CoolTan Arts Largactyl Midnight Shuffle – 21st June 2014

On Saturday June 21st 2014, 11.45pm to 5am, Sunday June 22nd 2014 Matthew Mckenzie joined CoolTan Arts on a fun, guided midnight walk through South London.

This is his great video blog of the event talking about the walk, the talks along the way, games on ‘mad’ buildings, nightworking, surrealism and the anxious city.

Matthew also took lots of great pictures – you can see them on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.747738728602229.1073741892.476820022360769&type=3

Thank you Matthew!


Friends of Cathja Event – 18th June 2014

Matthew Mckenzie visited the Friends of Cathja Community Boat talk from their experts about mental health, creativity and unique community of makes.

There was a also a premiere of an ethnographic film ‘The Potential Space’ about the Cathja community by artist Albert Potrony as well as the inaugural performance of Dave Auld’s Shanty written especially for Cathja.

Matthew has done a great video blog of this event – complete with snippits of shanties!

You can watch Matthew’s video here: 

He has also posted some photos on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.745854572123978.1073741891.476820022360769&type=3

All well worth a look –  Thank you Matthew.


HearUs Open Forum meeting – Tuesday 6th May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie attended the HearUs Open Forum meeting on Tuesday 6th May 2014.

This month’s guest presenters were Peter from Mind in Croydon, Sarah Mines from the Untapped Theatre Company, Dr Constantina Papoulias from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, KCL , Georgina Boon, Dr Joseph Rodrigues and Dietitian specialist Deborah Thompson.

Matthew has done a great video blog about this event.  It includes a lot of information about medication and diet – and much more….

 

You can also view photos of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.722541431121959.1073741888.476820022360769&type=3


An evening of wellness: your mind, your health – Mental Health Awareness Week May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie attend “An evening of wellness: your mind, your health”. This event ran as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, and together we can hosted an evening of talks and performances to showcase some of the projects supported by Maudsley Charity for the benefit of service users and the local community.

We heard from 4 projects being the

The SLaM Recovery College
Hearing Things
Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014
Mind and Soul Choir

Matthew covered the event for us and has done great audio and video blogs and has also taken photos.

You can watch his video blog here:

Listen to his audio blog here:

Look at his photos here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.726210024088433.1073741889.476820022360769&type=3

Great job as always Matthew – Thank you

 


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.


Hear Us Open Forum meeting – 1st April 2014 – “The April Big Benefits Meeting”

Matthew Mckenzie attended this very informative meeting.

He has done great audio and video blogs as well as taking some photos.


There were presentations from Active Minds and Employment Support — a new service. Kam Patel: Personal Independence Payment — replacing DLA (Disability Living Allowance). Croydon Discretionary Scheme (CDS), Replacing social funding e.g. crisis loans and Access to Work with Special Guest Mary Dunleavy, Q and A session on PIP.

The audio and video blogs contain a huge amount of information on benefits, access to work, PIP payments and more!  They are well worth a watch or a listen.

You can find Matthew’s video blog here:

His audio blog here: 

and his photos here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.704740086235427.1073741886.476820022360769&type=3

Thank you Matthew – great work!


Chris Jones runs a long way for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research

I have been a carer consultant on the Involvement Register since May 2011. I have thoroughly enjoyed this – I’ve been involved in the Food Project, on the Psychological Medicine Service User Advisory Group, visited the Mother and Baby Unit, given presentations for SUITE (Service User Involvement in Training and Education) and also have had a lot of responsibility for SLaM TWIG Ops Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SLaMTWIGOperations and our twitter feed @slamtwigops helped and supported by Matthew Mckenzie – particularly when I have been unwell.

An Involvement Register colleague, D Rosier, saw a post that I had done on my personal Facebook page and kindly suggested that I do a blog post in order to raise awareness.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 44 in 2005 and underwent a lumpectomy and radiotherapy. My oncologist told me that I was very unlucky to get it at a relatively young age. My prognosis then was that it was less than 5% likely to reoccur. Last October though the beastie raised its ugly head again and I had a recurrence. Now buying lottery tickets as I keep falling in the unlikely stats so surely I must be due for the unlikely event of winning the lottery!  🙂

This time I have been throwing a lot more at it – bilateral mastectomy, chemo, Herceptin, Letrozole…   I have no intention of doing it for a third time.

My lovely son, Chris, has been supportive all through this. Spending time visiting me in hospital, bringing very posh champagne for New Year (bizarrely when you are going through chemo champagne tastes particularly good!), coming to keep me company whilst being filled with toxic drugs (chemo) at an unearthly hour just after Christmas, numerous treats of lunch out – to name but a few things. Typical of my son not only does he want to be supportive but also wants to do something practical to help – and if that involves some crazy sports challenge so much the better!

Chris is doing an ultra marathon at the end of June for Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research http://www.breakthrough.org.uk/ . This is a 100km run (62 miles – more than 2 marathons) which is phenomenal distance to run in one day. It’s along the Grand Union Canal starting at Maida Vale, Nr Paddington and ending in Bletchley, Bucks. You can’t simply just get out of bed on the day and hope to run this far – it involves a huge amount of training. Chris often runs 20 miles after a full (and long)day’s work purely to train for this and aims to run 60+ miles per week to keep superfit. He has trained whilst in Kuala Lumpur on a business trip in extremely hot weather. On 7th April he ran the Brighton Marathon in three hours seven minutes purely as a “training run”. I am so proud of him.

Research is vital. Breast cancer is really sneaky – it has a habit of reappearing several years later when all appears to be well – which is exactly what happened to me. Research is coming along and purely because of good research I will benefit this time from a new “wonder drug” Herceptin. This was a very new drug when I was first diagnosed in 2005 and not widely used. Recent research has shown that even though my cancer was contained I will still benefit immensely from it. If it wasn’t for research this drug would not be available and I wouldn’t have the excellent prognosis I have now.

Chris’s JustGiving page is http://www.justgiving.com/CJ-runs-a-long-way Please take a look just to raise awareness and if you feel like donating too then even better! No donation is too small. All the bits add up!

Thank you.

Bridget Jones