Larissa + Nkechi + Wendy + Ben + Errol + Kumi + Michael + Lyndsay + Syria + Mad Pride + Ban ECT +

 

Larissa

 

Nkechi

 

Wendy

 

Ben

 

Errol

 

Kumi

 

Michael

 

Lyndsay

 

Syria

 

Mad Pride – 15 July

 

The right to Land is a human right!

 

The garden as refuge: The restorative power of green spaces and nature

 

There’s this misconception that anarchism means chaos

But the term means ‘without rulers.’

We don’t expect people to organize for us

We organize for ourselves.”

Jen Angel

 

STOP ELECTRO CONVULSIVE TREATMENT – PETITION – NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT !

 

We have made a petition – it has five supporters

 

The wording was not approved – so we have agreed amended wording – the UK petition is now published

 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/633363

 

Electro convulsive treatment appears to be banned in some parts of Australia

 

https://www.madinamerica.com/2014/10/electro-convulsive-therapy-australian-children-banned/

 

There is an international petition which has got over 132 000 signatures

 

https://www.change.org/p/ban-electroshock-ect-device-being-used-on-children-the-elderly-and-vulnerable-patients


Our petition –
original wording

Ban Electro convulsive treatment which is a sexist practice + causes great harm

FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS + OTHER SOURCES - EVIDENCE

https://e-voice.org.uk/friendship-group/

https://www.madinamerica.com/?s=electro+convulsive+treatment

https://www.madinamerica.com/2023/02/legal-protections-forced-ect/

Electro convulsive treatment is a human rights abuse + must stop now

 

Campaign Against ECT Gains Traction in UK

 

MPs call for ban on electric shocks as mental health treatment

 

Am I invisible ?

Why are we stuck in hospital ?

Nobody listened to me

 

Number of autistic people in mental health hospitals: latest data

'Barbaric': Hundreds with learning disabilities kept locked up for years

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-11-02/barbaric-hundreds-with-learning-disabilities-kept-locked-up-for-years

Problem linked to local councils + housing? - Wendy

 

Have your say – Barnes Hospital site

 

Dispatches : hospital undercover Are they safe?

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/hospital-undercover-are-they-safe-dispatches

 

NO THEY ARE NOT

We have published the latest data set showing human rights abuse within the Mental Health system – please see below + the website for further details

 

Revealed: Housing associations urged ministers to let them increase rents

Tax Haven Money in London Real Estate

community land trust – housing affordable

 

Healthy foundations: integrating housing as part of the mental health pathway

 

community powered NHS – animation

Insane trade

 

The real Tragedy of the Commons

We can reset the paradigm

We can move away from hyper-individualised accounts of people 'out for themselves' and work on creating the societal conditions for a community led approach

including Tolworth

The story of broke

First they came for…

Thank you EHRC

A community-powered NHS: making prevention a reality

 

time for Community power act

LBRUT should follow Hartlepool’s lead?

 

Camden Health + care citizen’s assembly

LBRUT should follow Camden’s lead?

 

Achieving food security through land reform

 

A future for all of us …

 

People power – love not hate

 

Human rights

 

Learning from other countries – energy

 

NHS paying £2bn a year to private hospitals for mental health patients

We could do so much with that money – Wendy

 

open dialogue

 

Inquiry investigates deaths of 1,500 NHS mental health patients in Essex

Not just Essex? - Wendy

 

Israel

 

Where we are born into privilege, we are charged with dismantling any myth of supremacy.

Where we are born into struggle, we are charged with reclaiming our dignity, joy and liberation.”

 

Adrienne Maree Brown

 

Why solidarity matters

 

Solidarity does not assume that our struggles are the same struggles, or that our pain is the same pain, or that our hope is for the same future.

Solidarity requires commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground”

 

Sara Ahmed

 

5 steps to a Green New Deal

 

Can randomly selected citizens govern better than elected officials

 

The law in 60 seconds – legal aid for inquests video

 

Hillsborough law – duty of candour - would this help with our Freedom of information requests

 

Cannabis, ketamine and speed to be decriminalised in London by Sadiq Khan

 

Sadiq Khan’s call to introduce rent freezes in London is growing after the mayor called for the bold policy proposal once more to help Londoners

 

A shorter working week for Europe

 

Children imprisoned on remand – the stark reality of racial bias

 

Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

 

Suman Fernando’s book Institutional racism in psychiatry + clinical psychology

 

Mental Health Act reform: race and ethnic inequalities

 

How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart: An Interview with Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn

 

People deprived of liberty due to misapplication of Mental Health + Capacity Acts

 

As a result of the Bournewood case the Mental capacity act came into being

The mental capacity act

Assume capacity

Best interest

Least restrictive

People can make what others would consider unwise decisions

Supported decision making

Capacity can easily be assessed

Can someone make a decision

Can they communicate the decision (not necessarily verbally)

Can they remember the decision

-Wendy-

 

Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

Out of sight- who cares

Half of people with a learning disability and autistic people reluctant to provide feedback on care

 

The authority gap: why women still aren’t taken seriously

Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

Pathologized Since Eve: Jessica Taylor on Women, Trauma, and “Sexy but Psycho”

 

Report Finds Monitoring of Electroshock Treatment Unsafe

New Study Finds ECT Ineffective for Reducing Suicide Risk

We can STOP ECT with lasting power of attorney

 

A straight-talking introduction to Psychiatric drugs – the truth about how they work + how to come off them – Joanna Moncrieff

Provide Tapering Strips for People Who Want to Withdraw Safely from Psychotropic Drugs

Petition by James Moore

Tapering strips

NICE Guideline Update Acknowledges Severe Antidepressant Withdrawal

Withdraw antidepressants gradually, says NICE draft guidance

 

NHS statistics show continuing rise in antidepressant prescribing

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

How universal basic income can tackle anxiety + depression

Long-term antipsychotic use linked to breast cancer

Government review finds 10% of drugs dispensed in England are pointless

Sedated, How Modern Capitalism Created our Mental Health Crisis - James Davies +

CRACKED – why psychiatry is doing more harm than good

Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain: January to March 2021

ONS

Almost 4 in 10 adults earning less than £10,000 a year experienced depressive symptom compared with around 1 in 10 earning £50,000 or more”

The data shows what we know to be true: struggling with your mental health doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

 

Why not Diagnose Social Conditions Instead of Individual Symptoms

Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

 

Strength based approach

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

Website – Emotional CPR

 

How do we pay for a basic income

 

Welsh basic income pilot has been published

In a statement from Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice

The pilot will be targeted at care leavers

All young people leaving care that turn 18 over a 12-month period starting this summer will be invited to participate

That is expected to be about 500 people

Participants will receive the payments for 24 months starting from the month after their 18th birthday

A £1,600 a month basic income will be paid each month

 

Extending Welsh Universal basic income pilot to heavy industrial workers

 

VOTE FOR THIS EVEN IF NOT IN WALES

 

A friend – walking for health

Thrive gardening charity

Castelnau Community Centre

Oliver Sacks

Suicide + co

Twickenham repair cafe – 3rd Saturday of each month 10:30 to 13:30

Together as one

Battersea Befriending Network

Ways to save money on bills

A life more wild

Ricky Reel

Disability student allowance

Pat Deegan

BBC radio 4 Is psychiatry working?

well-being courses at Kingston Adult Education

Lost souls poetry

A disorder 4 everyone

bipolar UK – Twickenham group

The power of now

 

£1 Concession Tickets for Kew Gardens

As part of their new 10-year strategy, Kew Gardens is committed to ensuring that cost is not a barrier to accessing their gardens in both Kew and Wakehurst.

They have introduced a new admission price of £1 for anyone on Universal Credit, Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Visitors just need to present proof of their benefit on arrival to be eligible for the new concessionary ticket

Marble Hill House – FREE

 

All-in-one-hub

SPEAR – St.Mungo – CDARS – We are with you – MIND – CAB - DWP

every Thursday 11am-1pm

Richmond library annex

quadrant road

Richmond

TW9 1DH

 

Ian

Wild Mind Project

Wildfire alert: you can help nature recover

Think you know your art history?

Nightjars: how to see these weird, wonderful birds

Summer Exhibition 2023 open now

Totally Thames 2023 | Mudlarks in July | London's Lost Village Short Films

New Mudlark Event In July!

Introducing the artists of the Summer Exhibition

Your gardening update from the RHS

Get ready for a summer of fun on Trafalgar Square 🌞

Your Grow Your Own news for July

 

Community based organisations + community recommended organisations

 

Listen to act

 

Mindfreedom

 

Notwestminster

Create, Debate and Imagine a different local democracy

CITIZENS: Why the key to fixing everything is all of us

Bring your ideas to Notwestminster 2023

 

F.E.E.L. - Friends of East End Loonies

 

Antidepaware

 

Surviving Antidepressants

 

A Caring Mind | A blog for carers of mental health

 

ADOODLE- community mapping

 

Poverty eradication organisations + self-expression

 

Tell Government Benefit sanctions do not work

 

Project 16:15

 

Right here

Community power act

Join our campaign team

The Community Power Act in full

Why Mayors aren't enough

 

Frame works UK

 

Joseph Rowntree foundation (JRF)

 

UK Poverty 2023: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK

New analysis exposes impact of planned Universal Credit cut

Rashford targets a win on Universal Credit

what's causing structural racism in housing

A just transition to net zero is necessary, and key for maintaining public support

Paving the way for good jobs through participatory co-design

Including Navigating power dynamics within participatory projects + Where next for social security after recent Universal Credit announcements

Winning hearts and minds for decent, affordable housing

Families furthest below the minimum income standard excluded from social security gains

Inflation is pushing people deeper into poverty

Including housing ideas

 

Elections Bill could disenfranchise millions of voters

 

600,000 people pulled into poverty by Spring Statement

 

Benefits uprating analysis

JRF welcomes Chancellor's cost of living measures

 

Anxiety nation Economic insecurity and mental distress in 2020s Britain

Autumn Statement won't keep low-income households afloat as anxiety rises

Join JRF to support and grow economic and social futures that work for everyone

Going under and without: JRF's cost of living tracker, winter 2022/23

A framing toolkit: How to talk about homes

 

Guarantee our Essentials

 

Reboot: building a housing market that works for all

JRF's Budget response, the importance of ill health to the UK's labour market and more

talking about homes:the foundation for a decent life

EMAIL MP

designing out the most severe forms of hardship in local areas

 

Register your interest for Next Frontiers in Funding for a priority invitation – 11 July

 

Deepening poverty in Scotland, Essentials campaign and more in this months edition of the JRF Newsletter

including events – Wendy

 

Unpaid care and poverty: unpaid carers’ priorities for change through participatory co-design

 

Get insights into the cost of living in the UK with JRF's June newsletter

including participatory co-design

 

On the ‘frontline’ of poverty: how public services reinforce stigma

Democratic, community-led wealth building: the Boston Ujima Project and Seed Commons

 

11 July

 

Journey to justice project

 

addressing poverty with lived experience (APLE)

 

Allow all people to work flexibly if they want to – PETITION

 

Sign the petition: We need an emergency budget that boosts Universal Credit now

 

Trussell trust

 

Kevin + Matt + Amanda +

 

People are calling for change

 

Why the design of Universal Credit is driving the need for food banks

 

What drove Steve to use a food bank

We are receiving an increasing number of referrals from people who are struggling after the unexpected happens, for example if someone’s car breaks down.

Living in a rural area such a Rutland means having a car is not a luxury, it's a necessity; so, you must pay out for the car to be fixed otherwise you can’t take the kids to school, or drive yourself to work, however this can mean there is just no money left for the food.

People are having to make very, very difficult decisions day in, day out – just to survive.

When people who are working full-time jobs still can't feed their families, it really highlights that income levels are not matching the rising cost of living.

It's not just price rises on fuel, or electricity and food but every which way you turn prices are going up, but if wages or benefits don’t increase accordingly how can people possibly be expected to cope”

Dee Burton – volunteer Rutland Foodbank

everyone should be able to afford the essentials – EMAIL MP

a letter to the Prime Minister

Food banks see busiest ever April to September

Autumn Statement: Benefits will increase, but April is too long to wait

Government debt drives people to food banks

Guarantee our Essentials

 

Universal Credit doesn't add up

EMAIL MP

 

"Most days now I eat once a day. If there is not enough, I will have cereal or a slice of toast as my growing children are a priority. Last month they needed new coats that had to come first."

Faye – Trussell Trust

 

Paying your energy bills: help is at hand

 

Money Saving Expert - update

 

A Marshall Plan for People and Planet Starts with Africa’s Green Recovery

Communities in Africa trek for weeks to survive drought

 

National Survivors User Network (NSUN)

 

NSUN is a great organisation with a great newsletter …

 

You can sign up to it here.

 

NSUN's strategic direction: redistributing power and resource in mental health

 

NSUN is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

 

This week’s newsletter

 

NSUN also has a directory page here

 

Extracts from the newsletters …

 

Music industry mentoring in Manchester

contact

referral@keychanges.org.uk

 

12 June – 28 August

contact

TEA@selfinjurysupport.org.uk

 

experiments in imagination - 13 July

 

20 July

 

27 July

 

16 August

 

love patients + kindness working in different ways with “psychosis” – 12 September

 

Listening space at Burton library 3rd + 5th Wednesday of the month

 

queer crip of colour critique reading group

 

BEDLAMB film

 

Section 136 project

 

18 May – 16 November

20 July

 

Micha Frazer-Carroll: Making Mental Illness Political

A podcast episode by Red Medicine via Spotify

Self-Harm Community Consultation

A report by Courtney Buckler, Veronica Heney and Bathsheba Wells Dion via Make Space

NSUN’s June 2023 articles & blogs roundup

A blog via the NSUN website

Book Review: ‘Mad World: The Politics of Mental Health’ by Micha Frazer-Carroll

A book review by Julia Macintosh via the NSUN blog

 

This new book examines whether capitalism really is driving us all mad

An interview with Micha Frazer-Caroll by by Adele Walton via Dazed


Calling some people a ‘burden’ provides a cover story for welfare state violence

An article by China Mills via Healing Justice Ldn


Not My Words, Not My Story

A blog by Julia Buxton via Asylum Magazine

 

Japan's Radical Alternative to Psychiatric Diagnosis

An article by Satsuki Ayaya andJunko Kitanaka via aeon

 

Our Family Was Forged in Fire

An article by Rai Waddingham via Tribe

 

Watchdog receives hundreds of complaints over Telegraph’s ‘toxic’ benefits article

An article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Alcohol and suicide: insights from LGBTQ+ communities' experiences

A report via the Samaritans

 

The NHS as a site of structural violence

An interview byKavian Kulasabanathan with Annabel Sowemimo via Shado mag

 

Police Cutting Back on Mental Health Calls Shows How Badly we Need Alternatives

An article by Jessica Pandian and Amy Wells via huck

 

Neoliberalism, Security and the Politics of Mental Health

An event recording by Medact via YouTube

 

An Epistle of Cruelty: Life in the parallel shadow penal state of the DWP

An article via Recovery in the Bin

 

Using participatory action research methods to address epistemic injustice within mental health research and the mental health system

An article byRoisin Mooney, Clair Dempsey, Brian J. Brown, Frank Keating, Doreen Joseph and Kamaldeep Bhui via frontiers

 

Voice and Influence of People with Lived Experience

A special issue title via the British Journal of Social Work

 

Crisis creativity – is it essential for success?

An article by Steph Clark via Disability Arts Online

 

Realizing Human Rights and Social Justice in Mental Health

A webinar series via TCI Global

 

NSUN authors chapter in new report on alternative solutions to serious youth violence

NSUN statement on NHSE's failure to publish joint policy with StopSIM

 

we call on NHS England to publish the joint StopSIM policy in full immediately

 

Open letter on self-harm and the Online Safety Bill: A call for caution, nuance, and care

 

Justice Won't Be Found In The Coroner's Court

An article by Wren Aves via Psychiatry Is Driving Me Mad

 

Secret DWP reports link more deaths with systemic flaws

An article by John Pring via the Disability News Service



It’s not my sense of self that's unstable, it’s the world’s sense of me: the harms of the construct of ‘personality disorders’ towards transgender communities
An article b
y Hattie Porter PsyArXic Preprints

 

Inequality and suicide
A report via Samaritans and the Suicide Prevention Consortium

 

Whose camera is it anyway? The use of body-worn cameras in acute mental health wards

An article by Alison Faulkner via The Mental Elf

 

being with “ not “doing to” violence + harm + police involvement in mental health services

An article by NSUN via the NSUN blog

 

Psychiatric Incarceration Isn’t Treatment — It’s Violence, Survivors Say

An article By Leah Harris, Liat Ben-Moshe and Vesper Moore, via truthout

 

Paternalism and psychiatry

An article by Cathy Wield via Mad in the UK.

 

Red Therapy collective – may day rooms

 

trans + non-binary peer support group – 2-4 pm third Monday

 

Single sex spaces: trans and non-binary service users’ experiences of single sex wards in mental health settings in England

 

peer support group for Punjabi women in Leeds age 55+ - 11 am forth Monday of each month in person

contact

sikhelders@touchstonesupport.org.uk

 

Approaching the question "What was madness before psychiatry?"

An article by Sasha Durakov Warren via Of Unsound Mind

 

We Are Not Weird “Others”: Lived-Experience Perspectives of Genital and Breast Self-Harm

An article by Wren Aves via Psychiatry is Driving Me Mad

 

Epistemic injustice and co-production
An article by Maddie via Co-Production Collective

 

Your Right to Protest As A Disabled Person
An article via Liberty

 

Healing Imaginations
A new digital library of healing imaginations

 

Book Review – The Muslim, State and Mind

A book review by Leila via the NSUN blog

 

health is capitalism’s vulnerability”

An article by Megan Linton via briarpatch Magazine

 

mental health act

A podcast by Voices Heard, Lives Empowered via Soundcloud

 

are women really more mentally ill than men? As a psychologist , I’m not so sure

An article by Sanah Ahsan via the Guardian

 

full-time feminist, part time madwoman ….and striker – when + how ?

An article by Marta Plaza via Pikara Magazine

 

how I should be cared for in a mental health hospital
Resources by the Restraint Reduction Network

 

we call on NHS England to publish the joint StopSIM policy in full immediately



Too Much

 

Does my body count? Exploring the disordered eating experiences of the trans community

contact

r.knight1@yorksj.ac.uk

 

Lesbian and gay adults’ experiences of completing Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

contact

LG-DBT@manchester.ac.uk

 

UKTC & Peer Power

 

Sounddelivery media

amplify – understand – influence

 

Incubate

 

London Friend

T - on – Tuesday

 

Reach out

surviving suicide peer to peer support art group

 

hand in hand peer travel buddy – mind Islington

 

Empire of Light – Sam Mendes exposes the links between psychiatric abuse and Britain’s colonialist legacy

A review by Colin Hambrook via Disability Arts Online

 

DWP’s link to suicide ‘should be examined by second inquest’, Court of Appeal is told
An article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

advocacy academy

 

Galop launches the UK’s first ever LGBT+ Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline

 

 

Lothlorien Therapeutic Community

 

 

The Muslim, State and Mind

 

If you would like to review the book for NSUN just let NSUN know

 

Awareness-Raising Workshops for Communities

 

Death of a Customer: Deaths by Welfare Podcast

A podcast via Healing Justice Ldn.

