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Rethink Mental Illness: Get involved – research opportunities

January 10, 2014 Leave a comment

As part of our service to you, we’re highlighting how you can play a part in furthering research into mental health. You can see a range of opportunities to get involved with on our website but we’d particularly like to promote the following two:

University of Oxford logoTreatment outcomes in schizophrenia: The views of patients and carers

Researchers at the University of Oxford are carrying out a study to learn about the treatment outcomes that matter to people with schizophrenia and to carers. If you are aged 18 or older and have personal experience of schizophrenia, or if you support or care for someone who does, they would be interested in speaking to you.

If you take part in the study, a researcher will interview you about your experiences and opinions of treatment. The interview will be relaxed and informal, much like a conversation, and carried out at a time and place to suit you. You would not be identified personally in any reports. This study has received approval from the NHS Research Ethics committee, reference number: 13/ES/0143. To find out more and how to take part, please email: treatmentoutcomes@dph.ox.ac.uk, or call/text message Joanne Lloyd on 07804 419489 or Helen Lloyd on 07913 824926.

Experts by experience

The Cochrane Collaboration produces some of the latest research on schizophrenia and mental health problems, and is part of the internationally recognised Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. Rethink Mental Illness is currently sponsored to produce lay summaries for the Cochrane Collaboration. We’d like to get people with experience of mental health problems and carers involved in reviewing these. Together we can make information about research more relevant, meaningful and accessible to people with mental health problems and carers. Read more about the Cochrane reviews here. For further information about getting involved, please email:ben.gray@rethink.org.

Best wishes,

TV interested in Atos experiences deaths/suicides/impacts » DPAC

October 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Unions Together: Participation Request

April 16, 2013 Leave a comment
Hi all, need some help.
We’re still looking for someone paid National Minimum Wage who we could talk to, possibly for a campaign video.

Ideally London/SE if poss. Please email felicity @ unionstogether.org.uk.

Mental Health Foundation: Participation Request

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Would you be interested in taking part in a qualitative study exploring experience of the ending of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)?

Peter from the University of Lancaster is conducting qualitative research as part of his clinical psychology training. The study has NHS ethics approval. He is meeting with people and asking individuals who have received CAT about their experience of the ending of therapy-things like: how it felt, what was important about it, what helped or didn’t help. he hopes this research will help us to understand more about how therapy works and how it is experienced.

So, if you : have had CAT over the last two years and had a recognised (not abrupt or unplanned) ending, for any problem or diagnosis, and would like to meet with him for an informal discussion about your experience of CAT ending, he would be really glad to hear from you. he will travel to meet you, either at a neutral place near you or your own home.

If it is of interest you can contact him:

Text/phone: 07852516812 or E:mail P.Lydon@lancaster.ac.uk

Thank you

Daily Mail Letter to the Editor | SumOfUs

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Mental Health Foundation: Call for Participation

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

A science documentary is looking for 18-25 year olds currently living with various mental illnesses to share their story. It will be an hour long documentary for the BBC 3 Mental Health season, focussing on the science of mental illness. The idea of the show is to focus on 6 or 7 individual young people (18-25) who each have a different mental health issue. Using your stories, and the latest scientific information, they will use illustrative computer graphics to demonstrate the causes of and treatment for their particular illness while seeking to dispel common myths.

They are hoping to include: Anxiety (including panic attacks), OCD, Eating Disorders, Bi Polar disorder, Self Harm, Psychosis and Schizophrenia.

If you would be happy to share your experiences please contact Alex Carruthers at mentalhealth@pioneertv.com.

Participation request for TV documentary, from National Survivor User Network, NSUN

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment
TV documentary makers are looking to talk to people who have mental health conditions as well as long-term physical illnesses. They would also like to speak to someone who has a mental health condition who is also conscious of maintaining their physical health.
They are looking to finish the documentary in May so ideally they want to talk to someone as soon as they are available.
Contact Rebecca Burrows to learn more rburrows5@hotmail.co.uk

The Guardian: Don’t get mad about the Mail’s use of the Philpotts to tarnish the poor – get even

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/03/dont-get-mad-about-use-of-philpotts-tarnish-poor

The Daily Mail reminds me a little bit of climate change: you think you’ve got the measure of just how bad it is, but every time you look it’s taken another appalling leap forward. Yesterday, following the conviction of the Philpotts for the manslaughter of their six children, it called Mick Philpott the “vile product of welfare UK“. The cynicism, the lack of respect for the dead, the dehumanising terminology (he “bred” the children, it says); the front page alone told us all we need to know.

