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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
Edinburgh
EH7 6AE
Telephone: 0131 661 1924
Email: info@edinburghpalette.co.uk

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

Hearing Voices App

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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: ccramhp@gmail.com

Sick! Festival

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

Mick McKeown’s session

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.

Focus group – for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and an interest in improving services.

Are you?

  • Interested in contributing to new research on mental health?
  • Living in or within easy reach of Lancaster?
Are you?
  • An individual affected by schizophrenia and aged between 18
  • and 65? Or, a carer, friend or family member of someone who is?
The challenge
Many people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar only use GP services for their mental health support. In future this will probably increase as secondary services are streamlined. Some GPs are very good supporting mental illness, 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.
PARTNERS2 Research
This new research programme aims to develop better ways of supporting people with mental illness within GP practices. A new system could offer services to enable people with schizophrenia to lead longer, healthier and more satisfying lives.
How can you help?
We are currently looking for people to join focus group discussions on October 20th in Lancaster about what is important to people affected by schizophrenia. You will receive a gift voucher as a ’thank you’ for taking part in the focus group.
We are also looking for people to complete three online surveys over a 8-10 week period about how the success of new ways of providing care or supporting should be measured.
Interested?
If you are interested in participating in either the focus groups or online surveys or would like to find out more information please contact Tom Keeley at PARTNERS2@contacts.bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 8590. In an email please include a phone number and we will arrange a time for a conversation.

Flyer: Partners2FocusGroupLancashire (1)

Help improve services for people with mental illness in Lancashire

Do you?
  • Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder?
  • Support or care for a friend or family member who does?
 
Are you?
  • 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!
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The problem? 
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.
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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.
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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.
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Interested?
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.
Please email contact@mcpin.org for further information and about how to apply.
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Closing date: applications by 9th October for selection on 21st October.