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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.


Two forthcoming events in Manchester: Autumn 2017

Yiyn Li at the Manchester Literature festival on 14 October

A luminous and profound memoir about the consolations of literature, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life was written over two years, during which author Yiyun Li was in and out of hospital battling depression.

A Disorder for everyone: exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis on 8 December, 2017

This day is for anyone who is interested in and concerned about the current debates in ‘mental health.’ It provides a space to explore the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model and the narrative of ‘diagnosis and disorder!’


Nature and Wellbeing

See here for list of links. 
There is increasing evidence that nature has a positive impact on mental wellbeing.  Mark Christie and Fiona Cole – from the University of Cumbria – recently did some research looking at the experience of volunteers with mental health problems who attended a centre (in a woodland setting) that promoted health and wellbeing through green exercise.

Mark and Fiona will be joining us at CCrAMHP on Friday 11 August 2017 from 6-8pm  to talk about their research and get in to a conversation about nature and wellbeing.

We will be meeting at Fork2Fork in Lancaster
See here for details and directions:
There is a shelter (ie a roof) but it has no sides, so – if necessary – please dress warmly!
**** We plan to have a picnic.  Contributions welcome! ***

Email if you plan to attend, and if you would like a lift – and do please pass the word around.  All welcome.

Mad World: an exhibition on sane people in insane situations

Art Exhibition at St Margaret’s House From 29th May to 21stJune

*** Official opening on 29 May from 6-9pm ***

Come along and to an art exhibition which aims to challenge the world to discover the insane. The exhibitions, which brings together work from a variety of artists, reveals perspectives on ‘madness’ which are not commonly found in the rhetoric of the medical institutions.You are invited to decide who is ‘sane’ and who is ‘crazy’ by looking at the art and exhibits. The idea reformulates psychologists David Rosenhan and Martin Seligman’s famous work ‘On Sane People in Insane Places’.

This exhibition is inspired by the emerging academic field of Mad Matters, the work of Mad People’s History, Oor Mad History,Asylum Magazine, Advocard and countless other organisations and indviduals.

The exhibition will be held in Gallery One of Edinburgh Palette

From 27th May to 21st June

Edinburgh Palette
St. Margaret’s House
151 London Road
Telephone: 0131 661 1924

Encourage your students and colleagues to attend, and click here to FIND OUT MORE

Hearing Voices App


You may recall that some of us contributed to testing a prototype version of this app, which Tamasin has been involved in developing.  It is now publicly available.

‘This free mobile app simulates the experience of Hearing Voices and provides a valuable educational resource for health and social care professionals’.

View the video

Trip to Liverpool

We are organising a trip to see the exhibition: Group therapy – mental health in a digital age

It will take place on Sunday 26 April 2015.  Contact Jill or Bob if you would like to join us: