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     Dear Friends
     Welcome to the 9th June 2009 issue of the SCB Email Bulletin
     Aiming to contain information, news & key updates relevant to the field of Carers in Mental
     Health, it is also a way to communicate and share new initiatives, research, consultation,
     training and events.
     The next one will usually be in 2 weeks time – earlier if something major requires it.
     INDEX
     A. Helplines Directory in latest Newsletter from MHHP (Mental Healthy Helplines
     Partnership)
B.          LINk LONDON: New London watchdog for health and social care
C.         Carers UK – CARERS WEEK : Research into Strains on Carers
 1. June-July, across England - FREE IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocate)
  Training
 2. June 12,19,22,29, across England - New Horizons consultation event – for Carers
  and Service Users
 3. June 12–Jul 9 - London Workshops on Personalisation – £50 payment to Service
  Users and Carers
 4. June 15 – Manchester Central - Putting the People into Personalisation Conference
 5. June 29 - London - Spirit Possession and Mental Health Conference
 6. July 2 - London – Implementation of the Refocused Care Programme Approach
 7. July 14 - Birmingham – Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare, Learning Event -
  Meriden
 8. July 14 – Manchester Central - Learning Disability Today 2009 Exhibition
 9. For July 26 – East / South East London – DOMINOES: Public Art Event - and 1-off
  donations !

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     A. Mental Health Helplines Directory - in latest MHHP
     Newsletter
     The Mental Health Helplines Partnership is a coalition of around 50 member organisations,
     delivering perhaps 70 helpline services.
     Their June Newsletter has a „directory‟ of these on the Inside Spread.
     See http://www.mhhp.org.uk/pages/common/mhhp.aspx?pg=117 for the Newsletter – and
     Inside Spread !


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     B. LINk LONDON: New London watchdog for health and social
     care
LINk LONDON: Public involvement in health and social care                   Press Release
May 15th 2009
Health campaigners from across London converged on May 14th at the
headquarters of the London Ambulance Service, to set up a new watchdog to
improve health and social care for all Londoners and hold the NHS and local
authorities to account.
The 40 campaigners from London‟s LINks (Local Involvement Networks) set up last year by
the government to monitor health and social care, established LINK LONDON to ensure the
public can influence all major decision on London‟s health and social care services. LINks
have special legal powers to monitor and inspect health and social care services and hold
them to account. A Steering group of 11 people from across London was elected to produce
a development plan LINk LONDON.
  “LINk LONDON will be a powerful movement of Local Involvement Networks (LINks),
actively monitoring health and social care. LINks‟ members are in the vanguard of the
movement to involve users, carers and patients in every aspect of the monitoring and
improvement of health and social care services. We are the only genuine statutory way for
the public to get involved,” said Mr Alexander.”
  “LINk LONDON will turn local issues into London wide campaigns - the needless deaths
recently exposed at Stafford Hospital have demonstrated yet again the need for a powerful
grassroots public involvement movement that can quickly identify major problems in health
and social care services. LINk volunteers will spend their time monitoring, inspecting,
advising and campaigning to improve and transform their local services.”
Malcolm Alexander and Andrew Mc Cabe               May 15th 2009


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C. Carers at Breaking Point
Carers UK calls for radical overhaul of benefits and care system to prevent carers
reaching breaking point
08 June 2009
Charity reacts to new research published for Carers Week showing carers are
suffering breakdowns and extreme levels of stress.
Carers UK is calling for a radical overhaul of the benefits and care system to prevent carers
reaching breaking point in the light of new research published by the Carers Week
consortium. The research found that almost three-quarters (74%) of people providing
unpaid care for a loved one who is ill, frail or disabled have reached breaking point due to
the pressures of their caring role.

The results show that the strain of caring is causing carers such extreme levels of stress
and depression that they are suffering breakdowns and, in some cases, even attempting
suicide.

For more, see http://www.carersuk.org/Newsandcampaigns/News/1244212361

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1. Jun–Jul – across England - FREE IMHA (Independent Mental
Health Advocate) Training
The National Mental Health Development Unit (NIMDU) is running a series of four-day
training workshops for existing independent mental health advocates. The programme
will look at the role in details and prepare IMHAs for the National Qualification. Places are
only open to existing IMHAs who work in services commissioned by PCTs or other approved
providers. We reserve the right to restrict places for one delegate from the same
organisation, and to close this advert early should we have an overwhelming response.

Dates run between 2nd-5th June, through to 28th-31st July.
Venues are in all regions of England.
All events run 9.00am registration for 9.30am start – 4.30pm (lunch provided)
See the attached booking form for more information
Contact: marketa.simonova@nmhdu.org.uk (Tel: 0207 972 4455)

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2. Jun 12,19,22,29 - New Horizons consultation event
for Carers and Service Users
Have your say about the future of mental health
Mind is looking for mental health service users and carers to take part in an important
consultation event on the Government's new mental health strategy, New Horizons. Mind
and Rethink* have been asked by the Department of Health to organise four regional
engagement events to aid the development of the New Horizons strategy. New Horizons
aims to actively promote mental health and well-being to the population of England, and to
help those experiencing mental health problems to recover a good quality of life.
This is a great opportunity to have your say about the future direction of policies within
mental health. The consultations will be attended by national decision-makers and senior
officials based within your local Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities.

Date and Location
The events will be held on the following days:
Friday 12 June, 10.00am-2.00pm, Exeter
Friday 19 June, 10.00am-2.00pm, Cambridge
Monday 22 June, 10.00am-2.00pm, Manchester
Monday 29 June, 10.00am-2.00pm, Nottingham

Consultation Event Structure
Each event will begin with a welcome speech by a senior Minister or Department of Health
representative. Then all participants will be split into groups to discuss a variety of issues.
Notes will be taken during the discussions and all feedback will be collated into a report to
be produced by the New Horizons co-ordinators.
There will be a break for refreshments and lunch will be served at the end. If you incur
travel costs, expenses can be claimed for the day and service users and carers will also
receive a payment as a thank you for your involvement.
We do hope you will be able to attend.

Places are limited so please let us know as soon as possible if you want to attend.
Please respond to Hannah White at h.white@mind.org.uk or on 020 8215
2424
*Rethink and Mind are organising these events together and will need to share contact
details of all participants. If you would like further information regarding data protection,
please contact Hannah White.
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    3. Service Users and Carers WANTED – £50 payment – check
    still places !!
    London Workshops on Personalisation (12 Jun – 9 Jul)
    Dear colleagues,
    The major research study on Individual Budgets showed that mental health offered the
    most promising results in terms of benefits for service users but was often parked in the
    „too difficult‟ box. The difficulties of funding arrangements, anxieties about risk and the
    fluctuating nature of some mental health conditions have made progress slow.
    Social Perspectives Network have been asked to organise workshops for each sector and
    bring together a cross section of commissioners, provider organisations from both statutory
    and voluntary sectors, carers and service users to share information and ideas. The aim is
    to develop an outline commissioning strategy for each local authority and PCT to carry
    forward this aspect of personalisation.
    Workshops are at Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD,
    from 9am-1pm including lunch.
      North East London - 12 June
      North Central      - 19 June
      North West          - 23 June
      South East          - 30 June
      South West          - 9 July
    We are anxious to get user and carer representation (max 2) from each local authority
    area. Those attending will receive a payment of £50 plus any travelling expenses incurred.
    It would be helpful if those nominated were interested in direct payments or individual
    budgets.
    Nominations should be sent to spn@scie.org.uk by Friday 5th June with details of
    name, role if any and email/tel contact.
    We hope you will be able to play a part in this important initiative.
    Yours sincerely,
    Alison Mohammed                          Raza Griffiths
    Rethink                                   Social Perspectives Network


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    4. June 15 – Manchester Central - Putting the People into
    Personalisation: Conference
    A free 1-day conference exploring how people working with the mental health
    and social care sector can engage and work in partnership with people accessing
    mental health services to co-produce new services that meet the personalisation
    agenda.
    Hosted by mental health charity Together: Working for Wellbeing with expert
    speakers and workshops led by professionals working within the field alongside
    service users within Together’s unique Service User Involvwment Directorate.
    The conference is suitable for:
-         People accessing mental health services and their carers
-         Commissioners of mental health services
-         Front-line staff working in mental health services
    Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day
    Contact: matthew-hyndman@together-uk.org to check availability of places

