Melani + Bisola + Agomah + Rae + Anneka + Max + Nazir + Tembeka + David + Ofer + Ava + Alan + Simon + stop ECT + clozipine + Arms fair Twickenham +

 

Melani

Max

Nazir

Tembeka

David

Ofer

Ava

Bisola + Agomah + Rae + Anneka +

Alan

Simon

No to the Twickenham Arms Fair; Arms Out Tour; Dining on Death plus Latest CAAT Research

World health organisation + UN commit to zero psychiatric coercion

High risk medicines: clozapine

🇮🇪 How Ireland transformed democracy

 

In diversity there is beauty and strength

Maya Angelou


poverty + health

The scale of the problem – Yarmouth

Medical gaslighting: when conditions turn out not to be ‘all in the mind’

Social Movements and NGOs: Can They Get Along?

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

 

Lake Alice Psychiatric hospital

Can anyone defend this ?

Yet Electro Convulsive Treatment is still done worldwide + in the UK

Why do people turn a “blind” eye + say they can do nothing ?

Does that makes them complicit in the crime?

Wendy

Lucy Letby: Police urged to investigate hospital bosses for corporate manslaughter

 

STOP ELECTRO CONVULSIVE TREATMENT – PETITION – NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT !

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 134 000 signatures

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

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

In the Courts, a Partial Win for Informed Consent and ECT Justice

Sue Cunliffe

Erika Civils

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

 

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

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

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

the new WHO + UN guidance – psychiatry must entirely change

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 – RWCDARS – MIND – CAB - DWP

every Friday 11am -1pm

Twickenham United reformed church

First Cross Road

TW2 5QA

 

Ian

Wild Mind Project

The Wild Mind Project 🎄Seasons Greetings

Good Climate News from Good Energy

How you can help birds and other wildlife now

Latest news from CAT 🍂

THE MISSING THREAD

Transforming ordinary objects into gardening magic

Go behind the scenes at Conwy Suspension Bridge

How to attract more birds to your garden

Introducing our next major exhibition

Waxwings, waders and woodland wonders

Take a peek inside Frans Hals

Your winter events line-up

Where to see a Starling murmuration

January Foraging Finds and Spring Course List

Try something new in 2024

Your Grow Your Own news for January

Get ready for Big Garden Birdwatch

Your gardening update from the RHS

 

Community based organisations + community recommended organisations

 

Listen to act

 

Recovery in the bin

 

The Well

 

Heeley trust

 

Mindfreedom

Dawn Dziuba – PETITION

 

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

 

FEEL - Friends of East End Loonies

 

Mad Pride campaign for psychiatric abolition


Antidepaware

 

Surviving Antidepressants


A Caring Mind | A blog for carers of mental health

 

ADOODLE- community mapping

 

A disorder for everyone

 

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

Charlotte

Sacha

The power of participatory grantmaking

 

Frame works UK

 

Joseph Rowntree foundation (JRF)

25 January

21 February

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

what's causing structural racism in housing

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

Anxiety nation Economic insecurity and mental distress in 2020s Britain

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

A framing toolkit: How to talk about homes

Framing in action!

Guarantee our Essentials

PETITION

Reboot: building a housing market that works for all

talking about homes:the foundation for a decent life

EMAIL MP

designing out the most severe forms of hardship in local areas

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

the caring penalty

Long-standing inequalities mean that households with a disabled person are falling behind

What key swing voters really think about deep poverty and hardship

Why benefits must rise to stop low-income households falling even further behind

Is work working? Read this year’s State of the Nation Poverty in Scotland report

New report reveals shocking levels of destitution in the UK

Holding ourselves to account

 

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 +

Dignity - Compassion - Community

 

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

Universal Credit doesn't add up

EMAIL MP

Hunger in the UK

it's time to Guarantee Our Essentials

PETITION

15 million food parcels given out in 6 months – November 2023

Could you manage a cut to your income?

 

"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)

18 January

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

peer support charter

Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health

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

 

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

 

Stop Taking Our Picture

a statement on the practice of mental health providers publishing photos of patients on social media

 

Add your support: statement against transphobic healthcare policy announcements

Don’t push disabled people into poverty’: Over 100 disability organisations tell Government to ditch Work Capability Assessment changes

Ask your MP to oppose changes to the Work Capability Assessment

Petition: Prevent the DWP from scrutinising disabled people's bank accounts

queer crip of colour critique reading group

The Future of Social Care: Book – FREE BOOK

Inquiry into young people and suicide

 

BEDLAMB film

 

Section 136 project

We should be sceptical of trauma-informed care

Learning and Loving Together

Podcast episode from Surviving Society's "The Role of Love in Social Justice Work" series

 

Unlawful Killing: Policing Part 1

A podcast episode by Inquest via Inquest

 

Synergi Grantee Blog Series – York Anti Racist Collective

A blog by Alaina Heath via Synergi

 

‘Devastating’ dossier shows DWP is in ‘state of crisis’

An article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

The Tories are back to monstering people on benefits – and it has nothing to do with saving money

An article by Frances Ryan via the Guardian

 

How the DWP fought to withhold evidence its policies kill disabled people

An article by China Mills via openDemocracy

 

Known harm caused by benefits system ‘just the tip of the iceberg’, MPs hear

 

MPs launch inquiry into DWP safeguarding, after decade of deaths
An article by John Pring via Disability News Service

 

Bereaved by state violence: grief, solidarity and justice

A podcast by Deaths by Welfare via Apple Podcasts

 

Swimming Against the Tide: Navigating your way through dominant cultures’

A blog by Jessica Pons via Synergi

 

Tackling the erosion of compassion in acute mental health services
Article by Elisa Liberati, Natalie Richards, Sahanika Ratnayake, John Gibson, and Graham Martin in the BMJ

 

stop oxevision – PETITION

 

Surveillance is not safety – an analysis of Essex Partnership’s use of Oxevision and the inconsistency of CQC’s position on the technology

Blog by and via Stop Oxevision

 

Disabled person’s manifesto

 

NHS psychiatric wards are video monitoring children and adults 24 hours a day, sparking privacy fears

An article by Patrick Strudwick via iNews

 

Work Under Capitalism is Making Us Mad

An interview with Micha Frazer-Carroll via Tribune

 

The festival building a future free from oppression

An article by Micha Frazer-Carroll via huck

 

Turning the tide

A blog by Fazilet Hadi via Disability Debrief

 

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

 

mental health is not an individual problem

An interview by PE Moskowitz with Micha Frazer-Carroll and via Mental Hellth

 

weaponising time in the war on welfare – slow violence + death of disabled people within the UK social security system

An article by China Mills and John Pring via Sage Journals

 

I do not want a seat at your table – co-production in mental health services

A blog by Amy Wells via the NSUN blog

 

Japan's Radical Alternative to Psychiatric Diagnosis

An article by Satsuki Ayaya andJunko Kitanaka via aeon

 

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

 

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

 

Intersectional Neurodiversity Reading Group – 2 February

 

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

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

Reducing antipsychotic medication – podcast

Peer support and activism: radical roots & radical futures

Abolition and mental health: reimagining and  building alternatives

 

Too Much

 

UKTC & Peer Power

 

Maslaha

 

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

simoneaspis@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

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

Stand Up for Disability Rights: End Unfair Social Care Charges – EMAiL MP

 

Shaping our lives

why participatory budgeting works

Research made simple?

A quiet revolution, involving young people, and more

Meaningfully involving public contributors in research

My Voice Matters

How do you build trust for effective involvement?

Seven essentials for effective involvement

including research cafes

 

Violence abuse + Mental Health Network

 

National Voices

A briefing for Integrated Care System Leaders

 

Elect her community

Welcome to our world

Don't get angry, get politically active

Create the world you want to live in

 

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

 

Streetlink

 

Shelter

Richmond has more homeless – August 2023

Free online advice

Brave people

End homelessness – PETITION

Record 139,000 children in temporary accommodation

 

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

Maddie

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

 

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

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

131,000 children without a home in England – August 2023

309,000 people spending Christmas in a tiny hostel room or freezing in a doorway

data for December 2023

131,000 children experiencing homelessness and 1.2 million families on the social housing waiting list

Data for December 2023 – We could end this with people power – community land trusts – people assemblies – Wendy

9 million people who live in social homes in England – January 2024

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

 

the eight biggest housebuilders in this country made over £77 billion in profit in 2021 and 2022 -PETITION

 

Renters reform bill update

EMAIL MICHAEL GOVE

Unfreeze housing benefit – VIDEO

Party leaders: stop ignoring the housing emergency - SIGN

Anti-racism and the general election

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

 

The Pingus have landed

We begin 2024 working hard to prevent deaths

 

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

 

Project 17

 

London Renters Union

#RentFreezeNow campaign

If a rent freeze had been in placeI 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 278m private renters across England

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

 

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

"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

17 January

 

Single Homelessness Project

Zowie

peer mentoring programme

Kev

how many people are homeless near you?

Sandra

Every 10 minutes one Londoner is forced into homelessness – August 2023

10,058 people slept on the streets of London

sleeping on the streets is a cold - lonely + dangerous experience

A recent report has shown shocking levels of unprovoked + unjustified violence that many people are facing

1 in 3 have been physically assaulted

1 in 10 have been urinated on

1 in 20 have been the victim of a sexual assault

6 in 10 have been verbally abused + harrassed

 

StMungo’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

Access Free Energy Bill Support

Events

Housing Crisis Affecting LGBTQ+ Communities

update

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

London ticket bank

23 January – 2 April 2023

 

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

17 January

25 January

5 April

 

Spear

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

In March 2023, 53% of rough sleepers in our boroughs were sleeping rough for the first time

World Homeless Day

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol

 

THE COST OF LIVING IS A HUGE MENTAL TRIGGER AND HUGE MENTAL STRAIN

NOT JUST FOR A FEW CLIENTS THIS IS ACROSS THE BOARD

When clients move into their own properties they can’t afford the basics like pots – pans – cutlery

The cost of living crisis is having a huge impact for all our clients

It doesn’t matter if they are working or on benefits the crisis is putting a strain on everyone

The money people are putting on their electric meter is only lasting half the time it used to and it’s not even winter yet

I also have clients who have not had credit on their phones for months as they haven’t had money to top up”

Sarai Knight - SPEAR Resettlement Team Leader

 

Glassdoor

Just say hello

Severe Weather Emergency – Glass Door update

Ella shares her story

Freddie shares his story

Read Louisa's story

Colin

 

The passage

 

Renters reform coalition

 

Creative + nature + advocacy

 

The Poetry Society

 

Dragon Café

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

This coming 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

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

From The Ground Up – Empowering communities through environmental action

strategy 2023 – 2028

Force of nature

update

 

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 (NDTI)

Advocacy Charter

A review of advocacy for people with a learning disability and autistic people who are inpatients in mental health, learning disability or autism specialist hospitals

Leeds Autism AIM: #PowerOfPartnership

NAC – Guidance regarding emotional enrichment

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

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

strength based workshops

Mental health - a growing public health priority and human rights imperative

 

Research on homelessness and neurodiversity

12% of people experiencing homelessness are autistic - compared to 1-2% of the general population

 

Driving change through human rights

Human rights belong to all of us – when they are not met – it is our responsibility to speak up + ask the law to follow

 

People organised + information

 

Connected Kingston

some services are for other areas for example the friendship group is FREE – CONFIDENTIAL – ALL WELCOME

Welfare benefits information

Square 1 cafe

Walking routes in Kingston

Support after death

Activities for children

help with food

money talk

 

Wildflower Alliance

Peer Respite Advocacy Week & Celebration!!

