not necessary therefore for you to request any extra medical evidence from your GP. Indeed it may slow down or complicate the process.

Your GP is very busy seeing patients and unfortunately does not have the time available to complete such reports. Your GP is entitled to charge you for such a report and would not want to burden you with extra costs when they are not necessary.

This follows a similar letter disseminated to practices by Bro Taf LMC in Wales, which said GPs providing these reports was an “abuse of NHS resources”.

Lancashire Coastal LMC chair Dr Stephen Hardwick, who helped write the letter, said:

“GPs are increasingly pressurised, their daily job is harder. We’re monitored more closely through Qualities and Outcomes Framework, our prescribing more closely followed. We’re also having to mop up from other NHS and social care problems.

It’s hard for individual GPs to say no, because they want to do what’s best for their patients. The problem is as that it becomes more frequent, as they bring in the bedroom tax, you don’t have time for anything else.”

The LMC action comes at a time when the DWP is actively encouraging disabled people to send in addtional medical evidennce in relation to ESA and PIP claims in order that more decisions can be correctly made first time.

More than 600,000 of the 1.8 million assessments carried out by Atos since 2009 have been the subject of an appeal, at a cost of £60 million.

Latest figures show that 42% of ESA appeals are successful.

For more information see LMC leaders plan campaign to encourage GPs to ‘just say no’ to benefit requests @

The LMC Letter to Patients Requesting Reports in Support of Disability Claims is available here.

Action for M.E. has produced a template letter for patients with M.E/CFS living in those areas who wish to protest against this move.

The Action for ME template letter is available @

Others living in the Lancashire and Cumbria LMC area who wish to protest against the LMC action can contact the have the Consortium of Local Medical Committees Chief Executive Peter Higgins by:

  • email;
  • post to: Peter Higgins, Consortium of Local Medical Committees, Ambulance Headquarters, 449-451 Garstang Road, Preston PR3 5LN

Note: Citizens Advice reported today that, as well as some surgeries refusing to provide medical evidence, some GPs are charging up to £115 to assist disabled people in their appeals against WCA decisions.

It warns that the practice of charging for independent evidence is widespread and is a “catch-22” for disabled people, many of whom face the prospect of an incorrect assessment by ATOS followed by an expensive appeals process.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said –

“Lots of people entitled to ESA are being denied it unfairly. Wrong assessments prevent people from getting the financial support they’re entitled to and being charged up to £115 for medical evidence to help appeal a bad decision puts sick and disabled people in a catch-22 situation.

Without independent medical evidence in appeals against assessments by the notoriously unreliable ATOS, sick and disabled people are being left to fight against bad decisions with one hand tied behind their back.

She added –

“No one doubts the pressure on the NHS at the moment but by charging for a medical assessment, some GPs are adding unnecessary extra anxiety.  In some cases, sick and disabled people are facing the double blow of a wrong assessment followed by a demand for money to get the evidence they need to overturn that decision.

Work Capability Assessments are stressful experiences and going through the appeals process makes things even worse. Without the support of medical evidence, many people’s legitimate appeals against wrong decisions are significantly weakened, leaving them unable to get a fair outcome.”

For more information see Sick and disabled people facing “catch-22” as GPs charge to help with appeals against ATOS assessments @


Community Mental Wellbeing Event – Audio

An audio blog of this event by Matthew.

THe Community Mental Wellbeing Event was held at ORTUS, Maudsley Learning Centre, Maudsley Hospital on 23rd August 2013.

28-page guidebook all about the Ten Keys to Happier Living

For each Key it provides an introduction, an inspiring image, a question to ponder, a thought-provoking quote and practical action ideas, all underpinned by the latest wellbeing research.

Via Andrea

To Russia with Love – Four in Ten LGBT Peer Support Group Speak Out About Rising Homophobia and Transphobia in Russia

Stephen Fry’s recent open letter to David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) describing the worsening situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Russia as reminiscent of Berlin circa 1939 and the persecution of the Jews has brought international attention to this issue. Calling for the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014 to be moved, Fry outlines how Putin’s attack on gay people is against the Olympic oaths for which the games are meant to promote – humanity, peace, anti-discrimination.

In June of this year, Putin introduced the ‘anti-propaganda’ law which forbids the promotion of non traditional relations  to young people with punishment by large fines and imprisonment. What this has meant in practice is that speaking the word ‘gay’ is now a criminal act. LGBT people risk loosing their jobs, gay people are censored from public life, trans people are targeted by gangs of men and there has been a shocking rise in assaults targeting LGBT people. Most troubling of all are the stories of neo-Nazi groups posting videos and photo’s on the internet of shocking abuse of young gay men who are subjected to public humiliation, abuse and torture, leaving them traumatised, leading to a number of deaths from suicide and as a result of their injuries.

