Tuesday, 11 October 2016

October FEEL meeting is on Monday 17th October

It's time for the monthly FEEL meeting reminder.
Join us at LARC next Monday 17 October from 6.30pm. Thanks.

​​FEEL meets the third Monday of each month between 6.30 - 8.30 pm @ LARC Centre  
62, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel E1 1ES​

Friday, 26 August 2016

FEEL event 23 September, 7pm Kingsley Hall

Knowing Our Rights is the theme for the next FEEL event, taking place on Friday 23 September at the Kingsley Hall, Bow. 
Doors open at 6.30pm. Prompt start at 7pm.
Please distribute the information about this meeting as widely as you can. Thank you.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Blake's 189th Deathday.

All are invited to Blake Rising this Friday 12th August to celebrate Blake's 189th Deathday. From 1pm at Bunhill fields, Old St tube, London EC1. 
Bring poetry,music,picnic. Hope to see you there. The William Blake Congregation


Next FEEL meeting is on Monday 15 August, 6.30 at LARC.

This is our last chance to make plans for our next event on 23 September at Kingsley​ Hall.  
We have a speaker who works in a mental health trust law department as part of the Patients Rights - Our Responsibility campaign. We need to confirm speakers on advocacy, welfare rights, etc.  Then we need to make a leaflet and distribute it.  The Mudlarks band is on holiday so we are lining up some of our poets. 

Please come and help get everything confirmed.  See you there.

 FEEL meets the third Monday of each month 6.30 - 8.30 pm
 @ LARC Centre  62, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel E1 1ES

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Next FEEL meeting 18 July

W​e are busy planning the next FEEL event to take place on 23 September, 7 pm at Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, E3 3HJ.  The topic will be Knowing Our Rights.  We have asked ​for a speaker from the East London Foundation Trust Mental Health Law Team, a representative from the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers,  an expert in advocacy and  Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) speaker.  

We have discovered some really useful resources about mental health rights -  Mental Health Act Code of Practice and Mental Health Big Book of Benefits.  We think more people ought to know about these books and how to use them to secure our rights.  There will be copies of these books at the meeting, along with some ideas how you can get access to them (they are expensive!).
There will be the usual wonderful music from the Mudlarks and refreshments, of course.
Please come along to the next FEEL meeting on Monday 18 July to help us finalise these plans.  We want to know about other resources and suggestions for Knowing Our Rights.  See you at LARC.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Call for papers

Eleusinian Press is a small publishing company working in an interzone, a space that is part of and separate from, on the edgelands of; academia, music writing, mental health activism and left-wing politics. We are looking to curate a new collected volume on unrecovery. 

What is unrecovery? It is the practice of living with one’s distress, one’s mental health history in a time of austerity, where ‘choice that is no choice’ is rammed down our throats on a daily basis. Whe new are asked for support and given CBT. When we are told that we ‘can recover’ and rather than a ‘personal journey’, it is a pre-navigated outcome measure. When the possibility of recovery fought for against the bio-medical model has turned around and bitten us on the arse and become a means to explain why we failed the WCA whilst our housing situation turned shit because of the bedroom tax and the subsequent homelessness is a lifestyle choice. It is being sanctioned because you missed your appointment because your voices made you agoraphobic five minutes before you were due to leave the house. When the constant nudge unit in charge of nudging units makes our inner worlds a shit shower of dystonic buzzing. Unrecovery is a reaction to this. It is practices, like making noise, walking an erratic path to escape the microfascist nomos police, cooking up a Storm, researching the hex-files, scatting back at the top down semio-therapies, unflagging the behaviourist order word semaphore, rewriting the signing in-book. It is about solidarity, building mad unions, it is about training up the activist community to help with ever more punitive benefit forms, it is looking at housing, it is looking at protesting policy. It is looking beyond individualist psychology that is designed to turn us into efficient working subjects for capital. It is about biopolitics, it is about Das Swamp Dog Ding, it is about eluding control. It is about making a stand. It is about fighting back. It is about respecting our concrete situations. It is about the lay of the land. The map not just not the territory, the territory is not the terrain. Territory is about capture. It is no longer the fish getting off the hook from the Mental Patients’ Union, it is escaping the trawler’s net. As Daedalus said, as Nemo said, keep swimming down, down, down. And wrestle the Minotaur to the ground. The Minotaur is the language of profit, and its stench has saturated the ideological labyrinth. It has saturated the language of mental health recovery. And in the crisis of capitalism that is intentional, permanent austerity, the Minotaur is fascist. 

The Eleusinian Press is looking for stories and articles from 4,000 words up. The pay is 4p a word based on work published in the volume. We will be having a kickstarter next year, but we are looking for articles from now. 
Please email alastair@eleusinianpress.co.uk

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

June FEEL meeting

The next FEEL meeting is this Monday, 20 June, 6.30 pm. LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES. Please join us to help plan our next Friday evening event in September on the topic of knowing our rights. We have been unable to contact a new project to be running sessions on rights for service users as part of the Patient Rights: Our Responsibity Campaign. We want to invite her to come to a FEEL meeting, but can't seem to find her. Maybe someone out there knows about this project, or how to find it. We now have a copy of the Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice, Revised 2015, thanks to HealthWatch. Our rights are spelled out very clearly and one of our members has downloaded it to his iphone for speedy reference. It is on line if other people want to have a look. Do join us Monday evening to get on with planning our event.