"How Big Pharma & Psychiatry Gaslight Us"

hearing voices family + friends group

The First LGBTQIA+ Peer Respite in the Country

The Hearing Voices Approach - Get Involved

A Statement on Israel and Palestine + Support Gatherings

January

Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice

WHO + UN report October 2023

 

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

update

 

Critical psychiatry network

 

Council for evidence based psychiatry

 

Mad in America

Michael

Caroline + Daniel + Michelle

Robert Whitaker Answers Reader Questions on Mad in America - the Biopsychosocial Model and Psychiatric History

Robert Whitaker Answers Reader Questions on Pharma Marketing and Psychiatric Drugs

10 most read articles 2023

Year in Review: A Paradigm Shift is Under Way

Sarah

Some people can not afford to “recover” ?

Community land trusts + Universal basic income – NOW ! - Wendy

 

Teen Arts Exhibition Now Live!

Chris Bullard—The Sound Mind Live Festival

girls + their monsters

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

Medication-free Ward in Tromsø, Norway May Soon Close

 

newsletter here

 

An Interview with Narrative Psychiatrist Bradley Lewis

Psychiatry, Violence, and the State: California’s Systematic Failure of Its Unhoused Population

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

Mindfulness as Effective as Antidepressant for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Global Mental Health is Heading into a Rights-Based Era

 

Should Everyone Be in Therapy?

A new study finds that those with mild distress are three times as likely to feel worse after therapy than to receive some benefit Even those with moderate distress are equally as likely to deteriorate as to improve in therapy

 

JAMA Psychiatry: Lifting Families out of Poverty May Prevent Psychosis

In Nicaragua, Trauma and Faith Shape Understanding of Psychosis

Social Determinants in Global Mental Health: Beyond Pills and Psychotherapy

WHO and UN Advocate for Mental Health Reform, Face Opposition

Rethinking Culture and Colonialism in the History of Global Mental Health

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

Johann Hari

Cancer Risk Higher for Those on Clozapine

The Key to the Psych Unit

The Radical Politics of Madness: An Interview with Micha Frazer-Carroll

 

Branding Diseases—How Drug Companies Market Psychiatric Conditions: An Interview with Ray Moynihan

 

Luis + Justin

 

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

Risks Outweigh Benefits for Antidepressants in Elderly, Study Concludes

Neoliberalism Meets Techno-Solutionism: Investigating the Dynamics of Digital Psychiatry

 

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 45-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

Breaking Down Power Structures in Global Mental Health: A Call for Mutuality

Nut Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of Depression in New Study

Researchers Call on Psychiatry to Abandon Biomedical Framework

Psychiatry’s Control-Freak Medical Model Versus Healing and Healers

Institutional Forces Eroding Compassion in Mental Health Services

The Connection Between ‘Bipolar Disorder’ and Migraine: Unraveling the History of a Family Line

Amy + Lucy

Brooke

Jeffrey

Should “the powers that be “ ignore the ruling in Law – USA – regarding Electro convulsive “treatment”?

Wendy

 

Critical Psychology Needed to Combat Capitalism and Climate Change

Do Psychologists Inhibit Awareness of Oppressive Social Structures?

Without Liberation Psychology, Therapy Reinforces the Status Quo

Can ChatGPT Defend the Long-term Use of Antipsychotics?

Probiotics Show Promise as Depression Treatment

The Lie That Antidepressants Protect Against Suicide Is Deadly

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

Involuntary Commitment for Substance Use Disorder Leads to Poor Outcomes

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

the new WHO + UN guidance – psychiatry must entirely change

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

Tuva

Challenging Western-Centric Child Psychology: An Interview with Nandita Chaudhary

Beyond Apologies: Research Reveals How Psychological Discourse Perpetuates Racism

Campaign Against ECT Gains Traction in UK

In the Courts, a Partial Win for Informed Consent and ECT Justice

Researchers Give High Safety Rating to ECT Despite 69% Risk of Memory Loss in Adolescents

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

First Do No Harm: Restraining the Restrainer

 

No Benefit for Adding Antidepressants to CBT in Severe Depression

Supernatural Beliefs Must be Understood to Treat Psychosis in Pakistan

Social Workers Contribute to Psychiatric Oppression Despite the Field’s Complicated Relationship with Mental Healthcare

Is Grief a Disorder? New Research Challenges the Psychiatrization of Mourning

Nature as Partner, Not Resource: A Call for Ethical Treatment of Therapeutic Environments

 

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

 

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

 

Disability Justice Goes Beyond the Social Model

 

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

 

Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Benzos All Increase Suicide Attempts in New Study

Prolonged Negative Impacts of Benzodiazepine Use Revealed in New Study


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

 

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

 

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

Beyond Pills: UK Parliament Must Support Social and Psychological Services Instead

Mental Disorder Has Roots in Trauma and Inequality, Not Biology

The One That Was Away

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

A Remarkable Feat: A Psychiatric Patient Changed the Law on Restraints

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


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

 

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

ADHD Tests Lead to Mass Overdiagnosis, Researchers Warn

ADHD Drugs Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

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 WHO and the United Nations: Let Freedom Ring for the Mad

Global Psychiatry’s Attempt to Excommunicate the Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to 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

Antipsychotics Lead to Worse Outcomes in First-Episode Psychosis

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

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


Critical Psychology Needed to Push for Radical Democracy Amid Rising Authoritarianism


Are Subjective Beliefs the Missing Link in Treatment Effectiveness Studies?

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

Redefining Mental Health Care in Portugal with 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

Remembrances of Linda Andre, Leader in the Fight Against ECT

Brain Changes from ECT Linked to Worse Outcomes

 

Jim Gottstein presents a new report on improving mental health outcomes

 

What the RADAR Trial Tells Us About Antipsychotic Reduction and Discontinuation
by Joanna Moncrieff, MD


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 (eg 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-schizophreniahtml


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-forum36/

 

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, 1000am – 100pm, 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-25683html?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://jmpsh/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://the.conversation.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

 

Voice collective - update

 

Lisa hears voices

 

Samaritans

 

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

 

Self- development

 

Action for Happiness

happier – kinder – together

 

Happier January

 

feeling gratitude

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

23 January

 

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

Can't sleep? Your guide to insomnia 💤

How To Manage Stress

 

Self management UK

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Update



Economics of happiness – local futures

Beyond Conspiracy: Framing Meaningful Activism

 

Gabor Maté supports the localization movement

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

Hospitals fail people with learning disabilities, says watchdog

Tara

Dan – 45:46 minutes in

Activism

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

Andrew

Ciara

Nicholas

12 years since Winterbourne View - EMAIL MP

Inside the "barbaric" mental health units holding autistic adults and children

Leo + Stephen - PETITION

Managing debt with your energy supplier

Joining the Priority Services Register

Checking you're getting all the benefits you're entitled to

❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄

 

SCOPE

Strategy

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

How accessible is your nearest playground?

🕵️‍♀️ The Play Investigation: Your next mission

The Play Investigation: Save the date 🗓

 

MIND – Cost of living crisis – PETITION

 

Brainkind



RNIB

It's time to fix Access to Work

 

Alzeimer's society


dementia UK

 

Macmillian

"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

 

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

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 28

Disabled energy user forced onto meter

Housing must be accessible, safe and affordable - without compromise

 

Welfare Rights Helpline for Member Organisations
Personal Budgets Helpline

Disabled Students Helpline

 

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

16 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

Disabled People's Manifesto – PETITION

Disabled People's Manifesto – EMAIL MP

DR UK Urges You To Oppose the Government’s Dangerous Cost-Cutting WCA reforms

Research Exposes Extent of Harm in Mental Health Settings

 

Disability News Service

 

Equality Network

Sanctuary, Safety, Solidarity

New report exploring LGBTI+ Kinship in Scotland

Human rights and LGBTI+ experiences in Scotland today

Happy Bi Visibility Day!

Happy Black History Month!

Including events

 

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

Petition around the mental health act

We must keep mental health on the agenda

 

ICSs must be involved in housing plans for autistic people

Not just autistic people – 80% of people on Mental Health wards are homeless – community land trusts now !– Wendy

 

action-attainment – beyond autism

 

Land + other views

 

Humanists UK

Working to ensure a fairer, kinder, and better society

from radical ideas to common sense 👀✨🤘

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

Humanists at work in the community ❤️

Sharmin

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

Humanists are discriminated against in 186 countries - Freedom of Thought Report 2023

One Life, Live It Well

How long can the UK Government ignore children in illegal schools?

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

The Little Book of Humanist Funerals 📚💐

MPs to debate bishops in the Lords – please write

Where do we come from? ✨🌎 Our new animation with Alice Roberts

Six facts about faith schools you need to know 🚨

Copenhagen Declaration on Democracy: a humanist value

📚👀 Who’s on your #HumanistBookshelf?

Anglican priests agree – Britain is no longer a Christian country

Blasphemy laws are NEVER justifiable 🚫

Humanists UK tells Labour: Faith schools need reform, not uncritical support

Assisted dying: six reasons we need a humane law

Sandi Toksvig headlines season six of our ‘What I Believe’ podcast 🎉🎧

YET MORE evidence of faith school harms: this time against children with special needs

Who bears the brunt of faith school discrimination?

Humanists UK backs bill for Church of England disestablishment

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 75th Anniversary

Proven: faith school discrimination

 

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

 

Homes for us

more than 1 million people are on social housing waiting list

Homelessness is rising in every area of the country – with more than 250000 homeless

 

Global feedback

There is a problem with food

 

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?

The Worker Protection Bill will become law

Equal Pay Day 2023

 

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 next progressive government must improve housing standards for renters

 

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

Changing public services

Meet our community partners

Human Rights Day 2023

Our work with Council of Europe

including idea of human rights ombudsman



Just Fair

update

24 January + 28 February


Equality + human rights commission

 

Fly the flag for human rights

 

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

 

Did you know the UK asylum system is run for profit?

