Help to work

help to work

Film Screening and talk. Participatory Film in Action: Mental Health on Film (FREE)

Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities, London Metropolitan University

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 18:30 to 20:00 (BST)

The event features a screening of short films, presentations and Q&As by project leaders and participants of the Inna Vision Film School.

Inna Vision Film School has been a year long participatory project based in East London, working with adults with lived experience of mental health issues, with a particular focus on African and Caribbean communities. The participants have produced short films during the process, touching on various aspects of mental health experience and ideas of well-being. The films are being shown in a series of screenings to engage audiences in discussion and with the goal of challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health.

There will be a particular focus on the process of the project, the challenges and the strengths of the model adopted, the outcomes and outputs for participants and partners, and lessons to be learned for other participatory

The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

Participatory Film in Action is a regular event curated by London Met Digital Media lecturer and filmmaker Suzanne Cohen.

Via Matthew

Workfare – anything but fair!

Hi there,

Our Charity sector is facing a new threat.

The government has launched its new “Help to Work Scheme” which will force long term unemployed people to do unpaid work for six months in charities or face losing their benefits for up to three years.

Unite, along with Oxfam and another 30 charities has signed up to a new campaign to Keep Volunteering Voluntary. Can you help by asking your employer to sign this simple pledge and ask your organisation to refuse to participate in the ‘Help to Work Scheme’. You can find details and sign the pledge here.

This new scheme undermines the whole principle behind volunteering. There is also no evidence that it helps long-term unemployed find jobs.

Workfare mandates people to work for free with the threat of having their benefits taken away hanging over them. It also replaces paid jobs with unpaid jobs, providing a taxpayer subsidy to major UK employers.

If you have experience of workfare in your organisation then we’d like to hear from you. Please share your stories here.

Follow our tweets using #workfare on Twitter @unite4society

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Many thanks


Sally Kosky
National Officer
Unite for Our Society

Invitation to briefing session about work on personality disorder services

Hello Everyone,

I am emailing to let you know about our work to develop & improve services for personality disorder within South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

poster may 16th Briefing session

There will be a briefing event for anyone who is interested on 16th May at the ORTUS Learning Centre – poster attached.

Please circulate this information as you think appropriate.

To book your place contact Sandra Rutland – details on the poster.

With best wishes,

Alice Glover

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

Depression Awareness Week 26th April – 3rd May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie has done a video to raise awareness about depression for this important week.


It is very informative and well worth a watch.


Thank you for doing this Matthew.


Myhealthlocker is an online health record which is managed by YOU, the service user. This means that you can monitor your own health online. Myhealthlocker also contains resources like useful contact numbers, and tools to help with psychosis.

Myhealthlocker is still young and is improving all the time. But we need more people to use myhealthlocker and then give their views on it. Myhealthlocker is likely to be introduced across SLaM, and so this is an opportunity to shape the end product.

There are also some paid opportunities available to test other electronic devices and applications.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact a member of the myhealthlocker team:


Tel: 020 3228 3875

Or you can follow us on Twitter @myhealthlocker

Are you interested in research? Do you want to help improve research opportunities within the Trust?

Over the last two years, we at the Biomedical Research Centre (a partnership between SLaM and the Institute of Psychiatry) have been trying to make it easier for service users to find out about (and participate in) research.

We want to know how well we’ve done, so we are running a brief evaluation exercise across the Trust.

We are looking for service users to help us find out how much people know about research opportunities across the Trust. Participants will be compensated for their time (a fee of £15). This is a brief, one-time activity and all participants will receive detailed feedback. We will also let you know what improvements we will be making as a result of this activity.

We wish to hear from people who:

·         Are currently using SLaM services

·         Have a diagnosis of psychosis

If interested, please contact Konstantina Papoulia at the Institute of Psychiatry (tel: 02078480749; email:​