Michael + Cheri + Alexey + Rodrigo + Vishal + Christopher + Sam + Gurpreet + Housing + Berlin + stop ECT +










Cheri + Alexey + Rodrigo + Vishal


Berlin – radical approach to housing issues


Justice for the children + justice for Windrush


Number of autistic people in mental health hospitals: latest data

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


Problem linked to local councils + housing? - Wendy


Have your say – Barnes Hospital site


Dispatches : hospital undercover Are they safe?




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


Revealed: Housing associations urged ministers to let them increase rents

Tax Haven Money in London Real Estate

community land trust – housing affordable


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


community powered NHS – animation

Insane trade


The real Tragedy of the Commons

We can reset the paradigm

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

including Tolworth

The story of broke

First they came for…

Thank you EHRC

A community-powered NHS: making prevention a reality


time for Community power act

LBRUT should follow Hartlepool’s lead?


Camden Health + care citizen’s assembly

LBRUT should follow Camden’s lead?


Achieving food security through land reform


A future for all of us …


People power – love not hate


Human rights


Learning from other countries – energy


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

We could do so much with that money – Wendy


open dialogue


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

Not just Essex? - Wendy




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



Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

Out of sight- who cares

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


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

Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

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


Report Finds Monitoring of Electroshock Treatment Unsafe

New Study Finds ECT Ineffective for Reducing Suicide Risk

We can STOP ECT with lasting power of attorney


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

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

Petition by James Moore

Tapering strips

NICE Guideline Update Acknowledges Severe Antidepressant Withdrawal

Withdraw antidepressants gradually, says NICE draft guidance


NHS statistics show continuing rise in antidepressant prescribing

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

How universal basic income can tackle anxiety + depression

Long-term antipsychotic use linked to breast cancer

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

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

CRACKED – why psychiatry is doing more harm than good

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


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

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


Why not Diagnose Social Conditions Instead of Individual Symptoms

Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health


Strength based approach

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

Website – Emotional CPR

How do we pay for a basic income

Welsh basic income pilot has been published

In a statement from Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice

The pilot will be targeted at care leavers

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

That is expected to be about 500 people

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

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


Extending Welsh Universal basic income pilot to heavy industrial workers




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


£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



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

every Thursday 11am-1pm

Richmond library annex

quadrant road




Ian – Wild Mind Project

The Wild Mind Project - FREE mental wellbeing support in nature for the young LGBTQ+🌈 community and young people with learning disabilities

How to connect with your community

Bird ID help: tits, finches and winter raptors

Will 2023 be the year of community-led repair?

How to ID Garden Birds by Sight and Sound

Spain and the Hispanic World' is now open

royal academy of art

What's new for February

Your gardening update from the RHS

Your Grow Your Own news for February

Epic wetlands, an avian superhighway and beak quiz

Have you seen these six signs of spring?


Community based organisations + community recommended organisations


Listen to act




Letter from Ron Bassman, Executive Director of MindFreedom International – 23 July 2022

Dear Psychiatric Survivors, Advocates & Friends

I write this letter of resignation today knowing full well that there is a great deal more work that needs to be done.

I hope that my tenure as executive director of MindFreedom International has been meaningful and has laid the groundwork for future advances of the work and vision begun by the amazing David Oaks and my good friend and Board president, the extraordinary Celia Brown.

I wish also to acknowledge the selfless dedicated work and support of our office staff, Sarah Smith, and Kelli Williamson.

During my time as E.D.

I have had the honor and privilege of meeting and making new friends, initiating new programs and addressing the many rights violations coming into our Shield program.

I am most proud that we have made substantial progress in establishing cross-disability alliances.
56 years ago, I was involuntarily hospitalized and labelled with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

The horrendous treatments I was subjected to over the next 6 months – 40 insulin comas coupled with electroshock – resulted in the almost complete loss of my memory, along with being deprived of my personal agency.

The ensuing journey of transformation centered around a vow to myself to not only recover but to do whatever I could to prevent others from being forced to undergo similar harmful “for your own good” interventions that masquerade as treatments.

Although I will not be representing MFI, I will continue to actively engage in the programs in which I think I can make a positive contribution.

I strongly believe that those of us who have been doing this work for a long time need to inform and help mentor a diverse group of young and BIPOC people to take on leadership roles.

I have been most fortunate and grateful to collaborate with many talented, compassionate, dedicated people who bravely fight to protect our rights while ignoring the risk and personal cost of speaking truth to power.

My last day of work as Executive Director of MindFreedom International will be at our Board of Directors meeting on August 18, 2022.

I appreciate all of you and I hope that MFI continues to expand its important work in activating a Nonviolent Revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights that unites people affected by the mental health system with movements for justice everywhere


Podcast with Dr Ronald Bassman



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

18 February 2023


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




Surviving Antidepressants


A Caring Mind | A blog for carers of mental health


ADOODLE- community mapping


Poverty eradication organisations + self-expression


Project 16:15


Right here

Community power act

Join our campaign team

The Community Power Act in full

Why Mayors aren't enough


Joseph Rowntree foundation (JRF)


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


A bleak winter for struggling households and more

including events

Stark rise in people living in very deep poverty

From disability to destitution

Social justice in a digital age

The Invidious Hand: Social justice in the age of control


Making a house a home: Why policy must focus on the ownership and distribution of housing

New project launch: Talking about housing

NICE Guideline Update Acknowledges Severe Antidepressant Withdrawal

Why the Chancellor shouldn't cut Universal Credit

Including Economic (in)justice explainer video – A redesigned economy

Why we need a new conversation about social security

A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom in 2021

Why we must #MakeJobsWork

The biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the Second World War

People living in social housing claiming Universal Credit are struggling to afford the essentials

Why we must #KeepTheLifeline and what you can do to help

House prices see their biggest annual rise in decades, and rents are up too

New analysis exposes impact of planned Universal Credit cut

Rashford targets a win on Universal Credit

what's causing structural racism in housing

it's going to be a “very difficult winter” for low-income families

less than a week for the Government to #KeepTheLifeline

Biggest ever overnight cut to social security makes a mockery of levelling up

Invest in social housing for almost 1 million families paying private rents they can't afford

Millions of low-income households pulled under by arrears while living costs rise

A tale of two Budgets for low-income families

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

Paving the way for good jobs through participatory co-design

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

Winning hearts and minds for decent, affordable housing

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

Inflation is pushing people deeper into poverty

Including housing ideas


Elections Bill could disenfranchise millions of voters


600,000 people pulled into poverty by Spring Statement


Benefits uprating analysis

JRF welcomes Chancellor's cost of living measures


including jobs + events

Anxiety nation Economic insecurity and mental distress in 2020s Britain

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

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

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

talking about homes – the foundation for a decent life – 28 February


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

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


Paying your energy bills: help is at hand


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

Communities in Africa trek for weeks to survive drought


National Survivors User Network (NSUN)


NSUN is a great organisation with a great newsletter …


You can sign up to it here.


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


NSUN AGM – 28 February


This week’s newsletter


NSUN also has a directory page here


Extracts from the newsletters …


16 February


22 February


1 March


81 acts of exuberant defiance by 2 March


7 March


24 March


15 February – 22 March


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



Suicide & Self-Harm Research North-West's Annual Conference

16 June





15 February + 22 March


Stronger Things 2023 – Community Power: Making it happen – 23 May


24 March


Awareness-Raising Workshops for Communities


Macc Lunchtime learning – starting a group - 16 February


Death of a Customer: Deaths by Welfare Podcast

A podcast via Healing Justice Ldn.



higher effect


Inclusion north


CALL FOR PAPERS: Listening to all voices - The politics of ‘lived experience’: concerns, contradictions, challenges

28 + 29 March


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


free our people now new campaign + network

Simone Aspis - Free Our People Now Project Manager on


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


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


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




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




+ Jobs + Funding + MUCH MUCH MORE


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


Survivor Researcher Network (SRN)


Inclusion London

Tell your MP to restore Disabled people’s rights

Protect Everyone Bill – EMAIL MP

Take Action and abolish the tax on disability – EMAIL MP

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

UNCRDP Westminster Government civil society shadow report sign up

URGENT – Email your MP to help avoid catastrophic care costs

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

Disability Justice Project

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


Shaping our lives

latest including why participatory budgeting works

Could you write for Disney or the BBC?

Campaigns, conferences, co-production, and more

Conference speaker notes, copro resources and more

Including EMAIL MP

Diverse City guest blog, Disability History Month, + more

Tips for organising inclusive events

New poetry, film reviews, funding for artists


National Voices

A briefing for Integrated Care System Leaders


Elect her community

Welcome to our world

Don't get angry, get politically active

Apply for funding


Black Thrive


Black minds


Z2K – fighting poverty – EMAIL MP

Z2K has caseworker to help people



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


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



Michelle – housing first


Pavement magazine






More than 95,000 households are living in temporary accommodation in England right now

Costs up = homelessness up


1 in 4 households were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless because of the loss of a private tenancy

3,405 households in the private rented sector were evicted by bailiffs between April and June – up 39% on the previous quarter


End homelessness – PETITION


Here’s the statistics:

24% of private renters have had to borrow money to pay their rent

18% have cut back on food or skipped meals to pay their rent

12% have cut back on heating their home to pay their rent


Our research shows the true scale of the problem.