Companies involved Clearsprings, Mears, Serco and Corporate Travel Management (CTM)

Most wanted

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 £584 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

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

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 …

PETITION

SIGN OPEN LETTER

 

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

 

Medact

12 March

 

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

16 January

Inhumane’ NHS fees left more than 900 migrants without treatment

Freedom of information act used to obtain this data – Wendy

 

Freedom from torture

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

The ultimate betrayal

#MessageInABottle


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

 

Your right to know – PETITION


WHICH - Food prices increasing

food + mental health

the right to connect – EMAIL TO CEOS

 

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 £86m 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 £96m to £222m

Inquiry launched after housing charity’s income increased by 130,000 per cent in a year

Christian charity leader given £420,000 ‘long service award’

 

Charity and donor tax relief hits new high of £6bn

Is this a good thing ? Given charity bosses salaries ? - Wendy

 

Average CEO pay at large charities rises to £175,000, survey shows

Healthcare charity boss doubled pay package with £230,000 bonus last year

Christian charity pledges £7m in reparation payments over its past links to slavery

Charity for single parents adopts four-day week

Paul Streets: Hope and optimism in Great Yarmouth

 

IPPR

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

Talking politics

Ahmad + Natalya + Michelle + Jason

✉️ The Progressive Insider

Scottish government could lift 10000 more children out of poverty

The smarter state: between the ‘magic money tree’ and the ‘reform fairy’

Public services are failing to deliver for citizens

Report – reforming public services - based on the 'three P’s': prevention - personalisation and productivity

 

Carnegie Trust

including kindness in public services

 

NAVCA

Lots of interesting events

 

Creative Flow: Kingston, Art and The River to 13 April 2024

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

 

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 kateleyland@kingston.gov.uk for a chat on 0771 4772559

 

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

KVA update

lots of events

 

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

Social change grid tool

 

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…

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

 

Misogyny’ and ‘medical patriarchy’ widespread at major trust, reports find


The elephant in the room: Patient Safety and Integrated Care Systems

 

NHS trust to review all suicides since 2017

Drug firms funding UK patient groups that lobby for NHS approval of medicines

Trust given warning notice over rapid tranquillisation

World Patient Safety Day, Lucy Letby verdict, Patient Safety Partners

Co-production with communities as a solution to health inequalities

Long-lasting sexual dysfunction after taking antidepressants: Lack of recognition harmful to patients

duty of candour + PSIRF

Inpatient mental health – a digital desert

getting people to accept restraints – seclusion – electro convulsive treatment – forced imprisonment – forced medication as human rights abuse is an uphill struggle – Wendy

update

 

Patient Safety Commisioner

 

Patient association

tips from every mind matters

including anxiety

Feel less lonely

Pulse oximeters and racial bias

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

Solving the wicked problem of health inequalities

 

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

Do we need a pill for every ill?

Health inequalities: Improving accountability in the NHS



Six principles of patient partnership launched

Treating patients as equals

Patients who are fully informed

Shared decision making and patient partnership

Recognising inequalities

Seeking patient input

Joining services around patients

Scottish consultation on care and treatment for eating disorders by March 2024

25 January

 

Just Treatment

Rich countries protecting pharma monopolies

Sakina

A £2 medicine charged at over £2900…

put lives before pharma profits – PETITION

Gayle + Tim + Emma

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!

EMAIL MP to stop Big Pharma ripping off NHS

PETITION

3 years on…

Stop big pharma’s £25 billion NHS grab!

🚨 A return to the era of austerity…

 

Engage Britain

Making the country work for all of us

 

Maytree

 

ZERO SUICIDE ALLIANCE – FREE TRAINING

PETITION

autistic people your views welcome

 

Suicide + co

 

Suicide Crisis

Doctors who harm psychiatric patients – and how the system protects them

 

Citizen UK

Living Wage for care workers – EMAIL MP

 

Make every contact count - RESOURCES

 

Kings Fund

14 May

12 March

you called we came”

open wounds - online

Transforming power relationships in partnership working

Power over

Power with

Power to

Power is seen as finite and zero-sum – you either have it or you don’t

Use of authority to coerce, control and repress others seeking to claim power

Power is negative and repressive and perpetuates inequity

Power with others through collective action and coalition

Mutual support, solidarity and collaboration

The power of humans to be agents of change and to exercise their agency


Treating causes not symptoms: Basic Income as a public health measure

Integrated care and district councils: what underpins success?

Could a wellbeing economy approach transform the NHS?

Transformative, not tokenistic: the patient voice in integrated care systems

Beyond ‘bad admin’ exploring what great admin looks like and how it can be achieved

Understanding lived experience and intersectionality

Two-thirds of GPs refuse to register homeless patients

Wall-to-wall support: joining up public services and housing for vulnerable children, young people and families

Life expectancy of minority ethnic learning disabled people is half that of white counterparts

Bisexual people experience worse health outcomes than other adults in England, national study finds

Building community health and care capacity: reflections from other countries

Improving integrated commissioning in health and social care

How can we move care closer to home?

Systems for Change: a whole-system approach

Not just ticking boxes: four stories illustrating the power of community-led health service design

Reducing misogyny and improving sexual safety in the ambulance service: what we know

Reducing misogyny and improving sexual safety in the ambulance service: consensus statement

Reducing misogyny and improving sexual safety in the ambulance service: next steps

Healthy Ageing

Making patient experience a priority

Improving care for people with learning disabilities and autism

Back to basics – understanding lived experience and intersectionality in health and care

Kevin Fenton: “Racism is a major public health challenge”

Can we transform power dynamics in partnership working?

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

Acute inpatient mental health care for adults and older adults

The vicious circle of poor housing and health

Celebrate 75 years of the NHS with our new online course

Delivering meaningful patient involvement: the MTG's guide for integrated care systems

 

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

A natural health service: improving lives and saving money

 

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

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 20: why it’s critical for our health that the government learns the lessons of Austerity 10

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


Healthy Communities Together

Ask for a free place ? - our voices matter – Wendy

6 -7 February 2024

12 March 2024

How can embracing positive disruption impact the changing nature of the workforce? - 19 March 2024

 

UCL Institute of Health Equity

Health inequalities: Improving accountability in the NHS, August 2023

younger people collaborative

update

 

Natasha Devon

Brooke Siem


Westminster Health Forum - WHF -policy conference – PROVIDE FREE SPACES – JUST APPLY



Who cares 4 the carers

A relaxation technique to help you

 

Carers rights UK

 

Carers UK

Survey

 

Carers Trust

triangle of care

 

People’s theatre

 

Camden people’s theatre

 

Degenerate Fox Theatre

£5 tickets

 

Underground lights

 

Brixton House

 

Autograph

 

Somerset House

Art Process Ideas

 

Somerset House Studios

 

Watermans – events

 

Exchange – Twickenham

 

MAIA

Marsh Farm Outreach

Locality

Common Wealth

 

Justice

Haldane society of socialist lawyers

 

Barefoot Lawyer


London legal support trust

 

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

Treating causes not symptoms

Video of launch for treating causes not symptoms: basic income as a public health measure

 

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

58 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 125%, 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

 

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

 

IVISION TRUST

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

Disturbing results

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

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

Fighting fatalism in child remand

More evidence of Racism in our society ? - Wendy

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

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’?

Close to home: the case for localising criminal justice

join court watch

 

Court Watch

 

Equal Justice USA

Clemente

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

NO Executions in Kentucky – ACTION

 

INQUEST

Truth, justice + accountability

Progress on the legal aid for inquests campaign

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

👐 New INQUEST podcast shines a light on powerful resistance by bereaved families

🔉LISTEN NOW: Podcast exploring policing's fatal consequences through the decades

🔉LISTEN NOW: New episode asking, from Cherry Groce to Chris Kaba, what happens when the police kill?

40 Years of INQUEST: Unlocking the truth

 

Justice – EVENTS

 

Restorative justice 4 all

 

The Howard League

Less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison

31 January

 

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

 

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

 

User Voice

Max

 

Koestler Arts

Being creative has helped me survive my prison sentence”

🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨

art behind bars – Stephen

Chris

 

Faircheck

Businesses back criminal records reform

 

Reprieve

Abdullah al-Derazi and Youssef al-Manasif - PETITION

Abuses against children in UK-funded prisons – PETITION

women’s football v men’s football

Mohammed bin Salman in London – PETITION

Trafficked to Syria: British families detained in Syria after being trafficked to Islamic State

let’s bring them home

 

Fairsquare


Rainbow Migration

EMAIL MP

update

PETITION

EMAIL MP

Staff were hostile towards gay people”

Out of sight, out of mind

 

Stonewall

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! 🏳️‍🌈

Lace Up and Keep It Up! ⚽

Flag anti-LGBTQ+ hate incidents with Zoteria!

Send a postcard to Rishi Sunak

It's Black History Month!

We Belong Here

send a message of hope + Love

💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕


Decolonising futures

 

Allout

Emergency: Help Russian trans community seek asylum – PETITION

Stop Netanyahu’s anti lgbtq+ legislation – PETITION

Venezuela - PETITION

pink washing

 

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

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

Tell the Prime Minister - not in our name

The Met's eye-watering legal bill

Our Human Rights Information Line

Secret facial recognition tech revealed

What's behind the Channel disaster?

Practical Protest Guide

PETITION

What people really think ? Right to protest

 

UNJUST UK

 

Black lives matter

 

Fighting NHS Charging – What can you do now

 

Big brother watch

political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable

and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind

George Orwell

 

Why is PayPal trying to silence activists

our digital rights – EMAIL MP

Secret units SPYING on your speech

🎥 Whistleblower: 'army spied on UK citizens'

Edward +Annie + David + Jeffrey + Thomas

🎥 Inside the post-Snowden legal challenges

The HIDDEN costs of a digital pound – EMAIL MP

Stop the Met Police using facial recognition surveillance - PETITION

Minister meddled in facial recognition probe

Free e-book

🚨 Stop Govt spying on all of our bank accounts

 

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’

 

Full Fact

Smart meters do allow energy companies to cut you off remotely

Our democratic process is vulnerable—help strengthen and protect it

Rachel Reeves house building claims don’t ‘stack up’

Video of little girl taught to laugh at explosion sounds was filmed in Syria in 2020 not Gaza this year

Our top five fact checks of 2023

 

Toxic Bonds

What has India’s Adani Group now been accused of?

 

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

wealth supremacy – how extractive economy + the biased rules of capitalism drive today’s crises

 

Democracy next

How to assemble a Citizens' Assembly: a guide!

