HearUs Croydon – Meeting on 4th March 2014

Hear Us Croydon held their open forum meeting on the 4th of March over at the CVA Resource Centre.  At this meeting there were guest speakers:

Caroline McDonald on Personal Budgets in Mental Health and Julie Turner on Direct Payments.

The Main Topic was on the Depression and Bipolar Disorder Focus Group with guest speakers Alice Glover, Dr Karine Macritchie and Vanessa Bray.

Matthew Mckenzie has done a great video blog of the meeting:

Matthew has also done an audio blog:

These are well worth watching and listening to!

Matthew has also uploaded some great photos to our Facebook page:


World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2013 – An audio blog by Matthew

Matthew has done an audio blog with his thoughts about this day. His blog contains some really useful links for finding out more information and also what can be done to help people.

CoolTan Arts – CoolWalk – An audio blog by Matthew

Lovely audio blog by Matthew about the CoolWalk he went on – on Saturday 31st August 2013.

This walk was “Myths and Legends”. It started at Nunhead Library, finished at Honour Oak Park Station. A wander through beautiful and spooky Nunhead Cemetery learning more about the gravestones and the mausoleum. Then up One Tree Hill where Queen Elizabeth is said to have fallen asleep under the Honour Oak

CoolWalks are guided walks for wellbeing, giving participants the opportunity to get to know more about their local area’s history and their local Southwark libraries. The project is run by CoolTan Arts and London Borough of Southwark Public Health, NHS Southwark and Southwark Libraries, with all the walks researched, planned and led by volunteers.

For more information about CoolTan Arts see http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/

Empowering Family and Carers Event: 30th July at Mind in Croydon

Audios of the presentations and talks at the Empowering Family and Carers Event that organised and run by SUITE South London and Maudsley NHS and held at Mind in Croydon on 30th July 2013.

Matthew has also done a lovely audio blog of the event : https://slamtwigops.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/empowering-family-and-carers-event-30-july-2013/

There are also photos up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.593758800666890.1073741849.476820022360769&type=3

Welcome – by Angela Mitchell – SUITE – South London and Maudsley NHS

Jane Sayer – Interim Director of Nursing – South London and Maudsley NHS

Jackie – Mind in Croydon

Angela Christinis – Mind in Croydon

Rob Brown – Mind in Croydon

Angela Mitchell – SUITE – South London and Maudsley NHS

Bridget Jones – SUITE – South London and Maudsley NHS

Matthew McKenzie – Carer

Angela Mitchell and Esther Craddock – SUITE – South London and Maudsley NHS

Georgina Boon – Senior Pharmacist – South London and Maudsley NHS

The Brainless Brothers: An audio blog by Matthew McKenzie

Matthew attended a talk at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on Saturday 3rd August 2013.

It was a free talk on Cibber’s statues of ‘Raving’ and ‘Melancholy Madness’, and this summer is also the last chance to see the statues before they go out on loan.

They are going to journey across the Channel on long-term loan in September, returning for the opening of the new Museum of the Mind in the autumn.

Matthew’s blog is great to listen to – you almost feel like you are there seeing the statues for yourself. Worth a listen!

Lewisham People’s Day: Audio Blog by Matthew

Lewisham People’s Day was held on Saturday 13 July 2013, 12 noon–8pm at Mountsfield Park, Catford SE6

This is Matthew’s great audio blog of his trip there.