 

Do you know of any groups, networks or individuals who do hospital visits for people on mental health wards?

If you know of anyone, or have any thoughts on this as an idea, please contact Wendy at

wmicklewright@yahoo.co.uk with details (including whether the people you know of are region-/hospital-specific).

Please also copy in

info@nsun.org.uk

if you wish.


Many thanks

Canerows

 

Evolve

 

Hear us – Croydon

 

Battersea Befriending Network

 

Mosaic

 

Misery

 

higher effect

 

Inclusion north

 

NHS trusts are still using harmful mental health practices, secret reviews show

report – funding grassroots mental health work

well-being workshops + events

 

Hold The Huntercombe Group/Active Care Group accountable for the harm of patients - PETITION

Call for a Statutory Public Inquiry into Psychiatric Units Throughout the Whole of the UK - PETITION

Fighting for Justice - Families calling for a Statutory Public Inquiry into MH Services – PETITION

 

Disabled Peoples' Organisations

 

MH reform must go further : MPS + Peers are told

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

support for user-led plan to replace universal credit .. + treat all claimants with respect

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Can stigma help to eradicate poverty?
An article by Dr China Mills via the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

 

My personality is not disordered, and neither is my gender. Response to: Evaluation of personality disorders in patients with Gender Identity Disorder (GID)

An article by Hattie Porter, Jay Watts and Jee Smith via PsyArXiv Preprints

 

 

free our people now new campaign + network

Simone Aspis - Free Our People Now Project Manager on

simone.aspis@inclusionlondon.org.uk

or 07749 892 843

 

over the Ting initiative

Please contact Chuks Agu for dates/times of meetings - chuks1111@yahoo.com or 07360149283

 

good mental health is an art

 

Decolonising Futures series

Video series by Decolonising Economics on racial hierarchies, collective healing, disability justice, and economics of queerness

 

Report on draft mental health bill by peers and MPs ‘is seriously flawed’

An article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

state violence + distress – the false separation between migrant justice + mental health

Blog by Rose Ziaei via NSUN

 

why health inequalities need to be addressed for the specific community

Blog by Sukhjeen Kaur via Shaping Our Lives

 

trauma-informed care left me more traumatised than ever

Blog by Wren Aves via Psychiatry is Driving Me Mad

 

the police failed my cousin – Gaia Pope – 5 years on, others like her are still at risk

Article by Marienna Pope-Weidemann via The Guardian

 

DWP dismisses 300 pages of evidence linking its actions with countless deaths

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

help us document evidence of welfare – related death

 

Barriers to Mental Health Support for People of Colour and Migrants

Article by Micha Frazer-Carroll via NSUN

 

Mental Health and the Politics of Exhaustion in the UK Asylum Process

 

Blog post by Tianne Haggar via University of Oxford's Border Criminologies

 

New podcast – lived experience work: anti-racism & mental health

 

E158 Rianna Walcott: The Colour of Madness

Podcast by Surviving Society

 

What it feels like inside the work – politicised somatics and racial justice

An article by Alex Augustin via Healing Justice Ldn

 

Peer Chat with Vikki Price: Developing Peer Roles

A podcast episode via Making Recovery Real

The politics of LGBT+ suicide and suicide prevention in the UK: risk, responsibility and rhetoric

An article by Hazel Marzetti,Amy Chandler,Ana Jordan and Alexander Oaten via Taylor & Francis Online

 

Planetary Dysregulation, Capitalism, & Healthcare

An audio series via Urban Health Council

 

Alternatives to mental health crisis support: are we asking the right questions?

An article by Akiko Hart via the NSUN blog.

 

Community accountability peer support hub (CASH)

Are you in groups that are trying to move away from punishment as a way of dealing with problems in society

Do you think that it’s important for your group to deal with harms that happen to people within the group
It can feel easier to hope for a neat solution, in the form of a person or people, who can parachute into a situation and 'fix' it for us.

While this might be understandable — this stuff is hard — this treats community accountability like a service that can be provided for us rather than community-led and community-created processes or a set of shared values and practices that we build together.

Join us to talk about the impetus to “outsource” community accountability work, why this should be resisted, and how we all can integrate community accountability into our everyday organising.

 

MIND should include side effects in their research surveys - PETITION

 

alternative support resource list – Asylum

 

rainbow of promise: Poetry book

 

Call to action – catalyst 4 change

 

Unpicking the complex dynamics of racism, anti-Blackness and class within mental health services

Article by Mental Health Today via LinkedIn ft. Mary Sadid from NSUN

 

The Communication and Restraint Reduction Study

 

Whiteness as a chemical restraint in statutory guidance of the Mental Health units (Use of Force) Act 2018 – a tribute to Seni’s law + Aijibola Lewis

Blog by Colin King via NSUN

 

Why don’t they ask us The role of communities in levelling up – Institute for Community Studies

 

Provide Tapering Strips for People Who Want to Withdraw Safely from Psychotropic Drugs

Petition by James Moore

 

Tapering strips

 

NICE Guideline Update Acknowledges Severe Antidepressant Withdrawal

 

Petition to Scrap Care Charges Inclusion London

 

StopSIM Coalition Petition

 

Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain: January to March 2021

ONS

Almost 4 in 10 adults earning less than £10,000 a year experienced depressive symptom compared with around 1 in 10 earning £50,000 or more”

The data shows what we know to be true: struggling with your mental health doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

 

New website – For Women

 

Benefits Calculator – Turn2us

 

entitled to

 

The state of disability benefit assessments and the urgent need for reform - #peoplebefore process

 

Write to your MP

 

The Public Law Project

 

The Good Lobby

 

Social Change Initiative

 

Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches

 

World Health Organisation (WHO) – NSUN’s response

 

Lived Experience Practioners Revolution - New Website

 

universal credit: what needs to change to make it fit for children and families

 

Mental Health Act: Call for "unequivocal commitment " to improve access to advocacy

Disability Benefits Research 2021 – Survey

 

Update on FOI Requests: Who's Ballin' & Who's Stallin

 

To Solve Britain’s Mental Health Crisis, We Must Fundamentally Change Society

Article by Mark Brown via Novara Media – Listen to the piece here

 

I am not your critical friend

Blog by Akiko hart via Charity so White

 

Charity so white

 

WillWeBeHeard

 

Graceful resolve: Attitudes for navigating a psychological crisis

Article by Amy Pollard via Centre for Mental Health

 

How can I speak up when you can hold me down Restrictive practice on an acute ward – an inpatient perspective

Blog by MiserySquid via Mad Covid

 

A Little Raw Around the Edges

Podcast with Rai Waddingham via Mad Tunes Podcast

 

Disability strategy is unlawful, court confirms… and denies DWP permission to appeal

Article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Sometimes I want to be unreasonable

Blog via Mad Covid

 

Free advice – for upholding adults' Health and Care Act rights

 

EMAIL MP

 

+ Jobs + Funding + MUCH MUCH MORE

 

Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives

 

Survivor Researcher Network (SRN)

 

Inclusion London

Tell your MP to restore Disabled people’s rights

Protect Everyone Bill – EMAIL MP

Take Action and abolish the tax on disability – EMAIL MP

Government rule changes on social care cap hits poorest hardest – EMAIL MP

UNCRDP Westminster Government civil society shadow report sign up

URGENT – Email your MP to help avoid catastrophic care costs

Help Disabled people survive the cost of living crisis – write to your MP

Disability Justice Project

Take action to stop energy companies from imposing prepayment meters on disabled people – EMAIL MP

 

Shaping our lives

latest including why participatory budgeting works

Research made simple?

Share your lived experience

Comedy writer, Disabled artist, or queer filmmaker?

 

National Voices

A briefing for Integrated Care System Leaders

 

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update

including events

 

Black Thrive

 

Black minds

 

Z2K – fighting poverty – EMAIL MP

Z2K has caseworker to help people

#Peoplebeforeprocess

 

We need your help

Nearly half of all people in poverty in the UK are either disabled themselves or live with someone who is disabled

EDM 19 disability benefits assessments – CONTACT MP

 

Homelessness + renter organisations

 

Awaab’s law - to prevent any more children dying from damp and mouldy social housing - PETITION

 

Action on empty homes

 

Housing first England

New guidance for housing management teams

Housing First England Newsletter – New Survey Alert

Housing First England Newsletter – Minister responds to funding request

Housing First England Newsletter – Join our call for a national Housing First programme

Housing First England Newsletter – Commissioning Housing First through RSI budgets

Michelle – housing first

 

Update

including setting out core milestones along someone’s Housing First journey

 

Jade is a writer

Housing First 2022 year-end update: A year of progress

 

Guidance on transferring Housing First providers

Housing First for Women: valuable lessons

Scotland's Housing First Pathfinder evaluation

Suicide Prevention and Postvention

 

HF4 Youth

Housing First for Youth (HF4Y) is a rights-based intervention for young people who are experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, adapted from the Housing First approach

 

It is already popular in Canada, Wales, Ireland and Scotland – where the Rock Trust is a good example

It has the potential to be extremely effective in England



We have published a
new web page that collates important resources on this unique intervention, to support services or commissioners interested in or providing HF4Y

 

Groundswell

resources

 

Pavement magazine

 

Homeshare

 

Shelter

 

End homelessness – PETITION

 

Amanda

The council moved Amanda and her children between 11 different temporary accommodations in the space of two months Many weren’t safe

Some didn’t have indoor locks or kitchens

 

And one was a 7 hour round trip just to get her son to school

Amanda was told if she didn’t move again and again then her and her family would lose their duty of care

It was an impossible situation

Amanda got in touch with Shelter and I saw first-hand how bad her family’s living conditions were

I offered practical advice and supported Amanda in launching a legal challenge against the council

 

Standing side by side with Amanda, we stood up for her family and won

The council finally offered her a permanent social home

 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Demand better from renting – PETITION

 

Meet Krystalrose – she's fighting for change

 

Let’s build a better future: Call on the government to build social housing - PETITION

 

Homelessness is spiralling

There are over 290,000 households facing homelessness in England

That’s a rise of 6% compared to the year before

Data for June 2023

 

Are letting agents refusing you for being on benefits

Next step contact the property ombudsman (TPO)

EMAIL MP

These stats are shocking

Jenga

London Assembly Unanimously Passes Motion on Affordable Housing for Care and Support Workers

A good Home is a human right

 

Level Up Housing

On the 2nd Feb 2022, the government released its plans to ‘level upthe country.

It included three very important announcements on housing:

Build more genuinely affordable social homes ✔

Give tenants of social homes more protection ✔

Bring forward a national landlord registry, improve standards in privately rented homes and strengthen the rights of renters ✔

 

Gove ‘ashamed’ of Social Housing conditions

send a letter to the press :renters stories are powerful

 

Cold weather advice: How to help someone sleeping rough

It isn’t always easy to know how to help if you meet someone sleeping on the streets. Here are four things you can do:

 

Say hello and ask if they'd like help

Sleeping rough can be a lonely experience, so a chat or a friendly 'hello' can make a real difference

 

Tell street link

https://www.streetlink.org.uk/

Ask if they'd like you to contact StreetLink to connect them to local services and emergency support

If they require urgent medical attention, call 999

 

Ask if they would like expert advice.

Visit

https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help

to find advice on how they can get help from the council - or show them how to get in touch with our advisers

 

Ask if they need anything

You could offer warm clothing or some blankets, or to buy food and a hot drink

Just check they're happy to receive the items first

 

75,000 women and their families are homeless in England

March 2023

 

There are 271,000 people without a home in England. 123,000 of those are children.

March 2023

 

the eight biggest housebuilders in this country made over £7.7 billion in profit in 2021 and 2022 -PETITION

 

Renters reform bill update

 

I’m being evicted – EMAIL MINISTER

 

Museum of homelessness

octopi have three hearts and produce their own ink yet humans call octopi violent for throwing seashells underwater

humans also medicate confined creatures for 'zoochosis' - that antipsychotic medication first tested on animals gave us our 2 heart-attacks as 'side-effects'.

bleak humour is proven to aid survival. heartfelt is about reframing narratives & learning to grow. a game of competitive empathy will be played; psychiatry will be reduced to firewood; edible-love-poetry will be offered to all.

have a heart, & come watch this wildly inventive disability-led solo theatre show

 

Don't leave young people out on the streets – PETITION

 

London Renters Union

#RentFreezeNow campaign

If a rent freeze had been in place...I would have been able to stay in my home

Louise

We beat my landlord. Now let’s take on the system.

Gemma

 

Be a part of challenging 'Right to Rent' in court

Contact rowan@leighday.co.uk

 

We're campaigning to make sure councils #SideWithRenters

increasing regulation of landlords, expanding landlord licensing and hiring more enforcement officers
reducing attempts to move people out of the borough and reducing use of “intentional homelessness” decisions
campaigning for rent controls
setting stronger targets on social housing and standing up to developers

 

Is your landlord trying to put your rent up You’re not alone

 

landlords and estate agents are using the cost of living crisis as an excuse to push up rents

members have been reporting rent rises of 30% or 40%

One member was even asked to pay 70% more rent

Some housing associations are talking about putting up service charges

It is a shameful attempt by people who already make huge profits from the housing crisis to squeeze renters and boost profits

Many of us now face eviction or being left without enough for basic essentials this winter

 

10 November 2022 – the average rent increase being reported by LRU members is £3300 per year

New data reveals Foxton's rent rises

 

We're resisting evictions in the streets and in Parliament

 

Evicted after 47 years – PETITION

 

Renters reform coalition

Safe, secure and affordable homes for all: A renters’ blueprint for reform

 

It’s coming up to four years since a Conservative government first announced its plans to reform the private rented sector under Theresa May, and, four Prime Ministers later, renters are still waiting

 

One in five

households now rent across England and Wales - more than doubling since 2001

 

Yet, standards and regulation have not kept up, as:

 

One in four

people privately renting now struggle to pay their rent each month, as rents continue to rise at the

fastest rate

since records began

 

One in four

private rentals in England fail to meet decent home standards, forcing people to live in homes that pose a risk to their health and/or are in disrepair

 

One in 12

people privately renting are currently under the threat of eviction, up 80% from last year

Such insecurity directly impacts people’s health and wellbeing, with private renters being

two times more likely

to suffer symptoms of anxiety

 

These shocking figures highlight why action on affordability, safety and security in the private rented sector is more important than ever

If you are affected by any of these issues, do get in touch and we can point you in the direction of where to access support.

 

Generation Rent

Emma

The White Paper: Generation Rent's Verdict

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: National Register of Landlords

Ask your MP to back the Renters Reform Bill

Tell your MP to join the debate on renters reform

 

Holiday Lets Petition

 

Private renters in nine London boroughs face paying half of their income or more on rent, analysis by campaign group Generation Rent has found.

Rent on the typical two-bedroom home costs 45% of a full-time salary in London.

Campaigners say this pushes families into poverty and financial stress, and makes it harder to save or to start a family.

Paying more than a third of your income in rent is considered unaffordable.

Generation Rent is calling on the next Mayor of London to lead a campaign to demand powers from the government to reduce rents.

Measures would include freezing rents within tenancies, to give tenants more certainty, a rent control system that aims to reduce rents overall, and tough penalties for landlords who break the rules, overseen by a city-wide Rent Control Board.

In March 2020, the rent on the median 2-bedroom home in London was £1450 and the median full-time salary was £38,592.

That would mean that a single-earner family with a baby would be spending 45% of their earnings on rent.

The situation is worst in inner London, Newham and Haringey where this figure is above 50% and reaches 76% in Westminster.

The most affordable borough is Bexley, with median rent worth 33% of the median full-time salary.

However, affordability has improved over the last five years, with just five boroughs – Camden, Greenwich, Havering, Redbridge, and Westminster – becoming less affordable since 2015.

Alicia Kennedy, Director of Generation Rent, said: “High rents force people into poverty and make it almost impossible to save towards the future.

No one should have to spend more than 30% of their income on rent, yet this is a reality for most Londoners who are stuck in the private rented sector.

Londoners urgently need bold action to make renting more affordable. Investment in housebuilding is needed to make renting more affordable long-term, but rent controls would offer immediate protection and relief.”

Join our Day of Action - #RentersAreWaiting - PETITION

Since March 2020, 8% of private renters who responded to a Survation survey had received a Section 21 notice from their landlord, which would represent 694,000 private renters across England.

Nearly a third of those surveyed (32%) said they were concerned about the possibility of their landlord asking them to move out this year, which would represent 2.78m private renters across England.

The survey was commissioned by Generation Rent, with results published this week.

We need a COVID Rent debt fund - PETITION

Join us in preventing a homelessness crisis – PETITION

A new report, 'A safe place to call home: Ending unfair evictions for good'.

The report sets out the changes the Government must make to ensure every renter has access to a stable home where they can put down roots and thrive.

You can read all about the report here.

We are calling for:

Open ended tenancies

More time to find a new home

Compensation for a blameless move

No excessive rent increases to force an eviction

No mandatory evictions for people in rent debt

We value your opinion

Close the holiday let tax loophole – PETITION

Renters are being forced out of their homes to make way for more lucrative holidaymakers.

We have been able to get the research done to prove it

In the last two years rental listings in Wales and South West England have halved and rents have gone up by around 25%.

That's one of our findings that have been reported in today's i newspaper

In North Devon there are 2,591 short-term holiday lets but just 21 private rental listings on Rightmove and 30 on Zoopla.

In Gwynnedd, Wales, there are 4,007 holiday lets but just 99 homes for private tenants.

The collapse in the supply of homes to rent are pricing renters out of their local communities – away from their family and friends.

Renter reform coalition – EMAIL MP

Campaign win Government to require landlords to register

tell your MP to get renting done

Are you eligible for the Warmer Homes scheme

Survey

"It was like living in a sewer" - watch Kyron's video

know your rights

Foxtons: ripping off renters with illegal fees. Help us stop them – PETITION

Private Renters Survey Summer 2023

 

PETITION

 

Single Homelessness Project

Zowie

peer mentoring programme

Kev

 

St.Mungo’s

 

Helping rough sleepers – PETITION

 

Close the eviction loophole – PETITION

You can sign a petition without making a donation

 

Cardboard citizen

Advice about Evictions

 

Cardboard Citizens: Survey for Members

 

Cardboard Citizens' Inclusivity & Equality Agenda

In recent years movements such as Black Lives Matter and #metoo have prompted shifts in our society and highlighted the work that needs to be done to address social inequality.