Barack Obama Discusses Citizens’ Assemblies

A Blueprint for the EU Citizens' Assembly 🇪🇺

🪜 Big questions, detailed answers: Our definitive How-To Guide to Citizens' Assemblies is here

🇮🇪 How Ireland transformed democracy

people assemblies in German museums! 🇩🇪

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

 

Decolonising wealth project

 

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

Will you have to pay inheritance tax?

Tax Justice Network letter to King Charles III

Tax the mega rich now – PETITION

📡Drug War Myths📡

Global tax rulemaker under fire after Australia pressured to delay global tax transparency breakthrough

World to lose $47 trillion to tax havens over next decade unless UN tax convention adopted, countries warned

Consensus” emerges at UN ahead of historic vote on tax – but major countries notably silent

UN adopts plans for historic tax reform

Take action to stop global tax dodging

The People vs Microsoft📡

Overturning a 100 year legacy: the UN tax vote📡

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

Where are the billions in missing tax?

What are oil companies doing with their huge profits?

PETITION



In a world struggling with a cost of living crisis

recent research by

Oxfam and ActionAid

has shed light on a shocking reality

In 2021 and 2022 the world's 722 largest companies reaped windfall profits totalling a staggering $1 trillion annually

It couldn't be clearer that tackling the cost of living crisis requires a bold approach

This has to include higher taxes on both companies and the wealthy

The cost of living crisis affects ordinary individuals and families who struggle to make ends meet

as prices soar for essential goods and services

while wages struggle to keep pace

Meanwhile, wealthy corporations have seen their profits skyrocket during these challenging times

This discrepancy highlights the urgent need for systemic change

12 July 2023

 

6 wealth tax proposals

The world took a step towards ending tax avoidance

We have a plan to fund public services into the future

 

Tax Watch UK

£2 billion in lost tech tax?

 

Open Democracy

Gaia

 

Baker Street Irregular Astronomers

 

Centre for ecotherapy

Benefit crackdown will worsen an already terrible system

Universal basic income – 3 day week – well being / doughnut economy – we are not cogs in the capitalist system ? We are people End Wealthy supremacy now ! - Wendy

 

How the DWP fought to withhold evidence its policies kill disabled people

information obtained using Freedom of Information act – Wendy

 

Will the Tories meet their 2019 manifesto pledges?

Eating disorder patients restrained by security guards

Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

Home Office accused of trapping women with abusers with £500 visa fee hike

Home Office refuses to set up Ukraine-style visa scheme for Palestinians

Refugee ‘sanctuary’ councils invest pension funds in Israel-linked arms firms

NHS failures contributed to death of trans activist Sophie Williams, coroner finds

Anybody who values democracy must stand up to attacks on trans rights

Could the historic case of a trans sex worker end Malawi’s anti-LGBTIQ law?

The far right tried to profit off my story, says Telford sex ring survivor

Woman alleging police sexual abuse says inquiry is ‘lip service’

Cambodian women left holding bill for UK fashion’s cancelled orders

Priced out by imports, Ghana’s farmers risk death to work in Italy

Tomatoes + greed

US surveillance firm’s charm offensive to UK councils and police forces

Police disproportionately target Black rough sleepers under archaic law

Exclusive: Cops share dozens of photos of dead bodies and crime scenes

information obtained using Freedom of Information act – Wendy

Who funds you ?

Forget GDP growth, it’s sustainable wellbeing we need to aim for

20 years after Section 28 - why repealing anti-LGBT law wasn’t enough

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

What links Israel and white Christianity? The myth of innocence

Non-profit trying to rebrand Jesus for Gen Z is main funder for US hate group

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

Deliveroo’s gig economy event at Labour conference featured no riders

Starmer has taken more freebies than all Labour leaders since 1997 combined

Rough sleepers have tents destroyed by enforcement officers in London

Opinion poll that ‘backed stop and search powers’ had no option to oppose them

Did the West learn nothing from the peace process in Ireland?

Private airport rep worked with cops to threaten green campaigner with jail

COP28 president linked to spyware experts via ‘AI university’

Holding COP28 in Dubai is a joke - Letting Charles open it is a bigger one

King Charles is a big landowner – land ownership is at the root of climate breakdown – Land justice now ! - end to wealth supremacy now ! - Wendy

 

David

information obtained using Freedom of Information act – Wendy

 

Afghan refugees fear homelessness as landlords ‘refuse to rent’ to them

No help for Afghan feminist lawyer being hunted by Taliban

If this is Israel’s 9/11…’

British elites have long been a barrier to peace in the Middle East

Government extensively profiled NHS doctor

information obtained using Freedom of Information act – Wendy

9 ways the NHS could be improved for trans people

Whenever capitalism gets into crisis, it's women's bodies on the line

Chilean anti-abortion groups fight to keep donors secret

Indigenous women lead battle for land rights in Argentina

It left a scar on me’: Locked up in the UK’s women-only immigration centre

Facebook’s contractor forced me to work alongside my rapist’

Baby food firms accused of ‘exploiting’ parents to make £367m for shareholders

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’

Government crackdown on migrant care workers is rooted in historical slavery

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

Far-right Republicans have unlikely new target in their sights: divorce

Revealed: Landlords’ lobbying ahead of Sunak U-turn on green homes

Revealed: UK private tenants hit by record annual rent hikes

England could have built 22% more social homes last year with Rwanda budget

Landlords urged to ‘take advantage’ of soaring rents in ‘grotesque’ email

Private renters will face ‘winter of hardship’ after autumn statement

Eight landlord MPs spoke during debate on renters’ rights

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

Banning no-fault evictions won’t stop landlords making us homeless’

Opaque think tanks, landlords and the arms industry dominate Tory conference

Renters aren't all ‘weed-smoking bad people in gangs’, says Tory housing minister

No-fault’ evictions ban delayed indefinitely after landlord lobbying

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

Suella Braverman accused of trying to ‘derail’ Chris Kaba murder case

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

Spy tech firm won £27m government deal after introduction from ex-MI6 boss

I posed as a private jet customer ✈💰

Tories have taken £291,000 in gifts from airports as Sunak eyes runway U-turn

How the UK’s arms trade funnels public cash into private pockets

 

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: Nearly 200 ex-police work at ‘independent’ police watchdog

New name for scandal-hit anti-abortion charity?

Neoliberalism can’t solve the climate crisis We need activism

Why Russia's nuclear energy company Rosatom has avoided sanctions

Government’s own research contradicts Sunak’s 20mph speed limit claim

Cancel culture? Trans-inclusive writers say they face abuse and censorship

Farmers' union successfully lobbied against food waste transparency

Government has ‘no plans’ to stop arms sales to Israel despite civilian deaths

UK universities take millions from defence companies arming Israel

 

Foxglove

Facebook whistleblowers in the UK

Why Facebook can’t fix itself

Hey, YouTube – leave our kids alone

A lot more to do on government algorithms

Support Facebook content moderators in calling for fair treatment

Taking on the tech giants: the lawyer fighting the power of algorithmic systems

Join us – tell Sadiq Khan to take action against Uber

Matt Hancock: Drop your plan to put NHS patients' health data into one massive database - PETITION

We are going to court

fresh evidence: disappearing messages and "government by WhatsApp"

"this algorithm decides who eats and who goes hungry"

Daniel Motaung

Government by WhatsApp – email your MP

Facebook on notice of legal action – SIGN LETTER

They exploit Facebook moderators and call it “ethical” Help us stop them

facebook is violating Kenya’s hate prevention guideline – PETITION

no palantir in our NHS – PETITION

Palantir’s latest NHS data move – EMAIL MP

Facebook fanning the flames of war – PETITION

EMAIL MP

Email your MP – ask them to demand answers about the failed NHS Palantir pilot projects

What you need to know about Palantir, the US firm in line for a £480m NHS deal

Mojez



Article 11 trust

Freedom of assembly

 

Campaign for freedom of information

ICO should end its near invisibility on FOI

Call for tougher FOI enforcement and other news

Encouraging FOI news

ICO action against government departments for FOI delays

Social housing and Freedom of Information

FOI challenges on national security, social housing and the environment

 

Heather Brooke

 

Index on censorship

send a postcard of support to Jimmy Lai

Graham Smith of Republic is to sue the Met Police

Questioning of journalist at UK airport highlights increasing overreach of border forces

In bad faith - How religion is being weaponised by the right

New online platform provides free education to girls in Afghanistan

SLAPPS

Music and protest - Iranian rap to Fairytale of New York - Censoring pro-Palestinian art - Goodbye to Kissinger

Hacking is far more than a security issue. It chills free speech

We must not stay silent on Iran’s use of the death penalty

 

Project Censored

 

Article 19 – defending freedom of expression + information

PROTECT: Help us build a free, open, inclusive Kenya

The right to abortion: A year on from Roe v Wade

Standing in Solidarity: Supporting Journalists Under Threat in Turkey

advocacy for freedom of expression and protection of journalists at the UN

In times of conflict, connectivity is a lifeline

 

Restricting people’s rights to freedom of expression, their right to voice anger, frustration, and anguish, their right to show solidarity with those suffering and speaking out against violence, undermines the fundamental tenets of a well-functioning democracy

Governments must protect these rights

Sarah Clarke, Director of ARTICLE 19 Europe

 

What we want for the internet cannot be accomplished with the state of concentration we currently have…

Because concentration creates bottlenecks of power'

Agustina Del Campo, free speech expert

 

'Anger is not sufficient to maintain motivation over time;

you also need to have hope,

and to believe that you can make a difference'

Kathryn Sikkink, author and human rights academic

 

It is beyond outrageous that the authorities plan to deprive millions of girls and women of access to schools and universities and the right to education in a bid to subdue their spirit of resistance and freedom-seeking’

Saloua Ghazouani, ARTICLE 19’s Director for Middle East and North Africa

 

I chose journalism to be close to people

It might not be easy to change the reality, but at least I could bring their voice to the world.’

Shireen Abu Akleh - Palestinian–American journalist

 

Iran's Tech-Powered 'Hijab and Chastity Bill'

the Internet We Want empowering all people

End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Protecting the Right to Protest

How can we end violence against women journalists?

75 years on: How human rights heroes create change

social media4peace +

 

Younger people

 

NSPCC

Nobody is normal

How to keep children safe online

mental health – SUPPORT INFORMATION

Together we're helping children to report abuse

email the new Minister in charge

#ProudToBe

 

Become

support for Care leavers – update

It's Care Day! What young people want YOU to #KnowAboutCare

Young people risk missing out on right to vote ⚠📮

#GoneTooFar

Launching a new Inquiry with MPs on #APPGCare

Louise's #GoneTooFar story on Channel 4 News 📺

"So far, so little" - our response to Government

amazing stuff !

