Voice Collective creative workshop: ‘Write Back!’, Only Connect, London, 18 October 2014, 1.30-4.30pm

Are you are aged 18 and under and hear or see things that other people don’t?  Or do you care for a young person who hears voices or has other unusual experiences?  If so, then you might be interested in the following workshops from Voice Collective.

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A free creative workshop for young people who hear voices or see visions
Saturday 18 October 2014
Only Connect, 32 Cubbtt Street (Near Kings Cross)
1.30-4.30 pm

Through creative exercises and discussion we’ll create witty and poetic responses to those who label, misunderstand and generally annoy us.

A fun, encouraging and stimulating workshop offering you the chance to creatively express any frustrations, to write back at life’s challenges and to break down the stigma of mental health and hearing voices.

Facilitated by spoken word artist and published poet Sai Murray.

It’s up to you whether or not you share your experience of voices and visions. There will be space in the afternoon to talk with other young people if you want to, but we won’t pressure you to do this. We also run regular peer support groups for young people in London who hear voices (check out the Voice Collective website) if you want to find out more.

Who Can Come?
The workshop is open to any young person (aged 18 or under) who hears or sees things that other people don’t.

Parent’s Peer Support Workshop
(at the same time)

Does your child hear voices or see visions?
This workshop will enable you to:

  • Meet other parents & supporters of young people who hear voices
  • Learn more about voices and visions, discovering helpful coping strategies
  • Share your experiences with, and get support from, people who’ve been there too
  • Meet the Voice Collective team and find out more about the support available to you and your child
  • Chill out and have time focussed on you

 Who is the Workshop for?
Any parent or supporter (uncle, aunt, carer, family friend etc) of a young person who has experiences like these. You may already have lots of experience around supporting your child, or you may feel confused and/or out of your depth.

To register for these workshops, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Voice Collective

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Angela Woods: Medical Humanities’ Perspectives on the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations, Public Lecture, Sheffield, 22 October 2014

Medical Humanities Sheffield is proud to continue a series of open interdisciplinary lectures for students, staff and the general public.

Conundrums, confounds and cacophonies: Medical Humanities’ perspectives on the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations
Dr. Angela Woods, Durham University
WEDNESDAY 22 October 2014
University of Sheffield
Council Room – Firth Court – 6 p.m.

Improving our understanding of voice-hearing is widely recognised as a key priority of hallucinations research. To date, most of the phenomenological data collected in mainstream scientific studies of auditory verbal hallucination have come from clinical interviews in psychiatric settings, which has potentially shaped what kinds of experiences are reported and how they are interpreted. “What is it like to hear voices?” is a large qualitative study currently being conducted by the Hearing the Voice project and the Lived Experience Research Network. Using a novel phenomenology questionnaire, we invited people to reflect, in their own words, on aspects of experience – including the embodied presence and interpersonal agency of voices, and their relationship to thoughts, external and internal speech – which are rarely the focus of in-depth exploration in mainstream psychological research.

This paper will present preliminary findings from the study and reflect on the possibilities and challenges presented by interdisciplinary and medical humanities approaches to the study of inner experience.

Medical Humanities Sheffield: The interface between medicine and science on the one hand, and the arts and social sciences on the other hand, is one of the most exciting and important in modern academic life, offering unrivalled potential for multi-disciplinary work, policymaking, and public life. Medical Humanities Sheffield is sponsoring a series of open lectures in this exciting field.

 

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Alex Hunter on ‘Empathic Resonance – Paradigm Regained’, Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis, Durham, 29 October 2014, 5.30pm

Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) is open to all staff working in either the Trust or University.  However, it will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

The next meeting, featuring a presentation by Alex Hunter ‘Empathic Resonance – Paradigm Regained?’ will be held on Wednesday October 29th 2014 from 5.30 – 7PM in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Alex will be talking about his own personal experience of unusual mental states and his journey to recovery.  His presentation explores ‘Empathetic Resonance Therapy’ – the therapeutic process he has devised as a result of his experiences, the unexpected echoes this finds with psychoanalysis, and its relevance to voice-hearers.

Places are limited for this event.  To reserve a place, please fill in our online registration form.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses.  For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Valentina Short.

 

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ABC Radio Brisbane: Simon McCarthy-Jones on ‘What Causes Auditory Hallucinations?’

Simon McCarthy-Jones is a core member of the Hearing the Voice research team and a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.  In this podcast, he talks with Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio Brisbane about inner speech, voice-hearing, and the causes of auditory verbal hallucinations.

More information about the programme, as well as an interview with Nicky Carey (an artist and voice-hearer) and Sam Jemison from the Queensland Hearing Voices Community can be found here.

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Job Opportunity: London Hearing Voices Projects Manager (21 hours per week)

London Hearing Voices Projects Manager rsz_lhvn_logo
(21 hours per week)
NJC SCP 32-34, £30,656-£32,255
(£18,393 – £19,352 for 21 hours per week
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Aim: To manage all aspects of Mind in Camden’s Hearing Voices Projects and undertake one-to-one, group and development work alongside service users.We are seeking a motivated and experienced individual to take responsibility for the overall management of our innovative London-wide Hearing Voices Projects. To be successful in this role, you need to have an in-depth understanding of the Hearing Voices Movement and the role of peer support groups within this. You will have experience of supervising or mentoring staff/volunteers, and have the skills necessary to build a strong and effective team.