As a result Cardboard Citizens Staff, Board of Trustees and Member Representatives have completed a course of training over the last six months with Fearless Futures

This focused on understanding and unpicking systems of inequity (the behaviours and processes which have a harmful or negative impacts on marginalised groups), reflecting on our own practices as individuals and an organisation.

 

Through these sessions we have explored:

Privilege

Intersectionality

where different categories overlap such as race and gender resulting in multiple forms of oppression

Gender-norms

Racism and Anti-Racism

Colonialism

Calling people in’

i.e., challenge prejudices or narratives that reproduce inequities

Social justice is at the heart to Cardboard Citizens’ work in the theatre and beyond.

We continue to learn, striving to create inclusive environments and challenge oppressions in society.

This is a key area of focus for the company and we would love to involve some more Members in these conversations.

If you’re interested being part of this and for more information, please email Bonny: Bonny@cardboardcitizens.org.uk

 

Access Free Energy Bill Support

Events

 

Housing Crisis Affecting LGBTQ+ Communities

 

Groundswell partnership | Chris speaks to Streetwise Opera | Resistance Theatre audio plays

Citz writers - 9 May – 11 July

theatre makers – 11 May – 20 July

18 July

28 July

 

14 + 21 + 26 July – community actor

contact community@almeida.co.uk

 

London ticket bank

 

Actor call out

contact

soumiks365@gmail.com

 

community check in every Friday 11am

opportunities

cheap theatre tickets

WATCH: Eight brand new short films about social housing

 

Spear

supporting rough sleepers in cold weather – what the public can do …

 

Glassdoor

Just say hello

Severe Weather Emergency – Glass Door update

Ella shares her story

Freddie shares his story

Read Louisa's story

sleep out

 

The passage

 

Renters reform coalition

 

Creative + nature + advocacy

 

The Poetry Society

The 2023 National Poetry Competition is open for entries

Summer 2023

 

Dragon Café

Dragon cafe have hosted laughing therapy + wire sculpture activities in the past

this week

 

Garden organic

 

Groundwork

Groundwork is a federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK.

We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

START THE NEW YEAR WITH A WARMER HOME

Charities unite to urge for a green and resilient response to the gas crisis

Energy price cap announcement is deeply concerning for those already brunt of rising bills and the continuing financial effect of the pandemic

Apply for a One Stop University Scholarship

From The Ground Up – Empowering communities through environmental action

survey

 

10 July

 

Re: CREATE psychiatry

 

Living with Suicide

 

meet me where I am

 

Story Futures - update

 

Stop gambling suicides – publish the gambling act white paper – PETITION

 

No more Gambling Act whitepaper delays. Write to your MPs now

 

Everton FC: Don’t use our shirt to advertise gambling products

 

Me and You and a Global Pandemic

 

Medicating Me: Personal Impressions of Psychiatric Medication

 

Speakeasy advocacy

 

Grace advocacy

 

Cambridge House

 

Advocacy focus

update

 

The Advocacy Project

culturally sensitive advocacy

preventing abuse

Moving personal stories

impactful video

reflections on advocacy during Covid

 

National Development Team for Inclusion

Advocacy Charter

Leeds Autism AIM: #PowerOfPartnership

NAC – Guidance regarding emotional enrichment

Staying mentally well this winter

Quality advocacy

Audit of MH services – PLEASE COMPLETE

Protect Our Human Rights

This resource helps mental health services think about how to provide a good service to autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

There’s more information about it at Green Light Toolkit – NDTi

Irwin Mitchell

 

People organised + information

Connected Kingstonincluding providing information about Legal drop-in clinic + welfare benefits information

update

 

Wildflower Alliance

Calling the police on someone in distress IS a threat of violence

"How Big Pharma & Psychiatry Gaslight Us"

Man Arrested in Mistaken Identity Case Locked in Hawaii Mental Health Hospital for Two Years

Open Letter Re: Shooting Death of Orlando Taylor

What We’re Still Getting Wrong About What Happened to Orlando Taylor III

Justice for Miguel Estrella: Event & Statements + More

update

CRESS +

Statement on the Tragic Shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs

hearing voices family + friends group

The First LGBTQIA+ Peer Respite in the Country

The Hearing Voices Approach - Get Involved

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: New Bills Filed

Black Movement History Updates: Closing Party in New Bedford, MA & More

Advocacy Alert & Update: Peer Respite!

 

July

 

Mad in the Family Monthly Newsletter

Concern as Proportion of Children in England on Antipsychotics Doubles

Seattle Schools Sue Tech Giants Over Social Media Harm

 

Mad in America

Michael

Teen Arts Exhibition Now Live!

Chris Bullard—The Sound Mind Live Festival

 

A Revolution Wobbles: Will Norway’s “Medication-Free” Hospital Survive?

 

This week’s newsletter here

 

Changing Narratives: Reflecting on Mad in America’s Mission and Work

Ten Years of Rocking the Boat: Reflecting on Mad in America’s Mission and Work

Mad in America’s 10 Most Popular Articles in 2022

 

Should Everyone Be in Therapy?

Stigma: But What if I Don’t Want to Be Like Everyone Else?

 

Cancer Risk Higher for Those on Clozapine

 

Antidepressants Have Destroyed My Sexual Function and Range of Emotions

Social Mobility Causes Distress and So Does the Neoliberal Imperative to Pursue Wealth and Status

DSM-5 Faces Global Backlash: An International Call for Culturally Affirming and Decolonizing Mental Health Practices

Why Isn’t There a Popular Hashtag for Involuntary Commitment

The Power of Light and Dark

 

Martin Harrow: The Galileo of Modern Psychiatry (1933 – 2023)

 

Martin Harrow

In addition, global outcome for the group of patients with schizophrenia who were on antipsychotics was compared with the off- medication schizophrenia patients with similar prognostic status

Starting with the 4.5-year follow-up and extending to the 15- year follow-up

the off-medication subgroup tended to show better global outcomes at each follow up

I conclude that patients with schizophrenia not on antipsychotic medication for a long
period of time have significantly better global functioning than those on antipsychotics

 

Critical Psychology Needed to Combat Capitalism and Climate Change

 

Probiotics Show Promise as Depression Treatment

 

Reframing Psychiatric History with Service-User Activist Accounts

 

Breaking Blind: Antipsychotic Drug Efficacy May Be Overestimated

 

Amy Biancolli interviews David Edward Walker on the devastating impact of psychiatry on Indigenous peoples throughout history

 

Borderline Personality Disorder “No Longer Has a Place in Clinical Practice”

No Difference in Antidepressant Effectiveness After Genetic Testing

 

Why Does Research Focus on Treating Depression Rather Than Preventing It?

Human Rights Education can Shift Medical Students’ Perspectives on Psychiatry

A Call for Critical Approaches to Cognitive Psychology

 

Tim Wilson: It's Time for Soteria: An Australian Perspective

Systemic Racism Exacerbates Psychosis Risk for People of Color in the US

What Is the Risk of Permanent Sexual Dysfunction from Antidepressants?

Lithium in Drinking Water Linked to Autism

Alzheimer’s Drugs Cause Brain Shrinkage

Lancet Psychiatry: We Are Undervaluing the Placebo Effect

A New White Paper Presents the Case Against Forced Treatment

 

Mad Studies Needed to Decolonize Global Mental Health

 

What Psychosis Researchers can Learn from the Compassionate Approach to Psychedelic Experiences

 

Global Push for Human Rights in Mental Healthcare Gains Momentum

Study Under Fire for Harmful Language Targeting Transgender and Non-Binary Individuals


Unpaid Labor Takes a Toll on Women’s Mental Health, Study Reveals

The Hidden Injuries of Oppression

What Is Informed Consent, and What Should I Know to Help My Child?

Listen to the Victims: Senate Holds Hearing on Guardianship

Will Mather The State Power Triangle and My Spiritual Awakening

 

The Hidden Risks of School Mental Health Programs

Forced Opioid Tapering Leads to Worse Outcomes for Patients

Institutional Barriers and Tokenism in Participatory Mental Health Research

 

Campaign Against ECT Gains Traction in UK

 

MPs call for ban on electric shocks as mental health treatment

 

Mental Health Awareness Campaigns May Actually Lead to Increases in Mental Distress

Alarming Overprescription Patterns for Older Adults on Antidepressants

Uncovering Radical Psychiatry and Institutional Psychotherapy in Postwar France: An Interview with Camille Robcis

LGBTQIA+ Peer Respites: The Personal Is Political

Racial Justice and Lived Experience in Mental Health Advocacy: An Interview with Pata Suyemoto

Project LETS: Building Peer-Led Mental Health Alternatives on Campus

Researchers are attempting to understand the prevalence and neurobiology behind post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD)

Physical Activity Improves Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

Mental Health Care More System-Centered Than Person-Centered

New Guidance on Antidepressant Withdrawal for Doctors in the UK

Screening for Perinatal Depression: An Effective Intervention, or One That Does More Harm Than Good?

Making a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear”: Erick Turner on How Publication Bias Threatens Research Integrity and Public Health

Peter Gøtzsche: How Peer Reviewers and Editors Protected a Failed Paradigm for Psychiatric Drug Testing

Allies for Human Rights in Mental Health: Psychiatric Survivor David W. Oaks Interviews WHO Psychiatrist Benedetto Saraceno

New York Can’t—or Won’t—Provide Data on New Forced Treatment Plan

Threatened for Telling the Truth: Polish Journalist Speaks Out

Beyond Labels and Meds—Closer Look: HoJin Kwak

Black Movement Leaders: Lost & Found

We’re Obsessed with Labelling Suffering, But Our Power to Think about it Matters More

ECT Does Not Seem to Prevent Suicide

Declining Youth Mental Health May Be Driven by Increased Abuse and Bullying

Most Psychopharmacology Textbooks Have Financial Conflicts of Interest

Stigma and Expected Retaliation Drive Suicide Among Military Sexual Trauma Survivors

Psychology’s Reckoning with Racism and Mass Incarceration

Chemicals Have Consequences—Antidepressants and Pregnancy: An Interview With Adam Urato, MD

One Flew Over the Scientific Consensus’ Nest—The Story of Dr. Ophir and ADHD

Overcoming Social Barriers as a Writer with a Disability

A New Paradigm for Testing Psychiatric Drugs Is Needed

Antidepressants Blunt Emotions and Cause Sexual Dysfunction

Breaking the Cycle: How I Overcame Intergenerational Trauma and Became a Peer Advocate

Fernando de Freitas: A “Dear Friend” Who Was a Warrior for Radical Change

We Must Not Remove Legal Protections for People at Risk of Forced ECT

Researchers Question the Foundational Assumptions of Neuropsychology

Becoming a Peer Support Worker can Improve Insight and Resilience, Study Finds

Governmental Climate Action Ignores Disability—Researchers Don’t Have To

How to do Inclusive Research When ‘Legal Capacity’ for Informed Consent is Questioned

Mental Health Peer Workers Support Recovery After Inpatient Hospitalization

Hindsight is 20/20

New York’s Mayor: We’re out of Ideas, so It’s “Back to the Cuckoo’s Nest” for You!

FDA Approves Another Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug

With Psychiatry at a Crossroads, Scholars Nikolas and Diana Rose Review Alternatives

Disability Justice Goes Beyond the Social Model

Brain Changes Linked to Early Socioeconomic Status May Persist in Adulthood

Study Details How Listening to Music Alters Stress and Mood

Your Mental Health Information Is for Sale

Neighborhood Disadvantage Linked to Mental Health Issues Later in Life

Lived Experience Affects Mental Health Professionals’ Approach

The Case of EMDR in Cambodia Shows Pitfalls of Mental Health Humanitarian Aid

Data Erasure of Native American Communities Conceals Mortality Rates and Social Inequity

Leading Psychiatrists Unwittingly Acknowledge Psychiatry Is a Religion, Not a Science

I Can Barely Breathe: Personal Story by Lori Daniels

The Faulty Reasoning That Turned ADHD Into a Disease

UK Suicide Prevention Policies Prioritize Surveillance Over Social Change

Seriously Misleading Network Meta-analysis in Lancet of Acceptability of Depression Pills

Problem-Solving Through Skills-Building: Motivating Kids to Change

Researchers: ECT Study in Children Methodologically Flawed, Ethically Concerning

Consumer Advisory Board Chair: NYC Mayor Adams Did Not Consult With Us on New Mental Health Policy

 

The Bipolar Rollercoaster: Looking Beyond the Labels

disturbing references to ECT – Wendy

 

Dubious Science: Downplaying the Risks of Antidepressants in Pregnancy

Psychotherapy: Less Expensive and Better Than Pills, It’s What the Patients Want but Don’t Get

Pathologized Since Eve: Jessica Taylor on Women, Trauma, and “Sexy but Psycho”

Catherine’s Story: A Child Lost to Psychiatry

 

Psychiatry’s Cycle of Ignorance and Reinvention: An Interview with Owen Whooley

Author of On the Heels of Ignorance

Psychiatry and the Politics of Not Knowing

 

Call for Teen Art in All Media

Teen Arts Exhibition: Beyond Labels And Meds: What It Feels Like To Be Me

Summer Mad Camp 2023 – 20 – 24 July 2023

 

Living Together – With More Resilience and Less Medication

Art and Transformation: Creating Justice in Mental Health

Negatively Charged: ECT and the Truth I Could Never Forget

 

And Now They Are Coming for the Unhoused: The Long Push to Expand Involuntary Treatment in America

research in Manchester – UK – shows 80% of people on Mental health wards were homeless – Wendy

 

What Psychiatry Has Done for Me

On the Brink of Psychosis

Jim Flannery – sorry it is not funny

Is Service-User Research Possible in Mental Health An Interview with Diana Rose

David Healy – Polluting Our Internal Environments: The Perils of Polypharmacy

Lithium Use Leads to Chronic Kidney Disease

Mindfulness as Effective as Lexapro for Anxiety

Higher Psychosis Rates in Transgender Population Likely Due to Minority Stress and Clinician Bias

Voice-Hearers Unfairly Perceived as Unreliable Reporters of Their Own Experiences

Feel Hopeless About Reforming a Broken System Incremental Change Is Still Change

In Andrew’s Honor: Attorney Elizabeth Rich’s Fight Against Unjust Commitments

Meaningless Distractibility, or Meaningful Mind-Wandering

A Return to Dignity from Psychiatric and Childhood Abuse

Why We Urgently Need New Approaches to Mental Health

The Spravato Controversy: A Row Over the Drug’s Efficacy Compels a Reassessment of its Approval

Breaking Academia’s Silence on Inpatient Psychiatry: An Interview with Researcher Morgan Shields

The Serotonin Zombie: Authors of New Study Try to Breathe New Life into the Dead

Laura L: A Troubled Teen With a Pocket Full of Lithium and Nowhere to Go

Racism and Coercion in First Episode Psychosis Treatment Fuels Loneliness and Mistrust

Iva Paska: Are We Witnessing the Emergence of a New Paradigm

Charlotte Beale: 6 Good Things That Happened When I Stopped Believing in ‘Mental Health’

I Had No Idea That Gabapentin Could Do This…

do not worry – you will be fine

Top 10 Myths About the Critics of Psychiatry

Mad Parenting: On Becoming an Unlikely Family Man

The Mad in the World Network: A Global Voice for Change

A Therapist Tried to Explain CBT When I Was 11 Years Old, Ineffectively

Michael Scott: The Phobic Avoidance of Attending to Real World Mental Health Outcomes

No Better Outcomes After Testing for Antidepressant Drug-Gene Interactions

Reducing Involuntary Psychiatric Admissions in Norway

Study Contradicts Diathesis-Stress Model of Psychosis

Nobody Knows What “Serious Mental Illness” Means

Neoliberal Values Connected to Increased Stigma and Suicidal Ideation

How Diagnostic Interviews Translate Situational Behavior Into Pathology

State Sponsored Biomedical Psychiatry Impedes Movements of People with Psychosocial Disabilities

Trauma Survivors Speak Out Against Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Away From Psychiatrization: Towards Socio-Ecological Wellbeing in the Community

Loss, Grief, and Betrayal: Psychiatric Survivors Reflect on the Impact of New Serotonin Study

Psychiatry, Fraud, and the Case for a Class-Action Lawsuit

The One That Was Away

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Where I’ve Come From and Where I’m Going

How Grief Became a Disorder and What This Means About Us: An Interview with Kaori Wada

Psychiatry Textbooks Are Filled with Errors and Propaganda

The Parts Within Us: An Interview with Richard Schwartz, Creator of Internal Family Systems

Andrew Scull—Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness

Exercise Associated with 25% Lower Risk for Depression, Researchers Say

The Powerful Allure of Psychedelics in Today’s Disenchanted World

suicide support survey

Books Under Review: Summer 2022

Psychiatry’s Failure Crisis: Are You Moderately or Radically Enlightened

Response to Criticism of Our Serotonin Paper

No Evidence Low Serotonin Causes Depression

Are People with Psychosocial Disabilities Welcomed in Public Spaces

Addressing Racism-Related Stress and Trauma in Psychotherapy

Treatment Pathways for Psychosis Vary by Race

How Does Spiritual Voice Hearing Compare to Psychosis

The Transformative Potential of Psychosis

a diagnosis + it’s damage – Schizophrenia

For Queer and Gender Diverse Youth, Biomedical Model of Mental Health May Reduce Stigma but Obscure Impact of Cisheterosexism

Laura Van Tosh: The Life of a Psychiatric Survivor Activist

Pollution’s Mental Toll: A Talk with Journalist Kristina Marusic

Psychology’s “Winning Streak” Is a Failure of Science, Not Success

Industry Sponsorship of “Cost Effectiveness Analyses” Produces Biased Results

Pharma’s “Evergreening” Patent Tactics Mean High Costs and Low Benefits for Consumers

Victim focus

Nothing At All: How Antidepressants Failed Me

The UK’s IAPT Service Is an Abject Failure

Less Than a Quarter of Those with Depression Respond to Treatment in Real Life

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Rolled Ankles, RATs, and Invisible Abuse—The Final Obstacles Toward Freedom

Doctors Renew Campaign Against Overdiagnosis and Overmedication

Coercive Psychiatric Practice Goes Beyond Seclusion and Restraint

Researchers: Study of Schizophrenia Held Back by “Cult-Like” Belief System

Does Humanistic Psychology Support the Capitalist Status Quo

 