134 children a day are taken into care or moved over Christmas

 

Place2Be

 

Home start

 

Charlie Waller

 

we are the agenda

New data shows Black and minoritised girls are more than twice as likely to be excluded from school as their white counterparts

 

A Life More Wild – Dr Alex George & Brook House Woods

 

Young Minds

Society needs to change Have your say on how

Supporting your child with anxiety

Anxiety

depression

Tips for coping with peer pressure

Toxic masculinity and mental health

self care

tips on the start of your eating disorder recovery journey

Rediscovering your identity in eating disorder recovery

Tips for coping in these anxious times

Worksheet

Read our tips and advice for supporting a friend

new resource on panic attacks

Free online training

building positive mental health – including worksheets

culturally-informed guides with young people

support if you are experiencing Islamophobia

What to do if you’re experiencing eating problems

A guide to eating problems for parents/carers

How to support a friend with an eating disorder

How to have a conversation with young people about mental health

Stress bucket – video

Five tips for looking after yourself during family arguments

How I'm learning to cope with travel anxiety

Aaron

Jayda

 

Assembly - Malala

Fighting for the right to learn 🎓

From Afghan girls, to you: “our story is full of hope”

My body - my sanctuary - how body shaming affects girls beyond self-esteem

From Guyana to Indonesia, Assembly is the place for girls' voices 📢

When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful 🌟

"Stay true to what you believe in and let your art reflect it" 🎨

"We are here to get our futures back" 🌟✊🌎

My unforgettable chat with Malala in Brazil 🌟

Nelson + Malala

 

Girls Are Taking Over 🙌

 

Girls like me are taking action – EMAIL MP

 

Girls forced to marry – PETITION

 

Coram’s Young Citizens

The Stranger Series with Coram’s Young Citizens

 

End violence against women + girls

 

Young Women's Trust

Do you want to unlock your potential

We see you; we hear you and we care about you – SUPPORT LINES INFORMATION

Izy

Ask your MP to do more to prevent online hate speech

New report reveals one size fits no one

Including peer researchers

Support

Speaking truth to power

How we’re working towards a more equal world of work

🤯Shocking stats revealed: know your rights

Paid unfairly? Know your rights ❗

manifesto

#CrimeNotCompliment

Video

 

Women’s Aid

Empowering Survivor Voices

 

Maternal Mental Health Alliance

10 November 2022 – Report - Key perinatal mental health findings

40% of deaths within the year after pregnancy were from mental health-related causes

Suicide remains the leading cause of direct maternal death in the first postnatal year

Suicide during pregnancy or up to six weeks after is increasing:
In 2020, women were
three times more likely to die by suicide during this period compared to 2017-19

 

Very few women who died by suicide in 2020 had formal mental health diagnoses, but significant numbers had a history of trauma

 

Maternal mental health briefing for integrated care systems

We want all integrated care boards and partnerships to work collectively across the NHS, local government, other public services, and voluntary sector organisations to provide services that support maternal mental health, reduce health inequalities and use public money wisely so that all women and their families can access the care they need

 

Maternity Action

A step in the right direction for pregnant women's safety at work - EMAIL MP

Are you on maternity leave Take our survey

We're calling for maternity pay to be increased – will you help us

 

Baby Loss

The Loss Collective

The Miscarriage Association

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

Tommy’s

Sands

The Birth Trauma Association

Antenatal Results and Choices

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Twins Trust Bereavement Service

The Lullaby Trust

 

Off the record – BRISTOL

If you are in crisis and need immediate support, you can access help from these organisations:

 

Samaritans

available 24/7 for listening support on 116 123


Shout

text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 to speak to a crisis counsellor

 

Papyrus

open 9am-midnight, call 0800 068 41 41 for support around suicidal thoughts and feelings

 

CAMHS Crisis Line

a free confidential NHS helpline offering support for young people aged 17 and under in crisis on 0300 303 1320

24/7 Support & Connect

a free confidential NHS helpline offering support for adults aged 18+ on 0800 012 6549

Self-care plan

 

Kooth

real-time, online support

 

Childline

0800 1111 7:30am – 330am

CALM

0800 58 58 58

 

The Mix

0808 808 4994 3pm – 12am everyday

 

Update

 

The Purple Elephant Project

 

Arts Emergency

Mentor training

Help to get into art

 

Child poverty action group


Fantastic for families

update

🎄 🎭🎄 🎭🎄 🎭🎄 🎭🎄 🎭🎄 🎭

Family lives – update

 

Barnardo’s

Ask pornography sites and the government to protect children more

 

Government bodies

 

mental health act statistics – annual figures 2021 - 22

EASY READ

Still, we suffer – Wendy

 

Draft mental health bill 2022

draft mental health bill – EASY READ

 

Mental Health Strategy Delivery Plan for 2022/23

 

Rapid review into data on mental health inpatient settings: final report and recommendations

 

Proposed NHS mental health access standards for patients


Energy Bills Support Scheme explainer

Decision aid to guide healthcare professional-patient discussions on sleeping pill prescriptions published

 

Health research authority (HRA)

update

 

Health quality improvement partnership (HQIP)

National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death: Review of Health Inequalities Short Report


National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health: Annual report

 

Care quality commission - CQC

Share your views

tell us about your care

Our equality objectives 2021-2025

Now available: State of Care – CQC's annual assessment of health care and social care in England

 

From Paternalism to human rights

Joanna Moncrieff

Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

Out of sight- who cares

Monitoring the Mental Health Act

Maternity survey results

Reducing health inequalities in areas of deprivation, through better regulatory recognition and the sharing of best practice entered a new phase

Putting people at the centre of system regulation: learning to lead in changing times

our new single assessment framework

Who I am Matters – A report into the experiences of being in hospital for people with a learning disability and autistic people

 

Our revised plan and approach for transformation

Restrictive practice — a failure of person-centred care planning?

Our approach to assessing local authorities

 

Pop up care homes

 

National Audit office


Office for National Statistics


A report from the Office of National Statistics revealed an estimated 778 people died in England and Wales while homeless in 2019 – an annual increase of 7%

This is the fifth year in a row that the number of people who have died has increased

It is the highest number since records began

 

The lasting impact of violence against women and girls

Beneath our feet: improving estimates of UK land value

ONS blog - Inclusive measures of growth – How ONS is moving Beyond GDP

Imprisonment of young adults

Boosting the UK’s research capabilities to help solve the challenges of the day

Geographic divide in health, disability and unpaid care

ONS - Disability: When the numbers alone are simply not enough

Measuring well-being

Census 2021 – Shining a light on the population

 

DHSC Voluntary Sector Newsletter – INCLUDING HELPLINE FOR SUPPORTING + BEHAVIOUR

Launch of new autism strategy to help autistic people live more independent and fulfilled lives

Revisiting safeguarding practice

Health and Care Bill: launch of new white paper

Adult social care – making person centred a reality

 

Ombudsman news special – annual review launched

local government + social care ombudsman – update

Ombudsman considers everyday human rights in new report

Broken trust: making patient safety more than just a promise

 

local government association (LGA)

Inclusive economies and healthy futures: Supporting place-based action to reduce health inequalities

Debate Not Hate: the impact of abuse on local democracy

improvement + innovation

Get in on the Act: Mental Health Act 2022

update

 

London Assembly

Help with cost of living hub

Energy advice london

older londoners

 

Public meetings

Including monthly Mayor’s Question time

 

London Youth assembly

27% of schools are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution

It took decades to protect our children from cigarette smoke

We can’t make that mistake again; we must tackle toxic air pollution right now

That’s why we introduced the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, cleaned up our buses and taxis and tackled emissions from construction sites

But we must go further to protect the health of Londoners across our city

My number one priority is to protect the health of Londoners, and the life chances of future generations

I will do all I can to ensure that every Londoner can breathe clean air

Clearing the air: pollution in London

 

Reforming private renting in London

 

My society – including support with FOI requests

 

PETITION – Vital information hidden

 

NIHR

NIHR – Lockdown raised anxiety in people with anorexia and their carers, but online resources helped

Transforming out-of-hospital care for people who are homeless

Caring for older people at home can be just as good, or even better, than hospital care

Vegan diet could control blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes

seeking views on ways to substantially reduce research bureaucracy

Antipsychotics are increasingly prescribed to children and teenagers

diabetes + ways to save NHS money

New research to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease in people with “severe mental illness”

Together in research – Autumn 2023

Reducing car congestion and pollution could cut risk of disease and injuries

 

Stop talking and take action: working together to tackle health inequalities

 

Health and Social Care Committee

 

Health + Safety Executive (HSE)

Stress, anxiety and depression survey

 

Local Government Authority – Update

 

Would you like to shape the future of Patient Safety within the local NHS

 

Complete our NHS and ICS websites survey for a chance to win £100 vouchers

 

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

New end of life and palliative care report

SCIELine: New strengths-based approaches resources and learning

free mental capacity act e-learning +

My day my way

Strengths-based practice for council services and more

Strengths-based leadership / safeguarding / workforce

what is strong rather than what is wrong

Strengths – based approaches

Covid-19, learning disabilities and autism

Why are we stuck in hospital ?

Nobody listened to me

John Evans

Events to March 2024

Accelerating reform

January

 

Wandsworth

Healthwatch Wandsworth

 

Enough is enough - Hard-hitting report tackles ongoing health inequalities in mental health services

 

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network (WCEN)

In the UK, people with brown skin are being denied equal and compassionate mental health care

They are more likely to be brought to and kept in hospital without their consent

They are more likely to access mental health services through the police and criminal justice systems, and to find themselves unwell and back again once released

People with brown skin, particularly men, are more likely to be forcibly restrained and given more than the recommended amount of medication

WCEN 2021

 

SoundMinds

 

Canerows

 

Share

 

Shared lives plus

 

PohWER

If you are unhappy with the care or treatment you have received from the NHS, and would like help to make a complaint, POhWER can help

They provide guidance, information and advocacy to help people get matters put right

 

VoiceAbility

If you live in Wandsworth and need support to tell people what you want, and to understand your rights, you can contact VoiceAbility

They provide advocacy for people who may be vulnerable and need support to speak up about their care needs

 

Rethink Advocacy

If you are unhappy with the care or treatment you have received from an NHS or social care service, and would like help to make a complaint, Rethink could help They provide guidance, information and advocacy to help people get matters put right

 

Wandsworth Adult social care

If you, or someone you know, have / has care and support needs, and you need information and help, you can speak to Wandsworth Adult Social Services Adult social services provide information and help to adults who have difficulty with everyday things

 

Richmond

 

Richmond community drug + alcohol service (RCDAS)

Mon – Weds – Thursday – Friday – 9am to 430pm

Tuesday 9am to 1pm women only

Tuesday 1pm to 430pm

Ilex House

Unit 2

94 Holly Road

TW14HF

0203 228 3020


Mortlake community association

 

