Some news, views opportunities and exciting things of which to be aware and in which you may wish to participate. All mental health and social care related and chiefly going on near you (unless you live in, say, Peru, in which case say hello to Aunt Lucy, eh?). And no mention of the shameful passage of time since the last mail-out. Oh, hang on…
So, let’s go into the treasures within, all eight of them worthy of your consideration, and also, should you be feeling magnanimous, your sharing and/or redistribution (hint).
· Who fancies getting involved in helping to make a bit of a drama? WhatISee(m) is a collaborative project between Matthew Monaghan and Luca Rutherford that seeks to interrogate our cultural perceptions of mental illness.
o Our premise: – The humanity we all share is more important than the mental conditions we may not share. – We are all imperfect but we are all worthy of love and belonging.
o Aim: – To make a piece of verbatim theatre through interviewing and talking to people about mental health. We would like to speak to people who self identity themselves with experiencing mental health conditions of any kind, and people who work within mental health. Verbatim theatre is: ‘theatre constructed from words spoken by people interviews about a particular event or topic.’ Any conversations recorded will only be done so with the CONSENT of the people we are talking to. Any material used will be anonymous. Any material used will not be used in its exact entirety. We will create an experiential piece of theatre out of the material gathered that stays true to the authentic tone of people’s experience but will not necessarily be a word for word exact replica of individual stories.
o Interview Dates:
Monday 7th December to Saturday 12th December 2015
Monday 4th January to Saturday 9th January 2016
Our Details: If you are interested in talking to us or being involved please contact us on:
o Luca Rutherford- luca.a.rutherford 07472497999
o Matthew Monaghan-matthew_monaghan 07917794956
· The fun continues apace, and here’s the first of your Christmassy events. December 8th at the Cluny2 venue in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle sees the Stuff’n’Nonsense extravaganza. Featuring material produced by service users, it’s a mental health awareness raising event and fab shindig rolled into one package. And it’s free, which has got to be helpful in these straitened times. Here’s a picture of the poster, which is also attached as a pdf (hi-res versions and printed versions available on request).
· Our amigos at NEMHDU have a new newsletter and it’s attached.
· A new group, yes! Starting on a Sunday, whoa! Waves is a monthly group (at least initially) for those who wish to discuss with others issues around emotional abuse. This group is open to all adult survivors of emotional abuse in childhood. Please note, it is not designed to look into issues around sexual abuse or offences. First meeting is on Sunday 22nd of November, 2pm at Broadacre House (map here) and a poster is attached.
· On the group front, there’s your monthly dose of adult ADHD, now doubled up, with a meeting in the North of the North East (in Newcastle, 16th November) and one for the South of the North East (in Middlesbrough, 18th November). Details attached.
· Mood disorders of interest? Free on the 2nd of December? Well, we can offer up for your delight and edification, the Inaugural Public Meeting for the Northern Centre for Mood Disorder (NCMD), 5pm-7pm in the Herschel (n.b. typo in the attachment…) Building, Newcastle University 2nd December 2015. The topic to kick things off is “Sleep, Lithium and Bipolar disorder”.
· Lastly, some of you may have heard on the grapevine, or whatever app all the cool kids are using these days (almost certainly not a plant having a long, slender stem that trails or creeps on the ground or climbs by winding itself about a support and that bears grapes) some word about a Mental Health Collective. Some of you are already up to speed on it, but for those who wonder what on earth your correspondent is wittering on about (a not insignificant constituency, and one that often includes your correspondent himself) there’s a statement attached.
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)