With the confidence and organisational skills necessary to take the lead on busy and diverse projects, on the cutting edge of the Hearing Voices Movement, you will be required to engage with a wide range of stakeholders (from the adult mental health, prison, forensic and youth sectors). As such, this role is best suited to someone who is flexible enough to modify their approach to suit the situation. We are looking for someone with strong facilitation skills who is able to deliver and design training that communicates the values of the Hearing Voices Network clearly and accessibly.

As well as having responsibility for the overall management of the projects, including supervising staff/volunteers and ensuring we meet targets agreed with funders, you will also be required to undertake direct development work when necessary. This could include facilitating Hearing Voices Groups within a prison setting and, as such, it is important that you have experience in the adult mental health sector and supporting vulnerable people. Prior experience of working with people who have been in prison or forensic services is not essential, but a real willingness to do this is.

We particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of voices or visions and are able to use this experience to inform, and enhance, their work.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date: 20 October, 3pm.

Interviews: Wednesday 29 October and Wednesday 5th November.

For more information and application forms, please see the job advertisement on the Mind in Camden website

 

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Dawn Edge on ‘The “Schizophrenia Epidemic” among African Caribbeans in the UK’, Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis, Durham, 24 September 2014, 5.30-7pm

Durham University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis (JSIGP) is open to all staff working in either the Trust or University.  However, it will be of particular interest to those staff working in ‘psychosis services’ or who are involved in research within the field. A warm welcome is also extended to any service users who would like to attend. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics and speakers.

The next meeting, featuring a presentation by Dr Dawn Edge (University of Manchester) on ‘The “Schizophrenia Epidemic” among African Caribbeans in the UK: Exploring Causes and Potential Solutions’, will be held on Wednesday September 24th 2014 from 5.30 – 7PM in the Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University (30 on this map).

Dawn Edge is a Senior Lecturer in the ‘Centre for New Treatments & Understanding in Mental Health’ (CeNTrUM) at The University of Manchester.  Her research emanates from a passion to reduce inequalities in access, care and treatment for mental health problems experienced by underserved communities. In addition to her academic post, Dawn is a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Mental Health & Social Care Trust and has worked with the Big Life Group to establish an inner-city Free School, which is committed to fostering pupils and parents’ well-being and resilience.

Abstract: African Caribbeans in the UK have the highest prevalence of schizophrenia, most difficult relationships with mental health services and greatest persistent inequalities in care of all ethnic groups.¹ Although rates of schizophrenia in the Caribbean are similar to those among White British people,² African Caribbeans in the UK are 9 times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. Paradoxically, they are often labelled ‘hard-to-reach’ by services reporting low levels of engagement and delayed access to treatment; resulting in a vicious circle of negative care pathways, coercive treatment, poorer outcomes, fear and avoidance of mental health services.³ Given the personal, social and political cost of the over-representation of African Caribbeans in the most coercive part of the mental healthcare spectrum, it is intriguing that so little emphasis has been placed on developing more effective interventions.

In this seminar, Dawn will explore the on-going debates about the factors that might account for the so-called ‘schizophrenia epidemic’ among people of Caribbean origin in the UK and will consider whether it is possible to take it out of the ‘too difficult to do’ box.

Places are limited for this event.  To reserve a place, please fill in our online registration form.

Service users and their families and friends who attend meetings of the Joint Special Interest Group for Psychosis can receive an honorarium of £20 plus travelling expenses.  For more information and to obtain the relevant claim forms, please contact Valentina Short.

If you would like to receive information about future JSIGP meetings via email, please sign up to the JSIGP mailing list.

References
1.  Morgan, C., et al., First episode psychosis and ethnicity: initial findings from the AESOP study. World Psychiatry, 2006. 5(1): p. 40-46.
2.  Mahy, G., et al., First-contact incidence rate of schizophrenia on Barbados. British Journal of Psychiatry, 1999. 175: p. 28-33.
3. Keating, F., et al., Breaking the circles of fear: A review of the relationship between mental health services and African and Caribbean communities. 2002, The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health: London.

 

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Time 2 Change: bARTer, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 8 September – 19 October 2014

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Monday 8 September – Sunday 19 October 2014
Level 2 Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Launchpad, in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, is delighted to present bARTer – an exhibition of work by artists with lived-experience of mental illness from two regional charities, Newcastle & Gateshead Art Studio (NAGAS) and North Tyneside Art Studio (NTAS).

The exhibition aims to instigate meaningful interaction and dialogue with the public around perceptions of mental health.

The planning, design and curation of the programme was led by 30 NAGAS and NTAS artists, working with Baltic Artist Lesley Rose in a series of seven workshops.  The result is an exhibition of the artists’ work, exploring ideas, perceptions and conversations around mental health.

bARTer opens on Monday 8 September 2014 at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, NE8 3BA and runs until Sunday 19 October 2014.

NAGAS provides an innovative range of creative services directed at improving and enhancing the quality of life, health and social integration of its members.

NTAS is an award-winning organisation based in North Shields that has been using art and creative activities as a mechanism to transform the lives of people experiencing mental health problems since 1991.

Launchpad works to redress the balance, and offers the chance for anyone who uses mental health services in Newcastle to have their voice heard by the people who run these services.

The bARTer project is funded by Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. 

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