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    5. June 29 - London - Spirit Possession and Mental
    Health Conference
    Venue: Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London E1
    Time: 9.00 Registration for 9.30 – 4.30

    Spirit possession is recognised world wide across many cultures and by several religions.
    Spirit possession is often seen as an idiom of distress causing a change in behaviour and
    mental well being. Spirit possession is also included in the ICD 10 and DSM IV
    classifications of mental disorders, yet the extent to which it is recognised and / or
    discussed in clinical practice is less than we would expect, even in UK cities where there
    resides a diverse population.

    This one day event will consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from
    an anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective using a range of
    illustrative case study, clinical practice, research and short film presentations.

      See the attached Brochure more details

    Conference Contact details:
    Ahmed Qureshi (Conference Co-ordinator) on 07931 199 421
    Email us on: bookings.bme@googlemail.com --- Box Office: 020 7613 7498
    www.bme-mentalhealth.org.uk

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    6. July 2 : London – Implementation of the Refocused
    Care Programme Approach
    The event will be an opportunity to:
o         Find out how London is doing based on ISAT returns,
o         Hear about current good practice using the revised CPA
o         Learn how to access a training package which supports implementation
o         Share learning to date

    Who is this for?: All CPA leads, lead practitioners, commissioners, managers, service users &
    carers and anyone with an interest and or involved in CPA

    When: Thursday 2nd of July, 9.30am – 4.30pm
    Where: Kings Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

    To book:
    Please return booking form to Leroy Owugah
    leroy.owugah@londondevelopmentcentre.org
    Telephone: 020 8433 6861, Fax: 0208 433 7015

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7. July 14 - Birmingham – Parental Mental Health & Child
Welfare, Learning Event - Meriden
Date: Tuesday 14th July
Venue: The Uffculme Centre, Moaseley, Birmingham
A day to bring together people working in adult mental health and children‟s services to
explore the needs of parents with mental ill-health and the effects on their children
Speakers Include:
    Dr Adrian Falkov, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, New South Wales, Australia
  Marie Crofts, Deputy Director, CAMHS, Central & North West London NHS Foundation
Trust
    Rose de Paeztron, Head of Strategic Development, Family Action
  Louise Wardale, Keeping the Family in Mind Coordinator, Barnardos Action with Young
Carers/Liverpool City Council
Workshop Themes:
  * SCIE/NICE Practice Guidelines * Safeguarding Children * Parental Mental Health
Services *
    *Full details and programme to follow*
Cost: £120 per participant, including: Lunch, refreshments and course materials

Contact Paula Conneely (Clinical Specialist) on   paula.conneely@bsmhft.nhs.uk
or Sam Farooq (Business Manager) sam.farooq@bsmhft.nhs.uk            Tel: 0121-678 2896
www.meridenfamilyprogramme.com


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8. July 14 – Manchester Central - Learning Disability
Today 2009 Exhibition
This exhibition is about sharing what is being achieved in the learning disability community
      to enable to people live more independently - both by people with learning disability,
      and paid professionals, family/unpaid carers, and natural supports.
It includes:
      The exhibition of over 50 key projects, suppliers, charities and learning disability
       organisations
      The seminar programme - 10 seminars running throughout the day - on good
       practice
       Interactive zones - participate in this year's Arts Zone, Training Zone, Music Gym,
        Assistive Technology Zone, Film Zone
Tickets are only £20 in advance, £25 on the day, £80 for five tickets.
View the full programme and book tickets at www.learningdisabilitytoday.co.uk or call
      Pavilion on 0844 880 5061.

Contact: HelenC@pavpub.com

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9. For July 26 – East London – DOMINOES: Public Art
Event
DOMINOES – needs volunteers!
- and offer 1-off donations to your cause, for involvement

Be part of the biggest public art event ever to hit East and South East London!