That 3.2 million people from across the country have been forced to live in dangerous or unhealthy privately rented homes because they fear complaining will trigger a retaliatory eviction.

That's 39% of all private renters.

Too scared to complain for fear of losing their home, the effects of insecure tenancies and 'no-fault' Section 21 evictions hang over every renter's head.


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Demand better from renting - PETITION

Meet Krystalrose – she's fighting for change


Today, 1 in every 52 Londoners is living in temporary accommodation.

This is costing huge amounts of money and doesn’t provide the stability or security families need to thrive.

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

What happened to ‘Everyone In’

23% left without any move on accommodation and may be at risk of returning to the streets or forced to turn to insecure arrangements like sofa surfing 22% remain in emergency accommodation

23% of those still in emergency accommodation have No Recourse to Public Funds and are stuck without access to homelessness assistance or housing benefit, meaning it is hard for them to move on to a secure home

45% of England’s private renting adults – that's 3.7 million people – have been the victim of illegal behaviour from a landlord or letting agent.

Michael Gove: New Housing Secretary of State – SIGN OPEN LETTER

Fix renting

Build social housing

Help people at risk of sleeping rough


Are letting agents refusing you for being on benefits

Next step contact the property ombudsman (TPO)


These stats are shocking


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


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.



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


Free campaigning training – 28 February


I’m being evicted – EMAIL MINISTER


Museum of homelessness

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

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

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

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


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


London Renters Union

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


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



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




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


The White Paper: Generation Rent's Verdict

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: National Register of Landlords

Ask your MP to back the Renters Reform Bill


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join our Day of Action - #RentersAreWaiting - PETITION

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

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

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

We need a COVID Rent debt fund - PETITION

Join us in preventing a homelessness crisis – PETITION

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

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

You can read all about the report here.

We are calling for:

Open ended tenancies

More time to find a new home

Compensation for a blameless move

No excessive rent increases to force an eviction

No mandatory evictions for people in rent debt

We value your opinion

Close the holiday let tax loophole – PETITION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renter reform coalition – EMAIL MP

Campaign win Government to require landlords to register

tell your MP to get renting done

Are you eligible for the Warmer Homes scheme


"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



Renters reform coalition


Single Homelessness Project


peer mentoring programme




Helping rough sleepers – PETITION


Close the eviction loophole – PETITION

You can sign a petition without making a donation


Cardboard citizen

Advice about Evictions

Cheap broadband deals

Cardboard Citizens: Survey for Members


Cardboard Citizens' Inclusivity & Equality Agenda

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

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

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


Through these sessions we have explored:



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


Racism and Anti-Racism


Calling people in’

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

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

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

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

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


Access Free Energy Bill Support


for next term 26 January – 20 April 2023

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

Northern Stage's I, Daniel Blake – 25 May – 10 June 2023

Orwell Prize by April 2023


Membership forum - 13 February – 3pm -5pm

London ticket bank


14 February


15 February


Actor call out

contact soumiks365@gmail.com


community check in every Friday 11am


cheap theatre tickets



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


WATCH: Eight brand new short films about social housing

Ella shares her story

Freddie shares his story

Read Louisa's story



Just say hello

Severe Weather Emergency – Glass Door update


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 week


Garden organic



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

Apply for a One Stop University Scholarship

From The Ground Up – Empowering communities through environmental action



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


Advocacy focus


10 March


The Advocacy Project

culturally sensitive advocacy

preventing abuse

Moving personal stories

impactful video

reflections on advocacy during Covid

2 March


National Development Team for Inclusion

Advocacy Charter

Leeds Autism AIM: #PowerOfPartnership

NAC – Guidance regarding emotional enrichment

Staying mentally well this winter

Quality advocacy

Audit of MH services – PLEASE COMPLETE

Protect Our Human Rights

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

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

Irwin Mitchell


People organised + information


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


including events


Wildflower Alliance

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

"How Big Pharma & Psychiatry Gaslight Us"

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

Open Letter Re: Shooting Death of Orlando Taylor

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

Justice for Miguel Estrella: Event & Statements + More



Statement on the Tragic Shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs

hearing voices family + friends group

The First LGBTQIA+ Peer Respite in the Country

The Hearing Voices Approach - Get Involved

February update



Mad in the Family Monthly Newsletter

Concern as Proportion of Children in England on Antipsychotics Doubles

Seattle Schools Sue Tech Giants Over Social Media Harm


Mad in America


23 February - Selfhood, Family and the Gift of Madness


Teen Arts Exhibition Now Live!


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


This week’s newsletter here


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

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


Mad in America’s 10 Most Popular Articles in 2022


Why Isn’t There a Popular Hashtag for Involuntary Commitment


The Power of Light and Dark


Martin Harrow


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

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

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


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


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


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


Threatened for Telling the Truth: Polish Journalist Speaks Out


Antidepressants Blunt Emotions and Cause Sexual Dysfunction


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


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


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


Hindsight is 20/20


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


FDA Approves Another Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug

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

Disability Justice Goes Beyond the Social Model

Brain Changes Linked to Early Socioeconomic Status May Persist in Adulthood

Study Details How Listening to Music Alters Stress and Mood


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


I Can Barely Breathe: Personal Story by Lori Daniels


The Faulty Reasoning That Turned ADHD Into a Disease


UK Suicide Prevention Policies Prioritize Surveillance Over Social Change


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

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


Researchers: ECT Study in Children Methodologically Flawed, Ethically Concerning


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

The Bipolar Rollercoaster: Looking Beyond the Labels

disturbing references to ECT – Wendy


Dubious Science: Downplaying the Risks of Antidepressants in Pregnancy

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


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


Catherine’s Story: A Child Lost to Psychiatry


Call for Teen Art in All Media

Art and Transformation: Creating Justice in Mental Health

Negatively Charged: ECT and the Truth I Could Never Forget


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

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


What Psychiatry Has Done for Me

On the Brink of Psychosis

Jim Flannery – sorry it is not funny

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

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

Lithium Use Leads to Chronic Kidney Disease

Mindfulness as Effective as Lexapro for Anxiety

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

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

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

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

Meaningless Distractibility, or Meaningful Mind-Wandering

A Return to Dignity from Psychiatric and Childhood Abuse

Why We Urgently Need New Approaches to Mental Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


I Had No Idea That Gabapentin Could Do This…

do not worry – you will be fine

Top 10 Myths About the Critics of Psychiatry


Mad Parenting: On Becoming an Unlikely Family Man

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

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

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

No Better Outcomes After Testing for Antidepressant Drug-Gene Interactions

Reducing Involuntary Psychiatric Admissions in Norway


Study Contradicts Diathesis-Stress Model of Psychosis

Nobody Knows What “Serious Mental Illness” Means

Neoliberal Values Connected to Increased Stigma and Suicidal Ideation

How Diagnostic Interviews Translate Situational Behavior Into Pathology

State Sponsored Biomedical Psychiatry Impedes Movements of People with Psychosocial Disabilities

Trauma Survivors Speak Out Against Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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

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

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


The One That Was Away


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


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

Psychiatry Textbooks Are Filled with Errors and Propaganda

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

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

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


The Powerful Allure of Psychedelics in Today’s Disenchanted World

suicide support survey

Books Under Review: Summer 2022


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

Response to Criticism of Our Serotonin Paper


No Evidence Low Serotonin Causes Depression

Are People with Psychosocial Disabilities Welcomed in Public Spaces

Addressing Racism-Related Stress and Trauma in Psychotherapy

Treatment Pathways for Psychosis Vary by Race

How Does Spiritual Voice Hearing Compare to Psychosis

The Transformative Potential of Psychosis

a diagnosis + it’s damage – Schizophrenia


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

Laura Van Tosh: The Life of a Psychiatric Survivor Activist

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

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

Industry Sponsorship of “Cost Effectiveness Analyses” Produces Biased Results

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

Victim focus

Nothing At All: How Antidepressants Failed Me

The UK’s IAPT Service Is an Abject Failure

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

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

Doctors Renew Campaign Against Overdiagnosis and Overmedication

Coercive Psychiatric Practice Goes Beyond Seclusion and Restraint

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


Does Humanistic Psychology Support the Capitalist Status Quo


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

Psychiatric Drugs Do Not Improve Disease or Reduce Mortality

Pharmaceutical Industry and FDA Use Mob Tactics to Silence Whistleblowers

Peer Values Versus Violence: A View from Lived Experience

Treating Grief with Addiction Drug Jeopardizes Social Connections

Antidepressant-Induced Serotonin Syndrome a Danger for the Elderly

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

Can Secure Attachment Reduce Death Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsions

Why Some Therapists Consistently See Better Results with LGBTQ Clients


Open Season on Mental Patients

Cargo Cult Psychiatry

Psychedelic Therapy Will Not Save Us

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

The Answers Are in Our Weak Spots

A Moment to Reflect

Health Risks to Babies When Antidepressants Used During Pregnancy

Long Term Antidepressant Use Associated With Increased Morbidity and Mortality

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

Psychiatry’s Nightmarish 2022 & Its Hysterical Defense Against Criticism

The power of activism

open season on mental patients

Industry Corruption in Systematic Review for Injectable Antipsychotics

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

Inside My Suicidal Mind

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

Behaviourists Must Confront Psychiatry’s Pseudoscience

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


Made “Mad” in America

The Shady World of Shock Treatment

A Different Psychiatry Is Needed for Discontinuing Antidepressants

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

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

A Hopelessly Flawed Seminar in “The Lancet” About Suicide

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

Depression Stigma May Be Decreasing; Psychosis Stigma Increasing

Mainstream Psychology Slow to View Police Brutality as Systemic Racism

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

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

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


ADHD: The money trail

Peer Support Research: Is It Time Yet


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

Study Highlights Uptake of Voice Hearing Groups in Brazil

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

Conflict of Interest Policies in Europe May Hide Pharma Influence

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

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

Thomas Insel makes a case for abolishing psychiatry

Antidepressants Do Not Improve Quality of Life

Did Psychiatry Ever Endorse the Chemical Imbalance Theory of Depression

Capitalism and the Biomedical Model of Mental Health

Mad by design: an ancient paradigm of psychiatric thought

Trans lifeline: naming trans-specific harm in Mental Health


Council of Europe Releases Report to Promote Voluntary Mental Health Treatment

Psychology “Incompatible with Hypothesis-Driven Theoretical Science”

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

Patient Reports Reveal SSRI Antidepressants Often Lead to Emotional Blunting

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

From the Victorian workhouse to contemporary welfare reforms,

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

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


The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

The Transformational Qualities of Hearing Voices Groups

BMJ: 20% of Health Research Is Fraudulent

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

Pharmaceutical companies are no longer attempting to hide their financial influence

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

Antipsychotics Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Coercion and Dehumanization in Mental Healthcare

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

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


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

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

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

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

Research Reveals Mental Health Professionals’ Participation in Rape Culture

Emotional CPR: Heart-Centered Peer Support

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

Lithium No Better Than Placebo for Preventing Suicide Attempts

Lithium, Antidepressants, Esketamine—All No Better Than Placebo

Qualitative Evidence Supports the Ban on Conversion Therapy in Canada

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

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

Mental Health Care Must Support Consent and Basic Human Rights

The Psychiatric Hospital Is an Institution of Social Control

Consumer Regret

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy

Ketamine Withdrawal Has Severe Consequences

The Year Of Potentiality

Can Anything Good Come Out of Therapy

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

De-Psychiatrization and the Promise of Open Dialogue

SSRI Antidepressants Do Not Improve Depression After a Stroke

Why We Need a Neurodiverse Philosophy of Autistic Happiness

Navigating the meaning of psychosis important for recovery

Guardianship Destroyed My Family

The Other Side of the Cage

Fireside Project: Peer Support for Psychedelic Experiences

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

No Meaningful Brain Differences in Depression

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

How Socioeconomic Class Affects Therapy

Clinicians and Patients Often Disagree on Mental Health Outcomes

Psychiatry and Psychology Fail in Response to Farmer Suicides in India

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

Finding Connection During the Pandemic

Why Is Child Sexual Abuse So Common in Institutions

Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism

Did Pharma Companies Hide Failed ADHD Drug Studies From Regulators

Study Discovers Extensive Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research

Shifting Away from ECT and Antidepressants for Depression

Put Psyche Back Into Psychiatry and Add Psychological Intimacy

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

Michael Hengartner – Evidence-biased Antidepressant Prescription

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

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

Can the Psychodynamic Manual Move Therapy Beyond the DSM

How Providers Can Support Psychiatric Drug Discontinuation

John Read: Fear and Loathing in the ECT Debate

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

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

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

I Made It Out Alive

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

Addressing Cultural Bias in the Treatment of Personality Disorders

The Censors Are Coming for Mental Health

MIA’s Suicide Hotline Transparency Project

Robert Spitzer on DSM-III: A Recently Recovered Interview

Official Guidelines on Antidepressant Discontinuation Fail Practitioners and Patients

Sexual Assault at Any Age is a Risk Factor for Psychosis

Dying to Stay Alive: A Ketamine Disaster

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

Pharmaceutical Industry Corruption Goes Beyond Conflicts of Interest

Racism Evident in Patient Health Records

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

Desperate Remedies

UK Finds Success with Peer Supported Open Dialogue Program

Why Do We Lock People Up

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

Antipsychotics Worsen Cognitive Functioning in First-Episode Psychosis

Parenting Changed My Perspective on “ADHD”

Nature: Brain Imaging Studies Are Most Likely False

How Evidence Based Medicine Became an Illusion

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

Police Killings and the Pseudoscience of “Excited Delirium”

The Functions of the Mental Health System Under Capitalism

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Calling in AIR Strikes

Mental Wellbeing Poorest in English-Speaking Countries of the World


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:



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

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



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:



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:



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



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:


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:



Our free downloads section - with coping strategies etc:



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

I really like some of his resources):



A practical guide to coping with voices:



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



Our Getting help and support page:



Our approach to Hearing Voices:



Engaging with Voices:



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:



Hearing Voices Forum (in assoc. with Intervoice)



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


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


For Young People

Voice Collective:


(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:



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



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



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:



For family and friends

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



We hope that these resources are useful to you


With warmth,

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


London hearing voices network – update

Art Making, Nature and Spirituality Workshop


27 February


Spiritual crisis Network (SCN)


National SCN Community Forum


London SCN


Social Prescribing Network


including beyond the pill

additional update

Rapid scoping review on older people, poverty


Self- development


Action for Happiness

happier – kinder – together

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

9 January for 6 weeks

Friendly February

23 February


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


Canopy + stars – a life more wild – podcast


Oxford Mindfulness Centre

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

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


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

Wealth is a mindset.

Want less and appreciate more today.


Coalition for Personalised Care


including events


Angel + Marc


5 Quotes for Coping with Things You Can't Control

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

Breathe and be mindful.

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

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

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

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

Prioritize your peace.

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

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

Accept this, and start acknowledging your own worth.

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

Tell yourself today, and believe it.

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

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


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

A cage created by...

A difficult or disappointing experience

A privileged or sheltered life

Social influence

Pop-culture and mass-media stereotyping

And the list goes on.

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


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

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

We liked people who smiled.

We avoided people who frowned.

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

At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts


Our minds are incredibly powerful

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

But that’s not what’s important.

What’s important is the opening of your wings.

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


4 More Relationship Truths for Tough Times

Resentment hurts you, not them

Sometimes walking away is the only path forward

Some relationships will be blessings, others will serve as lessons

Even the best relationships don’t last forever.


3 Hidden Behaviours that Harm Your Relationships

Using complaints and disagreements as an opportunity to condemn each other

Using hateful gestures as a substitute for honest communication

The silent treatment


Healing in Your Relationships

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

Always be kinder than necessary.

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

Some chapters in our lives have to close without closure.

Be careful not to dehumanize people you disagree with.

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

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


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

Think about that question for a moment.

Read it again, and sit with it.

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

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


4 Hard Choices that Make You Happier in the Long Run

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

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

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

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


New normal’ anxiety: A therapist’s guide


A therapist’s guide to self-care

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

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

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


Physical self-care

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

Eat regularly and in a way that nourishes your body

Exercise regularly

Boost your sleep


Psychological self-care

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

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

Turn off phone notifications

Keep scheduled therapy appointments

Take time for reflection


Emotional self-care

This involves your relationship with yourself.

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

Keep a journal

Vent your frustrations

Engage in opportunities to create happiness


Physiotherapist – Working from home: 4 health hacks

Plump it up

Make your chair more ergonomic.

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


Go for a raise

Try shaking up your desk design.

Raising your laptop will help to protect your posture.


Break it down

Take micro-breaks.

Regular movement helps prevent muscular pains.


Stretch yourself

That's it.


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.



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


As The River Flows
Just as the river flows through all terrains,

never stopping, and never expecting anything to help it flow,

in the same way, we too can be like a river, flowing through the twists and turns of life and keep creating a way forward
And just as the river makes the land fertile, we too can create abundance and help things flourish wherever we are


A Point of Stillness
Find a point of stillness from which you begin and to which you return, every day

Give yourself the space to just be and experience a sense of wellbeing
What or where is your point of stillness

How will you make stillness an important event in your day


Like an Alchemist
Like an alchemist, transform something worthless into something precious
The key to alchemy is perception

So, overlook the visible lead to seek the hidden gold
See the limitless possibilities in everything

focus on the pure gold within each one

and turn lead into gold


Above the Clouds
When life gives you clouds

remember that

a) you are not the clouds

and b) like clouds, situations will sooner or later pass

And you can always

a) look for the silver lining

and b) rise above the clouds and find your own sunshine


Your day

To put your day into perspective and sleep well, add this exercise to your bedtime routine

Summarise your day

Summarise your day in a word or two, or a sentence

Make a note of it mentally, digitally or on paper

Summarise your experience, challenges or accomplishments from the day

If you can’t think of anything positive, try and summarise it in a constructive way and get closure on the day


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.


