Friday, 20 November 2015

R.I.P. Steve Morgan


After struggling with Multiple Systems Atrophy, sadly Steve recently passed away. We will always remember Steve for his great musical talents. 
Rest in Peace Steve.

November Newsletter

Dear Friends, 

We wish to thank the amazing speakers Cristian Montenegro, Rodrigo Fredes, Paula Peters and Dave Skull for their presentation at our Human Rights event at the Kingsley Hall last week. As days are colder and shorter we received many apologies, however we were very pleased with the few but good participants that came along in support of the event. Specially delighted to see several Mad Pride members (please see details for event on 20th Nov below the page). We were very pleased to hear the manifesto contained in the brand new Mental Health Manual of Human Rights presented by Rodrigo, which was recently presented in Europe, at the International Hearing Voices convention in Madrid. We look forward to see the English translated book soon. In the meantime the Spanish version is available to be purchased; please contact Rodrigo directly for more details on locospornuestrosderechos@gmail.com 
Notes from the event are now available to be shared. Send us an email if you wish to have a copy.

F.E.E.L. is now 8 years old. This week, at our monthly meeting at LARC, we have discussed the work we have done in these past years, run entirely by complete volunteer initiative. Althought externally for some people might have not meant much, for ourselves it has been of amazing benefit. We have now decided to have a sabbatical to take care of ourselves, possibly resuming the monthly meetings around February 2016. There probably won't be much action online either, as it's a much needed time for some media and social media detox, although we will do our best to support fellow campaigners events, when energy will allow us.

On a personal level, looking at the likeness of the figure 8 with the infinity symbol \infty, there is a feeling of completion of what F.E.E.L. has served for ourselves and the community. Our message is out there, repeated infinitus, not only by fellow survivors, but from a large range of professionals around the world. Most of these, which might have first hand experience of mental illness themselves, have their own stories, their own evidence to share that match our own. Some people might have seen us as extremist, but probably those don't know, nor understand what we are talking about. 
I have not got around sharing my personal story as I wish it to see imprinted; yet I am proud of being free from the damaging pshyco-drugs for over two years now. Nevertheless I am dependant to other meds that keep me alive and cannot incriminate Big Pharma from all angles. Nor I wish to encourage or push people to come off their meds; everyone needs to be free to make their own choices, responsible of the self and own life. Only suggestion is to stay informed!
My early (unedited!) blog posts still hold the strong feelings that have fuelled my involvement in F.E.E.L., which has been a great support in maintaining sanity in this crazy world. Thank you comrades!
Concluding, wishing you all to find strength and courage to go thought difficulties; always remember that either good or bad things never last forever. Make the most of your favourite ones!

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MENTAL HEALTH RESISTANCE NETWORK Event Friday 20th November

As part of MHRN's series of "SolidariTea" events at the Field in New Cross, on Friday from 7.30pm we will be hosting a Survivors Poetry performance with music and poetry from Dave Russell, Frank Bangay, Razz, King Miserable, C.T. and floor spots. Free crisps. All welcome. This will be preceded by a MHRN action-planning meeting.

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Host: Adrian Chapman. Venue: Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL 
Date: Sat 21 November. Time: 12.30pm-2pm   FREE To book: drop in

This discussion-based event introduces Laing, the radical Scottish psychiatrist, author and sixties counter-cultural figure (who played a part in the original anti-university of London). We’ll focus especially on Laing’s conception of alienation. Attention will be paid, too, to his influence and the ways in which he might be relevant today. 
No prior knowledge of Laing is required. Brief photocopies of his work, on which discussion will be based, will be handed out. Why not make an afternoon of it? Book a ticket to see a performance of The Divided Laing following this discussion in the same venue. Adrian Chapman, who teaches English Literature and writing at American universities based in London, has published on Laing and anti-psychiatry and will take up a Wellcome Trust-funded research fellowship next year at University of Glasgow, where he will be researching in the R. D. Laing Archive. 

The Divided Laing. The play by Patrick Marmion is currently showing at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney, until the 12th of December

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The Survivors History Group London Meeting

The next Survivors History Group meeting is taking place on Wednesday 25th November.  As usual the meeting will be happening at the mezzanine at Together, 12 Old Street, London, EC1V 9BE from 1pm to 4.30pm ish.   Refreshments will be provided and everyone is very welcome.
 
