Reigniting the Space steering group- recruitement is going on for Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands and the North East.
We are thrilled to announce the steering group who will advise and support The Reigniting the Space project to rebuild a national platform for the collective voice of mental health service users and survivors from black and minority ethnic communities.
In the first round of recruitment, we have representatives from East of England, London, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.
The steering group members have extensive connections within their regions and interest and experience of addressing intersectional issues. They will act as regional links to the project and support and advice the project manager and the researchers on the project.
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Disability News Service needs your help
Run by disabled journalist John Prings, DNS was the first to report, in 2014, that the UK had become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities into allegations of “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.
DNS needs financial support to continue its excellent work.
John Prings says: 'Please note that this is not aimed at those who are struggling financially. Please do not contribute if you cannot easily afford to do so. But if you can, your support might allow DNS to continue well into its second decade'
To read more about DNS's 9 years of reporting and to donate, please click here
Race equality groups seek big changes to the Mental Health Act
A submission from Race on the Agenda and the Race Equality Foundation to the review by Sir Simon Wesseley, set up by Theresa May to look into why so many black Afro Caribbean people were being detained in mental hospitals and the need for changes to the Act.
It also comes against a disturbing background of deaths of black people in police custody.
To read the submission to the enquiry and main proposals, please click here
Documentary on post SSRI sexual dysfunction
PSSD - Secrets of Mental Health is a student documentary which was made to raise awareness about post SSRI sexual dysfunction.
Digest of research into the mental health of prisoners
Around the world, more people than ever are locked up in prisons – estimated to be in excess of 11 million people, up by almost 20 per cent since the turn of the millennium.
According to a recent House of Commons Briefing Paper the rate of increase is even higher than this in the UK where prison populations are at a record high.
Many of these incarcerated individuals have intensifying mental health needs.
Ahead of next week’s meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Psychology on the topic of Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System, here the British Psychological Society provides a digest of research into the mental health of prisoners.
Do you have lived experience of emotional distress, neurodivergence, and/or behavioral health treatment? Are you a Mad Pride, neurodiversity, or psychiatric survivor activist?
WHO: the project is seeking participants who have lived experience of “mental difference,” i.e. characteristics, traits, states, and phenomena that have been categorized as symptoms of mental disorders or developmental disorders, and/or lived experience of behavioral health treatment, and who have engaged in any form of advocacy.
WHY: To help researchers better understand how experiences of mental difference and behavioral health treatment impact activist involvement.
WHAT: A voluntary research study. This is an online survey lasting approximately 20-25 minutes.
Participants will be asked questions about their mental health related experiences, involvement with activism, and viewpoints on sociopolitical issues within the mental health arena.
Every 30th participant will receive a $50 gift card up to five cards.
Please help to improve the service and environment at Places of Safety in North West London
The NHS is planning improvements to the service and environment at Places of Safety across the eight North West London boroughs (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster).
The police can use the law (sections 136/135 of the Mental Health Act) to take people from a public/private place to a Place of Safety if they seem to be unwell and in need of care.
At the Place of Safety mental health staff can assess a person’s needs and work out the best next steps for them.
Researchers need to know from people with direct experience of Places of Safety (s136/5) in North West London what they think is most important to meet people’s needs in future.
What can you do?
If you have direct experience please consider giving your time to take the survey (below).
If you know someone with this experience, please let them know about the survey.
If you would like to arrange to take the survey in a person-to-person meeting or over the phone, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for participants for BBC Radio 4 documentary series on delusions
Are you someone who would be happy to volunteer to talk about their experiences of delusional beliefs?
This will be for a documentary series for BBC Radio 4.
A key aim of the programmes is to help listeners understand people’s experience of delusional ideas and why they happen. Your real name would not be used, unless you would like it to be. Interviews will take place over the next 4-6 weeks.
Participants will be interviewed by Prof Daniel Freeman, a clinical psychologist from the University of Oxford. There is flexibility in where the interview takes place. For instance, it could be at your home, a place important to you related to the delusional ideas or in a place you feel most comfortable.
The topic of the interview will be the experience of having delusional thoughts, how they arose, and what kept them going or helped reduce them. Delusional thoughts are strongly held ideas that you realise later are incorrect.
For instance, it might include incorrectly thinking that:
You were someone very important or had exceptional abilities;
You were responsible for something terrible happening;
Your body was diseased or rotting;
You were dead;
Loved ones were replaced by imposters;
A conspiracy of people were against you;
The newspapers, television, or adverts were sending messages to you;
Your partner was having an affair behind your back;
Someone was in love with you;
People were reading your mind;
You had an unusual relationship with god, the devil, or religion;
Or that your body was controlled by other people.
If you are potentially interested in taking part then please send an email to:
You could also call Daniel Freeman on 01865 613109 to discuss the potential for you to take part in the series.They cannot interview everyone who contacts them but are able to have a conversation with you about participating.
Event: Exploring the Service User Experience of Mental Health Act Assessments study
Date: Monday 10th September Time: 1-5pm Place: Wells Place Centre, Wells Place Eastleigh, SO50 5JL
As part of a collaborative study, Southern Health have been interviewing people who have experienced a mental health act assessment and are in the process of writing up the study and disseminating the findings.
We would like to invite anyone that is interested in this area of mental health.
The event will look at what further research is needed and how to implement changes to improve people’s experience.
For further information contact Louise Blakley on email@example.com contact Research & Development team Tom Rudd Unit, Moorgreen Hospital, West End Southampton, SO30 3JB TEL 023 8047 5373
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Nominations still open for the Marsh Awards
The awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support. You can nominate until 31 July.
User-led mental health app needs your input
Mental Snapp, a user led mental health app, is doing some research on user preferences to co-design their marketing. It would be great if you could take part in this 60 second survey and leave your email address for a chance to take part in a research phone call - there will be a £10 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time if you get selected for the phone call. Here is the survey- don’t think about it hard, just give the team a gut reaction to these four photos.
Consultation: Safety and security arrangements in high security psychiatric hospitals
Seeks views on proposed changes to directions and guidance setting out minimum required standards of safety and security in high security psychiatric hospitals in England.
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