The Real Problem
Have you considered that the problem is not the real problem

The problem is how you think about the problem
Think differently about the problem and you'll not only change how you feel and experience your reality, but ultimately change how you respond to the problem


Fill Your Bucket
If you feel irritable or low on energy, positivity and resilience,

maybe it’s because your bucket is empty
If your bucket is empty, make the time to recharge your batteries and treat yourself

Go for a walk, listen to music, connect with people or simply rest from your daily routine

How will you fill your bucket


The Unpredictability of Everything
Life is anything but predictable


1) recognise the unpredictability of everything


2) learn to accept the inherent unpredictability
Accept the unpredictability and you'll embrace all that life offers,

hold onto hope,

adapt and thrive


The Wisdom in Anger
When anger happens, instead of getting swept away by the anger, try to find the wisdom in your anger
Identify what your anger is trying to communicate to you

It might be pointing out what you care deeply about and what your needs are

Find the wisdom in your anger and grow through your anger


Questions to Stop Overthinking
When you find yourself lost in overthinking, try this

Ask yourself questions

Ask yourself questions and it may help you stop the overthinking

put things in perspective and give the mind a positive, constructive direction
Ask yourself

What is it that’s concerning me

Is this a real problem

What can I do about this

Is there another way to think about this

How would I feel if I were to think differently


Completing a Task
When completing a task, a project, sometimes it doesn't feel as satisfying

it feels exhausting

And even though it’s successfully completed, we keep spotting what's missing.

Is being a perfectionist, being too self-critical, expecting too much from yourself draining your energy and happiness
The next time you finish something, give yourself a moment to

1) accept that it really is good enough, and

2) appreciate and savour the results.

And who knows, you might just feel less exhausted, more satisfied


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


Recovering From Burnout
When we find ourselves enduring too much stress without much relief, burnout happens

It's more than just feeling tired or stressed we feel empty, edgy, exhausted

And sometimes a day break or even a holiday may not be enough to rest and rejuvenate

So, when burnout happens, how do you recover
Here are a few ways to recover from burnout:
- Improve your diet, sleep, exercise routine, and build healthy habits
- Make time for journaling, social interaction, and things you enjoy
- Identify what you need to subtract from your work, relationships and life


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

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

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

Be the light and illuminate the moment and the world


Your Financial Well-being

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

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

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

This week

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

rethink your spending habits

be happier with what you have


Good Feelings
At any given point, there's nearly always a difficult person in our life

We don’t necessarily have to like them, but we can try to have good feelings towards them
Cultivate good feelings towards the difficult person by thinking of one of their good qualities

and keeping it in mind whenever you think of them or meet them

Try this and it may help you to deal with them positively


One-Minute Kindness
If you're a daily commuter or an occasional one, here's something you can add to your journey commute with kindness

It will only add an extra minute to your journey time
Take a minute to send kind wishes, thoughts filled with positivity and well-being to all your fellow commuters


Dancing in the Rain
Are you going to let a little rain stop you from doing what you need to do

Instead of allowing the situation to affect your mindset and waiting for the rain to pass

focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do
Accept how things are and make friends with the rain

Go splash in some puddles and find joy where you are Learn to dance in the rain and escalate your happiness


Your Mind Is Your Home
When a negative thought takes up residence in your mind, the mind is not a nice place to be

So, evict any negative thoughts that have taken up residence in your mind, and make the mind a place where there's space for clarity, creativity and comfort
Remember that

a) your mind is your home

b) your thoughts are your guests

c) you can choose which thoughts to keep out or let in, and how long they stay


Drinking Guilt-tea
How often do you find yourself drinking guilt-tea

When you find yourself sipping some guilt-tea, stop savouring it

Instead, use that taste of guilt to understand why you feel guilty,

and what you can do to make amends
Stop feeling guilty, be kind to yourself and try some new teas instead, like sereni-tea


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

there’s always much more to explore

So have the courage to dream

Have the courage to define your dream clearly,

to go beyond any obstacles and reach for your dream,

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


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

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

Your thoughts begin to quieten down…

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Who am I?

What is important to me?

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


Trying to Fitting In
When we are trying to fit in with others

we may find ourselves being what others expect us to be and compromising our true self in the process
Instead of trying so hard to fit in

allow yourself to be true to yourself and be who you are

And as a result you may find yourself creating more meaningful connections


A Ripple Effect
How often are you shopping for things you don’t need or even really want

We know that everything we do creates a ripple effect
Let's make an effort to change our shopping habits,

waste less and make the most of what we already have

Because our small actions do have a ripple effect


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


Reflect. Extract. Write
We read, hear and watch so much inspiring content

But we don't always give ourselves the space to process and absorb the content
Next time you are inspired, give yourself a couple of minutes to reflect, extract and write down what you liked, why it resonated with you and how it changes your perspective


Life's Challenges
Life is full of challenges

Some challenges are big, some small, some exciting, some scary....
When a challenge comes your way,

don't feel daunted

Just remind yourself that when challenges come,

they come, not to hold you back but to move you forward


Cozy and Calm
To calm your thoughts, here’s a peaceful and soulful way to meditate:

Light a candle, turn down the lights and focus on the flame of the candle
Just like the melting candle wax, feel all your stress and all your thoughts melt away

Allow the warm glow of the candlelight and the cozy, comforting ambiance,

ease you into a world of self-care and serenity


Virtue as a Goal
What do you want most this year

What virtue will help you get your goal

For example, if you want to exercise more, maybe the virtue of determination will help you achieve your goal

If you want to help others more, you can choose the virtue of kindness

Choose a virtue that is meaningful to you and matches your goal

Write it down on a couple of post-it notes and put it around your house to remind you to focus on this virtue


Make Yourself Feel Better

If you're feeling the January blues, do something to make yourself feel better

You can remind yourself to let loose, be silly, smile bigger, laugh louder, sing aloud,

dance around and have some light-hearted fun

You can plan some things to look forward to, a treat, a trip, a….

How will you boost our mood today?


Sit in Silence
The world can get loud and that's it’s important to sit in silence at various intervals during the day

Turn your attention away from the world outside and go inwards (inside your mind)

Bring your mental and emotional energy to a point of stillness and immerse yourself in complete silence

Do this and it will restore your wellbeing and build your focus

It’s worth any discomfort or boredom we may encounter in the process


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?


Explore and Embrace

We often try to make impermanent things permanent

We often expect things to last forever

But no matter how tightly we hold onto things

we cannot change the fact that everything will eventually change

This week, explore and embrace the perspective of impermanence

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

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

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


Self-Care Forum

Pandemic: Changes in Professional's Attitudes & Practice


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



including community pharmacists can refer patients for scan + checks


August 2022


Tackling inequalities in healthcare access, experience, and outcomes



including resources for younger people's




Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance



Economics of happiness – local futures

Beyond Conspiracy: Framing Meaningful Activism


Gabor Maté supports the localization movement


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

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

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

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

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

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



Values are shifting. Culture is turning

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

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

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


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

The Radical Roots of Community Supported Agriculture

Interrelation -SCOOP the sustainable cooperative


Brian Eno


The economics of happiness – film

Planet local – a quiet revolution – film

Local Food = Food Security

Small Scale on a Large Scale

Dr. Gabor Maté on Mental Health and Localization

the corporation

the new corporation

Vandana – the power of people

Small, local and productive

To consume or to connect




The benefits system in this country is a disgrace


get support with your living costs♿



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


'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





Dan – 45:46 minutes in


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



What the budget means for disabled people

end sky high energy bills for disabled + older people


MIND – Cost of living crisis – PETITION


Alzeimer's society


"Upset and disgusted" at Travelodge – PETITION


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

How increases in housing costs impact households






National Autistic Society

Number of autistic people in mental health hospitals: latest data


Share community – How to become a better communicator



National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)


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




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


VITAL projects



Changing our lives

hospital to home



Disability Rights UK


Disability Right UK has helplines

equal participation for all


Jodey Whiting


Scottish Government announces rent freeze

Report shows millions of Disabled people living in cold homes


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


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’


Police officer fired for taking photos of people being sectioned

Press coverage for autistic man in isolation prompts Council action

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

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

The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition & training

Because we all care – CQC

Government White Paper fails to re-build the care system

Law Commission recommends adding disability to list of hate crimes

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

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

Mental health impact of leaseholder cladding scandal

All PIP claimants to be offered apply online option

End Fuel Poverty Coalition – PETITION

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

Sickle cell patients ‘face racism in NHS’