Cooking up


Whitton Network

part of Neighbourhood care group

 

SW LONDON ICS – update

 

Richmond town centre has a new ‘Safe Space’ on Friday and Saturday nights


Arts Richmond

 

Richmond MIND

Hearing Voices Group +

sometimes we do not realise we are lonely

We’re expanding our Psychotherapy and Counselling service and looking for new members of the team

mindfulness – weekly from October 2022 to July 2024

Mental Health Act stats demonstrate increasing racial injustice

well-being walks

well being centre

 

Art Group

Basic art materials are provided

The group takes place every Wednesday - 1-230pm at the Vineyard Café in Richmond

contact

peernetwork@rbmind.org

 

Compared to other London boroughs Richmond has

The highest rate of hospital admission for mental health

The second highest rate of admission for self-harm

The 4th worst youth wellbeing scores

A third of those aged 16-19 already have a mental health diagnosis

Statistics from the Richmond Borough Health and Care Plan 2019-2021 and the Mental Health Needs Assessment 2022


Your ideas wanted

contact engagement@rbmind.org

 

Join carers community

contact carers@rbmind.org

 

Mind responds to announcement of Work Capability Assessment reforms

 

Ruils

Bridge the gap – support booklet

housing repair survey

 

Together as one

 

Still building bridges

 

Richmond Aid

 

Dose of Nature


Rape crisis

 

Aurora New Dawn

 

Off the record – Twickenham

 

Look ahead

 

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College

 

United response

Abuse at Edenfield Hospital

New Easy News story: Nurses, teachers and postal workers strike

Easygoing news

Shared Lives, allotments and film review

Earthquakes kill 1000s of people in Turkey and Syria

Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

 

Choice support

Update

 

Richmond film society

 

Healthwatch Richmond

Guide to Richmond’s NHS, Care & Support

Help with the cost of living - information event; and Support with accessing food and other needs All useful info for you

New services coming soon to your local pharmacy - sign up to become a life-saving plasma donor

Money worries?

Affecting your mental health?

Lots of info and assistance available

Focus group discussion for parents of children with SEND

breast cancer screening survey for the NHS; and - Learn the signs of sepsis

Consultation about location of specialist cancer treatments for children; plus resources to help if your child seems unwell

Lifelong learning in person and online - Community Partners

Persistent cough? get it checked by your GP

Connect to Tech staying safe FREE online workshop + Arts Richmond Young Writer's Competition

Lung Cancer

Connect to Tech

Providing healthcare that works for you - have your say! Health services available at your GP surgery

Anti-Bullying week - Make a noise! Plus help with cyber-bullying

Screening children for Type 1 diabetes risk; Proposals for children's cancer services location

dates of junior doctor strike action – December + January

Winter fun programme for young people

Accessing your GP records online - Keep safe and warm in cold weather

Holiday help resources - Avoiding holiday scams - Survey about experiences of care - supporting people in distress

 

Richmond CVS

Including Directory of services

free 1-2-1 digital support

Talking Bubble – Telephone Befriending with Language Options

Free home sensors for unpaid carers in Richmond

NHS South West London Integrated Care System: News & First Meeting

update

Children and Young Peoples Digest January 2024

Winter Engagement Fund 2023/2024

23 + 24 January 2024

25 January

 

One Richmond

 

The sleep charity

 

Richmond council – LBRUT – events + news

Temporary Accommodation Crisis

Richmond has more homeless – August 2023

Advertise your event / activity on LBRUT website

Clean air petition

Richmond Green Home Grants

Home Start Richmond

Support – Cash grants +

need help finding food or essential home items

Richmond aid – information

Careplace – Richmond

Careplace are promoting – Free Community Counselling Service – Available online or over the phone

Struggling to pay your fuel bills The Council can help

Richmond Furniture Scheme

Fuel Grant Scheme

Additional grants are also available from the Household Support Fund for food, bills and other essential items, via Citizens Advice Richmond and Richmond AID

Free home sensors for unpaid carers in Richmond

cost of living hub

Mental Health Awareness Week: Coping with feelings of anxiety

Free minibus service to Richmond Park

free events in Richmond

Special Edition - Introducing Richmond Reads

take part in pride month 2023

My Richmond App | Community Centres | Build a Wetland

Meet the new Chair of the Violence Against Women and Girls Community Forum

January with Richmond Libraries

lots of events through January

Datarich

 

Centre for Governance + Scrutiny (CfGS)

Bolstering scrutiny / scrutiny frontiers / guest blogs / Health & Care Bill update

Health & Care – special newsletter

council constitutions owned + understood by all

Including Anticipating, managing + adapting framework

 

governance & scrutiny newsletter

including the review of council constitutions + the operation of schemes of delegation for decision making

January

 

From MP

Talk Richmond – PODCASTS

Good thinking

Air pollution petition

Afghanistan & Central Asian Association

Stop Levelling Down London’s Transport

Update on proposed SWR service reduction

Space2grieve

The good food co-op

#againsthate

Pressing Government for Zero Carbon Homes

Munira – stop levelling down London’s transport

Kinship care bill

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

 

Munira Wilson

I’m continuing to hold regular advice surgeries, and my team at the Twickenham office are doing all they can to help too

cost of living crisis – resources + support + advice

 

The listening circle

 

My life films charity

 

Inspired Hub

Update

 

Help with bills + …

Hampton Fuel

RPLC

Barnes workhouse fund

Update

 

Hounslow

 

Alliance Art

 

West London Queer project

 

Hounslow Healthwatch

You can find details of health services in your area from NHS Choices

Call 999 for emergency services

Emergency and urgent care health services – 111

Hounslow Council: Out of hours social care support – 020 8583 2222 For more information please click here

Hounslow Council: For more information on Adult social care, please click here

Hounslow Council: For more information on Children and families, please click here

CarePlace: Provides a Directory of Services, Information and Guidance enabling direct access to local care and community services For more information, please click here

West London NHS Trust – Mental health crisis: 24-hour helpline 0800 328 4444 For more information, please click here

safe space Hounslow crisis helpline – 0203 475 5185 – 11am to 11pm – 365 days per year

 

Hounslow Council

7 February

28 February

unpaid carers events - January

Vision for quality housing design

Learn Hounslow

 

The Night Shelter based at Holy Trinity Church – Hounslow

Is open every night across the Christmas period

Runs right up until March for those seeking shelter through referral by the Council's rough sleeping outreach team

contact

sarah.whale@hounslow.gov.uk

 

Here come the Community and Family Hubs

Opportunity for residents to shape the future of Council-owned buildings

Hounslow connect

Transforming consumption habits through communities

Grow food for free - gain new friends

conditions faced by asylum seekers

 

Heston Repair Café

contact

hestonrepaircafe@gmail.com


Food for thought

Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter OBE has today offered support for Hounslow Council’s trailblazing new programme

Grow for the Future

a first-of-its-kind policy in the UK to turn wasteland across the London borough into new allotments - community gardens and orchards to grow food and pair them with local schools to teach children about healthy living - sustainability and biodiversity

Heston farm community space to grow fruit + vegetables – get involved

 

English lessons for asylum seekers

contact

maryam@hthounslow.org.uk


Hounslow action for youth

Start for Life: supporting families during a child's first 1,001 days

 

Opportunity for residents to shape the future of Council-owned buildings

contact spp@hounslow.gov.uk

 

Have your say – air quality

Start for Life online hub

 

Hounslow Council reaches record-breaking allotment occupancy

apply for an allotment – why not ? - Wendy

 

Hounslow hosts first Serious Violence Summit at Brentford FC’s stadium

a first-of-its-kind circular neighbourhood

 

Cost of living + general support

Hounslow House

Fridays – 10 -1pm

 

Upskill into green opportunities

Cost of Living Marketplace Roadshow

cost of living hub

gambling support

baby cafe

Diabetes REWIND programme

Know diabetes

One in 14 people live with diabetes, and every one of them matters

The Know Diabetes Service is a local North West London digital health platform that can help with self-care, behaviour change, and lifelong learning messages to the 360,000 people with diabetes and those at risk of type 2 in our area

Training

couch to 5k

Thrive LDN

Mental health + wellbeing resources for Londoners

downloading the free NHS weight loss plan

Learn new gardening skills

Hampton Kempton waterworks railway +

Get laughing – it’s free therapy +


It’s national walking month

including ideas around coping + thriving despite anxiety

 

men walk talk

update

Including support regarding cost of living rises

 

circular economy

Healthier Together – a Hounslow Initiative

warm spaces

 

Night shelters for rough sleepers

The Holy Trinity Church Hounslow opened

It will be open seven days a week from 8pm – 8am from 1 December to 31 March

 

Hounslow Heath Community Walks - every Monday

'Bark' to the future - give us your views on dog plans

Hounslow’s young people to benefit from UK’s first mental health crisis cafe

parenting skills

 

Hounslow providing training for Green Jobs + lots more


Activities in Hounslow + Cllr Salman Shaheen’s desire to expand allotment provision in the borough

Transforming unused land into community plots

Should other boroughs follow suit? - Wendy

 

Anyone can struggle to maintain good mental health no matter who they are

Whilst there's no permanent fix, these 5 free things can help to lighten the load

 

1 – Talk to someone

If you’re not in the place for extra support like therapy this is one of the best things you can do to take care of yourself and others Or use the power of talking for even more good and become a Community Champion

 

2 – Get out in nature

There are lots of gorgeous green spaces in Hounslow, and across London

Check out what's going on outdoors this season at in Hounslow


3 – Set aside time for yourself

Self-care doesn’t need to mean spending on bath bombs

Dedicate time to something you love – cooking, reading, gaming, drawing, journaling, watching movies, playing an instrument and more can all help you de-stress


4 – Gentle exercise

You don’t need to do HIIT workouts at the gym to benefit from exercise

As little as 15-30 minutes of walking can give you a serotonin boost

Looking for something more serious

Try the free NHS Couch to 5K app or find free classes

 

5 – Visit

hounslowgovuk/takecare

Our Take Care, Take 5 hub offers accessible solutions for mental health concerns

Find support on physical health, financial worries, and employment skills here too

 

Fly Tipping is a problem, not only in Hounslow, but across London and the country

In 2021, Hounslow Council received over 24,000 reports of fly tips across the borough which cost us over £13m

We are determined to reduce the incidents of fly tipping which will make our borough cleaner and greener

 

Support for loneliness – don’t blame yourself for feeling lonely it happens to us all

stop smoking support

free tree initiative +

energy bill support

free fruit trees

information for carers

mental health + money toolkit

green skills opportunities

Men Walk talk

younger people’s mental health hub

crafting + festival of story telling

Make a connection for Children’s Mental Health Week - events + Place2Be

Looking out for those around you

Looking out for friends and colleagues at work

Looking out for your friends (aimed at young people)

Looking out for children and young people (aimed at parents and carers)

 

community provision

Connecting people with activities that can help them to overcome the barriers they face

Providing adults with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders with opportunities to make friends, socialise and stay healthy

A travel training service to help people with disabilities to travel independently

Supporting people with disabilities into training and employment opportunities

 

Bell Square – what’s on

 

Wecoproduce

The Art of Coproduction - A Guerrilla Guide

Or ask for one for free

#WeCoBlogs

care in the community – really – Steph de la Haye

 

Hounslow Wellbeing network

contact

Hello@wellbeinghounslow.co.uk

07466 736718

Including cooking + dance

 

Sutton +

 

Sutton Healthwatch – Mental Well Being

update

 

Mental Health Foundation

The economic case for investing in the prevention of mental health conditions in the UK

what drives health inequalities

Mental health tips

Mental health and the cost-of-living crisis report: another pandemic in the making?

