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African & Caribbean Mental Health Community Event – CaFI study @ Amani Centre
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are pleased to present our Information and Recruitment event for our mental health research project called Culturally-adapted Family Intervention, or CaFI for short. CaFI is a type of therapy aimed for families of African, Caribbean or mixed heritage, who are affected by psychosis.

This research project aims to make CaFI as effective and appropriate as possible by working with service users, families, carers and healthcare professionals.

Who is this event for?

This FREE event is for service users, family members/relatives/carers/advocates, healthcare professionals andcommunity members.

If you are interested in this research, we would love to see you at our free event to enable you to get involved.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more detail, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Wilson (CaFI Project Manager) at 0161 276 3312, or email us at

See a short film about the first CaFI study (‘feasibility pilot study’) below.

Asylum magazine reader’s group – Lancaster @ Friends Meeting House (Room 4)
Aug 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Social Media and Mental Health @ Central Manchester
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop will focus on helping clients and professionals deal with the impact and potential of social media.

The workshop will be led by Professor Patrick McGhee. Patrick has a verified account on twitter and is a qualified CBT therapist, fully accredited by the BABCP and Associate Fellow with the BPS (British Psychological Society). His use of twitter has been highlighted in articles in magazine articles and national listings. He has lectured widely and is a TEDx speaker.

Social media use and abuse is ubquitous and is not going away. Smartphones are with us everywhere and Social media content is generated 24/7. The majority of users of psychological services use social media, and often much of the dynamics of their distress is played out online. Does social media increase depression or anxiety? What is the evidence – or is this just Luddite hysteria? If so how can we address the impact of social media on young people? Is ‘addiction’ to social media possible? Yet, can social media be a force for good if properly managed? In a recent 2018 study 41 per cent of young people have stated that social media platforms make them feel anxious, sad or depressed – but young people rate social media sites highly as a potential method for providing mental health support – but how effective can such approaches be?

Using case studies and validated assessment tools, this workshop will look at the practical challenges of helping those struggling with social media and consider how they can be helped in the context of professional practice in therapy, education and healthcare settings. The workshop will provide a set of practical resources and techniques for participants to use in their everyday life and professional practice.

The key questions this workshop will address are:

  1. What is the impact of social media on depression and anxiety?
  2. What is ‘Social Media Anxiety Disorder’?
  3. How can we measure ‘Social Media Disorder’?
  4. What can therapists do with clients bullied online?
  5. How can social media be used as a therapeutic tool? What is the evidence?
  6. How should therapists use social media – what are the boundaries?
  7. Looking forward – what practical steps can be taken?


This will be a participatory workshop with several activities for delegates to try. This will include:

  1. Kahoot! based discussion on attitudes on use of social media
  2. Case Studies for discussion
  3. Real time enagement with social media.
  4. Examination of online resources in real time

We aim to keep numbers small to ensure full participation. Places for this event will be limited to 20.T

A Disorder for Everyone!: Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and exploring alternatives @ Carrs Lane Conference Centre
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

This event will celebrate the launch of ‘Drop the disorder! Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and exploring alternatives’, to be published by PCSS books. .

Compassionate Mental Health @ South Wales
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day

Compassionate Mental Health is part of a growing worldwide movement calling for a more integrative approach to mental health – one that relies less on diagnosis and prescription drugs, and more on empowering the person and engaging their social networks. At the heart of the project is a belief that it is possible to begin to heal oneself and others through the power of community, connection, self care and solidarity.

In our next Gathering – Uncharted: Freeing Up the Future – we are once again bringing together people who are interested in new ways of approaching mental illness. Our key message remains that a mental health crisis can become a meaningful turning point and catalyst for change. We believe a culture of compassion and collaboration must replace our existing model of over medicalisation, coercion and restraint.

Mental Health Crisis Summit @ Royal Free Hospital
Sep 28 all-day

There is a crisis in mental health services in the UK. It’s time to act

Almost 7000 mental health nurses were lost from 2009 to 2018. Meanwhile, the number of doctors in specialist psychiatric training fell by 20%, and beds available for patients with serious mental health issues fell by over 8000.

That’s why we’re holding a one-day conference in September this year to take a closer look at the mental health crisis – what’s driving it, how government decisions have let it worsen over time, and what action we can take to set things right.

Click here to see our new video on the mental health crisis and the action we are demanding from government.