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

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

DWP failures mean dying people are being rejected for PIP

DWP ignoring concerns about Disabled benefit claimants’ deaths

The Reason I Jump

Ker Featherstone

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

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

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

Our work capability assessment factsheet

Poverty Alliance

Assisted Dying Bill

Health and Disability Green Paper – a cause for concern

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

New body to tackle health disparities set to launch

Lords: Government failing to implement Equality Act


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

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

Elections Bill bad news for Disabled voters

Austerity cuts killed tens of thousands from 2010 onwards

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

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

Disability Benefits Without the Fight - PETITION

Excluded children put in ‘unsafe’ institutions

Disability Horizons launches new online wellbeing community

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

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

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


Osbornes Law


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

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

DWP blocks publication of research on effectiveness of benefit sanctions

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

Disability strategy ruled unlawful, DWP denied permission to appeal


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

DWP admits wrongly refusing PIP to record number of Disabled people


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

Citizens Advice energy advice

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


Jackie Maguire


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

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

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

Reasonable adjustment

Adult Disability Payment


Just Can’t Wait card


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

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


How bare bones benefits don’t add up

Under Pressure campaign


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

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


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

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

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

Benefits rise does little to ease cost of living crisis


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

EHRC presses DWP to improve treatment of Disabled benefit claimants

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

EHRC failing Disabled people on DWP actions, claim families


Elections Bill will make it harder for Disabled people to vote

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


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

Report shows that smart home technology can assist independent living

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

Austerity Kills campaign – WRITE TO YOUR MP


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


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

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

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


Get Ahead Newsletter 22

Disabled energy user forced onto meter

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


Disability Poverty Campaign Group update

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




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

+ lots more


Disability News Service


Equality Network

Sanctuary, Safety, Solidarity

Holyrood Committee report into a ban on Conversion Practices

You can watch parliament in action here

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

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

The call for evidence on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill

New intersex resources created by our partners Reprofutures

New Bi+ survey launched

A new way to support our campaigning work

Ukraine president backs civil partnerships for same-sex couples

Trans Awareness Week

Gender Recognition Reform Blocked by UK Government

It's LGBTQIA+ History Month

including events


Care and Support Alliance – An appeal for your story

Contact csa@nas.org.uk


MND Association


Act now for safer homes for people with MND


National autism society

sign open letter


Joint Committee publishes report on the Draft Mental Health Bill


Land + other views


Humanists UK

Working to ensure a fairer, kinder, and better society


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


15 + 21 February


An attack on free expression

including Salman


protect legal abortion

Religion vs Women’s Rights – Write to your MP


2025 Strategy

Humanism in the classroom: we’re going back to school

We must never blame the victims

Exposé: Sexist, homophobic, and violent religious resources


We are not a Christian country

Did you know that bishops are speaking and voting for us in the House of Lords

The only other sovereign state in the world where clerics vote in Parliament is the Islamic Republic of Iran

Majority against bishops in the Lords

The rise of the non-religious

How can I be happy?

What should we think about death?

How do we know what’s true?

What makes something right or wrong?

Humanist marriages now’, say parliamentarians


Including writing to MP about protecting Human rights

and “conversion therapy”

Important: Our worst fears come true – assault on human rights in uk

An amazing list of people + organisations

UK Govt removes abortion rights from international pact


Help us challenge compulsory worship in schools

Five facts about faith schools

What I believe – podcasts with people in the public eye

Iran: Women rise up against theocracy

Assisted dying: Jersey and Scotland lead the way

A time of change

European court rules against blasphemy laws

The World Cup

International Women’s Day

January update

Holocaust Memorial Day 🕯️

The separation of church and state


Land justice UK – Land and Food


New land report out on land reform in Scotland

police, crime, sentencing and courts bill

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


A win in the fight for land rights – PETITION


Land worker’s alliance


Human rights


Change The Covid Guidance In Psychiatric Wards


Fawcett Society

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


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


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


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


You know the facts

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

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

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


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

The Rwanda plan: a punishment for asking for help

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

Shedding the refugee label

The consequences of punishing refugees

Lift the Ban: does Jeremy Hunt want £300 million

Price rises + government hostility = asylum seeker poverty


The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

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


Windrush Heroes: Stories you need to hear



I tried this + got some answers wrong – Wendy


23 February


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


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

13 February


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


Freedom from Torture – close the barracks

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




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


Join a local group

Urgent: shocking news – EMAIL MP


The facts + figures

write to your local newspaper against the anti refugee bill


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 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


Detention Action

This is a humanitarian disaster. Close the detention camps now

Meet with your MP

we oppose unjust deportations - PETITION

urgent: no offshore detention – EMAIL MP


Survivors of Napier Barracks beat the Home Office in court

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


Stop union busting in Morocco – PETITION


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


A message from the White Helmets to Ukrainians under attack

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


In Syria the Russians used that information to target hospitals.

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

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

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

Today, we need actions not words from the international community.

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

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

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

In solidarity,

Raed Al Saleh


PETITION TO UN regarding earthquake


Your right to know – PETITION


Third sector + campaigning


Third Sector – Governance bulletin

Third Sector – weekly

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

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

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

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

Wellcome institutional racism

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

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

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

This is a charity - Wendy


Fifth former Oxfam GB staffer sanctioned after DRC sexual misconduct investigation

Why aren’t more charities supporting community building initiatives


Does the voluntary sector have a class problem

Giving pains: the cost of grant-making

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

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

Reproductive healthcare charity boss paid £229,000 annual bonus

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

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

Are charities too ‘respectable’ to achieve change

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

King Charles's charity warned over working in Bahrain

Church of England announces £100m fund after slavery links

Charity 'won't be silenced' by Israel blacklisting

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

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

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

Has AI solved the poverty porn dilemma?


Carnegie Trust

including kindness in public services



Lots of interesting events


Fast minds – Kingston


well-being courses at Kingston Adult Education



for more information


Focus on the Good Things/Mindfulness

28 February



28 March


Stress management

4 March


Kingston council events


Shaping Kingston's future together - opportunity to share your views

As an important local organisation, with an interest in Kingston, its residents and environment,

I am writing to invite a representative(s) to a workshop in early December or to see whether we can have a call or come and join one of your meetings in the next few months, to get your feedback on the first draft of the Local Plan for the borough and on the future of the Kingston town centre area

First draft Local Plan consultation - 28 November 2022 - 28 February 2023

Last summer we engaged with many individuals and local groups as part of the further engagement on the Local Plan

Attached is a summary of the feedback we heard

We have been using this feedback and have now produced a first draft of the Local Plan

We want to consult with you again to hear what you think of the draft vision and policies, and if anything is missing or needs changing

We want to create a different and better place in Kingston by 2041

The Local Plan will make sure we have the right homes, jobs and services as well as vibrant town centres, open spaces and transport and will address and tackle important issues such as climate change and biodiversity. We need to get it right because it will be used to assess all future planning applications

Our three month public consultation will launch on 28 November. www.kingston.gov.uk/localplan


A Plan for the Kingston town centre area

Kingston town centre is changing. We want to work with our communities to create a vision for how we all want it to develop and improve in the future

Earlier this year we set up a Citizens’ Panel to discuss the issues and share their vision

They want to see a greener and safer town centre, more affordable homes and developments which respect the existing character of the town we all cherish

In this video Cllr Hayes and some of our citizens’ panel members explain why it is so important everyone contributes


Your views

We’re keen to get your views on the first draft of the Local Plan and your input into the community-led vision for the Kingston town centre area

Your perspectives are really valuable

Please let me know if any of the following work for you

  1. Let us know if you would like a call or for us to come to one of your regular meetings for a short discussion

    This can be tailored to areas of most interest to you

Alternatively, as part of the Local Plan consultation, you can speak to us at a number of public webinars, in-person events and high street visits or you can give us your views online, which I will send you more details of when the consultation launches at the end of the month

Please reply to this email or complete this quick google form to let us know how you’d prefer to engage with us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further do not hesitate to contact me

Kind regards


Emma Crowe

Communication and Engagement Lead - Local Plan

Pronouns: she/her

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Guildhall 2, High Street,Kingston Upon Thames,KT1 1EU

07917 728 131




Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA)


4 in 10 children in London live in poverty


Developing a 2040 Community Vision for Kingston

1 in 4 are living in poverty after housing costs

Source: London’s poverty profile 2021


Updated nomination link for free SIM-cards

Help tackle The Biggest Issue

Health and Inequalities - Bitesize Training- information sharing and learning

update including holistic health

age well autumn


Health and Care Network – 28 February 2023


19 January – 20 April 2023

Health inequality community group


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
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
For Mind Mental Health Charity, visit their website
For Samaritans, visit their website

Their phone number is 116 123




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

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

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

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


come rhyme with me – Michael Groce – from 20 February


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


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




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




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’


Patient association

Loneliness – Age UK

Loneliness – MIND

Loneliness – NHS

Campaign to end loneliness

Every Mind Matters

be kind to your mind

tips from every mind matters

including anxiety

Feel less lonely

Published guidance for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) teams

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


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


From Patient association helpline – change in staff results in long-awaited apology

Muriel* called our helpline recently to update our advisers on a complaint they had supported her with in the past, which finally had a good outcome.

