Hear Us Open Forum Meeting held on 4 March 2014

Matthew has done a audio blog of this meeting.

The theme was “Are you affected by bipolar or depression?”.

 

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HIP HOP PSYCH Event 21st November

HIP HOP PSYCH

21st November 2013, 7pm – 9pm. ORTUS learning & events centre, 82-96 Grove Lane, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8SN

Co-Founded by Dr Akeem Sule & Dr Becky Inkster

“Demystifying mental illness through authentic beats and lyrics”

HHP Screens

Hip-hop culture is a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about mental health. It is rich with references to psychiatric illnesses that have not been explored, dissected and documented until now. HIP HOP PSYCH, co-founded by Dr Akeem Sule & Dr Becky Inkster, is the interface that links hip-hop with mental health.  Their medical credibility and authentic passion for hip-hop enables them to bridge this gap. They understand the culture, speak the language and want to share their knowledge in order to cultivate awareness and remove stigma surrounding mental health and hip-hop.

Although the lyrics of hip hop music are often associated with swearing, rapping about money and the exploitation of women, there are also rappers whose unfiltered narration goes beyond this by describing the harsh realities of their world and the coping mechanisms employed by some young people.  The music can be rich with references, for example, to addiction, psychosis, bipolar disorder and the effects of urbanicity, poor nutrition and destructive parental influences relating to childhood maltreatment in the absence of positive role models.  

For this event, HIP HOP PSYCH Co-Founders Dr Akeem Sule & Dr Becky Inkster will be focusing on dissecting and analysing a range of hip hop lyrics from different artists – such as Eminem, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar and J Cole – in order to demystify mental health.  In doing this they seek to disarm the boundaries between psychiatry, the humanities and hip-hop culture.  Their approach enables them to gain a deeper awareness into gang culture and allows them to get closer to the reality of the daily struggles and risk factors which people with mental health problems face.

The event will also feature a special performance by Key Changes. Key Changes provides music engagement and recovery services for young people and adults experiencing severe mental illnesses including psychosis, schizophrenia, bi polar and personality disorders. Their innovative approach draws on clinical therapeutic techniques and uses culturally relevant music activities and genres.

Twitter: @hiphopsych / Email: hiphopsych@gmail.com

Price: £15 per person. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: You must be at least 16 to attend this event.


Questions for carers to think about asking Health Professionals

This is an audio blog by Matthew who is a carer.

They are his thoughts and suggestions about questions that carers can ask health professionals about their cared for person.

It contains some really useful tips and advice.


Summer Newsletter- Bipolar UK

Hello,

I am emailing you with the latest edition of the newsletter for the Bipolar UK Youth project.

Newsletter here: Newsletter Summer 2013

The project is currently looking ahead to the next few months and we would love to come and give talks/training/discussion with any young people/staff/groups.

Please do contact me if there is anything that we can take part or work together on.

Thanks again.

Kind regards,

Gloria Ho
London Youth Coordinator

Bipolar UK
11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB
Tel: 020 7931 6486
Mob: 07879 998914
Email: gho@bipolaruk.org.uk
Web: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

National Bipolar Awareness Day is taking place on Tuesday 8th October 2013

Be a part of this special day and share your story at www.bipolaruk.org.uk/30years

Join us at:
twitter.com/bipolaruk
facebook.com/bipolaruk

Charity Number 293340
Company Limited by Guarantee No. 1955570

Bipolar UK is the national charity in the UK dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. If you would like to find out more or make a donation, please ring 020 7931 6480 or visit the website above.

The information contained in this E-mail is confidential, and is intended only for the person to whom it is addressed. It is not legally binding and does not necessarily represent the views of Bipolar UK. If you are not the intended recipient then please delete this email and inform the sender.

Please help us to LIKE our youth facebook page! www.facebook.com/bipolarukyouth

#RT via Penelope


Here are some myths about depression and bipolar…courtesy NAMI

myths and facts

#RT via Jackie via http://www.nami.org/


The fit-for-work test fails mentally ill people – not the other way round

I’ve seen myself how those with mental disorders are at a huge disadvantage in passing this test, which has to be changed

As a 76-year-old archdeacon and former vicar, I never imagined that in retirement I’d end up starting a fight with the government. But that’s exactly what happened this week, when I launched the I Agree With Dick petition, in conjunction with the charity Rethink Mental Illness. We’re demanding that the government stops using the work capability assessment to judge whether people with mental illness should receive benefits, until the test is improved.

This matters so much to me because I’ve been through the test with others, and have seen just how unfair it is. My son has bipolar disorder. Over the years he’s been in and out of hospital, and sectioned three times. He cannot live on his own, and when he’s tried to go back to work it’s only served to made his condition even worse. The benefits he receives help him get by from day-to-day.

But when he went for the government’s fit-for-work test, it felt like the odds were stacked against him against him from the start. We found that people like my son have to answer incredibly complex questionnaires about their physical health, but hardly get asked anything about mental illness. They are also expected to gather extensive medical evidence from their GP, psychiatrist and other health professionals, explaining why they are unfit to work.

Without this evidence, your benefits could be cut immediately. But if you’re hearing voices or going through a psychotic episode, gathering those kinds of documents is an almost impossible task. It means that people with mental illness are at a huge disadvantage and it’s simply not fair.

My son was lucky to have our help to fill in forms and gather medical documents. But despite all the evidence we presented on his behalf, he was found fit to work, meaning he had to start job-hunting or face losing his benefits. Thankfully we managed to appeal against that decision, but it was a long and stressful ordeal that took more than six months. I dread to think what would have happened to our son if we hadn’t been there.

There are thousands of other people going through the exact same thing right now who have no one to help them. I fear that they’ll end up in a terrible situation because they’re too unwell to fight their case.

And don’t have to just take my word that the benefits test is unfair. In May, judges came to the conclusion that the test puts people with severe mental illness at a substantial disadvantage, and that it should not continue in its current form. The government is now appealing that decision, but in the meantime it’s still using the test to assess about6,000 people with mental health problems each week.

That’s why I can’t just sit by and do nothing, we have to keep pushing until the test is fixed. The lives of some of the most vulnerable and unwell people in our society could depend on it.

If you agree with me, please sign my petition, and help us keep up the pressure. Now is the time to stand up.

#RT via http://www.guardian.co.uk


Bipolar UK Youth May Newletter

Hello All,

I hope that you are well!

I am just emailing you with our latest newsletter! I hope that you find it useful, and please feel free to pass to other people!

Newsletter May 2013

Excitingly, we will be starting a NEW youth self-help group in Ealing on Thursday 6 June– the details are attached.

Youth Group Poster with address details

Thanks again!

Kind regards,

Gloria Ho

London Youth Coordinator
Bipolar UK
11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB
Tel: 020 7931 6486
Mob: 07879 998914
Email: gho@bipolaruk.org.uk
Web: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

Join us at:
twitter.com/bipolaruk
facebook.com/bipolaruk

Charity Number 293340
Company Limited by Guarantee No. 1955570

Bipolar UK is the national charity in the UK dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. If you would like to find out more or make a donation, please ring 020 7931 6480 or visit the website above.

The information contained in this E-mail is confidential, and is intended only for the person to whom it is addressed. It is not legally binding and does not necessarily represent the views of Bipolar UK. If you are not the intended recipient then please delete this email and inform the sender.

Please help us to LIKE our youth facebook page! www.facebook.com/bipolarukyouth

Run past some of the most iconic buildings in London and support those affected by bipolar.  Click here for more details: www.bipolaruk.org.uk/british10k