"April is the cruellest month…" said the poet*, and d’you know what he wasn’t far wrong, what with the legislative onslaught against the vulnerable and socially excluded (benefits "reform", bedroom tax etc etc) coming in to force this month, for which just read the void for top-notch commentary: not for those easily-offended but nothing like as obscene as some of what being done to the marginalised.
"Sometimes it snows in April" sang Prince Rogers Nelson, and he was right but I wouldn’t overly trust him with meteorological matters as he also sang about "Purple Rain". And anyhow, some sunshine has been spotted, somewhere over the rainbow, but we can’t say that because songs from that musical film are distasteful or something. Depends on one’s palate.
Er, right, now that the difficult ice-breaking opening has been got out of the way, it’s onwards, ever onwards with this round-up of round-ups for the network of networks and news about news, all in a chi-chi, ever-so-post-post modern recursive fashion. Or, put plainly, some stuff about mental health, social care, health and related stories events and odd’n’sods which may be of some interest to some recipients of this. Hmm, that doesn’t sound quite so splendid…
Not sated yet? Then try a couple of MHNE newsletters, attached pdf stylee. Still peckish? Get a couple of NEMHDU newsletters down yer craw, then, again in pdf flavour, titled 14 and 15. The self-same NEMHDU are having a thing, a doo-dah, a whatsit, ah yes, an event on Mental Health Strategy and ting the afternoon of the 3rd of May, and so attached are the flyer and the booking form.
Bit more by way of stuff to turn up at (provided one has RSVP-ed, when required: politeness is next to godliness, over the way from cleanliness, round the corner from niceness, two doors down from sympathy & decency and quite the other side of town from the denizens of Number 10) comes with a brace of spirituality related items, attached as "Spirituality conference…" and "Dementia friendly faith communities".
Now your diaries can’t be completely full yet, so if Adult ADHD is your interest, then (and apologies for short notice: entirely your correspondent’s fault. Again.) attached is the flyer for the next Adult ADHD support group meeting on Monday 15th April 2013. From the same source, the inimitable Bill Scott also comes news of the SURFIS production of The Helpless Heroes which will take place at the Customs House on Friday 10th May. Mental health, addictions, theatre, music, capes and tights.Now that’s a night out…but also of course, food for thought, and more is provided by a thinky-talky day in Durham in July “Current and Future Applications of Phenomenology in Psychiatry” (attached).
Nearly done. But not quite. A bit of news about CTOs, namely that one of their creators thinks (and has the evidence) that they are dysfunctional tools (which sounds like an epithet applicable to some in power). And to finish, an attachment via rethink about all those benefits changes mentioned in the very beginning, which shows how structured, how cunningly designed these mail-outs are (cough,splutter).
(*T.S.Eliot, in case you didn’t know, but you did as you are a knowledgeable and worldly-wise readership, you knew that. And that Stearns was his middle name. And I for one certainly have "measured out my life with coffee spoons".)
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