Muriel had made a formal complaint about a hospital

She wasn't t happy with the final response she'd received from the hospital and, so, contacted the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO).

The PHSO failed to uphold Muriel's complaint

The Ombudsman could find no fault in the hospital's response and said Muriel wouldn’t achieve anything by taking the complaint further.

At this point, the complaint had been going on about three years.

The PHSO refused to accept any evidence from Muriel.

But recently Muriel saw that the hospital had appointed a new complaint manager.

Muriel contacted the manager who offered to meet her to find more about the complaint.

After the meeting, the new manager apologised to Muriel and accepted that the hospital had been in the wrong.

Muriel told our advisers she was happy to see the positive approach from the new complaints manager at the hospital.

However, Muriel is very disappointed with the PHSO and plans to take her concerns further to help other patients.

*Name changed to protect privacy


To contact our helpline team, call 0800 3457115 between 9.30am and 5pm on weekdays or email helpline@patients-association.org.uk

See our website for more ways to get in touch

And remember, we have a
range of information on our website from our very popular nutrition checklist right through to understanding your medicines

Collaboration must be at the heart of the future of health and care


Review highlights stark ethnic healthcare inequalities in the UK

Maternity Scandal: Fighting for the Truth

Mental health problems cost UK economy at least £118 billion a year – new research

The illusion of evidence-based medicine

'Words will not be enough' say grieving families of Shropshire's maternity scandal

Ockenden report: the refusal of our healthcare service to take patient experience seriously


women’s health strategy

call for evidence for people living with Down’s syndrome

Shared decision making – NHS England

end of life care for trans, intersex + gender diverse people – SURVEY

Integrated care in your area

social prescribing

starting a campaign – here’s some help

putting community + cooperation into care + support


Getting in touch with the Patient Safety Commissioner for England

contact commissioner@patientsafetycommissioner.org.uk


rapid response team




Sharing experiences of life as a trans person


CQC recruiting patients and carers

contact expertsbyexperience@choicesupport.org.uk


Maternity + neonatal services in East Kent report makes grim reading


survey by 26 February


23 February - NHS England workshop on the VPAS scheme




the scandal that shook the NHS


HIV testing: Free DIY home kit offered in England


Royal College of Anaesthetists launchs patient group

Increase partnership with patients in primary care


Just Treatment – Rich countries protecting pharma monopolies


A £2 medicine charged at over £2900…

put lives before pharma profits – PETITION


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

As laid out in

this important article by clinical psychologist Sanah Ahsan

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

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

if you would like to share your story click


Pharma greed kills

Cheri + Alexey + Rodrigo + Vishal


Engage Britain

Making the country work for all of us



suicide awareness training for university students

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

more from help for heroes




Opportunity for free suicide prevention awareness sessions

contact HAdil@bwwmind.org.uk


Suicide + co


Citizen UK

Living Wage for care workers – EMAIL MP


Kings Fund

Open Wounds exhibition: Tottenham Rights in collaboration with The King's Fund – to March 2023

for me this was an inspirational exhibition – I recommend it – Wendy


Health inequalities – from evidence to action – 25 – 26 April 2023


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


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


Health Management and Policy Alert: 20 July 2021

Including reforming the MHA: government response to consultation

Not listening to us – Wendy


Understanding integration: how to listen to and learn from people and communities


Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

Including poor health + housing + obesity + bad roads


Health Management and Policy Alert: 10 September 2021

Including Home for all


What is needed to reduce ethnic minority health inequalities

How much longer and further are health inequalities set to rise


How will integrated care systems work under the Health and Care Bill

Including details of a free course “an introduction to leading with kindness and compassion in health + social care


The power of those small acts of kindness

The WHO Prison Health Framework: a framework for assessment of prison health system performance

within local communities

How does the UK's health care performance compare internationally

Anchor institutions must re-imagine how public bodies immerse themselves within local communities + partnering is a verb

The cost of poor housing in England

Left behind: a decade of intergenerational unfairness

Invisible women: understanding women’s experiences of long-term imprisonment

Care Quality Commission's reply to the Joint Committee on Human Rights about protecting human rights in care settings

Listen: Tackling health inequalities head on through integrated care

Your health and care explained update

New podcast: What is the Health and Care Bill and why does it matter

Restraint, segregation and seclusion review: progress report

From harm to hope: a 10-year drugs plan to cut crime and save lives

Integrated care systems and social care: the opportunities and challenges

If integrated care cannot tackle inclusion health, we should all be worried

New explainer: How does the system hear from communities

Robot performs first laparoscopic surgery without human help

Local government public health funding: putting the jigsaw together without the picture on the box


What could provider collaboratives look like

Not really outcome-based commissioning? Certainly not people commissioning? – Wendy


Local health systems: relationships not structures

Systemic racism, not broken bodies: an inquiry into racial injustice and human rights in UK maternity care

How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing

Mental Health Act reform: race and ethnic inequalities

NICE recommends offering app-based treatment for people with insomnia instead of sleeping pills

Cancer screening: the urgent shouldn’t crowd out the important

ADPH highlights link between gambling and suicide

Nature-based physical activity as an early intervention for teenagers

Introducing integrated care systems: joining up local services to improve health outcomes

Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

Interoperability is more than technology

housing our ageing population


New podcast: Stafford Scott on community activism

Poverty and the health and care system: The role of data and partnership in bringing change

Austerity 2.0: why it’s critical for our health that the government learns the lessons of Austerity 1.0

Challenging the mental health crisis: how Universal Basic Income can address youth anxiety and depression

Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities

What can data tell us about the health of the nation?

Making retirement living affordable: the role of shared ownership housing for older people

Home is at the heart of inclusion health – here's why


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


21 – 22 February 2023

6 – 9 March 2023

22 March 2023

25 – 26 April – Health inequalities – from evidence to action

11 – 12 October

2 May

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

9 May


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

28 February

28 March

25 April


Who cares 4 the carers

A relaxation technique to help you


Carers UK



People’s theatre


Camden people’s theatre

Over 35 new shows from £8


Degenerate Fox Theatre

£5 tickets


Underground lights

Streams of Consciousness

Book your free tickets…


Brixton House

Win Tickets to Alice in Wonderland




Critical Times: Dialogues in Contemporary Photography | New artist and writing commissions

Sasha Huber: YOU NAME IT / 'Becoming Monumental' call for photographs / Exhibition catalogue

Conference: The Politics of Art & Social Change / Neurodivergent Space / Performing Monuments / How We Remember

4 March - 9 March – 16 + 23 March - 21 + 22 April


Somerset House

Art. Process. Ideas.

New digital commissions, films, writing and more

jobs +


Somerset House Studios

Exploring time, cultivating care and dreaming quantum futures

The Voices of A Tempest

Privacy, agency and trust in the age of AI

Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy returns


Watermans – events

£6 Mondays are back


Exchange – Twickenham



Marsh Farm Outreach


Common Wealth




Haldane society of socialist lawyers


Law centre Network

South West London Law centre


Leigh Day




Law for life


High pay centre


4 day working week

video explaining 4-day week




Platform London


Basic Income UK

UBI gives people the chance to make their own choices, to make decisions for themselves, their communities, their households, their lives and their futures

UBI does everything from sharing out problems, to delivering a feminist vision to tackling the climate emergency, to stopping benefit traps

It does all those things, but ultimately UBI is democracy

Baroness Natalie Bennett


Every step we take towards a Basic Income will liberate power in the hands of the citizen

Paddy Ashdown



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


Here’s how we do it


Welsh basic income pilot have been published

In a statement from Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice

The pilot will be targeted at care leavers

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

That is expected to be about 500 people

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

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


Universal basic income motion passed by Richmond Council


69% of people in Wales support basic income pilots

Stockton, California who released incredible results from the experiment there

Start your own Basic Income Conversation today – TOOLKIT

We've urged ministers to back basic income for mental health – Peace of mind project

Let's make Basic Income a reality – PETITION

The Basic Income Conversation is growing... here's how

Universal Credit cut: now is the time for basic income

Last week the £20 Universal Credit uplift was cut.

5.8 million people claim Universal Credit in England, Scotland and Wales. Overnight, their incomes fell by £1,000 a year.

If they’d had a basic income, they wouldn’t have been plunged into precarity.

Now is the time for a basic income.

There are thousands of people across the UK working to make that clear.