Point/Counterpoint: What Is the Importance of Nassir Ghaemi’s Conclusion that Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Provide a Long-term Benefit

Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality

Pharmaceutical Industry and FDA Use Mob Tactics to Silence Whistleblowers

Peer Values Versus Violence: A View from Lived Experience

Treating Grief with Addiction Drug Jeopardizes Social Connections

Antidepressant-Induced Serotonin Syndrome a Danger for the Elderly

Social Interventions for “Serious Mental Illness” Show Promise But Face Resistance

Can Secure Attachment Reduce Death Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsions

Why Some Therapists Consistently See Better Results with LGBTQ Clients

 

Open Season on Mental Patients

Cargo Cult Psychiatry

Psychedelic Therapy Will Not Save Us

Grief, Intense Feelings, and Pathologization: Can We Conceive a Different Approach

The Answers Are in Our Weak Spots

A Moment to Reflect

Health Risks to Babies When Antidepressants Used During Pregnancy

Long Term Antidepressant Use Associated With Increased Morbidity and Mortality

Jock McLaren – The Biopsychosocial Model is a Mirage, Time for a Biocognitive Model

Psychiatry’s Nightmarish 2022 & Its Hysterical Defense Against Criticism

The power of activism

open season on mental patients

Industry Corruption in Systematic Review for Injectable Antipsychotics

Racism, Poverty, Inequality: Social Ingredients for Psychosis, Depression & More

Inside My Suicidal Mind

Psychiatry’s Medical Model: How It Traumatizes, Retraumatizes & Perverts Healing

Behaviourists Must Confront Psychiatry’s Pseudoscience

Tara Thiagarajan: Mental Well-being Better in Venezuela than in United States: Why

 

Made “Mad” in America

The Shady World of Shock Treatment

A Different Psychiatry Is Needed for Discontinuing Antidepressants

The Failings of “Mental Health”: How a Seemingly Benign Concept Might be Dangerous

A Blood Test for Suicide Not When the Cases Overlap with Healthy Controls

A Hopelessly Flawed Seminar in “The Lancet” About Suicide

The New York Times Comments Section: A Literary Rorschach Test for the Masses

Depression Stigma May Be Decreasing; Psychosis Stigma Increasing

Mainstream Psychology Slow to View Police Brutality as Systemic Racism

Does Psychiatry’s Buzzword “Flourishing” Reflect the Real World

The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Upcoming NICE Depression Guidelines

New Tools to Support New Moms: An Interview with Jennifer Barkin, PhD

ADHD: The money trail

Peer Support Research: Is It Time Yet

 

Bringing Integrative Community Therapy to Pittsburgh: An Interview with Alice and Kenneth Thompson

Study Highlights Uptake of Voice Hearing Groups in Brazil

Social Media Influencers Now Marketing Drugs to Niche Audiences for Big Pharma

Conflict of Interest Policies in Europe May Hide Pharma Influence

How Concepts Like Trauma and Resilience Reinforce Neoliberalism in the Global South

Inner Fire Is the Only Place I Would Go for Emotional Distress

Thomas Insel makes a case for abolishing psychiatry

Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality of Life

Did Psychiatry Ever Endorse the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

Capitalism and the Biomedical Model of Mental Health

Mad by design: an ancient paradigm of psychiatric thought

Trans lifeline: naming trans-specific harm in Mental Health

 

Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

Psychology “Incompatible with Hypothesis-Driven Theoretical Science”

Psychology: Flawed as a Science and as Evidence-Based Medicine

Patient Reports Reveal SSRI Antidepressants Often Lead to Emotional Blunting

Social Security and Asylum: How States Produce Negative Affect to Stigmatize and Deter

From the Victorian workhouse to contemporary welfare reforms,

the provision of ‘welfare’ has long coexisted alongside policies and practices that mobilize negative affect to deter specific groups from claiming state support,

and to craft public affect (such as fear and disgust) about these target populations.”

 

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

The Transformational Qualities of Hearing Voices Groups

BMJ: 20% of Health Research Is Fraudulent

Robert Whitaker: Anatomy of an Industry: Commerce, Payments to Psychiatrists and Betrayal of the Public Good

Pharmaceutical companies are no longer attempting to hide their financial influence

The face of commerce is visible at every stage of the process: the biased design of the trials, the spinning of the results, and the subsequent touting of the drugs to prescribers

Antipsychotics Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Coercion and Dehumanization in Mental Healthcare

Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

Can Critiques of Psychiatry Help us Imagine a Post-Capitalist Future An Interview with Hans Skott-Myhre

 

Responsibility Without Blame in Therapeutic Communities: Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard

Reason and Madness: How Psychiatry Marginalizes Those Who Contradict Western Norms

Art, Music, Exercise, and More: What Are the Recommended Doses for Improving Mental Health

How Western Psychology Can Rip Indigenous Families Apart: An Interview with Elisa Lacerda-Vandenborn

Research Reveals Mental Health Professionals’ Participation in Rape Culture

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

Inside A Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Here’s How to Survive

Lithium No Better Than Placebo for Preventing Suicide Attempts

Lithium, Antidepressants, Esketamine—All No Better Than Placebo

Qualitative Evidence Supports the Ban on Conversion Therapy in Canada

What Role can the United Nations Play in Rights-Based Global Mental Health

When It Comes to Mental Health Problems, The Disability Framework Fails

Mental Health Care Must Support Consent and Basic Human Rights

The Psychiatric Hospital Is an Institution of Social Control

Consumer Regret

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy

Ketamine Withdrawal Has Severe Consequences

The Year Of Potentiality

Can Anything Good Come Out of Therapy

Critical Psychology for a Better Society: An Interview with Sebastienne Grant

De-Psychiatrization and the Promise of Open Dialogue

SSRI Antidepressants Do Not Improve Depression After a Stroke

Why We Need a Neurodiverse Philosophy of Autistic Happiness

Navigating the meaning of psychosis important for recovery

Guardianship Destroyed My Family

The Other Side of the Cage

Fireside Project: Peer Support for Psychedelic Experiences

Understanding the Youth Mental Health Crisis: An Interview with Elia Abi-Jaoude

No Meaningful Brain Differences in Depression

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

How Socioeconomic Class Affects Therapy

Clinicians and Patients Often Disagree on Mental Health Outcomes

Psychiatry and Psychology Fail in Response to Farmer Suicides in India

Online Debates on Psychiatric Diagnosis Often Rely on Rhetoric Instead of Facts

Finding Connection During the Pandemic

Why Is Child Sexual Abuse So Common in Institutions

Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism

Did Pharma Companies Hide Failed ADHD Drug Studies From Regulators

Study Discovers Extensive Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research

Shifting Away from ECT and Antidepressants for Depression

Put Psyche Back Into Psychiatry and Add Psychological Intimacy

The New DSM Is Coming and That Isn’t Good News

Michael Hengartner – Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Earning the Right to Sleep on the Floor

The Medicalization of Women’s Suffering: An Interview with Dana Becker

Can the Psychodynamic Manual Move Therapy Beyond the DSM

How Providers Can Support Psychiatric Drug Discontinuation

John Read: Fear and Loathing in the ECT Debate

James Knochel: Malignant Do-Gooderism: The Tragedies of Allopathic Psychiatry

Michael Hengartner: Regulators Are Approving Drugs Without Clear Evidence That They Work

Research News: Ketamine No Better Than Placebo for Reducing Suicidal Ideation in Depression

I Made It Out Alive

Medicating Preschoolers for ADHD: How “Evidence-Based” Psychiatry Has Led to a Tragic End

Addressing Cultural Bias in the Treatment of Personality Disorders

The Censors Are Coming for Mental Health

MIA’s Suicide Hotline Transparency Project

Robert Spitzer on DSM-III: A Recently Recovered Interview

Official Guidelines on Antidepressant Discontinuation Fail Practitioners and Patients

Sexual Assault at Any Age is a Risk Factor for Psychosis

Dying to Stay Alive: A Ketamine Disaster

For the Love and Care of the People: An Interview with Vanessa Green on Call BlackLine Organizing

Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption Goes Beyond Conflicts of Interest

Racism Evident in Patient Health Records

A “Mass Possession” Event in Nicaragua Exposes Inadequacy of Western Mental Health Approaches

Desperate Remedies

UK Finds Success with Peer Supported Open Dialogue Program

Why Do We Lock People Up

Why Do People Self-Harm, and How Can We Stop It

Antipsychotics Worsen Cognitive Functioning in First-Episode Psychosis

Parenting Changed My Perspective on “ADHD”

Nature: Brain Imaging Studies Are Most Likely False

How Evidence Based Medicine Became an Illusion

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

Police Killings and the Pseudoscience of “Excited Delirium”

The Functions of the Mental Health System Under Capitalism

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Calling in AIR Strikes

Mental Wellbeing Poorest in English-Speaking Countries of the World

Anesthetized

Trusting People as Experts of Themselves: Sera Davidow on the Wildflower Peer Support Line

The impact DSM has had on us all – podcast

Human rights should be central to Global Mental Health approaches

Robert Whitaker Interviewed on The Dhru Purohit Podcast
Does Long-Term Use of Psychiatric Drugs Do More Harm Than Good

Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

Results of the Inpatient Alternative Soteria Model in Israel

Apples and Oranges in Peer Support Research

Beverley Thomson–Antidepressed: Antidepressant Harm and Dependence

Antidepressants No Better Than Placebo for About 85% of People

Marian Kornicki: #RestoreTheirRights: An Update on Guardianship Action

Researchers Find No Brain Differences in Depression

The Psychiatrist’s Dilemma: In Defense of Placebo Psychiatry

Thomas Szasz

How ADHD experts silence criticism

Despite More Treatments for Depression, Prevalence Doesn’t Decrease—Why

Facebook Negatively Impacted College Students’ Mental Health from the Start

Peer Interventions Show Promise for Recent Onset Psychosis

Capitalism is Destroying our Collective Mental Health

The Post-Lockdown Suicide Tsunami That Never Came

Social Belongingness Protects Against Anxiety and Depression for Ethnic Minorities

Gradual Tapering Recommended for Antidepressant Discontinuation

Anti-Discrimination Policies Reduce Binge Drinking for LGBTQ Youth

Talking With Voices” Therapeutic Approach Shows Promise

Ketamine for Depression Poses “Significant Risk to the Public”

Shedding the Limits of “Severe Mental Illness” Labels

Still Looking For Answers

The Mental Health Industry Speaks Volumes About Our Society’s Priorities

 

Hearing voices network (HVN)

 

As you may know, we're a small charity that is run by volunteers and have little funding

That means it can take some time to respond, especially at times when we get a high volume of emails

Whilst you're waiting, here's some information that you may find helpful

It includes some answers to common questions we're asked and some sources of crisis/emergency support

 

If you need help quickly

Unfortunately we're not in a position to offer crisis support

Understanding Voices has a good page on finding support quickly

You can access it here:

https://understandingvoices.com/living-with-voices/in-crisis/

 

It includes calling 999, 111 or accessing supportive helplines (e.g. samaritans).

Our page on getting support also gives information on how you can get help from your GP and your rights:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/voices-visions/getting-help-support/

 

If you're wanting to find out the location of a Hearing Voices Group

If you're in England, there is a list of the Hearing Voices Groups we know about here:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/hearing-voices-groups/find-a-group/

 

It is organised by area

We do not run the groups ourselves, so are reliant on people telling us about changes

We always suggest that people contact the facilitators before attending the group - so they can check out that it suits them and to make sure the day/time is correct

 

If you're from the US, we have a sister organisation called Hearing Voices Network USA

They list all of the groups in their network here:

http://www.hearingvoicesusa.org/find-a-group

 

You can contact them if there isn't a group in your area

They also offer online groups (that can be accessed from anywhere in the world).

If you're from another country, please see Intervoice's National Networks page

http://www.intervoiceonline.org/about-intervoice/national-networks-2

 

Intervoice is a charity set up to support the international Hearing Voices Movement

There are networks in many countries of the world, so it's a good place to connect with.

 

Useful resources:

If you, or someone you care about, is struggling to cope you may find some of the following resources useful

We will get back to you individually when we can, but until then we hope that these resources give you a starting point

If you need support to get through a crisis - please read the info on getting support (above)

You don't need to go through this alone.

 

For anyone

Understanding Voices: Living with Voices section:

https://understandingvoices.com/living-with-voices/

Includes coping strategy toolkit, managing difficult voices at work/study and plenty of information written by people who hear voices for people who hear voices

The rest of the site has useful information as well

 

Our Multimedia section - with lots of info on voice-hearing and different ways of understanding and working with voices:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/resources/films-radio/

 

Our free downloads section - with coping strategies etc:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/resources/free-downloads/

 

Rufus May’s resources (Rufus was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his youth and is now a psychologist

I really like some of his resources):

http://rufusmay.com/category/resources/

 

A practical guide to coping with voices:

http://www.intervoiceonline.org/support-recovery/a-practical-guide

 

The British Psychological Society’s ‘Understanding Psychosis’ report:

https://shop.bps.org.uk/understanding-psychosis-and-schizophrenia.html

 

Our Getting help and support page:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/voices-visions/getting-help-support/

 

Our approach to Hearing Voices:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/about-us/hvn-values/

 

Engaging with Voices:

https://openmindedonline.com/portfolio/engaging-with-voices-videos/

 

A series of videos exploring ways of engaging with voices in a more compassionate way

 

Living with voices: 50 stories of recovery (book)

 

Find a Hearing Voices Group:

http://www.hearing-voices.org/hearing-voices-groups/find-a-group/

 

Hearing Voices Forum (in assoc. with Intervoice)

https://www.mentalhealthforum.net/forum/forums/hearing-voices-forum.36/

 

Samaritans: www.samaritans.org | 08457 90 90 90 | jo@samaritans.org. A 24-hour confidential helpline that is open 365 days a year

 

Rethink Advice Line: 0300 5000 927: Open Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 1.00pm, offers practical advice and information

 

For Young People

Voice Collective:

www.voicecollective.co.uk

aimed at children and young people under the age of 25, but has a great range of strategies and ideas for all

 

They also run a support forum for people under 25 and their supporters - see their website for more info

For those able to get to London, they support a small network of peer support groups and can offer some individual support (email, phone and in person)

 

The Mix: Help, I’m Hearing Voices:

https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health/anxiety-ocd-and-phobias/help-im-hearing-voices-25683.html?fbclid=IwAR2rFPDemypTozwrzrJ73eRr4sRfrf4H63pJHFvADjZAhLkk0tU3Ehi6Ppg

 

Listen Up! Youth Voice Hearing Exhibition in Durham (includes podcast and artwork from young people)

https://hearingvoicesdu.org/listen-up/

 

Breaking the Silence: a fresh approach to hearing voices in childhood and adolescence:

https://jmp.sh/6WpZf5S

 

Young People Hearing Voices: What you need to know and what you can do; Dr Sandra Escher and Dr. Marius Romme (book)

Parents - don’t panic if your child is Hearing Voices, it’s actually quite common:

http://theconversation.com/parents-dont-panic-if-your-child-hears-voices-its-actually-quite-common-78964

 

For family and friends

An article on how to talk with someone who is hearing voices:

https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/20/believing-me-is-crucial-how-to-talk-to-somebody-who-is-hearing-voices-7487842/

 

We hope that these resources are useful to you

 

With warmth,

Rai Waddingham (Chair) on behalf of the National Hearing Voices Network

 

London hearing voices network – update

Art Making, Nature and Spirituality Workshop

 

update

with events

 

Lisa hears voices

 

CAPE

 

Spiritual crisis Network (SCN)

 

National SCN Community Forum

 

London SCN

contact

LondonSCN@gmx.co.uk

 

Social Prescribing Network

update

including beyond the pill

 

additional update

Rapid scoping review on older people, poverty

 

June

including events in July

 

Self- development

 

Action for Happiness

happier – kinder – together

 

feeling gratitude

 

jump back July

 

12 July

20 July

 

We can't change what happens, but we can choose our response

Happiness isn't about everything going well – it's about responding constructively, even in difficult times

10 keys to happier living groups

10 days of happiness

How to live mindfully, even in stressful times

How to feel part of something bigger every day

Happy Planet Index

 

Making time to be mindful helps us reduce stress levels

by turning our focus to the here and now, rather than dwelling on the past or future

 

Happy Place

 

Self management UK

 

Canopy + stars – a life more wild – podcast

 

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

The qualities of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity are the attitudinal foundations and qualitative tone of mindfulness.

Cultivating these qualities plays a central role in freeing the mind from patterns that create and recreate distress”

 

The richest human isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs less.

Wealth is a mindset.

Want less and appreciate more today.

 

Coalition for Personalised Care

update

including events

 

turn pain into power

Lauren

 

Lauren

 

Angel + Marc

 

5 Quotes for Coping with Things You Can't Control

Today, use frustration and disappointment to motivate you rather than annoy you.

Breathe and be mindful.

You are in control of the way you respond to life.

It’s not what you broadcast to everyone else that determines the trajectory of your life;

it’s what you whisper to yourself behind closed doors that has the greatest power and influence.

Some people will never understand, and it’s not your job to teach or change them.

Prioritize your peace.

Learning to let go of certain expectations and detach from certain people, are two of the great paths to inner peace.

Your worth is not dependent on someone else’s ability to be kind and loving.

Accept this, and start acknowledging your own worth.

Stop waiting for others to tell you how important you are.

Tell yourself today, and believe it.

The goal this year is to gradually change your response to what you can't control.

To grow stronger on the inside, so that almost nothing on the outside can affect your inner peace and wellness without your conscious permission.

 

Our perspective on just about everything comes from the psychological cage we’ve been conditioned to live in.

A cage created by...

A difficult or disappointing experience

A privileged or sheltered life

Social influence

Pop-culture and mass-media stereotyping

And the list goes on.

Gradually, unbeknownst to us, our cage—our conditioning—drains our mental energy, leaving us vulnerable to bad decision making

 

When we were young, we saw the world through simple, hopeful eyes.

We knew what we wanted and we had no biases or concealed agendas.

We liked people who smiled.

We avoided people who frowned.

We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired.
As we grew older our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences

At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts

 

Our minds are incredibly powerful

They can bring us down or lift us up at a moment’s notice

How we think about things literally changes everything we do on a daily basis

Whenever I’m coaching someone who’s struggling in the trenches, I gracefully shift their focus from what they don’t want to what they DO want

I remind them that what you focus on grows stronger in your life, and that the best time to focus on the positive and take responsibility for your happiness is when you don’t feel like it

Because that’s when doing so can make the biggest difference

 

Sometimes you simply have to let go and accept the feeling of not knowing exactly where you’re going next, and do your best to appreciate this freedom.