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Thursday 26th November     
Venue: Tea House Theater 139 Vauxhall Walk SE11 5HL. Door open 19:30  
The most amazing evening coming to South London A magical evening of fun laughter and performance poetry with international poets. Never before and probably never again 17 of London's finest poets come together in one evening supporting 8 new title from W.C.H. Publishing , covering a range of emotion heartfelt express as only people who know. Their books take you on a journey of human hart string pluck to express the many different emotions. £3 entry, free for performers.  
 
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 William Blake's 
258th Birthday Celebration  
Sat 28th November, from 1pm  
 
All are welcome to the William Blake Congregation's annual Celebration of Blake's Birthday at the Tate Britain, in the Blake room,(Turner wing) Millbank, SW1P 4RG. Free to attend. Bring Poetry, Music, Dance to celebrate William Blake 258th! Cake & Cava in the garden afterwards!
 
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Spark London Open Mic    
Spark London has been called Britain’s first true storytelling club. Everyone is welcome to sit back and listen, or you can get stuck into the action and tell your own story. There are only three rules at Spark:   1) It must be true   
2) It must be your own story, and   
3) It must be under five minutes long.   
With a different theme each time, you'll soon find yourself talking to friends and strangers about moments from each other's lives. Our aim is always to connect people through true stories. There are regular storytelling nights at the Hackney Attic and Upstairs at the Ritzy, and we put on a monthly show at the Canal Café Theatre featuring all the best stories plus special guest storytellers.   
 
WORKSHOP:   We run regular storytelling workshops to help you find and develop your stories. If there are no workshops listed on our events page then please email Joanna@sparklondon.com or join our mailing list so we can let you know what is happening when.   http://www.sparklondon.com/attend.php    

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***HEALING WAVE***   
Sacred Cacao Lotus Love Journey @ Kingsley Hall, Bromley - by- Bow   
Saturday 12th December 7 -11pm  
5 Elements Meditation and Dance Sound Journey   Sacred Cacao Ceremony with 5 element dance with the energy of AIR, with EARTH, with FIRE, with WATER. http://sacredcacaolotuslovejourney.brownpapertickets.com/   
***Low income Online tickets £15 
***Normal wages Online tickets £20 
***At the door £25

Monday, 2 November 2015

Mental Health, Psychiatric Drugs and Metabolism


We are pleased to publicate this article about the effects of psychiatric medication on metabolism recently written by Catherine Clarke SRN, SCM, MSSCH, MBChA and Jan Evans MCSP. Grad Dip Phys. 
There is plenty of evidence about these type of studies and researches. Since the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in circulating them it is OUR responsibility, being at the receiving end, to share them and stay informed.
Previous articles by Clarke shedding light on the ill-effect of psychiatric drugs and consequential patient violence were publicised on the Asylum Magazine  ( Nos 17.2, 17.3 and 20.3). 
The fully referenced and detailed article can be obtained requesting it directly to the author : cclarke@post.com

Catherine Clarke SRN, SCM, MSSCH, MBChA.
Jan Evans MCSP. Grad Dip Phys
28th September 2015

 Mental health disorders are predominantly treated with psychiatric medications, which are licensed psychoactive drugs. This document focuses primarily on psychiatric drug induced mood changing side effects in relation to metabolisation. Metabolism is defined as an ability of the body to break down medications. Individual  inability to break down medications efficiently causes toxicity, resulting in side effects. This enlightening information falls outside the remit of mental health mainstream literature. Although ‘side effects’ is common terminology, Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) is the more accurate term as it reflects drug induced toxicities and is referred to throughout this document. The term antipsychotic is definitively replaced by neuroleptic, which means literally to ‘seize the nerve’.

Psychiatric Medications Adverse Drug Reactions

Many individuals treated with psychiatric medications experience severe ADRs, without any effective drug response. Whilst antidepressant and neuroleptic drugs can cause iatrogenic physical ADRs, it is not widely known that psychiatric medications can induce mood changing neurotoxic behavioural ADRs. SSRIs for depression can precipitate deepening depression, suicidal ideation, suicide, homicidal ideation, homicide, akathisia and agitation, mania and delirium, severe anxiety, bizarre thinking and reasoning psychosis, and hallucinations.  Neuroleptics, used to treat psychosis, are linked with violence, suicidal and homicidal behaviour leading to completed suicide  and  homicide.      

So why do some individuals respond well to drugs and others not?
 
A major factor for varied drug responses is due to individuals’ differing genetic makeup,  known as pharmacogenetics or drug metabolism. Although there are many metabolising systems in the body, the major metabolising systems for psychiatric medications are the CYP450 enzyme system, principally in the liver, and the serotonergic system. Both systems have an important role in the outcome of treatment, ADRs and efficacy.