How do we pay for a basic income

Email mp asking them to join CPPLG

NEW REPORT: Results of our Basic Income Month

Understanding the impacts of a basic income

Can you help get candidates across the UK to support UBI trials

Tackling Poverty: The power of a universal basic income

Record low poverty at no net cost

The most common question that we get asked in the Basic Income Conversation is “How would we pay for this”

As of today we can say, “You don’t. It doesn’t have to cost the public purse anything.”

Our new paper lays out a fiscally neutral scheme that involves no additional calls on the public finances and no net increase in taxation: the cost of the extra payments would be exactly offset by the extra revenue from internal changes in tax rates and National Insurance Contributions

The gains of this modest scheme are concentrated among the poorest income groups, and the gains are incredible:


Child poverty falls by more than a half taking

it to below the historic level achieved in 1977


Working-age poverty falls by just over a quarter


Pensioner poverty falls by 54%

This takes the level of pensioner poverty to well below the lowest post-1961 rate of 14% in the early 1980s.


The Gini coefficient – a measure of inequality – falls by 12.5%, taking it back towards the peak equality achieved in the 1970s.

Despite the scale of the current crises, we keep being told that our problems are too big, too complex, there are too many obstacles, and it’s just too expensive to take care of people


The human cost of our problems is unfathomably and heartbreakingly big.

The cost of transforming people’s lives is not.

Thanks to this paper, we’re laying out exactly why and how implementing a basic income is eminently doable.

How can a modest basic income cut poverty by half

Is basic income a vote winner


Listen Now: A Basic Income Special


Winning the vote with a universal basic income: Evidence from the 'red wall


ask for universal basic income with Sadiq Khan + Andy Burnham +


The world transformed

universal basic income discussion


Basic income + our mental health


Newsletter of the European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time


Invite your MP to the #FlexforAll briefing


Universal Credit



Parents against child exploitation

Watch our new film about spotting the signs of child exploitation

Safeguarding training – perhaps ask for a free space

Video – towards hope


Believe in yourself and your children: one parents story

Read Hidden In Sight, a national plan of action to help support vulnerable children succeed. Self-Care tips from a parent going through CSE


Transform Justice

Prosecuting mental health – accountability or criminalisation

A different understanding How the CJS discriminates against those with autism

When should a family dispute end up in court

Barely legal - The experience of remote tribunal hearings

The forgotten people - Prisoners on remand in the pandemic

Does L&D stop the revolving door of police custody

Does diversion from court have an image problem

Computer says yes – you will pay a fine and get a criminal record

Swipe right to plead guilty

Children imprisoned on remand – the stark reality of racial bias

Survey for magistrates

Only by radically shrinking the magistrates’ court can the Crown Court backlog be reduced

Is justice for victims always criminal justice

Does the defendant in the magistrates’ court get a fair hearing

Making child remand a last resort

Do people who get in trouble with the law deserve double punishment

Independent domestic violence advocates in specialist courts – a backfire effect

Is imprisonment before trial the result of poor risk assessment

Keeping the wheels of justice turning – magistrates’ views on justice in the pandemic

Child defendants in the pandemic – did courts make the right compromises to keep the wheels of justice turning

podcast – The single justice procedure has been used to decide Covid cases – despite evidence of at least a 10% error rate – and is now being used to decide outcomes for protestors prosecuted after attending the Sarah Everard vigil

This single justice procedure affects women more than men

Will harsher sanctions reduce assaults on police and NHS workers

out of sight, out of mind – defendant’s experience of video court hearings

Can assaults on police and NHS workers be avoided in the first place

A recipe for confused policing New drug strategy laced with problems

The Transform Justice Podcast – Episode Recap

Should lawyers pay more attention to client feedback

The myth that tough sanctions deter crime – revealed by the Sentencing Council

Judicial bias – opening pandora’s box

Tis but a scratch” – bravado, policing and assaults

False imprisonment: do we over-use police custody

Should school non-attendance be treated as a crime

Should victims prosecute crimes against them?


Equal Justice USA


Sign the petition and tell President Biden to fulfill his promise to clear the federal death row.

How This Minneapolis Man Is Healing Collective Trauma Through Creative Counseling and Mentoring

Trauma informed training attempts to bridge gap between Newark residents + cops

A model for police + community relations

An up-close portrait of the people doing violence intervention work

New nonprofit uses yoga to address Black men’s mental health

When You Hear Me, You Hear Us

An amazing kind video

Community-based violence prevention works, but it needs sustained support

Trauma to trust programme

Remarkable Women

Trauma to trust

The Future of Public Safety is Now

Alternatives to Police and Prisons: Activists Share How to Better Address Violence



Truth, justice + accountability

Progress on the legal aid for inquests campaign



Leon – Nadia – Sam – Matthew -Zoe – Marshall – Jane – Sammy – Coco – Trevor – Shane – Abdul – Lamont – Andrew – Steven – Gavin – Jason – Micheal – Jack – Alex

including connection cafes


INQUEST News challenging state violence & justice campaigns

Deaths of racialised people in prison 2015 – 2022: Challenging racism and discrimination

other events


Justice – EVENTS


Restorative justice 4 all


The Howard League

Less crime, safer communities, fewer people in prison

The hidden crisis that isn't making the headlines

Punished when they should have been helped


Stop building women's prisons – EMAIL MP

focussed on reducing the unnecessary arrests of women reducing child arrests and ending the criminalisation of children in care


Changing outcomes for Black people in the criminal justice system


"Nobody really cares about prisons"

Arrests of children have been reduced by 74% over the last decade, in another major step forward for our successful campaign.


Since 2010, the Howard League for Penal Reform has been working with police forces across England and Wales to reduce child arrests, helping to ensure that hundreds of thousands of boys and girls do not have their lives blighted by a criminal record.


We campaign on a wide range of issues including children in the criminal justice system, change inside prisons, community sentencing + policing

We have an in-house expert legal team who represent children in custody.

We strive to minimise the human suffering and social harms that are both causes of crime and consequences of punishment.

We stand for constructive forms of justice that contribute to building a safer, fairer society.

We stand against abuse and mistreatment and all forms of discrimination in the criminal justice system.


Prisons create conflict, put a strain on the police and hospitals and thwart human potential – they simply do not work.

Sadly, the government are planning on expanding our already over-crowded prison population.

The recently published Prisons strategy white paper has dedicated £4 billion to new prions places, with the Ministry of Justice’s own projections predicting the population to reach almost 99,000 over the next five years.


International Women’s Day

A day in the community where we celebrate and empower women.

Unfortunately, for women in prison, today won’t be a day for celebrations.

There were almost 5,000 receptions of women into prison last year, and more than half of them were for women on remand.

Too many women are being swept up into the justice system when it is not necessary or appropriate.

Most women in prison have a history of childhood abuse or trauma, they need a safe space and support.


Prison life during the pandemic


In the last year, prisoners self-harmed at a rate of once every 10 minutes

-17 August 2022-


Spark Inside



User Voice



Koestler Arts

Being creative has helped me survive my prison sentence”


events + Exhibitions 2023



You can email + sign petitions without donating to anything

distracting the world with its money + sportswashing – PETITION

Ali Kololo in Kenya – ACTION

letter to Sebastian Vettel

contact MP

Help save Hussein: Email the new Chair of the Saudi Arabian Human Rights Commission




Rainbow Migration




Happy Black History Month

50 Years of Pride

help stop transphobia

Share this video to help Ban Conversion Therapy

Stand with LGBTQ+ people in Qatar – PETITION

Help fill a virtual stadium with pride

message of love

Our letter to FIFA

Stop the attack on trans rights – EMAIL MP

ban conversion therapy – EMAIL MP

history hub 🌈


Decolonising futures



My queer brothers and sisters need your help – PETITION

EuroPride 2022 March banned - PETITION


Sareh + Elham – PETITION

Take this simple step to fight FIFA's hypocrisy – PETITION

Tunisia: Trans woman Maya arrested – PETITION

Burundi – PETITION +


Equality act Japan


Liberty – know your rights

how well do you know your rights - FREE BOOKLET

why the ECHR matters – video + campaign


Demand real alternatives to policing – ACTION

speak up for human rights – PETITION

protest rights at risk – again – PETITION

The Asylum Seeker Memorial Project


You do not have to donate when signing a petition – petitions are free to sign


On Thursday 22 February 1934,

Liberty was founded to defend “the whole spirit of British freedom”

Now, on our 88th anniversary, our fight is more important than ever as the Government attempts to shut down the ways people can hold it to account.
We won’t let the Government become untouchable


Democratic crisis

In a democratic society, people must be able to hold the powerful to account – but the Government is trying to rewrite the rules.

It wants to ‘overhaul’ the Human Rights Act. The HRA forces public authorities to respect rights and enables people to enforce their rights in court if they fall short.

But the Government wants to remove this obligation on public authorities and make it near-impossible for anyone to get to court and see justice.

Similarly, its Judicial Review Bill will change judges’ powers so challenging the Government’s action in court won’t be worthwhile.

Plans for mandatory voter ID which could prevent millions of people having their say in elections.

And the Government is side lining MPs when making laws, giving them little time to scrutinise proposals.