Check out our ways to cope with anxiety

Working at system level to eradicate health inequalities for the UK’s black community

A pebble in a still pond: the impact of community-led work on health inequalities

 

Sutton Mental Health Foundation

Sutton Wellbeing Line

We all get more forgetful as we get older, but there are things you can do about it

The way you live your life, and in particular the way in which you eat,

can make a huge difference to your memory, slowing down cognitive decline or even reversing it

❄️⛄🏒⛸⛷ Autumn + Winter 🌲🍂🍄🍃

 

Westminster Drug project (WDP)

 

Mental Health Mates

newsletters

 

The Health Foundation

How less pay has affected people's mental health and wellbeing

Action as an antidote to despair

Putting people at the heart of data-driven health systems to address inequalities

Taking action to build good health

including importance of social determinants

 

Let’s talk differently about health: why framing matters

A framework for NHS action on social determinants of health

A time for radical innovation and improvement

What’s important when building a strong learning community to drive improvement?

Can automation help with growing dissatisfaction among GPs?

Why housing matters for health

Moving to healthy homes

 

Wall-to-wall support: joining up public services and housing for vulnerable children, young people and families

This report argues that public services need to be more effectively joined up. It finds that a lack of joined-up public services is costing government up to £4.3 billion every year. These costs are a direct result of additional use of government services, such as housing or health, by young people and families who did not access adequate support or early help when they needed it

 

The NHS was never meant to go it alone

Doing more for less? A mixed-methods analysis of the experience of primary care networks in socioeconomically deprived areas

16 January

 

ROTA

Everyday Racism: How racist is Britain

CRÈME project – stands for Communicating the Race Equality Message Effectively

 

Good things Foundation

update

By 2025, we aim to:

Engage 1 million people

Support 5,000 Digital Inclusion Hubs across the nation

We want:

Everyone to have the internet access they need

Everyone to have somewhere local to go for help to use the internet

Everyone to feel able and safe in the online world

#FixTheDigitalDivide

Let’s solve data poverty with people – not for them

 

Digital inclusion as a basic human right

9 million people struggle to use the internet independently and 7 million people

(11% of the UK's adult population)

are still offline

(Digital Nation UK, 2020)


National device bank

Reconome


1 October - aims

Scrap VAT on broadband social tariffs

All technology to be reused for good

Invest to fix the digital divide - to boost productivity and leave no-one behind

donate devices

 

Think Ahead

 

PCCS Books – Including Joanna Moncrieff’s book A straight talking introduction to psychiatric drugs – the truth about how they work + how to come off them

Black Identities – Student Discount – Hearing Voices – Wild Therapy

Therapists Challenging Racism and Oppression: The unheard voices

 

Likewise

 

Camden +

 

Side by side

Involvement Opportunity - Partnership Clinical Policy Working Group Representative

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Training in community research

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Does you have problems with social housing?

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Autism research

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


Involvement Opportunity - Partnership Quality and Safety Committee Service User/Carer Representative

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Research into Trauma informed care – advisory group opportunity

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


Body camera update

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Information about PIP assessment guide

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


London’s section 136 pathway and Health Based Place of Safety Specification guidance

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Do you need proof of benefits letter for ID purposes?

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Have you been supporting someone on an impatient ward?

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Hestia's online groups and activity programme, volunteering and training

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


PETRA- Pregabalin study

contact thesidebysidenetwork@gmail.com

 

food support in Islington

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


Safeguarding training at C&I

contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


Housing issues – what is your view

Contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


Stuart Low Trust


[PODCAST] Deaths by Welfare – Resisting DWP violence – Dolly Sen

 

National Voices held a conference exploring the topic of Integrated Care Systems

As the ICS Bill works its way through the final stages of the Parliamentary process, and the last constitutional questions are being resolved, now is the right moment to identify the changes that we actually want to see as a result of this fundamental shift in the way the health and care system is organised

We want to see better, more equal outcomes for people, especially those not currently well supported by existing models

We also want to see more coordinated and effective care that enables people to live well, with fewer barriers between communities and formal services

[FUNDING] Green grants for Islington

 

Let’s talk Islington


oxevision

 

Oxevision cameras and the Trust now in the Independent

 

Conversations Around Loneliness & Mental Health booklet

 

[OPPORTUNITY] PPI in Commissioning

There is a researcher looking to interview service users and carers who have experience on being involved with commissioning or working with commissioners

The interview takes about 40 minutes and will be recorded but your name will not appear in the final paper against any quotes they use

Let me know if you are interested and I will pass on your email address

This is external to the trust

There is a small payment for the interview depending how long it takes – probably £20 or so paid by BACS

contact TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com


Does anyone have experience of calling 111 for help with their mental health

Any thoughts please contact TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Wanted – Coproduction anecdotes

contact TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Hand in Hand peer buddy – feedback requested

Any thoughts please contact TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Learn something new in 22 for free

 

FREE IT SUPPORT AT HOME

 

New Peer Buddy Scheme – Hand in Hand Islington

 

Body worn cameras

Any thoughts please contact

TheSidebySideNetwork@gmail.com

 

Free Community Research online course launches | Co-Production Collective

 

Second independent audit of ECT published finds patient safety is being put at risk

A second audit of NHS mental health Trusts, using Freedom of Information Act requests has confirmed that both the administration and monitoring of Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT) in England are failing to guarantee the safety of patients

ECT involves the passing of sufficient electricity through the brain, under general anaesthesia, to cause a seizure

Some claim it is a safe and effective treatment for severe depression

But a recent review found little evidence that it is any better than placebo and concluded that it causes persistent or permanent memory loss in 12% to 55% of patients1

The largest study to date has just confirmed that it does not, as claimed, prevent suicide2

The audit confirmed that about 2,500 people are given ECT annually in England

The majority continue to be women (67%), and over 60 (58%)

More than one in three (37%) are being forcibly given ECT against their will, and 18% of Trusts are not complying with the law regarding second opinions relating to compulsory treatment

There were slight declines, compared to a previous audit,3 in the use of appropriate measures to assess efficacy, down to 30%, and standardised measures of memory loss, down to 24%

There was a 47-fold difference between the two Trusts with the highest (Avon & Wiltshire, and North Staffordshire) and the lowest (Mersey Care) rates per capita

Thus, the probability of getting ECT seems to be a postcode lottery based on the opinions of local psychiatrists

The majority of Trusts were unable to provide any data for positive outcomes or for adverse effects during treatment (usually a 3-week period involving about 10 electroshocks)

None provided data on efficacy or adverse effects beyond end of treatment

ECT in England is supposed to be monitored by the Royal College of Psychiatrists via their ‘ECT Accreditation Service’ (ECTAS)

But ECTAS does not monitor some of the issues addressed by this independent audit, such as how many Trusts are using proper assessment measures, how many are complying with the Mental Health Act regarding second opinions for forced treatment, and how many ECT patients had first been offered psychological treatment – in compliance with NICE guidelines

ECTAS has no powers to sanction ECT clinics that fail to meet even their limited set of standards, and has never disaccredited an ECT clinic

About 10% of ECT clinics do not bother to sign up to the ECTAS process at all

The audit concluded:

'Given the apparent failure of current monitoring and accrediting ECT clinics in England, by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ ECT Accreditation Service (ECTAS), an independent government sponsored review is urgently needed'

 

[RESOURCE] Recovery After Rape

We have obtained a copy of the workbook - Recovery After Rape

As it can be triggering, I won't send it out indiscriminately but if you want a pdf of it for yourself or someone else, just say

Contact

thesidebysidenetwork@gmail.com

 

[EVENTS] Wednesday workshops for young black men aged 18-25

 

Find a balance

 

Stress Project



[RESOURCE] Mental Health and Debt booklet



StopSIM Coalition Petition

Click here for the write to your MP template

 

Mental Health collective

Self- defence through humour

#KindnessByPost

 

Naylor Review

National Voices' submission to the Health and Social Care Select Committee

 

DIALOG+ and the Recovery Star

Dear Friends,

I was wondering if you have experience of either DIALOG+ or the Recovery Star

(or other stars – more about those here: History of the star + Recovery star 4)

 

There was an element of co-production in the Recovery Star for Mental Health, and there has since been an Un-Recovery Star, also from the user-survivor movement which outlines the things that work against our recovery

 

These are the questions that the DIALOG

tool asks

 

and these are the areas of the 4th Edition Recovery star

 

Note that it used to contain “work” but this has been dropped now

The Recovery Star covers ten outcome areas:

Managing mental health

Physical health

Living skills

Friends and community

Use of time

Relationships

Addictive behaviour

Home

Identity and self-esteem

Trust and hope

 

The Recovery Star (4th Edition) is underpinned by a five-stage, ten step Journey of Change model:

 

Stuck (1-2)

Accepting help (3-4)

Believing and trying (5-6)

Learning (7-8)

Self-reliance (9-10)

 

I would be interested to hear your opinions and in particular how you think they compare

Thanks

Bev

 

Impact assessment of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019

 

Do you have experience of the Camden Early Intervention Service

We are looking for people who have has some experience of the early intervention service – the one based at Greenland Road at the moment

If this might be you, we would love to hear from you

Kind regards

Bev

thesidebysidenetwork@gmail.com

 

Family line

for all aspects of family live

 

Support After Suicide


No Panic

Newsletter

 

West Euston partnership

 

McPin Involvement Bulletin - Issue 48 - December 2023

Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry which uses the format of three lines

Here are our haikus

We hope you enjoy reading them

The Benefits System:
I have no money
Brown envelope arrives, phew
Do I deserve it?

