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
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
You are warmly invited to attend the launch of the above book, at the Friends Meeting House Lancaster, from 6-8pm on Tuesday 16th June 2015. RSVP.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This exhibition is being held in Liverpool from 5 March to 17 May 2015
We are arranging a CCrAMHP trip to see it on Sunday 26 April 2015. Contact Jill or Bob if you would like to join us: email@example.com.
SICK! Festival is the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges – and is expanding in 2015 into venues across Brighton and Manchester.
SICK! Festival was launched in 2013 as the first festival of its kind in the UK dedicated to exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don’t). SICK! presents an outstanding international, cross art-form programme featuring theatre, dance, film, public installations and debates in venues across Brighton & Hove, Manchester and Salford.
The festival seeks out new ways of talking about and dealing with the bad times that are unflinching, informed, irreverent and humane. It is a reflection on those experiences that are most personal to us, but which somehow connect us all as individuals with bodies, minds and lives that sometimes go wrong.
SICK! Festival is delivered in partnership with leading arts organisations, medical and academic institutions, charities and community groups.
Manchester programme of events
It is often the relationships between the providers of services and people on the receiving end which are at the heart of people’s experiences of the mental health system. As we have discussed in the past, both service users and carers, on the one hand, and workers, on the other, can feel alienated by current approaches to delivering services. Mick McKeown is a Reader in the School of Health at the University of Central Lancaster and active in the Trades Union movement. He is interested in how alliances can be built between mental health workers and the psychiatric survivor movement, and the role of Trade Unions within that. Mick has also thought and written a lot about the relationship between community-based groups such as CCrAMHP and Higher Education Institutions. Mick will share some of his ideas, as a starting point for discussion, which might include some thinking about the alliances that CCrAMHP might seek to make with other groups, institutions and initiatives.
- Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder?
- Support or care for a friend or family member who does?
- Interested in contributing to new research on mentalhealth support services?
- Living in Lancashire?
Help improve services for people with mental illness. Opportunities available in Lancashire!
Many people diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder only use GP services for their mental health support. In future this will also probably increase as secondary services are streamlined. Some GPs are very good at supporting people with mental illnesses, but others are less so. Some people under GP-led mental health care don’t get good support, or make much progress with either their mental or physical health problems.
Can the PARTNERS2 Research Programme develop a solution?
This new research programme aims to develop better ways of supporting people with severe mental illness within GP practices. A new system could offer services to enable people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to lead longer, healthier and more satisfying lives.
How can you help?
We are recruiting people who have personal experience of living with diagnoses of bipolar or schizophrenia (as service users or carers), and are interested in how mental health research is done, to form three local Lived Experience Advisory Panels. The Panels will work with university and service user researchers over the next four years to develop and test a better way of supporting people with severe mental illness . Panel members will share their experience and understanding to make the research more useful for people who need support to live with these diagnoses. Payment, training and support will be available.
If you want to find out more about joining the Panel, or what the work would involve, Ruth Sayers ( PIiR Coordinator for PARTNERS2) would like to hear from you.
Closing date: applications by 9th October for selection on 21st October.
We will be discussing the book at the CCrAMHP meeting on Monday 30 June (6-8pm at the Friends Meeting House as usual). There is also a discussion thread on the mhhehub here. To contribute to the discussion you will need to join the hub.