Because it is only when you are suspended in the air, with no destination in sight, that you force your wings to open fully so you can fly.

And as you soar around you still may not know exactly where you’re travelling to.

But that’s not what’s important.

What’s important is the opening of your wings.

You may not know where you’re headed, but you know that so long as your wings are spread, the winds will carry you forward.

 

4 More Relationship Truths for Tough Times

Resentment hurts you, not them

Sometimes walking away is the only path forward

Some relationships will be blessings, others will serve as lessons

Even the best relationships don’t last forever.

 

3 Hidden Behaviours that Harm Your Relationships

Using complaints and disagreements as an opportunity to condemn each other

Using hateful gestures as a substitute for honest communication

The silent treatment

 

Healing in Your Relationships

If you don’t allow yourself to move past what happened, what was said, what was felt, you will look at your present and future through that same dirty lens, and nothing will be able to focus your foggy judgment.

Always be kinder than necessary.

Forgive yourself for the bad decisions you made, for the times you lacked clarity, for the choices that hurt others and yourself.

Some chapters in our lives have to close without closure.

Be careful not to dehumanize people you disagree with.

Being kind to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake.

People tend to be more thoughtful and kinder when they have found a little happiness and peace of mind.

 

How can I respond from a place of clarity and strength, rather than continuing to react in anger and frustration to the painful experiences I've been forced to live through

Think about that question for a moment.

Read it again, and sit with it.

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, pause for a few seconds, take a few deep breaths, and make space for a healthy change of state—for something new to enter...

It's time to consciously redirect your focus by taking it away from something unchangeable that drags you down, and instead zero it in on something small and actionable that moves you forward in the present moment.

 

4 Hard Choices that Make You Happier in the Long Run

You can choose to be present when it would be easier to pick up your phone.

You can choose to do a workout when it would be more comfortable to sit around.

You can choose to create something special when it would be quicker to consume something mediocre.

You can choose to invest in yourself when it would take less effort to procrastinate.

 

New normal’ anxiety: A therapist’s guide

 

A therapist’s guide to self-care

Self-care is the practice of taking action to improve your health.

We can do this regularly or just from time to time, but it’s important to turn this abstract concept into a concrete goal.

I've written a blog on the ‘6 domains of self-care’, including my top tips on how to give yourself a little love.

 

Physical self-care

This is about taking care of our physical body and getting back to basics.

Eat regularly and in a way that nourishes your body

Exercise regularly

Boost your sleep

 

Psychological self-care

We all know it is important to take care of our mind.

This might include seeing mental health professionals or simply doing things to help us recharge.

Turn off phone notifications

Keep scheduled therapy appointments

Take time for reflection

 

Emotional self-care

This involves your relationship with yourself.

Check in with your feelings and see how you’re doing.

Keep a journal

Vent your frustrations

Engage in opportunities to create happiness

 

Physiotherapist – Working from home: 4 health hacks

Plump it up

Make your chair more ergonomic.

Add cushions and a foot rest to take care of your lower back.

 

Go for a raise

Try shaking up your desk design.

Raising your laptop will help to protect your posture.

 

Break it down

Take micro-breaks.

Regular movement helps prevent muscular pains.

 

Stretch yourself

That's it.

Stretch.

Stretching at your desk will reduce the risk of muscle strain.

 

3 simple techniques to help improve your breathing

 

Breathing control

This means just breathing easily, using the least effort.

It helps you to relax.

Place your hand on your tummy, below your ribs.

Feel your tummy rise and fall as you breathe gently through your nose.

Let go of any tension, just breathe as you need to

 

Deep breathing

This helps to fill the lower areas of your lungs.

Take a long, slow deep breath in.

At the end of the breath in, hold the air for 2 to 3 seconds before letting the air out gently.

Try to keep your shoulders relaxed.

Repeat for 3 or 4 deep breaths.

 

Huffing

This is a way of clearing mucus from your lungs.

Take a breath in and then breathe it out quickly through your mouth, as if trying to mist up a mirror.

Once any mucus has moved upwards, you should find it easier to cough it out. But there is no need to try and force up mucus.

Always finish with more relaxed breathing control (exercise 1) after the huffing exercise.

 

A to Zzz... our top tips for a good night's sleep

 

Be consistent

Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day – and avoid napping throughout the day, if possible.

 

Create the right environment

When it is time for sleep, make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark and cool

(The NHS recommends 18-24C for adults and 16-20C for children).

 

Have a change of scene

If you find yourself unable to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing elsewhere.
Try reading or drinking some non-caffeinated herbal tea, and stay off social media and news sites, which can often be anxiety-inducing.

 

Let Your Inner Child Out
Sometimes the grown up in you needs a break.

So, every now and then, release your inner child and enjoy some carefree fun.
See the world with childlike wonder.

Ask lots of questions.

Revisit one of your favourite childhood books or movies.

How will you let your inner child come out to play

 

All You Need Is Less
If you're wanting more love, more peace, more meaning, more focus, you'll probably find that all you need is, less.

Less expectations, less talk, less buying, less thinking, less stuff, less stress….

Are you ready for less

 

Involving Others in Decisions
How often do you involve others in the decision-making process

It makes sense to include those who are impacted by the decisions,

or those who will implement those decisions.

It increases their engagement and responsibility,

and having various perspectives can only lead to better outcomes
But involving others in decision-making takes time and resources

How do you figure out when to Involve others in the decision making, and when not to

 

Nourish with Happiness
Apparently, there is no nourishment like happiness

So are you nourishing yourself with happiness
Here are 3 ways to nourish yourself with happiness, everyday:
1) Feed yourself a dose of laughter (a good joke or a funny video clip)
2) Engage in one activity that makes you happy (gardening or cooking)
3) Create space to feel happy (a dose of gratitude or meditation)

 

Be Present to Prevent Stress
Whenever you find yourself stressing about getting things done or what’s going to happen

try this: be present

Firstly, become present to your emotions

your stress

and then, become present to what you’re doing and where you are

Be present and you may find that it helps you to feel less stressed

more relaxed

and be more effective and productive

Be more present and in the long term, you'll increase your stress resilience, and may even prevent feeling stressed.

 

Growing through Life
Are you just going through life or are you growing through life
If you feel like you’re just going through the routine of life, nothing probably seems exciting

Why not grow through what you go through

Grow through life, and you'll most likely find learning and excitement even in the routine

 

Turn On Your Inner Light
No matter how dark a moment it is

choose to bring light
Light emanates from the core of our being

So, turn on your inner light and let your light radiate through your presence

Be the light and illuminate the moment and the world

 

Your Financial Well-being

Why do we as a society allow people to live in poverty ? - Wendy
Can you be happy on a budget

It’s not about missing out on things and experiences, or reducing your happiness

But it is about making smarter choices and increasing your financial well-being

This week

clarify your financial goals, what you value most and what brings you the most joy

rethink your spending habits

be happier with what you have

 

Dreams Need Courage
No matter how much you’ve achieved or accomplished,

there’s always much more to explore

So have the courage to dream

Have the courage to define your dream clearly,

to go beyond any obstacles and reach for your dream,

even when you can't see what lies ahead
Dream and have the courage to make life an adventure worth exploring

 

Sound of the Waves
When you can’t seem to quiet your noisy mind, try this meditation:
Imagine yourself sitting on a beach….

Allowing the sound of the waves to wash over your noisy thoughts…

Your thoughts begin to quieten down…

Watching the calm ebb and flow of the waves, your mind is in a deep state of relaxation and calm

 

Walk in Someone's Shoes
You know the saying about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes before judging them

Next time someone's being difficult, leave your opinions, assumptions and emotions aside for just a couple of minutes

Then, figuratively walk in their shoes, that is, try to see things from their perspective to understand where they're coming from
Even if we walk a mile in someone’s shoes,

we still can't judge them because we can never really know the reasoning behind someone's actions or what it’s like to be that person

So, just try to understand others as much as you can

 

The Three Questions
When you're confused and unsure about a decision, ask yourself three questions:

Who am I?

What is important to me?

What is my purpose?
The answers that arise will most probably lead you to clarity

 

Point of Light
If you're feeling low in energy, low in mood, try this simple meditation:
Bring your attention up through your body to a point in the middle of the forehead,

just above and behind the eyes, behind the mind....
Begin to experience yourself as a point of concentrated energy,

a spark of light, full of radiance and positive energy....
Feeling good, feeling re-energised, you’re ready to move on to whatever's next

 

Peace of Mind

Peace of mind comes not from wanting to change others, but by simply accepting them as they are
For your peace of mind, can you let go of what you want others to do or how you want them to be?

Can you accept everyone as they are?

 

Peace Takeaway
Sometimes it seems as if someone or something can so easily take away our peace.

But actually, no one and nothing can take away our peace because peace is our natural state of being

Next time it feels like someone or something has taken away your peace, understand that you just got pulled away from your peace

Then, pull your attention away from everything else and return back to your natural state of peace

 

Explore and Embrace
We often try to make impermanent things permanent

We often expect things to last forever

But no matter how tightly we hold onto things

we cannot change the fact that everything will eventually change

This week, explore and embrace the perspective of impermanence

whether it’s in your work, relationships or yourself.

Try it, and you may find that it helps you to avoid attaching happiness to things lasting forever,

appreciate things while you have them and deal with change effectively.

 

Impossible Possible
Anything is possible with the power of determination

Determination won’t let anything stop you

Determination will break through fear and self-doubt

And when things get rough, tough or even boring, determination will persevere and keep you going

It’s the key to success
How are you using the power of determination in your life to make the impossible possible?

 

The Seed of Life

We are like a tree

the seed is the essence of who we are

our life-force

and our branches represent work, family, friends, health, dreams, ambitions.....

When the seed is vibrant, our life-force pulses through each branch to every single leaf

So, extend your branches in a joyful gesture and celebrate life

And when you feel overwhelmed by it all, concentrate on the seed and you’ll revitalise everything

 

What Are You Focusing On?
If you’re feeling anxious, ask yourself how much you are focusing on things that are outside your control
Every time you start focusing on what’s outside your control

gently bring your focus back to what is within your control

Do this and you'll start to feel less anxiety and more peace, and increase your capacity to deal with things.

 

Self-Care Forum

Pandemic: Changes in Professional's Attitudes & Practice

Newsletter

Including investing in relationships

 

Research: Consuming fruit and veg and exercising can make you happier

Too much free time may be almost as bad as too little

 

Update

including community pharmacists can refer patients for scan + checks

 

August 2022

including

Tackling inequalities in healthcare access, experience, and outcomes

 

September

including resources for younger people's

 

July 2023

 

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Update

 

Economics of happiness – local futures

Beyond Conspiracy: Framing Meaningful Activism

 

Gabor Maté supports the localization movement

 

Why are we running harder and faster just to keep a roof over our heads

Why does our food get flown around the world and back again

Why is the gap between rich and poor widening to obscene levels

Because nation states are allowing global corporations to run the show.

There is nothing evolutionary or inevitable about our current system; it’s man-made.

And if enough of us come together, we can change it.

Film

 

Values are shifting. Culture is turning

Increasingly, people are seeing through the false promises of the global consumer culture.

They are recognizing the limitations of the rat-race, and the emptiness of conventional ideas about “success” and “progress”.

Not surprisingly, there is a corresponding surge of interest in indigenous knowledge to guide the creation of healthier, more localized futures.

 

"But what can I do" Introducing the Localization Action Guide

The Radical Roots of Community Supported Agriculture

Interrelation -SCOOP the sustainable cooperative

 

Brian Eno

 

The economics of happiness – film

Planet local – a quiet revolution – film

Local Food = Food Security

Small Scale on a Large Scale

Dr. Gabor Maté on Mental Health and Localization

the corporation

the new corporation

Vandana – the power of people

Small, local and productive

To consume or to connect

Putting technology in its place

Dr. Gabor Maté and Helena NH

From Australia to Zimbabwe, Mexico to the UK – we are celebrating localization!

A quiet revolution

 

Intersectionality

 

The benefits system in this country is a disgrace

 

get support with your living costs♿

 

Mencap

myth busters

will you sign the open letter♿

If we were getting proper care and support, there wouldn’t be premature deaths happening

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn + Vanessa on learning disability mortality reviewfrom personal experience – on women’s hour

petition

'Barbaric': Hundreds with learning disabilities kept locked up for years

I don’t have to worry about my brother being locked away this Christmas

Mencap – Tell councils: Count Disabled Children In

Enable

 

Tara

 

Dan – 45:46 minutes in

 

Social care charging has left us with little to live on – EMAIL MP

 

" I’m non-verbal - it doesn’t mean I don’t understand." 💬

No freedom, no dignity, no life. 🔒

 

helpline

 

No freedom, no dignity, no life - take action now ❤

 

Harvey + Katie

 

Tommy Jessop

 

Ben

 

12 years since Winterbourne View - EMAIL MP

Together, we made change happen

email campaigns@mencap.org.uk

 

SCOPE – EMAIL MP

What the budget means for disabled people

end sky high energy bills for disabled + older people

Lauren’s bills are too high. 📈 - OPEN LETTER

Spring Budget: What it means for disabled people. ♿

Create a fair future for disabled people. ♿

📢 Breaking: £975 price tag for disabled households – EMAIL MP

 

MIND – Cost of living crisis – PETITION

 

RNIB

It's time to fix Access to Work

 

Alzeimer's society

 

"Upset and disgusted" at Travelodge – PETITION

 

Office for National Statistics – Outcomes for disabled people in the UK

How increases in housing costs impact households

Beyond GDP: what matters to national well-being

Down your way: working towards more localised data on public sector spending

 

Dramatize

 

Dean

 

Share community

update

 

National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

News

Small Supports – Thinking Differently About How We Support People

Protect Our Human Rights

Join the NHS Sounding Board for Ageing & Older People

 

Review into advocacy for people with a learning disability and or autistic people who are inpatients in mental health settings

contact

advocacy@ndti.org.uk

 

The Training Hub has launched…

Seni’s Law – Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018

New supported internships programme

 

New case law – highlight for Care Act advocates

Human rights in EASY READ

Valuing Community Led Support

strength based approaches training

 

May – November 2023

March – August 2023

 

VITAL projects

VITAL SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2022

 

Changing our lives

hospital to home

Matthew

 

Challenging behaviour foundation

 

Disability Rights UK

 

Disability Right UK has helplines

 

equal participation for all

The EHRC Outlines Nine Principles for Social Care Equality

 

DR UK oppose Illegal Migration Bill

 

New research shows huge rise in extra costs for Disabled households

 

Profound lack of trust in the benefit health assessment system still a constant theme, say MPs

 

Missing out: £19 billion of benefits support goes unclaimed each year

 

Local Housing Allowance legal challenge

Contact

legalunit@mind.org.uk

 

Turn2Us seek stories from those who have successfully claimed PIP

contact communications@turn2us.org.uk

 

Jodey Whiting

 

Scottish Government announces rent freeze

Report shows millions of Disabled people living in cold homes

Radical reform of benefits assessments for those with mental health problems essential, says Mind

Make things right: social housing campaign

 

Culture of othering found at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

 

Customers not paying by direct debit pay vastly more for energy

Data reveals extent of the prepayment meter scandal

Improved protections against forced fitting of pre-payment meters

 

Government launches social housing rent cap consultation

Disability Hate Crime rises but only 1% see prosecutions

Clear majority agree that benefits must be uprated by inflation, finds JRF polling

BBC Panorama exposes alleged abuse of patients

Citizens Advice survey shows millions will be in energy bills debt

Cross Party MPs call for public inquiry into benefit related deaths

 

The health assessments system lets down those who rely on it

 

MPs launch inquiry asking if working-age benefit levels in the UK are adequate to meet need

Sanctions ineffective as a way of getting people into jobs or to work more hours, finds suppressed DWP report

DWP admits Access to Work is overwhelmed by workload but rejects meeting

Disabled people urged to check on eligibility for social tariffs on broadband

 

Mental Health Bill - Easy read survey

 

Benefit sanctions harming claimants, lawyers warn

Disabled UC claimants underpaid by over £350 per month due to DWP failure to start WCA process

Disabled woman wins legal challenge against DWP over automatic benefit deductions

7 in 10 PIP appeals won on the same evidence DWP already held

DWP makes few concessions on improving engagement with Disabled people

Secret reviews into DWP deaths have more than doubled in three years

Government plans to move Disabled people from institutions don’t go far enough

Report highlights issue of negativity towards Disabled people

Disabled people make up nearly half of the most deprived working-age adults in the country

PIP delays leave Disabled people hundreds of millions of pounds out of pocket

Tony Hickmott

590 suicides between 2010 and 2013 linked to welfare reform – Deaths by Welfare

9 in 10 of all reports about disability benefit fraud to the DWP hotline turn out to be false

100 people held more than 20 years in ‘institutions’

Beth

Police officer fired for taking photos of people being sectioned

Press coverage for autistic man in isolation prompts Council action

Severely ill inpatient died after DWP forced him to leave hospital to make benefit claim

Disabled woman left begging a bus driver to let her travel home safely

The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition & training

Because we all care – CQC

Government White Paper fails to re-build the care system

Law Commission recommends adding disability to list of hate crimes

DWP refuses to publish report that found Disabled claimants had “unmet needs”

Councils waste £253 million fighting parents at SEND tribunals since 2014

Mental health impact of leaseholder cladding scandal

All PIP claimants to be offered apply online option

End Fuel Poverty Coalition – PETITION

People deprived of liberty due to misapplication of Mental Health + Capacity Acts

Sickle cell patients ‘face racism in NHS’

Share your experiences of seeing or posting online content about suicide or self-harm

Ground-breaking inquiry questions ‘Whose social care is it anyway’

DWP failures mean dying people are being rejected for PIP

DWP ignoring concerns about Disabled benefit claimants’ deaths

The Reason I Jump

Ker Featherstone

Damning new MP report calls for end to long-term incarceration of people with autism and learning disabilities

"Sharp rise" in DWP benefit death reviews "deeply concerning"

DWP to stop ‘cold-calling’ Disabled people to make low benefit ‘offers’

Our work capability assessment factsheet

Poverty Alliance

Assisted Dying Bill

Health and Disability Green Paper – a cause for concern

Hundreds of thousands “will plunge into poverty” as Minister rejects UK-wide call to keep Universal Credit uplift

New body to tackle health disparities set to launch

Lords: Government failing to implement Equality Act

I would have closed Cawston Hall – Norfolk Council care boss – Jeesal group

A fifth of housing not fit for good health – Good Home Inquiry

Elections Bill bad news for Disabled voters

Austerity cuts killed tens of thousands from 2010 onwards

Over two thirds of Universal Credit claimants currently in arrears while living costs rise

Disabled claimant died underweight, ‘unkempt and dirty’ after ESA and PIP wrongly stopped