People who love art or like getting involved in unusual events, who love London, or simply
want to see a fantastic one-off spectacle are needed to help out on a unique art project this
summer. As joint winner of the Bank of America Create Art Award, Station House Opera
are seeking 1,000 volunteers to help build their giant 10 mile domino rally across East and
South East London on 26 July. http://www.stationhouseopera.com

2009 is the first year of a new annual festival – CREATE aimed at celebrating the capitals
cultural achievements in the five Olympic boroughs leading up to 2012 and develop a
cultural legacy for the arts in London following the Olympics.

See the volunteer factsheet attached for details. If your organisation is interested in
signing up volunteers, or would just like to find out more, please complete the factsheet
and return to claire_wt@hotmail.com
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Conference Brochure & Booking form
www.bme-mentalhealth.org.uk / bookings.bme@googlemail.co.uk

Spirit Possession and Mental Health Conference

29th June 2009 / London

Spirit possession is recognised world wide across many cultures and by several religions. Spirit
possession is often seen as an idiom of distress causing a change in behaviour and mental well
being. Spirit possession is also included in the ICD 10 and DSM IV classifications of mental
disorders, yet the extent to which it is recognised and / or discussed in clinical practice is less than
we would expect, even in UK cities where there resides a diverse population.

This one day event will consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from an
anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective using a range of illustrative
case study, clinical practice, research and short film presentations.

The aims of the conference:

• Discuss possible definitions of and different kinds of spirit possession
• Debate the key elements which typify spirit possession
• Discuss who can make a diagnosis of spirit possession and how such a diagnosis might be made
• Compare and contrast how spirit possession might be viewed by clinicians, religious leaders,
healers, the "patient", family and community members
• Discuss the value of using the patient's explanatory model of the illness
• Reflect upon the key issues associated with defining what is "normal" and "abnormal"
• Discuss folk healing practices in different cultures and "treatment" options including exorcism
• Consider whether there is a need to enhance joint working between mental health professionals
and traditional healers.

Programme of the day:

9.00 – 9.30   Registration, Tea & Coffee
9.30 – 9.45   Opening
              Melba Wilson (Head of DRE Programme, Dept of Health)
9.45 – 10.00 Chair
              Professor Sashi Sashidharan
10.00 – 10.50 Anthropological Approaches to Understanding and Working with Spirit
Possession ----                 Dr. Simon Dein
10.50 – 11.40 Mental Health Problems and Spirit Possession in North Indian Healing
Shrines ----                Dr. Antti Pakaslahti
11.40 – 12.00 Morning session Q&A
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch
1.00 – 1.50   Jinn & Possession: The Muslim Perspective
              Dr. Tim Hardie & Dr. Najat Khalifa
1.50 – 2.40   Spirit Possession in the Caribbean Diaspora today: A Hermeneutic Challenge
              Dr. Bettina Schmidt
2.40 – 3.00   Tea & Coffee
3.00 – 3.50   The Therapeutic Approach of the Spirit Release Foundation to Mental Health
              Dr. Andrew Powell
3.50 – 4.00   Afternoon session Q&A
4.00 – 4.30   Plenary & Closure

Venue:
RICH MIX, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Box Office: 020 7613 7498
Office/Admin: 020 7613 7490

Conference Contact details:
Ahmed Qureshi (Conference Co-ordinator) on 07931 199 421
Email us on: bookings.bme@googlemail.com
www.bme-mentalhealth.org.uk
                                                  VOLUNTEER FACT SHEET


DOMINOES - The Project

Station House Opera’s commission for CREATE09 links the five ‘host’ boroughs of the London 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games, taking as its starting point the simplest of ideas… a line of dominoes.


On Sunday 26th July, thousands of concrete blocks will be used to create a moving sculpture along a 15-
kilometre route, unfolding over the course of the day.

Station House Opera’s project Dominoes will be a key highlight of this summer’s CREATE09 arts festival.
Dominoes comprises thousands of breeze block dominoes running through all five host boroughs of the 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games. On streets, through parks and even on water, the domino line will wend its way
southwards from Waltham Forest, through Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Eventually the line will cross the
Thames, concluding at dusk in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.


