Shorter and , well, I was going to say sweeter, but that would necessitate good news…so a shorter missive than some previous efforts. It’s the heat. Or the long days. Or fatigue. Or the need to get through a backlog of items with as little folderol as possible.
So. Please find attached a couple of NSUN bulletins, this time in pdf fashion.
Then a couple from MHNE.
Then a Service Users in Research newsletter.
On to anti-stigma stuff. A brief reminder about the big regional Time To Change and Mental health day event to be held at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle. The date is now set, and it’s Saturday, 5th of October.
It’ll build on previous Newcastle (and surrounding areas) mental health days at the same venue, but also be a big Time to Change event. It’ll be bigger and broader than either would be separately, with a wider range and reach, but to get something of an idea of what a previous Newcastle MH day looked like, click here, and for an idea of the Time To Change "village" that we’ll have, click here.
The village is dedicated to the anti-stigma work of Time To Change, and will aim to increase social contacts between those who’ve experienced mental distress and those who haven’t, in order to dispel myths and tackle discrimination.
Then there will be lots of spaces and covered stalls (or suburbs if you like, to extend the village metaphor) where local groups and organisations, large and small, can showcase what they do, thus offering help and information,raising the profile of mental health and the services and advice available to people.
So an event with two complementary sides to it, and lots of potential for a considerable combined impact.
There’s a meeting on the 4th of July, 11am at Launchpad (address as in signature below) principally looking at the suburbs side of things (the village is pretty much ready-made). So, if your organisation would like a presence on the day (it’s likely that stall-sharing will be order of the day, given previous demand) do please let me know and send a representative along.
Following in a similar vein, from Time to Change,and our local co-ordinator, Angela, come these bits of news of upcoming activity (and all of the attachments are attached):
Time to Change are holding a social/networking in the form of afternoon tea event on Saturday 13th July (1-4pm) at the Crisis Skylight Café in Newcastle for existing and potential Champions of Time to Change. Like always it is a free event and we provide travel costs up to £15. This is a chance for people to socialise with other people, build confidence and learn more about what being a Champion involves. As you know when people become Champions there is no obligation involved it simply means that they are regularly updated about what opportunities are coming up in Time to Change and how to get involved if they are interested. As always if people feel they are not able to access this opportunity due to a disability please contact me and we will work out a way that that person can be fully included. I have attached a flyer and a booking form. I would appreciate it if you could distribute it around your members and networks so as many people as possible are aware of this opportunity. Could you also take the opportunity to remind people about the Speaking Out training that we are offering in Newcastle on 2nd & 20th July which is also a free event and let them know that places are on a first come first served basis. I have attached the flyer and booking form for this also so that you can redistribute or promote in which ever way you feel is best.
Now, via the splendid Stuart of Tyneside Mind, comes this:
National Mind are developing a new website and would like to test it with non-staff. They are inviting people to attend a one to one session in Newcastle to try out the beta version of the website and comment on its clarity, accessibility, ease of use, etc. More information and registration details are in the attached document or on the following webpage M.Lugton
Next up, good news, via Yvonne Collins, of YoungMinds:
Hi all, please see YoungMinds’ press release yesterday with great news regarding our new youth engagement campaign http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/news/1479_youngminds_to_kickstart_mass_movement_for_change_in_mental_health
One of the ‘super-hubs’ for this campaign will be Tyne & Wear. I will be working with many young people in this area over the next two years to help steer and develop the work and will also be working with professionals and services across the North of England to help promote and engage with the campaign, charter and call to action.If you are interested in finding out more, please email ymcampaigns or get in touch with me directly (yvonne.collins). The campaign will be officially launched in January 2014.
And now advance news of an OCD conference to be held in Newcastle:
2013 National OCD Conference – Newcastle
Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2013 we will be hosting our annual national OCD conference in the North East, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Saturday 2nd November 2013. Our conference is primarily aimed at those with OCD, along with their family and friends, but we also welcome health professionals or anybody else that may also be interested in learning more about OCD. http://www.ocduk.org/newcastle#book
A whole mailout with opinions of our governmental and bureaucratic masters held back, behind pursed lips. But you can probably guess what they’d be anyhow.
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc)
Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)