Onwards,then into July and beyond. With another backlog of news and info and stuff about stuff in fields related to mental health and all that sort of thing, a backlog that might be relieved a little by way of this very mail-out. Consider it the dyno-rod of digital news.
Now let’s give you low-down on stuff that’s happening soon, like this week and next…Friday of course, the 18th of July, sees the NTWSU&C network meeting, but odds are you’ll have received a separate email about that.
Next because it’s tomorrow (or more likely today, when you read this. Oh, heck, let’s just say it’s on 17/07/14) is NTW Trust’s Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM). Your invite is attached.
Next by way of invites is one to the next (gosh, that’s more nexts than on the high street) AD/HD Support Group North East meeting on the 21st of July. Flyer attached.
Going chronologically (the nearest this author comes to logically doing anything) we now arrive at the NEt (North East together) meeting and newsletter launch on Wednesday 30th July at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Merryoaks, Durham. Lunch will be at 12.30pm with the meeting starting at 1pm. More details readable here.
Coming shortly after that is Sunderland airshow, where several MH organisations (Washington Mind, Sunderland Mind, Launchpad, NEt, Sunderland City Council, MHM and Headlight) are working with Time to Change to challenge stigma and have a cracking time. Volunteers are still welcome, plus of course visitors, so do read the attached flyer to find out more.
You may, indeed should have heard of the Recovery college work going on locally, and relating to that are not one, but two invites. One is for a family day hosted by the college’s Soup Group for Mams, 1st of August, aimed at well, Mams/Mums/Moms (delete according to class or geography) and their kids. That’s attached. The second is a celebration of the college and the conclusion of its first term, and a barbecue and that event is on the 8th of August 12:30pm to 3:30pm at the Ivy Club, St Nicholas Hospital ,Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3XT Email rebecca.walters to ensure you get a place and a burger.
Audio interlude: Ricky, sometime of this parish, spoke on national radio about his experience of mental distress.Prper grown-up radio,too,at that. Very well worth a listen and kudos for being so brave,amigo.
Local news, and the big item that shows just what consistent campaigning from service users and carers can do is of the preservation of the REDS (Richardson Eating Disorder Service) based out of the RVI, an outcome that wouldn’t have happened were it not for the redoubtable work of NEEDAG (North East Eating Disorder Action Group)
Also locally is the official stakeholder (not van Helsing: I reckon they just mean interested parties) position, attached, regarding the rumours, plots and apparent plans for MH services in Newcastle and Gateshead. Inter alia, one or two services will be moving/changing, Elm House will not be closing, and anything you may have heard about acute bed closures is definitely not agreed upon or signed off. There’s a lot of consultation and discussions going to happen in the next few months, that’s for certain.
Nationally, you may have seen or heard of the "kite-flying" article in the Sunday Telegraph:Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression It’s a kite-flying article, because it’s attempting to see if the idea will "fly". It got shot down rather rapidly. If a mandatory route were tried it’d break so many laws (from ECHR, to MH Act and all points in between) and ethics guidance it’d be a flustercuck, but it is alarming that someone within a major political party can float such notions. A good read on this all is here.
The whole benefits "reform" saga goes on, and doesn’t make happier reading as it continues still under the guidance of unshuffled (how???) IDS . ESA sickness benefit is ‘failing’, but for a wry take on things check out DWP unspun which has some key data on Universal Credit
By the way, mental health service users can stand up to austerity and win. Maybe not recommended for all situations, but fair play to these service users for the result they got.
Oh, and for those of you getting the bus home later, check this out.
And that’s quite enough for now.
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,