Station House Opera - The Artists

Station House Opera is an internationally renowned performance company with a unique physical and visual style
which has over the last 30 years created spectacular projects all over the world, from New York's Brooklyn Bridge
Anchorage to Dresden's historic Frauenkirche and Salisbury Cathedral.


CREATE Art Award - The Commission

The 2009 Bank of America CREATE Art Award is a major new award for artists living and working in the five host
boroughs of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets
and Waltham Forest. As joint winners, Station House Opera were commissioned to produce an event that
physically linked these five boroughs.

Dominoes is being produced by Artsadmin a unique organisation producing projects in contemporary theatre,
dance, live art, visual arts and mixed media.


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DOMINOES needs volunteers!


Be part of the biggest public art event to hit East London this summer!

People who love art or like getting involved in unusual events, who love London, or simply want to see a fantastic
one-off spectacle are needed to help out on a unique art project this summer. As joint winner of the Bank of
America Create Art Award, Station House Opera are seeking 1,000 volunteers to help build their giant 10 mile
domino rally across East and South East London.


Is your organisation interested in supporting this one-off event?

The Dominoes project will offer your cause a one off donation in return for a team of committed volunteers. All
volunteers will enjoy a number of benefits by taking part. We anticipate publicity opportunities for supporting
organisations. We are interested in collaborating with supporting organsiations to make the most of this
opportunity. The event will be fully risk assessed and all volunteers wil be briefed on manual handling and health
and safety. Our production team can arrange to visit your organisation prior to the event to brief your volunteers
directly if necessary.


Interested in volunteering? - What’s expected of a volunteer
To be a part of one of London’s major art events this summer, we need volunteers to:
       Commit to 6 hours volunteering in the outdoors on Sunday 26th July
       Attend a briefing that day re: the plan/schedule for the event and health & safety
       Work as a team and follow the instructions of a team leader (1 leader to every 5 volunteers)
       Lift and accurately place breezeblocks in pre-marked positions in preparation for the run
       Marshall the breezeblocks once positioned and during the domino run
       Interact in a friendly way with the public when necessary
       Lift and carefully return the breezeblocks to pallets
       Shrink wrap the pallet of blocks in preparation for their collection
       Come in suitable outdoor clothing in preparation for all weathers (bring sun block and waterproofs)
       Wear hard wearing shoes with steel toe caps if possible
       Bring your own packed lunch with you. (We will provide water)
       Be aware and responsible for your own health and safety regarding the lifting of blocks (each block weighs
        5.2kg / 12.5lbs).


Why Volunteer? - The benefits!
By taking part in Dominoes your organisation will provide part of a team of up to 1000 volunteers who will:

       Play a vital role in the delivery of one of London’s most exciting art events this summer
       Collectively make this unique and ambitious one-off spectacle a reality
       Receive recognition for their efforts under the banner of your organsiations’ name
       Take an active role in a fundraising effort for your organisations’ cause
       Enjoy free access to the performances included in the event
       Gain exclusive access to the Bank of America/Create 09 after show party that evening in the fantastic
        Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich
       Have your section of the route filmed for a trailer for potential TV broadcast
       Take home a limited edition souvenir T-shirt


Sign Up to Volunteer!
To be part of the team, volunteers must be 18 years of age or over. If you are interested in signing up volunteers to
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take part in the Dominoes art event taking place on Sunday 26 July 2009 as part of the CREATE 09 Festival,
please enter your contact details below.


Organisation……………………………………..…. Contact……………..………………….…………………


No. of volunteers ………...………………………... Job Title………..…………………………………………


Address……………………………………………………………………………………………………………


……………………………………………..……………………………….Postcode…………………………...


Mob….…………….……….. ..tel…… ………..……..……email……………………..….….…..……………..


Sign………………………………………………….. Date……………………………


Please return this form to:
DOMINOES Production Team, Studio 20, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB or email:
claire_wt@hotmail.com

THANK YOU for your interest!

				
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