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Mental Health Foundation Newsletter: Don’t Call me Crazy, Call me Mad

Don’t call me crazy, call me mad

David Crepaz Keay, Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation, has a truly unique perspective on mental health – he has lived with hearing voices since adolescence.

His experiences have shaped his attitude to labels and, in a compelling interview, he talks about seeking to reclaim the word ‘mad’.

In his role at the Foundation David works to develop, deliver, and evaluate things like service user involvement, career involvement, peer support and self-management training.

Teaching positive life coping skills to children with learning disabilities
Last month Hanifa Islam and Jill Davies, who work for the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, visited our ‘FRIENDS for Life’ project at a school in Eastbourne.

The project is trialling an adaptation of the established ‘FRIENDS for Life’ programme, for children with learning disabilities, which teaches resilience and positive life coping skills.

You can read more about their visit in Hanifa’s blog post.

What would depression look like if it were a cake?
According to the Depressed Cake Shop initiative, they would be grey on the outside, but colourful inside.

From 2-4 August, temporary cake shops will pop up around the country to raise awareness of depression. All cakes will be covered in grey icing to “communicate… that all fun can disappear from life” when one is depressed, according to Miss Cakehead, who is behind the Depressed Cake Shop.

Money raised from the cake sales will be donated to various mental health charities, and the Mental Health Foundation is grateful to be one of them.

Check out a full list of shop locations. We hope to see you there!

Have a natter and change lives
If you’re a keen baker or just enjoy a tea time treat, then get ready to celebrate World Mental Health Day with your very own Tea & Talk Event!

Hold a tea party at work or with your friends or loved ones, bring on the baked goods and have a good natter – while raising much-needed money for, and awareness of, our work.

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October, but you can hold your Tea & Talk whenever you want.

Find out more and pre-order your free Tea & Talk pack today.

Changing Minds, Changing Lives
This month, we’re officially launching our first combined Mental Health and Learning Disability blog. 

Changing Minds, Changing Lives offers unique perspectives from key experts, service users and anyone with a story to tell about their experiences.

Want to get involved? Head on over to changingmindschanginglives.com to join the conversation, or contact press@mentalhealth.org.uk if you’d like to come on board as a guest blogger.

Felix Da Housecat is Changing Minds!
Earlier this month, house music legend Felix Da Housecat performed to a sold-out Glasgow venue at our ‘Changing Minds’ event. 

1,600 people came together for an incredible night of entertainment, celebrating good mental health and tackling stigma through music and dance.

The event was such a success that we plan to do it every year!

Have a look at photos from the event on Facebook, read more about the night and listen to an interview with Felix and the other DJs who took part.

Raffle Update!
Every year we hold a raffle as a fun way to raise money and support our work to help everyone live mentally healthier lives.

We planned to send out raffle tickets with the last edition of our supporter newsletter Talkback, but unfortunately we had to wait for a license amendment from the Gambling Commission before we could print or sell tickets.

In order to keep postal costs to a minimum we will be sending out raffle tickets with the September edition of Talkback.

We apologise for the delay and will be extending the date of the draw to allow for plenty of time for you to enter. Read more about the raffle.

Raffle tickets in a hand.
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