Disability Benefits Without the Fight – PETITION

Excluded children put in ‘unsafe’ institutions

Disability Horizons launches new online wellbeing community

Social care plans expose rich vs poor divide in terms of home loss

DWP urged to reveal algorithm that ‘targets’ Disabled people for benefit fraud

Almost £3bn to be awarded to private sector to assess disability benefits

 

Osbornes Law

 

Inquiry sought into deaths of 369 mental distress patients in Sussex Trust’s care

High Court rules loss of around £180 a month disability premiums on claiming Universal Credit is unlawful discrimination

DWP blocks publication of research on effectiveness of benefit sanctions

Disabled people’s experiences of the benefits system: Committee publishes withheld Government-commissioned research

Disability strategy ruled unlawful, DWP denied permission to appeal

Disabled people five times more likely to experience food poverty, says Food Foundation

DWP admits wrongly refusing PIP to record number of Disabled people

Two-thirds of NHS Trusts failing to support equal access to care for Disabled patients

Citizens Advice energy advice

Nearly half of people referred to Trussell Trust food banks are in debt to the DWP

 

Jackie Maguire

Tip of the Iceberg: Deaths and Serious Harm in the Benefit System

Pushed to the Edge: Poverty, food banks and mental health

DWP failing to make reasonable adjustments for UC claimants with mental health problems

Reasonable adjustment

Adult Disability Payment

Just Can’t Wait card

Extension of terminal illness ‘Special Rules’ for ESA and Universal Credit from April 2022

DWP work coaches “bullied” into forcing distressed claimants to attend work-related meetings

How bare bones benefits don’t add up

Under Pressure campaign

Two in five Universal Credit claimants forced into debt, finds the Trussell Trust

Pushed to the Edge: Poverty, food banks and mental health

Ofcom: telecomms and broadband providers must do more to help vulnerable customers

DWP: deaths, cover-up, and a toxic 30-year legacy

Fast-tracked access to benefits extended to those likely to be in final year of life

Benefits rise does little to ease cost of living crisis

Disabled employees paid £3.5k less than non-Disabled employees – ONS

EHRC presses DWP to improve treatment of Disabled benefit claimants

UC makes people ‘better off’ says DWP as figures show only slightly over half of switching claimants would benefit

EHRC failing Disabled people on DWP actions, claim families

Elections Bill will make it harder for Disabled people to vote

New podcast protests the deadly welfare policies enacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (the DWP)

Government must halt ‘managed migration’ to universal credit – DR UK

Report shows that smart home technology can assist independent living

People with learning disabilities in ‘mental health crisis’ – Mencap

Austerity Kills campaign – WRITE TO YOUR MP

Disability Rights UK challenges the Bill of Rights on a parliamentary panel

Call for DWP to compensate up to 50,000 claimants unlawfully short changed on moving to UC

Benefit rates remain “close to destitution levels”, says JRF

Claimant deaths still linked to systemic flaws in benefits system, DWP document shows

Get Ahead Newsletter 26

Disabled energy user forced onto meter

nothing about us without us – 6 November – 16 October 2023

 

Disability Poverty Campaign Group update

If you are a representative of a local or national DPO group, or charity, and are interested in getting involved with the DPCG, email dan.white@disabilityrightsuk.org

 

Sophie

More than half of Disabled adults (55 per cent) are struggling to pay their energy bills and around a third (36 per cent) are having problems paying their rent or mortgage

DWP watered down plan to prevent claimant suicides

George - DWP discrimination led claimant to suicidal thoughts

Government pledges national action following Doncaster abuse inquiry

BBC highlights unfair PIP cut for disabled people in hospital

Get yourself active

CQC concerns around autism and learning disability services in damning annual care review

Over 460% rise in PIP claims stopped due to failure to return review form

DR UK joins public call for Michael Gove to freeze rents

1.6 million children live in mouldy and damp homes

PPM ban temporary as Ofgem prepares report on energy suppliers

DWP failings linked to death of claimant whose body lay undiscovered for years

+ lots more

 

Disability News Service

 

Equality Network

Sanctuary, Safety, Solidarity

Holyrood Committee report into a ban on Conversion Practices

You can watch parliament in action here

You can become a member of any NHS foundation trust – just look on their website

Court upholds Census guidance – trans men and women can self-identify their lived sex

The call for evidence on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill

New intersex resources created by our partners Reprofutures

A new way to support our campaigning work

Ukraine president backs civil partnerships for same-sex couples

Trans Awareness Week

Gender Recognition Reform Blocked by UK Government

Our community faces a difficult and uncertain time right now

 

A new First Minister!

The Bi+ survey results are in!

As Pride Month begins

 

Care and Support Alliance – An appeal for your story

Contact csa@nas.org.uk

 

MND Association

Survey

Act now for safer homes for people with MND

EMAIL MP

 

Neurological alliance

EMAIL MP

 

National autism society

sign open letter

Zaynab

Joint Committee publishes report on the Draft Mental Health Bill

Number of autistic people in mental health hospitals: latest data

Why campaigning is so important

Report uncovers urgent changes needed in English schools

artwork by 10 August

 

action-attainment – beyond autism

 

Land + other views

 

Humanists UK

Working to ensure a fairer, kinder, and better society

2021 Census | Christianity’s decline should end its claim to institutional power

 

Humanists at work in the community ❤️

 

An attack on free expression

including Salman

 

protect legal abortion

Religion vs Women’s Rights – Write to your MP

 

2025 Strategy

French Citizens' Assembly backs assisted dying

 

One Life, Live It Well

 

The humanist approach to death and celebrating a life well lived ❤️

The Little Book of Humanist Funerals 📚💐

Our summer festival of humanism was a huge success 🎉

MPs to debate bishops in the Lords – please write

 

South West London Humanists – AGM – 10 July – 8pm

Richmond library annex

TW9 1DH

 

Land justice UK – Land and Food

Update

New land report out on land reform in Scotland

police, crime, sentencing and courts bill

You can find a Member of the House of Lords and write to them asking them to review this dangerous bill

 

A win in the fight for land rights – PETITION

 

Land worker’s alliance

 

Human rights

 

Fawcett Society

women's rights are at risk in Parliament – EMAIL MP

Write to your MP to ask them to save the Worker Protection Bill tackling sexual harassment

A House For Everyone: A Case for Modernising Parliament

What do we do about misogyny in the police?

 

31 July

 

Sexist complaint regarding Meghan Markle successful

In my experience complaints are rarely acknowledged or acted upon - so this is good news ! - Wendy

 

Fabian Society

Homes For Britain: Planning for Growth Report

including Housing First + community land trusts

 

The British Institute of Human Rights

Explaining laws passed end April 2022

What the Rights Removal Bill means for you

Human Rights Day: Community Mobilisation

People, Communities, Public Bodies & Policymakers

Human rights issues in plain language

Celebrating human rights

 

Our work with Council of Europe

including idea of human rights ombudsman

 

Equality + human rights commission

 

Fly the flag for human rights

Update

 

Refugee action

How to build a BÖRDER KRISÍS

anti-refugee Bill

Stop The #AntiRefugeeBill petition

Heartbreaking deaths in the Channel: tell your MP enough is enough – EMAIL MP

What exactly is the hostile environment

Baz

Thank you for seeing the human not the label

EMAIL MP: Ukrainian refugees need all the help we can give

TELL YOUR MP: vote to lift the ban

Hostile Accommodation - our new report

Send a welcome message

Pride is a Protest

❤️💛🧡💙💜💚

 

You know the facts

People seeking asylum are banned from working, unable to support themselves and expected to live on just £5.84 a day

It's always been an absurd policy, and soon MPs will have the chance to reassert common sense and lift the ban

Polling from this week shows that an enormous 81% of members of the public surveyed agree that the ban should be lifted

Fight the anti-refugee laws: ask your MP to sign the pledge

The Rwanda plan: a punishment for asking for help

One year on: 9,000 Afghan refugees still stuck in hotels

Shedding the refugee label

The consequences of punishing refugees

Lift the Ban: does Jeremy Hunt want £300 million

Price rises + government hostility = asylum seeker poverty

 

Milo + Cathy + Hein + Alisa

 

What is costility?

The cost of a hostile environment

Not just “immigrants” , “low income” people too ? Costility in terms of people + money? - Wendy

 

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Add your name to the open letter: safety for Afghan climate activists

survey

Windrush Heroes: Stories you need to hear

 

QUIZ

I tried this + got some answers wrong – Wendy

 

Do you know these refugee changemakers, tastemakers, and dream makers? Test your knowledge

 

The truth about the net migration numbers

 

just beautiful …

 

Migrants organised

Migrants Organise is taking the Home Office to Court

New Plan for Immigration is same old Hostile Environment

Your solidarity is working

This Refugee Week we want to share our New Dreams

Solidarity Knows No Borders

Share our message of dignity and welcome

the royal college of paediatrics + child health has published a statement calling for the abolition of all NHS charging – becoming the first royal college to call for more than a temporary suspension of these discriminatory + harmful hostile environment

NEW report: shining a spotlight on the devastating impact of Hostile Environment policies during COVID

2 minute action: The COVID inquiry must not forget migrants

What is happening with the anti-refugee Borders Bill

Dismantling the hostile environment – podcasts

Hostile – film

Solidarity is what connects us – EMAIL MP

Aamir

 

Patients not passports – A toddler charged £70k for life saving NHS care – ACTION

 

will you call on the Government to welcome climate activists as refugees

 

Freedom from Torture – close the barracks

Holocaust survivor confronted Suella Braverman to say: your hateful language has consequences

EMAIL AIRLINES

UK government links to torture in Xinjiang – PETITION

Urgent: Stop the UK Decriminalising Torture

New Plan for Immigration – Consultation Guidance

URGENT: Act now to protect refugees from Priti Patel's New Plan

Dr Waheed Arian

kick out hate

URGENT: if passed into law, Priti Patel's Anti-Refugee Bill will destroy the lives of countless people seeking asylum

Write to your MP to stop it

One strong voice

#TogetherWithRefugee

Join a local group

Urgent: shocking news – EMAIL MP

The facts + figures

write to your local newspaper against the anti refugee bill

Ukraine

Clause 11 of the anti-refugee bill, which would punish Ukranians and other refugees for the way that they travel to safety – was removed by the Lords

A Holocaust survivor just sent this message to Boris Johnson – on the cliffs of Dover

£5 a day

 

22nd March

MPs voted to punish refugees who make their own way to safety in the UK as part of the Nationality and Borders Bill

The bill has now entered a stage called ‘ping pong’, where it bounces back and forth between the House of Lords & the House of Commons

People power – love not hate

TELL AIRLINES: DON'T REMOVE REFUGEES TO RWANDA

Tell PM candidates: do not send refugees to Rwanda

Rwanda – action

end UK links to torture – PETITION

Paul Dacre – PETITION

 

Safe passage – We need your help – write to a Peer today

EMAIL MP – fix our broken asylum system

become a young leader

EMAIL MP – safe passage now

Afghan families must be reunited – EMAIL MP

Inspiring interview with Joel on Channel 5 News

📺 Watch Beth break down the devastating refugee law

EMAIL MP

PETITION

Make a Difference: Support Lord Dubs' Amendment Now

 

Detention Action

This is a humanitarian disaster. Close the detention camps now

Meet with your MP

we oppose unjust deportations – PETITION

urgent: no offshore detention – EMAIL MP

 

Survivors of Napier Barracks beat the Home Office in court

Six men who Priti Patel detained at Napier Barracks have proved in court that she violated their human rights

 

Stop union busting in Morocco – PETITION

 

Tell Denmark: Syria is not safe for refugees to return. Reverse your shameful decision

 

A message from the White Helmets to Ukrainians under attack

As Ukrainians come under brutal attack by Putin, it is chilling to see Russia using the same strategy and playbook in Ukraine as they use in Syria – attacking fleeing civilians, controlling humanitarian corridors, bombing hospitals and spreading disinformation

Our volunteer first responders have saved more than 125,000 civilian lives in Syria since 2014, many from direct Russian attacks, and it’s heartbreaking to witness the same tragedies being repeated over and over again

We know the scale of horror that Russian bombings can inflict: no one and nothing is off limits

In Syria, a concerted Russian disinformation campaign spreads fabricated claims attacking White Helmets volunteers to cover up war crimes

Now Russia is using the same methods to legitimize its attack on the Ukrainian people – using social media to sow doubt about atrocities committed against civilians

When I saw the aftermath of Russian airstrikes on the maternity hospital in Mariupol last week, including Russia’s immediate disinformation efforts online, it was as if history was repeating itself

We have witnessed these same horrific scenes and lies during attacks on Syrian hospitals

It angers me to see companies such as Twitter continue to allow accounts to spread falsehoods – and

I urge you to join me in calling on Twitter to shut down all accounts, including Russian government accounts, being used to spread harmful disinformation

A few days ago I spoke to the Washington Post and shared what we have learnt from our experience in case it can be of any help to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine

I told them that the GoPro camera is the best way to fight Russian disinformation and report the reality on the ground

I also warned against sharing GPS locations of medical facilities with the United Nations

In Syria the Russians used that information to target hospitals

Ukrainians should also establish small medical and civil defense outposts in secret locations around the city to take the pressure off larger hospitals and mitigate the risk of targeting first responders

There is no doubt Putin has been emboldened by the impunity he enjoyed in Syria

If Putin is not held accountable for his invasion of Ukraine the whole story will repeat itself again

Today, we need actions not words from the international community

They must pursue justice relentlessly so no dictator can feel able to shamelessly commit such atrocities

For the last seven years, the Syrian people have stood up to Russia and have yet to be defeated – so we believe Ukrainians can do so as well

At the end of the day, it is the will of the citizens that is the strongest weapon, even against the mightiest militaries in the world

In solidarity,

Raed Al Saleh

 

PETITION TO UN regarding earthquake

 

Your right to know – PETITION

 

WHICH - Food prices increasing

food + mental health

 

Third sector + campaigning

 

Third Sector – Governance bulletin

Third Sector – weekly

Give communities more power over local assets and a £2bn support fund, report urges

Giving by the super-rich could be perpetuating social inequality, academics conclude

Charities lost almost £8.6m to fraud last year, latest figures show

Top earners at Wellcome Trust paid almost £8m each after investments boomed

Wellcome institutional racism

Adeela Warley: In 2022 let’s make social media a place for hope, not hate

Care charity lost more than 150 staff last year because of vaccination rules

Latest accounts for the London Clinic show that the highest earner, who is not identified, received a salary package of between £510,000 and £520,000 in 2020

This is a charity – Wendy

 

Fifth former Oxfam GB staffer sanctioned after DRC sexual misconduct investigation

Why aren’t more charities supporting community building initiatives

Does the voluntary sector have a class problem

Giving pains: the cost of grant-making

National Trust hits back at 'paid-for' campaign to influence its governance

Charity investigated over ‘teacher with sword’ and ‘child eating dead rat’

Reproductive healthcare charity boss paid £229,000 annual bonus

Academies trust run by major charity breached the law, review finds

Cash-for-honours: two men questioned over allegations linked to King Charles’ charity

Are charities too ‘respectable’ to achieve change

Cash-for-honours file linked to King Charles charity passed to CPS

King Charles's charity warned over working in Bahrain

Church of England announces £100m fund after slavery links

Charity 'won't be silenced' by Israel blacklisting

Damning antisemitism report urges NUS to rethink relationship with its charity arm

Regulator looking into foundation set up by UK’s richest man

Charity bosses bugged rivals and spent money for homeless on luxury gifts

Has AI solved the poverty porn dilemma?

Report reveals three in 10 large charities have all-white boards

Charity workers could lead the way as four-day week manifesto launches

Charity vows to keep expanding after mass merger boosts income from £9.6m to £222m

 

IPPR

18 July

nine out of 10 people believe that the political system needs reforming

only one in three people trust parliament to act in the best interest of people

only two in five trust British democracy

 

Carnegie Trust

including kindness in public services

 

NAVCA

Lots of interesting events

 

Fast minds – Kingston

 

Staywell - Kingston

 

kick it – stop smoking – kingston

 

Man + boy

 

well-being courses at Kingston Adult Education

contact

communitylearningkae@kingston.gov.uk

for more information

 

Self-Compassion

 

Kingston council events

 

household support funding drop-in sessions

contact householdsupportfund@kingston.gov.uk

 

Silverfit Kingston - over 45’s Fitness Sessions

contact jennifer@silverfit.org.uk

 

Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA)

 

4 in 10 children in London live in poverty

 

Developing a 2040 Community Vision for Kingston

1 in 4 are living in poverty after housing costs

Source: London’s poverty profile 2021

 

Updated nomination link for free SIM-cards

Help tackle The Biggest Issue

Health and Inequalities - Bitesize Training- information sharing and learning

update including holistic health

Come Rhyme with Us - the video

 

Accessible Support and Mental Health Resources

Many of us may be feeling under increased financial pressure right now

The worry about money may impact sleep, concentration, productivity and our stress levels
If you are worried about money or need free, impartial advice, the Kingston Citizens Advice free toolkit is
here to help

To help, watch an NHS wellbeing webinar on Managing Financial Anxiety

You can access the Worrying About Money leaflet here
Find Mental Health resources on Connected Kingston
here
For advice on how to look after your mental health, visit the
Mental Health Foundation here
For St John Ambulance's mental health training and resources, please click
here
For Mind Mental Health Charity, visit their website
here
For Samaritans, visit their website
here

Their phone number is 116 123

 

Opening up a Kingston Town Warm Space for Community Groups
As part of our commitment to share our space, we have opened up part of the ground floor of the council office building (Guildhall 2) as a shared space from Monday - Friday, 10am to 4pm

This space will have free tea and coffee and will be offered as a general use warm space

There will be children’s toys and games available, and we are keen that our voluntary and community sector partners feel able to use this space to support residents
This space is now open

If you would like to volunteer to support this shared space one morning or afternoon a week (or more), or if your organisation would like to regularly use this shared space, please make contact with kate.leyland@kingston.gov.uk for a chat on 0771 4772559

 

Ask the Expert is back! Book your FREE advice session now

 

12 July

13 July

20 July

 

Stall Space at Volunteer Appreciation Event 20 July

contact

michael.green@groundwork.org.uk

 

KVA update

 

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

We believe that anyone can be a force for change

Together we explore change, share knowledge and learn from change-makers

Transforming power for social change

Can get places for free email

info@smk.org.uk

 

Worried about the - Policing Bill Wondering what you can do - Find out how to get involved

The Power Project: transform power, build solidarity, make change

Why a voice inside Whitehall matters for campaigners

what can art teach us about social change

Social power – 12 habits of successful change makers

Problem Tree planning tool

100 Campaigns that Changed the World podcast

 

