Lancaster MH resources

1. SocialEase cafes

If you feel isolated. . . if socialising is hard. . . if you struggle to go out. . . if you are depressed or anxious. . .

A safe non-threatening space to get out from the 4 walls, to sit with a brew or delicious food from the cafes, relax, use the resources, meet others in similar situations in a calm environment.  Table cards for days when interacting with others is a step too far – just turn it to the yellow side and you won’t be disturbed.
Every Tuesday, 10-12 at Brew me Sunshine, Victoria Street Morecambe
Every Thursday, 9.30 – 11.30 at the Sunbury Coffee House, Sun Street, Lancaster
Peer Support is a recovery and well-being centre for those with mild to severe and enduring mental health problems in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. 
3. Carers Cafe
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Carers Café runs every Tuesday from 4pm and 6pm at The Orchard in Lancaster and provides a place where local carers can access information and support whilst also making a peer support group of new friends.
The Bay Dementia Hub takes place on the first Friday of every month, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, and alternates between the Trimpell Sports and Social Club, Morecambe and the Lancaster Library.  See link for dates and locations. 
Follow @lancspolicemh on twitter – improving understanding of mental health issues in policing.
Based in Chorley – providing specialist assessment and treatment for individuals who have significant symptoms as a result of experiencing a traumatic event as an adult.
7. The Birchall Trust
Counselling survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse in South Cumbria and North Lancashire.

14 May 2018

Screening of ‘Take these Broken Wings’ at the Gregson Centre. 

Take These Broken Wings  is a feature-length documentary film by  director and former psychotherapist Daniel Mackler which shows that people can recover fully from schizophrenia without psychiatric medication.  According to most of the mental health field, and of course the pharmaceutical industry, that is not possible.

The film is available online HERE.

(Incidentally, it was one of the earliest films that we showed when CCrAMHP first began to meet – in April 2011).

It is worth scrolling down, to read Daniel Mackler’s responses to viewers, in the comments section.   There he lists some of the research that is cited in the film.

Seikkula, Altonen, Alakare et. al. (2006). “Five-year experience
of first-episode nonaffective psychosis in open dialogue
approach: Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two
case studies.” Psychotherapy Research, 16(2): 214-228.

(world health organization studies, cited in “take these broken wings”:) Jablensky, A. (1992). Psychological Medicine. Supplement 20, pages 1-95.

Whitaker, R. (2004). “The case against antipsychotic drugs:
A 50-year record of doing more harm than good.” Medical
Hypotheses. 62: 5-13.

Harding, C. (1987). “The Vermont longitudinal study of
persons with severe mental illness.” American Journal of
Psychiatry 144: 727-734. [cited in “take these broken wings”]

Harrow, M. and Jobe, T. (2007). “Factors involved in outcome
& recovery in schizophrenia patients not on antipsychotic
medications: a 15-year multifollow-up study.” The
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 195(5): 406-14. [cited in “take these broken wings”]

Seikkula, J., Alakare, B., & Aaltonen, J. (2000). “A 2-year follow-
up on open dialogue treatment in first-episode psychosis:
Need for hospitalization and neuroleptic medication
decreases.” Social and Clinical Psychiatry. 10(2): 20-29.

Seikkula, J., Alakare, B., Aaltonen, J., Haarakangas, K., Keränen,
J. & Lehtinen, K. (2006). “5 year experience of first-episode
nonaffective psychosis in open dialogue approach:
Treatment principles, follow-up outcomes, and two case
studies.” Psychotherapy Research. 16(2): 214-228.

Mention was also made during the meeting of the Open Dialogue Approach.  See HERE for further details.