Racism:
You pray to their gods
Then, under your burning cross,
You murdered them all

Propaganda:
Feeding me with lies
Why not report some good news?
Keeping me in fear

 

Benefits + Work

Truth About Disability Benefits: Dispatches

UC Success Rate Secrets Out, Cost Of Living Payments Still Missing, UC Migration Cover Up

PIP Means Test Fear, 25 Fold Long Covid Award Increase, DWP Call Centre Warning

Budget Good and Bad News, PIP Extension Delay, UC Cruelty Warning

Missing PIP Payments, Legacy Benefits Uplift Case, New Benefits Rates

Legacy Benefits Appeal Fails, WCA May Be Scrapped, PIP Assessment Changes Delay

Is this the solution to the DWP not answering the phone? From 4 PIP points to 50 without an appeal

Alarming Increase In PIP Disqualifications, DWP Snatches Back Money Using Secrets and Lies

The Hardest Conditions To Claim PIP For, Protection From PIP Punishment, New Sanctions Trap

WCA To Be Abolished, Your PIP Success Chances May Be Better Than You Think

First Cost Of Living Payment Date, Secret Reports To Be Published, Massive Attack On Claimants

DWP Telephone Disaster Puts Claimants at Risk, Disability Benefits Fraud Film Disgrace

Time For DWP To Come Clean About Deliberately Disconnecting Callers, DWP Never Meets Work Coaches Before Appointing Them

No Legal Safeguards When WCA Abolished, Disability Cost Of Living Payment Dates

Atos Wiped Out In PIP Bidding War, Media Hate Campaign Against Support Group Claimants Begins

DWP Deliberately Cut-Off Half Million PIP Callers In April, PIP Vs ADP Success Rates

Your Chances Of Being Forced To Have A Face To Face PIP Assessment, PIP Telephone Nightmare To Continue Until End Of Summer

 

Pay PIP Now


It’s OK to not feel OK during challenging times

 

Codependency- The Unexpected Addicts


Inner Space

 

Free space Project

 

Talk4health

 

Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast

 

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Sutton Crisis Café – Sutton Mental Health Foundation for info regarding the café in Sutton

Constructive & non-clinical alternative to A&E | Sunshine Recovery Cafe | Mental Health Crisisbased in Merton

Mental Health Recovery Cafe | Hestiabased in Wandsworth

Recovery Hub – Richmond Borough Mind based in Twickenham

New online learning: stopping the over-medication of people with a learning disability and autistic people (STOMP) online learning

Shane

South West London Patient Engagement Group (PEG) – join now

 

Can you help with some Carer Recovery Research


Hope in depression

 

South West London Mental Health Strategy

 

Dear Lived Experience Network Members

help-claim-benefits-and-increase-your-income

Ways to claim benefits and increase your income

 

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

Warm home discount schemes for residents in London

 

https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/cost_of_living_hub

Cost of living hub for residents in Richmond


https://www.merton.gov.uk/communities-and-neighbourhoods/money-advice/cost-of-living

Help for Merton residents


https://wandsworth.gov.uk/cost-of-living-hub/

Cost of living hub for Wandsworth residents


https://www.sutton.gov.uk/w/cost-of-living-support-1

Sutton Council cost of living support webpage

 

https://www.kingston.gov.uk/benefits-5/support-rising-living-costs

Kingston council cost of living support webpage

 

Additionally, we recognise that for others the added stresses, financial strains and change in routine can put additional pressure on people

Crisis Cafes are open at different times over the festive period for anyone living within Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton or Wandsworth who needs additional emotional support

Sutton Crisis Cafe - Sutton Mental health Foundation

for info regarding the café in Sutton

 

Constructive & non-clinical alternative to A&E | Sunshine Recovery Cafe | Mental Health Crisis

296a Kingston Road, SW20 8LX- run by cdars based in Merton

 

Mental Health Recovery Cafe | Hestia

based in Wandsworth

 

Recovery Hub – Richmond Borough Mind

based in Twickenham


Connected Kingston

for Kingston residents + all

 

Alternatively, there is also the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 0800 028 8000

Mental health crisis line

 

New Hearing Voices Group in Teddington every 2nd Thursday of each month 530-7pm - Starting 9 November

contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Event 15 January - PAID

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Your experience of adult eating disorder community outpatient and day unit services at SLaM and SWLStG's

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Free Carers Week Activities for Carers, Families and Friends

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Carers / family and friends Group and welcome mornings - Avalon Ward

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Workshop on developing a perinatal mental health peer support for women exposed to partner violence

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Joining Black Thoughts, every 1st Thursday of the month, 6:30-8pm via EventBrite

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk


South London listens

 

Voluntary participation using MindMeds App : share your views and feed back

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk



Opportunity:- Use of Force Focus Group

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk



Check-in with the Involvement Team – 2 paid, 1 hour check-ins per year – please tell us what day(s) of the week, and time(s) are best for you

We will get in touch to arrange our check in

contact involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk



Mindful Movement to Boost Mental Well-being

contact involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Research Study :- Survey on supporting Young people’s mental health aged 16-25 years

 

The NHS is changing from July – Introducing Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) established across England on a statutory basis on 1 July 2022

 

Advert for: IAPT Internship Program Talk Wandsworth

For further details / informal visits contact:

Noel Brown (Wellbeing Lead) on 07779 451 172 or

noelbrown@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Digital Inclusion Information

Involvement have gathered information regarding digital inclusion

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Looseheadz

 

Mental Wellbeing weekly football-based programme – Queen's Park Rangers Community Trust

Contact Connor Bagenal

Inclusive Projects Officer

QPR In the Community Trust

07483 006 992

Twitter: @QPRTrust

 

Have your say on our five-year digital strategy – SWLStG's

Contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

 

Social prescribing in Richmond – connecting people with activities in the local community – Ruils in partnership with the Richmond GP Alliance

To read more about our link workers click here

To download our new Healthy Lifestyle Resource, click here

Link to you tube video re: what is social prescribing

Link to the Ruil’s website – Social Prescribing | RUILS Charity

You can self refer to this service you do not need to go through your GP

 

Britney Spears: What is lithium, the drug she claims she was put on

 

Your views on the use of digital technology to enhance the care and support offered by South West London & St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

contact

involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk


Free Live Online Exercises Classes with Clinical Exercise Therapy Team – Mon + Weds + Thurs

contact involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk

UTUBE exercise

Coral Mental Health Crisis Hub

NHS Involvement opportunities

Good Practice Guide for involving and supporting partners and other family members in specialist perinatal services

Thousands to benefit from soups and shakes diet on the NHS from today

The Recovery College

Talk Wandsworth – Well-being resources

Talk Wandsworth – Well-being workshops (under wellbeing subtitle)

 

Your local IAPT websites can be found at:

Merton Uplift: https://www.mertonuplift.nhs..uk

Sutton Uplift: https://www.suttonuplift.co.uk

Talk Wandsworth: https://www.talkwandsworth.nhs.uk

Kingston: https://www.icope.nhs.uk/kingston

Richmond: https://wwwr.ichmondwellbeingservice.nhs.uk

Mind the Dads Project

A Caring Mind | A blog for carers of mental health

Safely Held Spaces | Wellbeing & Compassion | UK

 

Springfield Village development

 

We add Heart

Relaxation video


ELFT Trustalk Magazine

16 January + 22 January + 31 January to discuss trusttalk

contact

elft.membership@nhs.net


Have your say about Kingston Hospital’s communications

 

HOUNSLOW AND RICHMOND COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST


You can join NHS foundation trusts then put yourself forward as a governor

 

Every mind matter – NHS

6 ways to wellbeing

Ideas to help boost your mental wellbeing

Do something active - to be kind to your mind

Reduce your stress by tackling your money worries

tackling your worries

Struggling to sleep? - top tips to help you put sleep first

 

Education

 

Sir Ken Robinson

education

A future for all of us …

 

Level 2 Qualifications – Without paying a penny

 

Covid-19: how tech could transform education

 

we find any learner – free training

 

London school of Economics – EVENTS

Solidarity economics: why mutuality and movements matter – 23 January


NEON

 

Power to people

 

Samaritans

 LGBT Foundation

Galop

London Friend

 Papyrus

 SHOUT

Switchboard


SOS (Silence Of Suicide)

 

PSSD UK

 

Reclaim

 

Perseverance 💙

Citizens commission on human rights international – the MH industry watchdog

Ban Electro convulsive treatment – PETITION

New black box warning ⬛💊

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Let's get the FDA to do its job

🔎💊 Drugging Foster Care Children

World health organisation + UN commit to zero psychiatric coercion



UN Human Rights Council Condemns Forced Psychiatric Practices

Including Electro convulsive treatment - this report is many years old (2018) so why no action locally from Health + well-being board + Integrated Care Board ? - despite knowing about the issue ? - are these boards failing us ? - Wendy

 

Time magazine wrote :-

America has reached peak therapy why is our Mental Health getting worse ?

which states

"research suggests both misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis are common in psychiatry

One 2019 study even concluded that the criteria underlying psychiatric diagnoses are 'scientifically meaningless' due to their inconsistent metrics, overlapping symptoms, and limited scope

That's a sobering conclusion because diagnosis largely determines treatment"

We need to look at “social determinates”of well being ?

Power to people ?

Housing + income ?

Well being / doughnut economies ? - Wendy

 

Synergi

update

18 January

13 February

 

BRAP

 

Involve

participatory budgeting

 

Common Wealth

 

Anti – slavery

 

Human dignity trust


Transform trade

Every year - 12 million Christmas jumpers are sold in the UK
95% of Christmas jumpers are made of plastic - so that jumper will probably live longer than you will

dust

Byssinosis is the medical term for the impact that inhaling fabric fibres has on human lungs

Adidas

 

Citizen Network

for a world were everyone matters

Global standard for self-directed support

24 January



New Economics Foundation

freeze social rents – EMAIL MP

We need to commit to building the power of ordinary people to fight against wealthy elites

Community food systems should be part of the new normal – here’s why

4-day week

poverty is a policy choice

Poverty is the result of a welfare system which denies people the means to live a dignified life

Big tech’s duty of care

Levelling up begins with quality public services

Making workers foot the bill for social care and pensions is deeply unfair

Greening public finance

Cold homes, hot planet

The poorest households will be over £200 a week short of what’s needed for an acceptable standard of living

Punitive benefits sanctions don’t work

Reforming property tax

Residents rise up against damp homes in Little London

From Universal Credit to a Living Income

Tell the Prime Minister to give us a Great Homes Upgrade – PETITION

The victim-blaming culture of housing associations has trickled down from the government

The environment is paying the price for bad economic advice

The UK is in a crisis of living standards, not public finances

well being economy – Wakefield

Why don’t we just understand why it costs more to be poor