  450CYP Enzyme System
 
75% of psychiatric drugs including antidepressant and neuroleptic medications, are metabolised through CYP2D6, which is one of the most variable metabolizing enzyme pathways known. Other pathways that metabolise antidepressants and neuroleptic drugs include CYPC19, CYPC9, CYP1A2, CYP 3A4 and CYPA5.Genetic variations, known as alleles, classify individuals as either being Poor Metaboliser (PM), Intermediate Metaboliser (IM), Extensive Metaboliser (EM) or Ultra Metaboliser (UM) genotypes. PMs have two non-functional alleles and IMs have one non-functional allele plus one diminished allele or two diminished alleles or two partially active alleles. UMs have more than two active gene copies on the same allele, or increased expression of a single allele. EMs have one or at the most two functional alleles with ‘normal ‘activity.Genetic variability affects psychiatric medication outcomes.  PMs and IMs incur neurotoxicities leading to violent acts, as do UMs with prodrug use. EM individuals are likely to have a therapeutic response without neurotoxic ADRs.EMs determine the window of opportunity for a drug therapeutic level and sets the recommended drug dosage. This is important, as drug companies do not specify drug dosage for UMs, IMs and PMs, which explains why these individuals do not respond well to standard drug doses.



Combined PM and IM frequency via CYP450 2D6:
·      26% Caucasians
·      40-50% African-Americans
·      50% Africans

Statistically, Black Minority and Ethnic (BME) populations have greater difficulty metabolising psychiatric medications compared with White and Asian population, due to the higher frequency of lower metabolism at CYP 2D6. BME groups are four times more likely to experience psychosis than Caucasians,  with African Caribbean people three to five times more likely than any other group, of being diagnosed with schizophrenia and admitted to hospital. 

Serotonergic System


Antidepressants and neuroleptics are regulated through the serotonergic system. The serotonin system consists of the Serotonin Transporter Gene and serotonin receptors (5-HT). As with the CYP450 system, the serotonergic system has genetic variations that affect outcomes.

Serotonin Transporter Gene and Antidepressants


Genetic variations in the promoter region of the Serotonin Transporter Gene (5HTT-LPR) are coded as L/L (2 long alleles), L/S (a long and a short allele) or S/S (2 short alleles). Those individuals with the L/L code have a ‘normal’ gene activity and respond well to antidepressant medications. In contrast individuals with the short allele have slower gene activity, resulting in a reduction of serotonin transmission. Both L/S and S/S individuals treated with antidepressants have poor outcomes, and a ‘powerfully predicted non response’. Emerging antidepressant ADRs are inevitable for individuals with the short allele. 
Individual response to neuroleptic medication is also affected by 5HTT-LPR variations. 50% of individuals coded L/L receiving neuroleptic treatment with haloperidol experienced parkinsonian side effects; however the incidence of parkinsonian side effects for L/S and S/S allele individuals rose to 62.2% and 83.1% respectively.

What is the frequency of 5HTT-LPR Gene Variants?



Population Frequency of 5HTT-LPR Variations

Individuals coded with (S/S) and (S/L) genotype: 
Caucasians S/S (39%)
Caucasians S/L (52%)
East Asians S/S (49–74%)
Native Americans S/S (42%)
African Americans S/S (7–17%)

Individuals coded with L/L genotype:  
Caucasians (29–43%)
African Americans (45–56%)
Native American (10–14%)
East Asian samples (1–13%)

Serotonin Receptors


There are 14 types of 5-HT receptors that can be targeted by antidepressants and neuroleptics. However the 5-HT 2A serotonin receptor variant, in particular, is associated with individual poor response and increased risk of ADRs when treated with antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This same receptor variant has been linked to poor response from some individuals having neuroleptic treatment. 


Genotype Testing 


CYP450, 5HTT-LPR and 5-HT receptor genotype testing can determine individual status for metabolizing psychiatric medications. Prescribers do not currently conduct genotype testing prior to treatment and take no account of whether or not individuals are able to efficiently metabolise medication. The current practice is to work on a crude trial and error basis when treating individuals with psychiatric medication. 
Genotype testing of an individual prior psychiatric medication treatment would enable assessment and prediction of the potential for neurotoxic behavioural ADRs in line with genotype status as depicted in the table above. The genotype test is a simple blood or swab test and in 2013 the standard cost of a test was £30.  Retrospective genotyping for psychiatric drugs has demonstrated that there would have been a significant reduction in the financial outlay/cost based on the use of inappropriate medication and subsequent uneccessary healthcare costs.
           