We often think that, in the UK with an equal age of consent for gay people, laws banning the discrimination of LGBT people, civil partnership rights and soon to be enacted same sex marriage, that equality for LGBT people here is certain. However, the fact of the matter is that LGBT people in the UK, and in London in particular, still face high levels of hate crime.

GALOP, a leading LGBT community safety charity, recently released new research findings that showed that there were over 1000 homophobic crimes in London in 2012/13 and 50 transphobic crimes. Although this represents a large reduction on previous reports of homophobic and transphobic incidents, the British Crime Survey still shows that 1 in 8 LGBT people experience hate crime. GALOP’s findings also showed that almost two thirds hate crime don’t get reported.  Overall, there has been a slight drop to 43% of homophobic crimes which are solved and a very poor 6% of transphobic crimes.

What is most concerning about all this – the rise of homophobic and transphobic crime in Russia and the on-going high levels of hate crime here is the impact this has on LGBT mental health and wellbeing. Four in ten LGBT people will experience mental health problems in their lifetime – against one in four of the general population.

The irrational fear and hatred of LGBT people, the rise in attacks, the state sanctioning of discrimination against LGBT people, the outlawing of talking about being LGBT, or that LGBT people have equal value to heterosexual people, we all have personal experience of this to a certain extent. We are acutely aware of how this contributed to our own deteriorating mental health and wellbeing and sense of isolation as a result of stigma and discrimination.

We are speaking out about this issue because we want LGBT people, where ever they are, to live free from discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. We hope that by bringing attention to this issue, not only are we raising awareness of the plight of our brothers and sisters in Russia, but we are also bringing attention to the issue that homophobia, and transphobia – whether its violence targeted at LGBT people, or simply making us invisible – contributes to negative mental health and wellbeing and we urge you to stand with us and challenge this were ever it takes place.

Four in Ten is SLaM’s LGBT Peer Support Group which meets every Tuesday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. It is open to all LGBT people with mental health problems.

The Four in Ten Project is a three year LGBT Equalities Project led by Metro Centre and funded by Maudsley Charity to improve the experience of LGBT service users at SLaM.

To find out more contact Peter Vittles on 07711 376 258 or email

Students organise mental health awareness day in Croydon on 18th September

The Talk Easy Trust, a student-run group which helps victims of bullying and depression, are running a mental health awareness day on September 18.

The day will be held in a number of schools where students will be able to learn more about their own mental health.

Aidan McNulty, chief executive of the trust, said the whole aim of the day is to make pupils aware that talking about mental health is okay.

In the evening a presentation will take place for parents from all Sutton schools who are keen to learn about mental health.

There will be a chance to ask questions to mental health professionals and young people who have suffered from mental health illness.

The event is taking place at The John Fisher School, Peaks Hill, Purley and starts at 6.30pm.

To reserve a seat email

Via via Matthew

More police forces trial ‘street triage’ mental health scheme

Five more police forces are to pilot a scheme whereby mental health nurses accompany officers on call-outs, the government has announced.

Nurses will join patrols, assist on emergency calls and in control rooms as part of the street triage scheme.

Trials have already been established in Leicestershire and Cleveland.

The new pilots will involve the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan, Thames Valley, West Midlands and West Yorkshire forces.

The extension was announced by care and support minister Norman Lamb.

The scheme, funded by the Department of Health and backed by the Home Office, is aimed at improving the way people with mental health problems are treated during emergencies.

Mr Lamb said: “We know that some police forces are already doing an extremely good job of handling circumstances involving mentally ill people but we want this to be the reality everywhere.

“By providing police forces with the support of health professionals we can give officers the skills they need to treat vulnerable people appropriately in times of crisis.

“We have already seen encouraging results from the other pilot sites.”

Derbyshire, Devon & Cornwall, North Yorkshire and Sussex force areas are also in the process of setting up street triage trials.

Minister of state for policing and criminal justice Damian Green said: “These pilots will help ensure people with serious mental health issues are given the appropriate care and support, while ensuring police officers’ time is freed up to fight crime.

“They also show the good partnership work going on between health services and the police to ensure people with mental health issues are dealt with by the right emergency service.”

A joint investigation by Her Majesty’s Inspectorates of Constabulary and Prisons, the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales called for a rethink of how powers were used to detain people in a “place of safety”.

Current guidance says police should take people with mental health problems to a hospital or similar location in all but exceptional circumstances, but the investigation found detention in police cells was far from an exceptional occurrence.

Some of those detained were as young as 14.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said she hoped the ‘street triage’ scheme would reduce the “shocking numbers” of mentally ill people detained by police.

“They [police officers] often have to take people to a police cell as a place of safety because there are no beds or staff available at a hospital or healthcare facility.

“This is unfair on both the police and mentally ill people, because the majority are doing nothing more than feeling suicidal or in danger of harming themselves. They need compassion and care instead of being strip-searched and locked in a police cell and treated as criminals,” she said.

Via via Andrea and Matthew