LawWorks

 

Law for change

 

Support + more ideas

 

Amnesty International

Urgent Action Network Update

 

Patient Safety Learning

Mental illness is a lie which causes untold damage

hospital safety for diabetes patients, institutional misogyny, climate change, and more…

Whistleblowing, patient feedback, visiting restrictions + events…

Update

Latest hub highlights: Misogyny, crosswords, Ockenden…

Mind the implementation gap, vaccination programmes, mesh removal

Patients died after catalogue of errors by Priory mental health chain

Hundreds of thousands more women than men prescribed powerful anti-anxiety drugs ‘harder to come off than heroin’

Listening to families, safety management systems

including more events for example

Pinned down, force-fed and drugged into ‘zombie-like’ state: ‘Systemic abuse’ at children’s hospitals revealed

Huntercombe group : a mental health scandal

 

Systemic failures, PSIRF, surviving scrubs, and more…

including ombudsman raising concerns about human rights in Mental Health

https://www.pslhub.org/blogs/entry/4739-human-rights-of-mental-health-patients-violated-amid-crisis-in-care-regulator-warns/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/human-rights-mental-health-care-crisis-b2234510.html

 

Bed shortages, painful hysteroscopy, revised NatSSIPs, and more…

Prescribing antidepressants for chronic pain lacks evidence, experts say

Trust must pay £200k to whistleblower it subjected to ‘campaign of harassment’

Women’s healthcare in Britain ‘worse than in China and Saudi Arabia’

Three-quarters of children detained under mental health act are girls, new report warns

Trust spent £680k in failed attempt to fight whistleblower

The sinister side of medicine

Eight resources on eating disorders

Mothers and babies being put at risk due to unsafe NHS maternity services

Forgotten heroes, whistleblowing, thrombosis misdiagnosis

Leading for patient safety, ADHD diagnosis, private surgery

 

Patient Safety Commisioner

 

Patient association

Loneliness – Age UK

Loneliness – MIND

Loneliness – NHS

Campaign to end loneliness

Every Mind Matters

be kind to your mind

tips from every mind matters

including anxiety

Feel less lonely

 

how to complain

 

Published guidance for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) teams

the plan for health + care services to work with people + communities

 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Easy-read-Working-with-People-and-Communities.pdf

 

Start engagement early

Provide clear and accessible public information

Build relationships with excluded groups

Co-produce and redesign services and tackle system priorities in partnership with people and communities

 

Nutrition Checklist

The NHS Constitution for England

Call for Welsh Government apology after failings at Ysbyty Gwynedd mental health unit

Vulnerable man Clive Treacey 'failed in life and death'

Why asylum seekers deserve better healthcare, and how we can give it to them

 

Maternity + neonatal services in East Kent report makes grim reading

 

the scandal that shook the NHS

 

HIV testing: Free DIY home kit offered in England

 

New tool to assess risks of taking sodium valproate

 

How putting people first and asking ‘What Matters to You’ can shape the future of healthcare for professionals and people

Listening, learning, responding to concerns

Upholding rights and equality in health and social care

 

Welsh Community Health Councils will be replaced with a new national body, the Citizen Voice Body, and the Welsh Government wants your views on how the new organisation should work

The aims of the new body are to:

 

Strengthen the citizen voice in Wales in matters related to both health and social services, ensuring that citizens have an effective mechanism for ensuring that their views are heard

 

Ensure that individuals are supported with advice and assistance when making a complaint in relation to their care

 

Use the experience of people who have used services to make improvements

 

Consultation opens on legal right to visit family and friends in hospital by 16 August

Easy Read version of major conditions consultation by 12 July

Do we need a pill for every ill?

 

Just Treatment – Rich countries protecting pharma monopolies

Sakina

A £2 medicine charged at over £2900…

put lives before pharma profits – PETITION

 

We found that 51% of beds in inpatient mental health services are provided by private companies like Priory Group, Cygnet, and Huntercombe Group who make the majority of their revenue from NHS funding

As laid out in

this important article by clinical psychologist Sanah Ahsan

our current approach to mental health care is centred on purely medical responses to "individual" conditions

But we know that issues such as poverty, debt and housing play a huge role – in fact, 73% of Just Treatment supporters who filled out our recent survey on mental health cited material conditions as a key cause of poor mental health

if you would like to share your story click

here

 

Pharma greed kills

letter to Vertex ✍

Close links between big pharma & government

 

Cheri + Alexey + Rodrigo + Vishal

 

While the NHS crumbles, big pharma is demanding billions more!

 

3 years on…

 

24 July

 

Engage Britain

Making the country work for all of us

 

ZERO SUICIDE ALLIANCE – FREE TRAINING

suicide awareness training for university students

ZSA and Help for Heroes launch suicide awareness training to support veterans

more from help for heroes

update

PETITION

 

Opportunity for free suicide prevention awareness sessions

contact HAdil@bwwmind.org.uk

 

Suicide + co

 

Citizen UK

Living Wage for care workers – EMAIL MP

 

Make every contact count - RESOURCES

 

Kings Fund

 

you called ...we came”

 

Putting a spotlight on women’s health – 19 September

Community-led approaches to health and wellbeing – 18 – 19 July

11 – 12 July

6 September

 

Integrated care and district councils: what underpins success?

 

Population health management in primary health care: a proactive approach to improve health and well-being: primary heath care policy paper series

 

Two-thirds of GPs refuse to register homeless patients

 

Reimagining the welfare state

caring in a complex world

The hidden problems behind delayed discharges and their costs

The preventative state: rebuilding our local, social and civic foundations

Tackling obesity: improving policy making on food and health

Black maternal health

Struggling to be heard: understanding the experience of disabled people in England

Not a ‘nice to have’ – the importance of working with people and communities

 

Better housing for better health

Supporting people with a learning disability and autistic people to live happier, healthier, longer lives: bitesize guide for local systems

 

Three surprising trends in adult social care

The radical reform that's been staring the NHS in the face

 

How does the NHS compare to international health systems?

 

Working with the VCSE as system partners – from warm words to actions

 

Gen Z mental health: The impact of tech and social media

 

How can we reduce health inequalities for people living with sickle cell disorder?

Supporting digital inclusion in health care

New podcast: health inequalities and climate change

Has the Women’s Health Strategy listened to what women really need

Odds stacked against it: how social care struggles to compete with supermarkets on pay

New horizons: what can England learn from the professionalisation of care workers in other countries

poverty and the health and care system

There’s no such thing as a new public policy idea, just a new name

Towards a new partnership between disabled people and health and care services: getting our voices heard

Reading the signals: maternity and neonatal services in East Kent – the report of the independent investigation

Where does the buck stop

What are health inequalities

What does it take to ensure partnerships succeed

Poverty, poor-quality housing and health inequalities

The Health and Care Act 2022 – what does it mean for trusts and foundation trusts

A community-powered NHS: making prevention a reality

Working in partnership with people + communities: statutory guidance

What should partnering with disabled people look like

Women in prison + mental health + poverty + strokes +

The impact of body image + live-in care workers in London + modern slavery + strength based approach +

What is a population health approach

How should the health and care system act on poverty

NHS wants to stop ‘reinventing the wheel’ and involve public in digitisation

New podcast: Supporting refugee and migrant health care in England

Health Management and Policy Alert: 26 July 2022

including human rights concerns regarding people in care

Putting patients first: championing good practice in combatting digital health inequalities

A picture of health Bridging the gap between physical and mental healthcare in adult mental health inpatient settings

The Health and Care Act 2022: the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead

What can be done to tackle LGBTQ+ health inequalities

Acting on the evidence: ensuring the NHS meets the needs of trans people

The cost of poor housing by tenure in England

 

Health Management and Policy Alert: 20 July 2021

Including reforming the MHA: government response to consultation

Not listening to us – Wendy

 

Understanding integration: how to listen to and learn from people and communities

 

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

Including poor health + housing + obesity + bad roads

 

Health Management and Policy Alert: 10 September 2021

Including Home for all

 

What is needed to reduce ethnic minority health inequalities

How much longer and further are health inequalities set to rise

 

How will integrated care systems work under the Health and Care Bill

Including details of a free course “an introduction to leading with kindness and compassion in health + social care

 

The power of those small acts of kindness

The WHO Prison Health Framework: a framework for assessment of prison health system performance

within local communities

How does the UK's health care performance compare internationally

Anchor institutions must re-imagine how public bodies immerse themselves within local communities + partnering is a verb

The cost of poor housing in England

Left behind: a decade of intergenerational unfairness

Invisible women: understanding women’s experiences of long-term imprisonment

Care Quality Commission's reply to the Joint Committee on Human Rights about protecting human rights in care settings

Listen: Tackling health inequalities head on through integrated care

Your health and care explained update

New podcast: What is the Health and Care Bill and why does it matter

Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

From harm to hope: a 10-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives

Integrated care systems and social care: the opportunities and challenges

If integrated care cannot tackle inclusion health, we should all be worried

New explainer: How does the system hear from communities

Robot performs first laparoscopic surgery without human help

Local government public health funding: putting the jigsaw together without the picture on the box

 

What could provider collaboratives look like

Not really outcome-based commissioning? Certainly not people commissioning? – Wendy

 

Local health systems: relationships not structures

Systemic racism, not broken bodies: an inquiry into racial injustice and human rights in UK maternity care

How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing

Mental Health Act reform: race and ethnic inequalities

NICE recommends offering app-based treatment for people with insomnia instead of sleeping pills

Cancer screening: the urgent shouldn’t crowd out the important

ADPH highlights link between gambling and suicide

Nature-based physical activity as an early intervention for teenagers

Introducing integrated care systems: joining up local services to improve health outcomes

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

Interoperability is more than technology

housing our ageing population

 

New podcast: Stafford Scott on community activism

Poverty and the health and care system: The role of data and partnership in bringing change

Austerity 2.0: why it’s critical for our health that the government learns the lessons of Austerity 1.0

Challenging the mental health crisis: how Universal Basic Income can address youth anxiety and depression

Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities

What can data tell us about the health of the nation?

Making retirement living affordable: the role of shared ownership housing for older people

Home is at the heart of inclusion health – here's why

LGBTQ+ staff and patients deserve better from the NHS

Tech transformation disrupts leadership styles

 

Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill +

This report states the reform process needs to continue beyond the draft Bill in the direction of more rights-led legislation that respects patient choice

 

Standing back from The Hewitt Review: six key take-aways

suggesting more power to the people ? - Wendy

 

Those who dare: thinking differently about the health and care workforce – 4-5 October

 

11 – 12 October

 

Ask for a free place ? - our voices matter – Wendy

 

18 – 19 July

19 September

26 – 27 September

18 October

1-2 November

 

Natasha Devon

 

Westminster Health Forum (WHF) policy conference – PROVIDE FREE SPACES – JUST APPLY

13 July

 

Who cares 4 the carers

A relaxation technique to help you

 

Carers UK

Survey

 

People’s theatre

 

Camden people’s theatre

 

Degenerate Fox Theatre

£5 tickets

 

Underground lights

Summer Term News...

 

Brixton House

 

Autograph

A Rhythmic Encounter with Eric Gyamfi's 'Fixing Shadows' / Autograph is publishing the first monograph of Thompson Hall / Collection highlight

Celebrating and Honouring the Windrush Generation

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Autograph / Celebrating black trans men on their own terms / Photo Kathmandu / New online galleries

 

Somerset House

Art. Process. Ideas.

 

Somerset House Studios

 

Watermans – events

£6 Mondays are back

 

Exchange – Twickenham

 

MAIA

Marsh Farm Outreach

Locality

Common Wealth

 

Justice

 

Haldane society of socialist lawyers

 

Law centre Network

South West London Law centre

 

Leigh Day

 

Appeal

 

Law for life

 

High pay centre

 

4 day working week

video explaining 4-day week

PETITION

newsletter

 

Platform London

 

Basic Income UK

UBI gives people the chance to make their own choices, to make decisions for themselves, their communities, their households, their lives and their futures

UBI does everything from sharing out problems, to delivering a feminist vision to tackling the climate emergency, to stopping benefit traps

It does all those things, but ultimately UBI is democracy

Baroness Natalie Bennett

 

Every step we take towards a Basic Income will liberate power in the hands of the citizen

Paddy Ashdown

 

PETITION

Andy Burnham joins call for basic income trial

Report from Manchester University

How universal basic income can tackle anxiety + depression

Extending Welsh Universal basic income pilot to heavy industrial workers

VOTE FOR THIS EVEN IF NOT IN WALES

Here’s how we do it

 

Welsh basic income pilot have been published

In a statement from Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice

The pilot will be targeted at care leavers

All young people leaving care that turn 18 over a 12 month period starting this summer will be invited to participate

That is expected to be about 500 people

Participants will receive the payments for 24 months starting from the month after their 18th birthday

A £1,600 a month basic income will be paid each month

 

Universal basic income motion passed by Richmond Council

 

69% of people in Wales support basic income pilots

Stockton, California who released incredible results from the experiment there

Start your own Basic Income Conversation today – TOOLKIT

We've urged ministers to back basic income for mental health – Peace of mind project

Let's make Basic Income a reality – PETITION

The Basic Income Conversation is growing... here's how

Universal Credit cut: now is the time for basic income

Last week the £20 Universal Credit uplift was cut.

5.8 million people claim Universal Credit in England, Scotland and Wales. Overnight, their incomes fell by £1,000 a year.

If they’d had a basic income, they wouldn’t have been plunged into precarity.

Now is the time for a basic income.

There are thousands of people across the UK working to make that clear.

 

How do we pay for a basic income

Email mp asking them to join CPPLG

NEW REPORT: Results of our Basic Income Month

Understanding the impacts of a basic income

Can you help get candidates across the UK to support UBI trials

Tackling Poverty: The power of a universal basic income

Record low poverty at no net cost

The most common question that we get asked in the Basic Income Conversation is “How would we pay for this”

As of today we can say, “You don’t. It doesn’t have to cost the public purse anything.”

Our new paper lays out a fiscally neutral scheme that involves no additional calls on the public finances and no net increase in taxation: the cost of the extra payments would be exactly offset by the extra revenue from internal changes in tax rates and National Insurance Contributions

The gains of this modest scheme are concentrated among the poorest income groups, and the gains are incredible:

 

Child poverty falls by more than a half taking

it to below the historic level achieved in 1977

 

Working-age poverty falls by just over a quarter

 

Pensioner poverty falls by 54%

This takes the level of pensioner poverty to well below the lowest post-1961 rate of 14% in the early 1980s.

 

The Gini coefficient – a measure of inequality – falls by 12.5%, taking it back towards the peak equality achieved in the 1970s.

Despite the scale of the current crises, we keep being told that our problems are too big, too complex, there are too many obstacles, and it’s just too expensive to take care of people

 

The human cost of our problems is unfathomably and heartbreakingly big.

The cost of transforming people’s lives is not.

Thanks to this paper, we’re laying out exactly why and how implementing a basic income is eminently doable.

How can a modest basic income cut poverty by half

Is basic income a vote winner

 

Listen Now: A Basic Income Special

 

Winning the vote with a universal basic income: Evidence from the 'red wall

 

ask for universal basic income with Sadiq Khan + Andy Burnham +

 

Back to work” budget – March 2023

does not describe conditions to help people live fruitful, productive, and dignified lives

It describes expanding and strengthening punitive work search requirements and sanctions

This budget chooses to double down on sanctions despite the vast majority of evidence showing they do not help people find work and instead damages our health

 

Indeed we expect the DWP's own research shows this to be true

but ministers have blocked the release of this "sensitive" information

 

We know our social security system is leading people to early graves with over 300,000 excess deaths from 2012-19

largely attributable to UK Government austerity measures

 

Despite that harrowing truth

 

this government is making people more vulnerable when claiming benefits, not less

 

We don’t need tinkering around the edges, we need a new economic settlement

 

One that guarantees financial stability to all of our citizens

 

One that treats us fairly

 

One that uses evidence to build a system that makes the people that use it more secure, happier and healthier

 

An unconditional basic income would reverse the brutal culture of sanctions that has gripped our social security system for too long

 

How do we get there?

 

We explore the alternatives and make sure we are heard

 

We bring people together, convene and converse, on how different things can be

 

We are the experts on what our communities need and should be a key part of the decision making process about policies designed to support us

 

We published a report with Deputy Leader of the Green Party and London Assembly Member, Zack Polanski

 

This report outlines how communities can build their own basic income pilots, together

 

How they can design projects to produce evidence on basic income that can be used to build a social security system that's the best it can be

 

Involving Londoners in a basic income pilot

 

Our proposal for a community led basic income pilot in Jarrow and Grange, East Finchley

 

13 July

20 July

 

Autonomy

 

The world transformed

universal basic income discussion

community land trusts

Basic income + our mental health

 

Newsletter of the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time

 

Invite your MP to the #FlexforAll briefing

 

Universal Credit

 

PACE

Parents against child exploitation

Watch our new film about spotting the signs of child exploitation

Safeguarding training – perhaps ask for a free space

Video – towards hope

Believe in yourself and your children: one parents story

Read Hidden In Sight, a national plan of action to help support vulnerable children succeed. Self-Care tips from a parent going through CSE

 

Read a mother shares her story, "PS I Love You"

Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2023

 

update

 

Transform Justice

Prosecuting mental health – accountability or criminalisation

A different understanding How the CJS discriminates against those with autism

When should a family dispute end up in court

Barely legal - The experience of remote tribunal hearings

The forgotten people - Prisoners on remand in the pandemic

Does L&D stop the revolving door of police custody

Does diversion from court have an image problem

Computer says yes – you will pay a fine and get a criminal record

Swipe right to plead guilty

Children imprisoned on remand – the stark reality of racial bias

Survey for magistrates

Only by radically shrinking the magistrates’ court can the Crown Court backlog be reduced

Is justice for victims always criminal justice

Does the defendant in the magistrates’ court get a fair hearing

Making child remand a last resort

Do people who get in trouble with the law deserve double punishment

Independent domestic violence advocates in specialist courts – a backfire effect

Is imprisonment before trial the result of poor risk assessment

Keeping the wheels of justice turning – magistrates’ views on justice in the pandemic

Child defendants in the pandemic – did courts make the right compromises to keep the wheels of justice turning

podcast – The single justice procedure has been used to decide Covid cases – despite evidence of at least a 10% error rate – and is now being used to decide outcomes for protestors prosecuted after attending the Sarah Everard vigil

This single justice procedure affects women more than men

Will harsher sanctions reduce assaults on police and NHS workers

out of sight, out of mind – defendant’s experience of video court hearings

Can assaults on police and NHS workers be avoided in the first place

A recipe for confused policing New drug strategy laced with problems

The Transform Justice Podcast – Episode Recap

Should lawyers pay more attention to client feedback

The myth that tough sanctions deter crime – revealed by the Sentencing Council

Judicial bias – opening pandora’s box

Tis but a scratch” – bravado, policing and assaults

False imprisonment: do we over-use police custody

Should school non-attendance be treated as a crime

Should victims prosecute crimes against them?