Genotype testing is used by pharmaceutical companies during medication trials (stages II - 1V), to de-select individuals who are PMs and potentially liable to suffer severe ADRs. This practice includes trials with psychiatric medication and is done for reasons of safety, and also to show medication in its best light.

Discussion


Neurotoxic behavioural ADRs are not understood in psychiatry. When individuals respond violently to psychiatric medication the practice in psychiatry is to increase the dose and/or polypharmacy. This practice is completely futile as further medications increase neurotoxicities. Individuals are theoretically being overdosed, albeit unwittingly by prescribers. Prescribing of psychiatric medications is done on a crude trial end error basis. Individual suffering is immense. This needs to change.

Friday, 16 October 2015

October Newsletter

Dear Friends, 

The 10th of October marked World Mental Health Day. "Dignity in Mental Health" was this year's theme chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health, which produced a document for the occasion http://wfmh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/WMHD_report_2015_FINAL.pdf
Yet, mental health patients still suffer torture in the form of forced detention, coercive drugging and forced electroshock. When will this end?hings only change when action is taken.  
We would like to invite you to the next FEEL public event "Drug Tyranny & Human Rights" that will take place on Tuesday the 10th of November at the Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, London, E3 3HJ http://kingsley-hall.co.uk
The speaker for the event are:
Cristian R. Montenegro (PhD Student at the London School of Economics, member of the Observatory of Human Rights of Persons With Mental Disabilities - Chile) “Global Legal Frameworks and Local Struggles: Experiences from Latin America”  https://lse.academia.edu/CristianRMontenegro
Paula Peters (national DPAC steering group - Disabled People Against the Cuts) “The Devastating Impact of the Benefit Cuts" 
Dave Skull (Mental Health Resistance Network, Mad Pride) “Compulsory Community Treatment Orders and Coercion in Recovery”
The event will take place between 7-9 PM, however as every Tuesday the Three Bees Cafe will be open for refreshments from 5 PM.

In the main time FEEL monthly meeting is taking place this coming Monday the 19th. Please join us is you can.
As usual, please find below a list of links and events that might be of your interest.


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RD LAING/KINGSLEY HALL PLAY AT THE ARCOLA
Michael Kingsbury (In LambethYing Tong) directs the world premiere production on the 50th anniversary of The Philadelphia Association and of Laing’s experimental asylum at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow.
Alan Cox plays Ronnie Laing in this provocative, freewheeling comedy by the acclaimed playwright and journalist Patrick Marmion.
The Divided Laing will showcase at the Arcola Theatre in Hackney, from 17th November - 12th December.

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​Toynbee Hall and Middlesex University are hosting a seminar:
Justice cuttings: legal aid cuts and experiences of accessing justice for those in need- to share findings from their joint research that explored the needs and experiences of people who feel they have nowhere else to turn because of legal aid cuts. One of the issues that will be under discussion in the seminar is mental health. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss the impact of legal aid and other cuts on different groups and communities and help to identify possible solutions. The seminar will take place:
Date: Monday 9th November 2015, Time: 3pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Linklaters LLP (Auditorium) - 1 Silk Street London EC2Y 8HQ GB
If you are interested in attending this event, click on the link below to see more information and register:

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Power, Interest and Psychology: developing David Smail’s ideas
Thursday 12th November 2015 - Friday 13th November 2015 at Novotel Birmingham Centre
This exciting interdisciplinary event will appeal to anyone wanting to understand the connections between psychology and disciplines such as sociology, epidemiology, philosophy and cultural studies.
David Smail’s last book, ‘Power, Interest and Psychology’, was published in 2005. His other books include ‘How To Survive Without Psychotherapy’ (1996), ‘The Origins of Unhappiness’ (1993), ‘Taking Care’ (1987) and ‘Illusion and Reality: the meaning of anxiety’ (1984). David was appointed head of clinical psychology services in Nottingham in 1969, a post he held until his retirement in 1998. He was also Special Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

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More Harm than Good Conference on Psychiatric Drugs Videos: 
​On September 18th, the one day "More Harm than Good Conference" brought together many of the leaders of the critical psychiatry movement. While the event has passed, the videos and slides from the conference have been made available on the council for evidence-based psychiatry site http://cepuk.org/moreharmthangood/
The slides from the event can be downloaded here.

