Early May round-up of mental health and health and social care related stuff

They said it wouldn’t be done, and they were wrong. They said it shouldn’t be done, and actually, they might have a point there….anyhow,defying expectations, here is a bumper post-Easter,post-May day bank holiday round-up of mental health and health and social care related stuff. News, views opinions, the same old stuff, but now back from the dead (careful, don’t like the way this could lead…Ed).

Please note that the radio silence of the past few weeks has not solely been down to indolence, but at least in part can be ascribed to busyness, business and some prep on a new format for these kind of mailouts which will be revealed soon. Also, please accept the author’s apologies for any messages,items or other bits’n’bobs which may have expired,been omitted,overlooked or just gone AWOL. Please do send in anything you’d like sent out to a wide audience of discerning,wonderfully intelligent and good-looking readers.

Oh, and speaking of things back from a brief break, please note that the next NTWSU&C network meeting (April’s would have been on Good Friday, so obviously people were otherwise occupied) is a week on Friday, that is on the 16th of May,from 12.30pm, in the Soup Kitchen at Launchpad*. It’d be nice to see you there, and do please pass on the details to anyone you believe might be interested.
*We’re in the Holy Jesus Hospital, formerly the Joicey museum, right by the 55 degrees north/Swan House roundabout, where Pilgrim street meets City road.It’s the very old building that was once a soup kitchen etc. Press the Launchpad buzzer for entry. Best parking is at Manors multi-storey.

And so it goes…

Your NSUN bulletins, en bloc (oldest to newest): one, two, three, four, five, six .Do take a look,eh?

Now attachments and local(ish) news time:
Our friends,compadres and all-round good eggs of the NTW trust’s peer support/user and carer engagement team have been beavering away and now have a prospectus for courses at the Ivy Centre for Recovery Knowledge at St Nicholas Hospital.Open to anyone and starting soon, please read,circulate and sign up: many of the courses are user-designed and delivered,many are co-produced with us in the voluntary and community sector, and all are blooming good.All courses are free and available to anyone who would find them helpful in their recovery from mental illness, substance misuse, trauma or distress. Course are open to service users, carers, volunteers and staff.Bus and metro fares and car mileage can be reimbursed and a free soup lunch will be available.

Next up is "Mummy is poorly", a splendid guide written by Zoe Robinson of this parish for when a parent is having a poor time with their mental health. There’s an official launch for the guide (attached as a pdf, but posh,properly printed versions are available too):
To celebrate the publication of ‘Mummy is poorly’, you are invited to attend a launch event on

Thursday 22nd May 2014
From 5.00pm until 7.00pm
To be held at Vane
First Floor, Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Please confirm your attendance to emma.fennell 01670 501816
Come along and collect your copies of this important publication

Now, get your thinking caps on, for we bring news from Victoria Armstrong, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University) and Roz Oates (Geography Department, Durham University) who have recently set up a new mental health and disability study/reading group. The first meeting will be on Tuesday 20th May 4pm-6pm in the seminar room at the Institute of Advanced Study, Palace Green, Durham (https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/). Jenny Laws will be delivering a short paper entitled ‘In Defence of Madness: Language and commitment in mental health research‘- please see the attached advanced reading by Ewen Speed.

From the highbrow, to the…nah, couldn’t possibly say that. NAGAS (Newcastle and Gateshead Arts Studio) have only gone and made a film. A film!
This is the trailer, and there will be not one, but two premieres (can you have two? Is the second one not a deuxieme? Who knows?) One on the evening of the 18th of June, and one the afternoon of the 19th. Book your free places here.

And to finish off, a collection of links you may (or may not) wish to click:

An argument against payment-by-outcomes for mental health


Uncovering Recovery: The Resistible Rise of Recovery and Resilience

(Or, whose recovery is it anyway,on whose terms,and is that just?)

Patient centred care: Rhetoric and reality

(Key line:We would stop trying to treat patients as customers or consumers and treat them instead as partners in their care.)

NHS contracting has been a disaster

(Maybe that’s part of the fiendish plan..?)

White paper produced by the Lived Experience Research Network

(Thanks to Alison for that)

Help to Work is a costly way of punishing the jobless

(Maybe again, it’s part of that plan, not to boost employment,but to boost outsourcing multinational…)
Over 200 Charities Reject Workfare and Sign Statement Saying Keep Volunteering Voluntary

Thus showing integrity, and at the same time,demolishing a key pillar of the aforementioned "help to Work" scheme. If you wish to sign the "Keep Volunteering Voluntary" agreement, click here.
From the same source,DWP Block Report To Cover Up Work Programme Shambles

Counting the Cuts – presentation report from The Centre for Welfare Reform

There have been large cuts in public spending, and these cuts have targeted on people who are already disadvantaged.People on low incomes face cuts twice as large as average.Disabled people on low incomes face cuts four times larger than average
And from the author of the above report: ESA – A Phoney Solution for an Unreal Problem


Alisdair Cameron
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc)

Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
City Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)

E-mail launchpadncl

or alisdairscameron

Prospectus – Ivy Centre for Recovery Knowledge.pdf


Speed 3 discourses of recover (1).pdf

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