Alongside these attacks, the anti-protest Policing Bill is back in Parliament next week.

Last month the House of Lords dealt a major blow to the Government’s plans by ripping out some of the worst proposals.

But ministers are now trying to get some back in – including criminalising noisy protests.

Noise is at the very heart of protest.

It is literally how we make our voices heard.

Liberty was founded following the oppressive treatment of protesters on the National Hunger March, and we will always work to protect this key pillar of democracy.

Together we can stop this democratic crisis in its tracks.


Email MP to protect our rights

URGENT PETITION: save the Human Rights Act

tell the government to stop the attacks on our democratic rights

facial recognition – petition


In many respects the Government’s plans laid out in the Queen’s Speech are even worse than anticipated

They include:

A so-called ‘Bill of Rights’

which would scrap the Human Rights Act and remove obligations on public bodies like local councils and government departments to treat people fairly

A Public Order Bill

which would force through the anti-protest measures that our mass public resistance defeated just a few months ago, such as criminalising ‘lock-on’ protests

A National Security Bill

handing state security services even more power and potentially threatening the work of journalists who uncover dark truths

Even after it suffered stinging defeats in the last Parliament, the Government is returning to force through unwanted and unpopular policies

Revealed: Alarming rise in deaths of asylum seekers

new met boss must be spark for real change – PETITION

3 things new Met Chief must do right now


I have the right to protest – PETITION

I have the right to protest – EMAIL MP

Infant deaths in Home Office care

URGENT EMAIL MP - Government is bringing back the Rights Removal Bill

WIN: Gangs Matrix to be overhauled

Stop Raab from wrecking your rights

advice + information

I have the right to protest – PETITION

The truth about protest – OUR STORIES




Black lives matter


Fighting NHS Charging – What can you do now


Big brother watch

email CO-OP CEO

Ban Hikvision

Why is PayPal trying to silence activists

our digital rights – EMAIL MP

Secret units SPYING on your speech

🎥 Whistleblower: 'army spied on UK citizens'


NETPOL – the network for police monitoring

Black Lives Matter protest – VIDEO

new report condemns "revenge policing" and calls for scrapping new police powers




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

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


Mozilla – internet health 2022 – reclaiming power over AI


the tech we won’t build – podcast

including weaponisation of social media + GOOGLE involvement with military


when an algorithm is your boss – podcast

gig economy – if you are a minute late with a delivery you are banned from working for 2 days with some deliver apps



coop cycle



for workers collectives


AI from above – podcast


The truth is out there – podcast

about misinformation industry – which affects elections + dark social media


The AI medicine cabinet


Does This Button Work? Investigating YouTube's ineffective user controls



Unknown influencers

Is Instagram fueling eating disorders in teenagers

Does TikTok harm your mental health

Are Facebook groups encouraging people to take part in offline violence
The answer is… we don’t know for sure. And that’s a serious problem
Brave, independent researchers and whistleblowers are trying to study the impact and harms of social media companies on society - but they face constant threats and roadblocks

especially from the companies whose products they are trying to scrutinize

We know because Mozilla works with many of these journalists and academics to expose companies like YouTube, Twitter and TikTok

Delete Delete Can your boss read your Dms


Full Fact

No evidence for Rishi Sunak’s claim about ‘record’ number of new homes built

Immigration claims repeatedly being made based on unpublished data

Claims that London and Manchester are ‘minority white’ cities are not true

social media + facebook

Lowest paid nurses aren’t getting a 9% pay increase


PETITION – I want my MP to stand up for honesty

not just MP all public servants ? - Wendy


Misinformation about the earthquake in Turkey


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


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





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



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


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

Podcast: Amazon's tax challenge

African Ministers call for UN tax convention to protect against financial secrecy supplied by the richest nations

Podcast: Tax and racial justice

UN Secretary General signals support for UN tax convention

education rights and tax justice

Tax and Monopoly

PODCAST: Uncommon Wealth and the ‘boomerang effect’

UN adopts historic decision to take on new tax leadership

📡PODCAST: The day global power shifted📡

2022: developments, successes and looking forward to 2023

The Santiago Declaration on Public Services


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


'But how will you pay for it?' Social security and the role of wealth taxes - 6 March


Tax Watch UK


Open Democracy




Women disproportionately affected by soaring Mental Health Act detentions

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

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

How the UK government is undermining the Freedom of Information Act

90% of Met officers disciplined for racism still work for force

Met Police officers kept jobs after sending racist and sexist messages

Revealed: Police began monitoring ‘social justice’ activity after BLM protests

Racism in UK maternal care: ‘Why aren’t we being listened to’

Revealed: Taxpayers fork out £8m to subsidise Lords’ food and drink

The post-Roe v Wade crisis can only end if Democrats restore our rights

The US Christian Right groups actively involved in voter suppression

Andalucían feminists resist pressure from Spanish far-right

Revealed: UK private tenants hit by record annual rent hikes

How Boris Johnson rigged British politics for the Tories

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

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

Revealed: Housing associations urged ministers to let them increase rents

Landlords of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable tenants secretly lobbied the government to let them charge more rentwhile paying their executives nearly £300,000 a year each

Delay in ‘no fault’ evictions ban leaves 48,000 households facing homelessness

Destitution’ warning as DWP rejects calls to pause benefit deductions

Religious liberty’ is being weaponised by the American Right

Even police doubted my arrest was legal, claims anti-royal protester

Britain treats republicanism as a bit of a joke. Time to take it seriously

I am not your refugee

Record number of Universal Credit claimants relying on hardship payments

The anti-women agenda of the woman set to be the next Italian prime minister


1 in 4 nurses pinched from poorer countries

if we had universal basic income + community land trusts + – perhaps we could look after our loved ones ourselves ? Prevention ? - Wendy


Death in Qatar, but no just compensation for families back home

Russian soldiers accused of targeted anti-gay attacks in Ukraine

Club Q shooting shows link between anti-LGBTQ views, misogyny and violence

Ghana’s legal chief signals support for anti-LGBTIQ bill in blow for equality

Murder of gay activist triggers trauma for Kenya’s LGBTIQ community

The day Ghana’s anti-LGBTIQ+ bill is passed, I will be in jail’

LGB Alliance has secret office at UK’s libertarian think tank hub

Anti-trans activists are using ‘mirror propaganda’. Here’s how to spot it

Global food companies pay shareholders £15bn as millions face poverty

MPs including Hancock raked in £9.6m from second jobs in a year

Election watchdog’s stark warning to government over voter ID

Migrant workers still paying off debts that brought them to Qatar

Police force accused of beating man was warned of stop-and-search failings

Key UN climate campaign being advised by a Big Oil PR firm

Big Tech is failing. The future of democracy depends on what happens next

Revealed: Landlords’ efforts to turn students against new renters’ rights

I sit in the House of Lords. That’s how I know it needs to go

What can the UK learn from Italy’s election of a far-right PM

Government won't publish secret Covid review

Labour knows our democracy is broken. So why are its ‘reforms’ so weak

Pro-Israel lobby group is biggest donor of free overseas trips to MPs

A call for unity between the detained, the outsourced and the underpaid

Revealed: Police may be assessing climate protesters for terrorism


Tunisia may end up with an all-male parliament – by design

How we got Uganda to strike out a colonial law criminalising poor people

Big Pharma’s obscene profits, not striking nurses, are killing the NHS

What is Labour for the Long Term, the mysterious group funding Labour MPs

Will the UK finally tackle its dirty money problem in 2023

Latin American feminists vow to continue fight for abortion rights in 2023


Big Pharma’s obscene profits, not striking nurses, are killing the NHS


Last year, the

Health and Care Act of 2022

put paid to Lansley’s claim that he had fixed the NHS ‘once and for all’

The act reduces the compulsion of the NHS from having to tender so many services to private sector bidding in future,

but it was not designed to stop the rot

It will not solve the service’s problems,

though there is hope that it could be the beginning of an actual change in ethos

Private health giant nets £40m gross profit and pays director £621,000

Conservatives took more than £800,000 from private health firms


Ukraine prepares to give free rein to property developers


The monarchy and media are trapped in a mutually dependent relationship

Private schools pocket millions in Covid loans denied to state schools

A year after Partygate, why is the government still being so secretive?

Murder of gay activist triggers trauma for Kenya’s LGBTIQ community

Gas industry paid lobbyists £200,000 to get MPs’ support for ‘blue hydrogen’

Why some migrants are deemed more deserving than others in Global Britain

Can the UK survive Westminster’s attack on trans rights in Scotland?

Met Police won’t reveal abuse claims against its own sexual violence unit

Defence firm part-owned by Johnson’s £1m donor wins £80m MoD contract

Taskforce to tackle NHS backlog is stuffed with private health CEOs

Mortgage man’: Why the petty bourgeoisie is the UK’s most influential class

Labour calls for probe into Treasury’s role in case against journalist

The UK let a warlord sue our best journalist