The individual videos of each to the talks given at the conference can be accessed on their YouTube channel
at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8eIK8kuf7tht1gV1HApH0g 

The individual talks are:
Dr James Davies
The Origins of the DSM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JPgpasgueQ  
Robert WhitakerOur Psychiatric Drug Epidemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4guc7Q8PaQ  
Robert Whitaker:
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ADHD, Changing the Child Instead of the Environment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlR_-DlO1k0
Prof Peter

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Gøtzsche: Why Few Patients Benefit and Many are Harmed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9cfjKOmPF8 
Prof John
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Abraham:
 The Misadventures of Pharmaceutical Regulation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qBd4KRbXNc

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New Evidence that Antidepressants Are Causing an Epidemic of Violence 
A new article has been circulating recently, presenting the strong links between psychotropic drugs and violence.Other evidence shows that people who have exhibited no propensity for violence or aggression can develop violent behavior soon after beginning antidepressants. Not only that, but the use of these drugs might be the very cause of recurrent psychotic episodes.
Proof of how users  became more likely to do violence to themselves or others are not new, they are only rarely mentioned in mainstream services, and information suppressed by the conflict of interest of the pharmaceutical firms.

More in the following links:
http://www.anh-usa.org/new-evidence-that-antidepressants-are-causing-an-epidemic-of-violence/
http://www.anh-usa.org/take-this-antidepressant-and-you-too-may-have-a-violent-psychotic-break/
Ask the FDA to Warn Patients of SSRI Violence!
Please take part in this action, writing to the FDA to expand black box warnings on SSRI medications.

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Press Release of the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences
After more than two years of development the Biographische Archiv der Psychiatrie (Biographical Archive of Psychiatry - BIAPSY) is now online. An initial compilation of 130 biographical entries featuring influential individuals from the history of psychiatry is now available at www.biapsy.de
The innovative online archive was developed at the Hochschule Niederrhein under the supervision of Professor Dr. Burkhart Brückner of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. The project was made possible by a funding programme for the humanities and social sciences offered by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. On the one hand the online archive features famous individuals from the world of science, on the other it also includes patients and members of their families. "In accordance with the principle of a ‘history from below’, we are also documenting the viewpoints of patients with psychiatric experiences. "We therefore combine the historiography of the psychiatric profession with patient-centred historiography," Brückner comments, describing the participatory approach of his team. 
Which role do the patients play in the history of psychiatry? Which famous individuals were the most influential? Why does a person become a psychiatrist or psychotherapist? These are typical questions that were at the centre of focus during compilation of the short biographies. "We seek to address these questions in their respective socio-historical contexts," Brückner reports. "Particular attention was paid to ensuring scientific quality. Our sources and texts comply with the medical historical standards," he continues. The earliest entry in the online archive presents the Late Medieval English mystic Margery Kempe. However, the emphasis is on individuals from the 19th and 20th centuries. 
Another criterion: Only individuals who have been deceased for at least two years are included. So far, around 40 percent of the existing biographies have also been translated into English. The most famous people featured in the archive include Vincent van Gogh, Sigmund Freud, Karl Jaspers, Carl Rogers and Emil Kraepelin. The patients’ perspective is documented in articles such as those on the 17th-century Englishman James Carcasse, the 19th-century German author Friedrich Krauß or Anna Pauline Bleuler, the sister of the Swiss physician Eugen Bleuler (who coined the term "schizophrenia" in 1911 and was both a professional and a relative). Brückner also cites the Italian Adalgisa Conti: "From 1914 onwards, she spent a total of 65 years at an asylum in Arezzo; her fate is a typical example of the conditions in such institutions until the reforms of the 1970s." There are plans to extend the archive in the future. "BIAPSY is open for suggestions and other contributions. The project is now off the ground and everyone who feels competent can submit a suitable biography. We will then review the texts and ensure that they meet certain quality standards, after which they will be made available online," explains Brückner." We may also be looking for private donations or applying for new research funding that will allow us to extend the Biographical Archive of Psychiatry," Professor Brückner continues. Press contact: Tim Wellbrock, University Communications Office of the Hochschule Niederrhein: Phone: +49 (0) 2151 822 2934; email: tim.wellbrock@hs-niederrhein.de Dr. Christian SonntagPressesprecher und LeiterReferat Hochschulkommunikation Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

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Entries Courtesy of Dr Stephen Woodhams:

