Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) dicussion group

Hi there,

The Mental Health Foundation is seeking to gather together people who have used mental health services and carers of those who have used mental health services to hear their thoughts, ideas, feelings, comments on the subject of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

The group will meet on Tuesday 29th July 10:30am – 2:30pm at the Mental Health Foundation (Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk, London, SE1 2SX).

o   participants will be paid £25 each

o   all travel expenses will be covered

o   lunch will be provided

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jo Ackerman at the Mental Health Foundation and to complete the demographics form (anonymous).

More detailed information is available on request

Thanks so much to everyone who got involved in Mental Health Awareness 2014 – Are you Anxiety Aware?

Watch this Anxiety flashmob for a taste of the great activities people got up to around the UK.

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:

All well worth a look –  Thank you Matthew.

Mon 2 June at The Dragon Café

An Oasis of Calm springs to life this Monday
In June we will be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety 2014 Festival, and creating a place of calm contemplation away from the often anxious world we live in. Random Acts of Mindfulness between 1 – 4 pm and SoundWorks at 4.30 pm – which will introduce us to singing bowls – are just two of the many activities throughout the day, as we also celebrate the start of Creativity and Wellbeing Week (2-11 June). Regular groups will continue and we shall also engage with the festival’s theme in the first part of our Anxiety Dialogues at 6.30 pm. Take your mind and body to a place of peace.


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:

Great job as always Matthew – Thank you


Maudsley Charity Showcase Event

Maudsley Charity showcase event

On Tuesday 13 May 2014, Maudsley Charity is inviting the public and SLaM staff to learn more about how it benefits service users and the community.

The showcase event, which is being held at the ORTUS Centre between 6pm-8pm, coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 12 – 18 May.

There will be opportunity to learn about the wide range of projects that the charity supports, including:

  • Hearing Things – a drama-based programme which explores mental health care experiences using theatre techniques. The project aims to build rapport with service users and help educate the public on mental health.
  • Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 – a sneak peek at the new London-wide arts festival organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The festival will explore the causes and effects of anxiety and will bring leading and emerging artists, musicians and performers together for a dynamic programme of events.
  • Mind and Soul Choir a community choir which aims to break down barriers associated with mental health and improve wellbeing through singing. The choir was formed in Lambeth in 2006 and their director, Lea Cornthwaite, is also Musical Director for The Royal Opera House Youth Company.

It is entirely free to attend and promises to be an informative and enjoyable evening.

For more information, please click here.

And to book your place, contact or 020 7848 7915.

Anxiety 2014: Call for performing arts and international collaborative & research residency proposals

FYI- please visit the Anxiety 2014: arts and mental health festival website for details on the call for proposals and details about the festival coming soon:

Anxiety 2014 is a new London wide arts festival exploring the spaces between the concepts of anxiety and the ways they are lived, perceived and represented by artists, individuals and communities. The festival runs throughout June 2014 spanning venues and spaces across the city, from grass-roots community centres to London’s leading cultural and academic organisations.

Anxiety 2014 is curated by the Mental Health Foundation and core funded by the Maudsley Charity. Since 1949 the Mental Health Foundation has been committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental illness and to helping everyone lead healthier lives by carrying out research and developing practical solutions.

Curatorial Team: Festival Director: Errol Francis, Film Curator: Jonathan Keane, Learning and Community Involvement Curator: Anna B. Sexton, Visual Arts Curator: Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Festival Intern: Scarlett Spiro-Beazley

Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014: Call for Performing Arts Proposals

Deadline for submissions is 12.00 midday on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Bethlem – Gasworks – Anxiety 2014 : Collaborative and Research focused Residency

Call now open for artists of any ‘non-visa’* nationality not currently living and working in the UK. 

Best wishes

Helen Shearn
Head of Arts Strategy