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.
|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.
|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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social care service users can be more vulnerable to poor mental health than the rest of the population.
For this reason, it’s vital that the social care workforce understands the importance of promoting good mental health and wellbeing.
The Mental Health Foundation has been asked to collect the views of people who use these services about how social care workers can help people’s mental health and wellbeing, so we’re writing to all our supporters to ask whether you, or anyone you know, has experience of receiving social care support and would be willing to answer a few questions about it.
If you receive support or help from an organisation that provides social care, or you are a relative or friend of someone who does, we would be very grateful if you could complete a short online survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.
If you know someone who might be interested in the survey, please forward this email to them. All responses will be handled confidentially.
Thank you for your continued support,
|The future of mental health services|
|This appalling health inequality simply can’t be allowed to continue|