  • David Cooper: anti­psychiatry revisited  
David Coopers was one of the initiators in 1965 of the 'social experiment' at Kingsley  Hall. Perhaps more than any other of the professional participants, If in retrospect the  term confused as much as helped understanding of the project, it was David Cooper who  coined the term 'anti­psychiatry'. His contribution was to perhaps the main link between  radical re­thinking of 'madness' and the wider New Left. The Dialectics of Liberation  congress in 1967 was in large part the work of David Cooper. Subsequently David Cooper, RD Laing, the Philadelphia Association parted company, each following their own  path. In the course of time David Cooper has come to be over looked, and his strategic  position in making possible critical thinking around 'mental health' forgotten. It is therefore  of significance that the Philadelphia Association have added to their website the following  link, Psychiatry Anti­Psychiatry Re­Visited, http://antipsychiatry.wikifoundry.com/  
This as yet is a website in development. Those associated with FEEL or who otherwise read this Newsletter, may however have memories or know of David Cooper and be  interested in contributing to remaking the radical politics associated with his name. And with the fiftieth anniversary of the Dialectics congress only two years away, this is an  suitable time.  

  • SO WHO'S TELLING PORKIES?  
It seems that among the the very highest in the land unanimity as to what makes us  bonkers is no longer to be found. Alas, no less an illustrious body than the Division of  Clinical Psychology of The British Psychological Society (how's that for an impressive name?) have declared a 'paradigm shift'. They have dared to question the sacred and  holy rite that our bonkersness lies in our biology. Even that those famous chemical  imbalances, for which we need all those re­balancing chemical stuffed drugs, may not be  quite so certain as claimed. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is not pleased (to be fair if  someone came along and said you've been talking cobblers for years, nor might you be).  For the outcome of this most noble feud we shall no doubt have to wait. Meantime  though you might wind up your psychiatrist at your next appointment by putting between  you a copy of the Position Statement http://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/Public%20files/cat­1325.pdf  

  • Critical Psychiatry Network Conference  
The British Psychological Society's History & Philosophy of Psychology Section in  collaboration with the UK Critical Psychiatry Network invites submissions for its 2016 Annual Conference to be held at Leeds Trinity University 22nd­23rd March.  The theme of the conference is the history of mental health, with a keynote address from  Dr. Joanna Moncrieff (University College London). Papers are invited in related areas  such as clinical psychology, psychiatry, service users, resistances to psychiatry, critical perspectives and interventions.  For further information go to: http://www.bps.org.uk/events/conferences/history­mental­health­joint­annual­conference­history- and­philosophy­psychology­section­and­uk­criti

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Community event

East London in crisis
resisting austerity, building community 

Community event 
26 September 2015 from 2.30pm till late 
Venue St Matthias Community Centre 
113 Poplar High St, London E14 0AE 
Nearest station Poplar DLR 

Meet local campaigners 
Find out what’s happening to our communities 
Share how we’re fighting back 
Everyone welcome 

Afternoon
Workshops with east London campaigners: 
NHS • benefits • mental health services • education • housing • trade union rights • the environment 

Bring food to share 

Evening 
Cabaret benefit Raising funds for coaches to the Anti-Austerity demo in Manchester on 4 Oct 2015. 

This event has been launched by Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public, with backing from Tower Hamlets People’s Assembly and Tower Hamlets Unison.

The old East End had a tradition of fighting for its rights. 
That hasn’t changed. 

Across east London, campaigners are fighting to save our services, our rights and our communities. 

We say austerity’s a con. Being forced to pay for the global banking crisis through massive cuts to jobs and services is not just criminally unjust, it’s economically unworkable. 
We think the real political agenda of austerity is even worse – it’s the creeping privatisation of services like the NHS, the theft of our land, the 50,000 families forced out of London in the past three years, the failure to tackle climate change, and the mounting attacks on trade union rights, claimants, people with disabilities and people with mental health problems. 

In east London, we won’t sit back and let this happen. 

The aim of our event is to bring people together to share their local knowledge and campaigning experience with each other. Everyone is welcome. 

This event was called by Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public, with backing from Tower Hamlets People’s Assembly and Tower Hamlets Unison. The event is supported by a large number of groups across east London. They include: health campaigners; trades unionists; pro-housing and anti-developer campaigners; claimants groups; mental health groups; environmental campaigners; local community groups. 


Come with us to Manchester: Tower Hamlets Unison and Tower Hamlets Keep Our NHS Public are taking coaches to the People’s Assembly Anti-Austerity demonstration in Manchester on Sunday 4 October 2015. To reserve a seat (£25 or £10 unwaged), email THkeepourNHSpublic@gmail.com