But the paragraph that had me churning with impotent rage was this one: “Michael Philpott is a perfect parable for our age: his story shows the pervasiveness of evil born of welfare dependency. The trial spoke volumes about the sheer nastiness of the individuals involved. But it also lifted the lid on the bleak and often grotesque world of the welfare benefit scroungers – of whom there are not dozens, not hundreds, but tens of thousands in our country.”

It is vitriolic, illogical depersonalisation to ascribe the grotesqueness of one wild, unique crime to tens of thousands of people on benefits. When any section of society is demonised on irrational grounds we have to take that seriously, so I will complain to the Press Complaints Commission, and I hope you will too – even though, as Twitter helpfully pointed out, it’s run by Paul Dacre, the editor in chief of the Daily Mail.

The Mail habitually gauges the amount of bigotry it can get away with, and plants its editorial view at the farthest edge. Usually it’s pretty acute, though I think it’s likely that it’s gone too far on this occasion. But it would never have used these deaths for this political purpose had they happened before 2010 (the deaths themselves could have happened at any time; keeping one’s partner perpetually pregnant is a very common feature of domestic abuse, as of course are threats and violence).

It is a marked feature of the last three years that people claiming benefits have been represented in a particular way – as worthless, immoral, grasping and, fundamentally, different to the rest of us. While political rhetoric endlessly labours the difference between “skivers” and “strivers”, very little genuine attempt is made to distinguish between people who are on unemployment benefit and people who receive benefits because of low wages (which, incidentally, most of the Philpotts’ benefit income came under – both women worked, and got tax credits).

At the weekend the Baptists, Methodists, the United Reform church and the Church of Scotland came out against the six myths routinely spread, by politicians, about the poor: that they are lazy, addicted to drink or drugs, not really poor, cheat the system, have an easy life, and that they caused the deficit. Set down on paper, they are astonishing, laughable. And yet these ideas are pervasive, written across the landscape of this miserable Tory Narnia. The cost of welfare is called “unsustainable”, borrowing a sense of fear and scarcity from an environmental debate with which it has precisely nothing in common to suggest breakneck spending of the nation’s resources, on these welfare claimants, as far back as the country can remember. Nobody is unemployed any more, they’re part of a “culture of worklessness“.

We’re told there are 120,000 “troubled families”, costing £9bn – the troubles relating to crime, drink, drugs and antisocial behaviour – when, on closer inspection, it turns out there are 120,000 poor families. Anybody who receives anything, whether a working family tax credit (the clue is in the word “working”) or housing benefit, will at some point have been described, by Iain Duncan Smith or George Osborne, as the cause of the debt burden they inherited.

Indeed, the introduction of universal credit, a single household payment with the same name whether you’re working or not, will erode the very distinction that this scornful skiver/striver language relies on. Clearly, they hope that in the medium term, by the time universal credit is rolled out, all benefit claimants will be despised equally, the very fact of needing any support at all being proof that they’re not trying hard enough.

It is this constant misrepresentation that has emboldened the Mail to take it one step further into hate speech, but the Conservatives themselves would never have had the guts to start this if they didn’t think they had some support among public opinion. My colleague John Harris showed, irrefutably, that majority opinion is with cutting benefits.

In part, this is just what hardship does. Generosity drops away and distrust is amplified and embellished, to use as a fig leaf over a spirit of meanness. But the roots go back further than the financial crash, to the widening inequality that has had as its inevitable side-effect a growing and real suspicion between social groups, whose lives and circumstances bisected one another less and less.

So much current political rhetoric relies on accepting the idea that the poor differ in fundamental ways, that they care less for their children, that they are less honest, that they are more stupid. This thinking would have been impossible under Margaret Thatcher; whatever her rhetorical flourish, she simply didn’t have three decades to build on during which we’d all been moving farther apart, distrust growing like a fungus in the gaps between the deciles.

We won’t eradicate this vitriol against the poor with reason or facts or fury of our own; only greater equality can rebuild normal trust in one another. Or, in other words – don’t get mad, get even.

Twitter: @zoesqwilliams

Iain Duncan Smith recounts his days on the dole.

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment

IDS: On the first day I bought an apple for 1 pence.  I polished it until it was gleamed, and sold it for 2 pence.

IDS: The day after that I bought two apples for 1 pence each, polished them both until they gleamed and sold them for 2 pence each.

Interviewer:  And that’s how you made a living on the dole and turned your fortunes around?

IDS: Sod that, the next day I married Elizabeth “Betsy” Fremantle, daughter of the 5th Baron Cotteslo.  Never had to do an honest days work since….

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Unions Together | protect the minimum wage

April 2, 2013 Leave a comment
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