Should we imprison people for being a pain in the neck?

HMCTS was forewarned about the risk of digital courts

Behind close doors – is justice ‘seen to be done’?

 

Court Watch

 

Equal Justice USA

Clemente

Sign the petition and tell President Biden to fulfill his promise to clear the federal death row.

How This Minneapolis Man Is Healing Collective Trauma Through Creative Counseling and Mentoring

Trauma informed training attempts to bridge gap between Newark residents + cops

A model for police + community relations

An up-close portrait of the people doing violence intervention work

New nonprofit uses yoga to address Black men’s mental health

When You Hear Me, You Hear Us

An amazing kind video

Community-based violence prevention works, but it needs sustained support

Trauma to trust programme

Remarkable Women

Trauma to trust

The Future of Public Safety is Now

Alternatives to Police and Prisons: Activists Share How to Better Address Violence

 

INQUEST

Truth, justice + accountability

Progress on the legal aid for inquests campaign

 

Update

Leon – Nadia – Sam – Matthew -Zoe – Marshall – Jane – Sammy – Coco – Trevor – Shane – Abdul – Lamont – Andrew – Steven – Gavin – Jason – Micheal – Jack – Alex

including connection cafes

 

Deaths of racialised people in prison 2015 – 2022: Challenging racism and discrimination

Black men seven times more likely to die following police restraint but racism not being addressed

Family Consultation Day report on deaths of people with mental ill health, a learning disability or autism

 

INQUEST News ⚖️ on challenging state violence & justice campaigns

other events

NO MORE DEATHS: Join our campaign to fix the accountability gap following preventable state related deaths

 

Justice – EVENTS

 

Restorative justice 4 all

 

The Howard League

Less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison

 

The hidden crisis that isn't making the headlines

Punished when they should have been helped

 

Stop building women's prisons – EMAIL MP

focussed on reducing the unnecessary arrests of women reducing child arrests and ending the criminalisation of children in care

 

Changing outcomes for Black people in the criminal justice system

 

"Nobody really cares about prisons"

Arrests of children have been reduced by 74% over the last decade, in another major step forward for our successful campaign.

 

Since 2010, the Howard League for Penal Reform has been working with police forces across England and Wales to reduce child arrests, helping to ensure that hundreds of thousands of boys and girls do not have their lives blighted by a criminal record.

 

We campaign on a wide range of issues including children in the criminal justice system, change inside prisons, community sentencing + policing

We have an in-house expert legal team who represent children in custody.

We strive to minimise the human suffering and social harms that are both causes of crime and consequences of punishment.

We stand for constructive forms of justice that contribute to building a safer, fairer society.

We stand against abuse and mistreatment and all forms of discrimination in the criminal justice system.

 

Prisons create conflict, put a strain on the police and hospitals and thwart human potential – they simply do not work.

Sadly, the government are planning on expanding our already over-crowded prison population.

The recently published Prisons strategy white paper has dedicated £4 billion to new prions places, with the Ministry of Justice’s own projections predicting the population to reach almost 99,000 over the next five years.

 

International Women’s Day

A day in the community where we celebrate and empower women.

Unfortunately, for women in prison, today won’t be a day for celebrations.

There were almost 5,000 receptions of women into prison last year, and more than half of them were for women on remand.

Too many women are being swept up into the justice system when it is not necessary or appropriate.

Most women in prison have a history of childhood abuse or trauma, they need a safe space and support.

 

Prison life during the pandemic

International Women's Day and other news

Commission on Crime and Gambling Related Harms

Criminal justice lessons from across the globe

 

12 July

19 July

 

In the last year, prisoners self-harmed at a rate of once every 10 minutes

17 August 2022

 

Spark Inside

report on young people's well-being in prison

update

 

User Voice

Max

 

Koestler Arts

Being creative has helped me survive my prison sentence”

 

Announcing our UK Exhibition Dates 🎨

3 November – 17 December

 

Chris

 

Faircheck

Businesses back criminal records reform

 

Reprieve

Abdullah al-Derazi and Youssef al-Manasif - PETITION

 

Fairsquare

 

Rainbow Migration

EMAIL MP

update

PETITION

 

Stonewall

Happy Black History Month

50 Years of Pride

help stop transphobia

Share this video to help Ban Conversion Therapy

Stand with LGBTQ+ people in Qatar – PETITION

Help fill a virtual stadium with pride

message of love

Our letter to FIFA

Stop the attack on trans rights – EMAIL MP

ban conversion therapy – EMAIL MP

history hub 🌈

stand up for the equality act – EMAIL MP

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈

 

Decolonising futures

 

Allout

My queer brothers and sisters need your help – PETITION

LGBT+ India – PETITION

ban conversion therapy in India – PETITION

ban conversion therapy Bangladesh - PETITION

Sareh + Elham – PETITION

Take this simple step to fight FIFA's hypocrisy – PETITION

Tunisia: Trans woman Maya arrested – PETITION

Burundi – PETITION +

SIGN NOW: Call for the recognition of same-sex partnerships and marriage equality in Poland!

Sign now for same-sex partnerships in Ukraine

Uganda – PETITION

Gay Chechen refugee in danger – PETITION

Jeremie

Sign to ban "conversion therapy" in Sri Lanka

Petition: Indonesia needs your voice to ban “conversion therapies”

 

Equality act Japan

 

Liberty – know your rights

how well do you know your rights - FREE BOOKLET

why the ECHR matters – video + campaign

ACTION

Demand real alternatives to policing – ACTION

speak up for human rights – PETITION

protest rights at risk – again – PETITION

The Asylum Seeker Memorial Project

New protest laws - what you need to know

You do not have to donate when signing a petition – petitions are free to sign

 

On Thursday 22 February 1934,

Liberty was founded to defend “the whole spirit of British freedom”

Now, on our 88th anniversary, our fight is more important than ever as the Government attempts to shut down the ways people can hold it to account.
We won’t let the Government become untouchable

 

Democratic crisis

In a democratic society, people must be able to hold the powerful to account – but the Government is trying to rewrite the rules.

It wants to ‘overhaul’ the Human Rights Act. The HRA forces public authorities to respect rights and enables people to enforce their rights in court if they fall short.

But the Government wants to remove this obligation on public authorities and make it near-impossible for anyone to get to court and see justice.

Similarly, its Judicial Review Bill will change judges’ powers so challenging the Government’s action in court won’t be worthwhile.

Plans for mandatory voter ID which could prevent millions of people having their say in elections.

And the Government is side lining MPs when making laws, giving them little time to scrutinise proposals.

Alongside these attacks, the anti-protest Policing Bill is back in Parliament next week.

Last month the House of Lords dealt a major blow to the Government’s plans by ripping out some of the worst proposals.

But ministers are now trying to get some back in – including criminalising noisy protests.

Noise is at the very heart of protest.

It is literally how we make our voices heard.

Liberty was founded following the oppressive treatment of protesters on the National Hunger March, and we will always work to protect this key pillar of democracy.

Together we can stop this democratic crisis in its tracks.

 

Email MP to protect our rights

URGENT PETITION: save the Human Rights Act

tell the government to stop the attacks on our democratic rights

facial recognition – petition

 

In many respects the Government’s plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech are even worse than anticipated

They include:

A so-called ‘Bill of Rights’

which would scrap the Human Rights Act and remove obligations on public bodies like local councils and government departments to treat people fairly

A Public Order Bill

which would force through the anti-protest measures that our mass public resistance defeated just a few months ago, such as criminalising ‘lock-on’ protests

A National Security Bill

handing state security services even more power and potentially threatening the work of journalists who uncover dark truths

Even after it suffered stinging defeats in the last Parliament, the Government is returning to force through unwanted and unpopular policies

 

"Disturbing" misconduct by immigration custody staff revealed

this is not who we are – PETITION

Breaking international law five times – PETITION

 

UNJUST UK

 

Black lives matter

 

Fighting NHS Charging – What can you do now

 

Big brother watch

email CO-OP CEO

Ban Hikvision

Why is PayPal trying to silence activists

our digital rights – EMAIL MP

Secret units SPYING on your speech

🎥 Whistleblower: 'army spied on UK citizens'

Rahima

The police are after our biometric data again

PETITION

Documenting the rise of facial recognition in the UK

Edward +Annie + David + Jeffrey + Thomas

🎥 Inside the post-Snowden legal challenges

The HIDDEN costs of a digital pound – EMAIL MP

 

NETPOL – the network for police monitoring

Black Lives Matter protest – VIDEO

new report condemns "revenge policing" and calls for scrapping new police powers

 

Copwatch

 

Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

defending civil liberties

 

Public interest law centre

Spycops in CND: Request for information

 

Good Law project

Government’s costs

They want to silence criticism

Boris Johnson misled Parliament

Misuse of public money

They want to silence dissent

What have they got to hide

They want to block public interest

This is not the Britain we should be

 

Dale

 

REVEALED: The names of those who referred Covid testing firms into the “VIP” lane

5 billion pounds tax payers money ? - Wendy

 

Fair square

 

Other information sources

 

the voice

We need urgent action on Black mental health’

 

Mozilla – internet health 2022 – reclaiming power over AI

 

podcasts

 

the tech we won’t build – podcast

including weaponisation of social media + GOOGLE involvement with military

 

when an algorithm is your boss – podcast

gig economy – if you are a minute late with a delivery you are banned from working for 2 days with some deliver apps

 

alternatives

coop cycle

 

using

weclock

for workers collectives

 

AI from above – podcast

The truth is out there – podcast

about misinformation industry – which affects elections + dark social media

 

The AI medicine cabinet

 

Does This Button Work? Investigating YouTube's ineffective user controls

PETITION

 

Unknown influencers

Is Instagram fueling eating disorders in teenagers

Does TikTok harm your mental health

Are Facebook groups encouraging people to take part in offline violence
The answer is… we don’t know for sure. And that’s a serious problem
Brave, independent researchers and whistleblowers are trying to study the impact and harms of social media companies on society - but they face constant threats and roadblocks

especially from the companies whose products they are trying to scrutinize

We know because Mozilla works with many of these journalists and academics to expose companies like YouTube, Twitter and TikTok

Delete Delete Can your boss read your Dms

The worst mental health apps for privacy

Discrimination lurks throughout our digital world

TRUTH Challenges, Changes Algorithmic Bias Against Black Women

AI Is Steeped in Big Tech’s ‘Digital Colonialism’

 

Full Fact

MPs owe Parliament—and the public—the truth - Add your name to fix our broken system

Home Secretary's asylum claim: an update

It’s time for MPs to get their house in order

more full fact reports

EMAiL MP

Misinformation about the situation in France

 

Declassified UK

 

The Democracy Collaborative

Sanders and McDonnell on community wealth

The “Preston model”

Land banks and community land trusts

Community wealth building as health building

Scotland’s guide to community wealth building

 

Democracy next

How to assemble a Citizens' Assembly: a guide!

 

Parkdale People’s Economy

Community wealth building comes to Scotland

How to Make a Democracy Economy

South Korea explores community wealth building

How NY can enter ‘a new era of public power’

A global beacon’ for community wealth

North Ayrshire Council in Scotland

a hunger for a new approach

 

D@W

 

Technology

Innovation is not designed to create happiness

It's designed a lot of the time to facilitate one's needs and desires, to stimulate desire and all of those kinds of things

It's certainly about doing all of that, but it's not about making the world better for people

And it's not about improving their lives in any way

It's about trying to actually create a world in which more profit is to be had

 

Military

The one sector of government that doesn’t experience austerity is the military budget

To what degree is competition between states somehow rather related, tightly related, to the competition between capitalists

 

Cooperatives and socialism

cities after…

Office spaces as homes

Ask Prof Wolff: Is Nordic Socialism a Progressive Step

Swedish socialism undone

How Capitalism Shapes our Food

Ask Prof Wolff: Taxing Billionaires

Wolff Responds: Capitalism's False Defenses

All Things Co-op: Cuba's New Cooperative Legislation

Global Capitalism: The Problems with China's Economy

we learn about the psychology of control and domination

understand our personal connections to capitalism’s structure

All Things Co-op: Lessons from Venezuela’s Social Economy

Ask Prof Wolff: From Capitalism to Co-op

All Things Co-op: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

technology under capitalism

Economic Update: Unaffordable Housing

The popular movement for peace needs to be rekindled

All Things Co-op: There Is An Alternative To Capitalism

Global Capitalism: The Socialism That Focuses Too Much on Government

Ask Prof Wolff: Capitalism Doesn’t Care About You

Coping with (and Resisting) Capitalism

 

Corporate watch

 

Tax Justice Network

The Whiteness of Wealth: podcast with Prof Dorothy Brown

Podcast: The capture of Malta and the fight for justice

 

"You need to be very strong

To do the job that she did you really have to be your own person

You couldn’t be the kind of person who worries what people might think of you, and you really have to say, no, I’m not going to adapt, I’m not going to fall into that mould

I’m going to break it and keep breaking.”

 

Paul Caruana Galizia

 

Pandora Papers shows transparency failure is an accountability failure

Podcast: Tax Haven Ireland

Jersey’s Pandora’s Boxes: The Tax Justice Network podcast

The Swiss banking clean-up is a mirage

Butler Britain: PODCAST

10 measures to expose sanctioned Russian oligarchs’ hidden assets

'Non Doms' unmasked: PODCAST

Podcast: Financial Secrecy Index 2022

 

Tax Justice Network letter to King Charles III

Tax the mega rich now – PETITION

📡Podcast: monopolies and market power📡

📡PODCAST: spoiled pets and private jets📡

 

Global tax rulemaker under fire after Australia pressured to delay global tax transparency breakthrough

 

25 July + 26 September + 24 October + 21 November + 5 December

 

Our tax system is broken – EMAIL MP

 

Tax Justice UK

Support President Biden’s proposal to stop global tax dodging – PETITION

Pandora Papers shows transparency failure is an accountability failure

PETITION

 

Tax Watch UK

 

Open Democracy

 

Gaia

 

Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

NHS failures contributed to death of trans activist Sophie Williams, coroner finds

The far right tried to profit off my story, says Telford sex ring survivor

Migrant cleaners at an ‘anti-racist’ ad firm are on strike over pay

Law to protect UK journalists from vexatious lawsuits a welcome ‘first step’

Tory MP accused of rape

Debate about woman jailed for abortion is missing something crucial

Jacob Rees-Mogg amplifies anti-abortion misinformation

 

How Britain’s Covid support for big business entrenched inequality

George Floyd three years on: So many anti-racism pledges, so little progress

Management consultants raking in £3,000 a day from NHS

Far-right ‘supergroup’ founder wants to target picket lines

 

Nuclear weapons on rise in a world where ‘peace through deterrence’ is a myth

Some ‘renewable’ UK incinerators are more polluting than coal stations

 

Public to lose access to thousands of miles of paths after landowner lobbying

 

Private firm that left asylum seekers to sleep on street made £28m profit

The company you’ve never heard of that is telling your landlord to evict you

 

Council that vetoed cash for food banks to spend £50,000 on coronation

Labour MP Nadia Whittome: Public Order Act is threat to democracy

Minister snubbed warning from elections watchdog over foreign donations

King Charles must rise above impotent talk of ‘sorrow’ for slavery

King Charles wants to appear progressive on race. He’s not

Revealed: How ‘unfit’ PPE helped former playboy buy two mansions

 

We just got left’: How children of prisoners are abandoned by the state

 

UK human rights being ‘eroded’, warn dozens of groups in landmark letter

Gold mining firm accused of ‘espionage’ against UK activist

The Home Office says you don’t need to know about its ‘spying’ on lawyers

Outcry over policing is overdue, say groups targeted by cops for decades

Will US support for Ukraine and Putin’s spin at home keep both sides fighting?

 

Forget GDP growth, it’s sustainable wellbeing we need to aim for

 

Who is Elly Schlein, the first woman and LGBTIQ+ leader of Italy’s left?

Hungary’s latest target: Trans people

LGBTIQ people face life in prison under Uganda’s new bill

 

Calls for US anti-rights groups to face action over Uganda anti-gay law

Americans are rejecting religion as the Christian right becomes more extreme

 

Afghan refugees fear homelessness as landlords ‘refuse to rent’ to them

 

9 ways the NHS could be improved for trans people

Whenever capitalism gets into crisis, it's women's bodies on the line

It left a scar on me’: Locked up in the UK’s women-only immigration centre

How the UK government is undermining the Freedom of Information Act

90% of Met officers disciplined for racism still work for force

Met Police officers kept jobs after sending racist and sexist messages

Revealed: Police began monitoring ‘social justice’ activity after BLM protests

Racism in UK maternal care: ‘Why aren’t we being listened to’

Revealed: Taxpayers fork out £8m to subsidise Lords’ food and drink

The post-Roe v Wade crisis can only end if Democrats restore our rights

The US Christian Right groups actively involved in voter suppression

Andalucían feminists resist pressure from Spanish far-right

Revealed: UK private tenants hit by record annual rent hikes

How Boris Johnson rigged British politics for the Tories

Landlords urged to ‘take advantage’ of soaring rents in ‘grotesque’ email

Private renters will face ‘winter of hardship’ after autumn statement

Revealed: Housing associations urged ministers to let them increase rents

Landlords of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable tenants secretly lobbied the government to let them charge more rentwhile paying their executives nearly £300,000 a year each

Delay in ‘no fault’ evictions ban leaves 48,000 households facing homelessness

Destitution’ warning as DWP rejects calls to pause benefit deductions

Religious liberty’ is being weaponised by the American Right

Even police doubted my arrest was legal, claims anti-royal protester

Britain treats republicanism as a bit of a joke. Time to take it seriously

I am not your refugee

Record number of Universal Credit claimants relying on hardship payments

The anti-women agenda of the woman set to be the next Italian prime minister

 

1 in 4 nurses pinched from poorer countries

if we had universal basic income + community land trusts + – perhaps we could look after our loved ones ourselves ? Prevention ? - Wendy

 

Revealed: Landlords’ efforts to turn students against new renters’ rights

I sit in the House of Lords. That’s how I know it needs to go

What can the UK learn from Italy’s election of a far-right PM

Government won't publish secret Covid review

Labour knows our democracy is broken. So why are its ‘reforms’ so weak

Pro-Israel lobby group is biggest donor of free overseas trips to Mps

A call for unity between the detained, the outsourced and the underpaid