Psychoanalysis, Values and Webs of Power
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day

Psychoanalysis, Values and Webs of Power investigates tensions between professional norms and civic obligations, between ‘value neutrality” in clinical practice and the reasoned embrace of social values, between personal ethical stances and the demands of the institutional and cultural milieus we inhabit. Psychoanalysis, in its many forms, can aid us in navigating, or at least illuminating, these vexing and often unrecognized influences, yet at the same time, psychoanalysts themselves must operate within those webs of power, be they cultural, social, institutional, or political. What values matter, or should matter, in psychoanalysis?  How can one preserve a degree of meaningful autonomy in institutional settings? When do values interfere with analytical work with clients or in scholarly enterprises?

Psychoanalysis, Values and Webs of Power includes an extraordinary line-up of speakers and panelists, with psychoanalysts​, historians, philosophers and cultural theorists coming together to debate these crucial issues.

Working with Trauma-Related Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation @ Friends Meeting House
Oct 18 – Oct 19 all-day

Trauma-related physical and emotional self-injury / self harm and suicidal ideation are functional. Self harm and suicidal ideation are ways of communicating what can not be verbalised because there are no words for it. It is a creative response to unbearable thoughts and feelings. They are a means to cope with intolerable levels of anxiety and depression, a way of self-soothing, a way of trying to stay alive, an expression of self-loathing, a distraction from other kinds of pain, and or to recover from periods of dissociation or absence from the self.

This two day interactive professional development training was developed to further your understanding and knowledge about working therapeutically with your client’s experiences of self harm and suicidal ideation. The training offers insight and support for how you might feel impacted, attending to your own anxieties, fears and dysregulation while working with this client group.

In this training we will explore the contributing factors which lead to self harm and suicidal ideation. We will explore the protective, submissive, self loathing, and perpetrator introject elements. An introduction to psycho education, relevant to this client groups, will support you when you take your new learning back to your clients.

The training will support you in helping clients to develop a language of words, rather than ‘blood tears’, to speak of their experiences. We will explore how compassion and empathy can change the domino effect of thoughts and feelings becoming too overwhelming. We will explore the cycle of guilt and shame and how to link this to neglect and hurt in a client’s primary attachment.

We will learn to differentiate between self harm and a clear wish to die of suicide. The training will make space to discuss advanced directives for people who are regularly accessing A&E due to their self harm and suicidal ideation.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

1. Understand emotional and physical self harm and suicidal ideation as coping strategies to help manage unmanageable feelings and thoughts.

2. Get to know different ways of fostering curiosity and compassion, and how to help clients find words for their experiences.

3. Develop supportive ways of working with these extreme forms of self regulation.

4. Have an opportunity to explore your own personal responses to self harm and suicidal ideation.

5. Learn how to regulate your own levels of anxiety and how to increase your own self care when working with this client group.

Live observation and practice Live observation and practice makes this different from other training.

The workshop is highly practical. There will be a maximum of 30 participants. Delegates will get the chance to observe and practice skills (with a professional actor playing our very credible client attending therapy). We discuss moment–to–moment decisions about the direction therapy should take – unpacking the therapeutic process with real-time demonstration and practice of skills. Plus, other diverse clinical material will be used to illustrate different presentations, real-world challenges & therapy pitfalls.

This workshop is led by Theres Fickl Trainer, Counsellor MBACP (Accred) and Supervisor

Theres specialises in helping people make sense of their experiences and she teaches different ways of coping with life’s changes and challenges. Theres has 15 years of experience as a qualified counsellor and professional trainer in private practice. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2005, and holds a Certificate in Training Practice with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 2006.

Issues Theres can confidently deliver training in, include:

Psycho-education which can be shared with clients i.e. how the brain works when there is fear and overwhelm; how to bring the brain online again; how memory behaves after trauma; regulating different emotional states; perpetrator imprints; anxiety; depression; hurt in the attachment; perpetrator introjects; cycles of overwhelm leading to self harm and suicidal ideation; moving from emotional self harm to compassion; why compassion works; etc; Theres can tailor training workshops for your needs on topics like working with sexual abuse disclosures; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); dissociative processes including structural dissociation in form of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID); working with self loathing, physical self harm and suicidal feelings; working with perpetrator introjects, obsessions and obsessive compulsive behaviours (OCD); phobias, difficulties with sexual intimacy after abuse;

Menstrual Mental Health Network – Launch Event @ Guy's Campus
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thank you so much for your interest in joining the Menstrual Mental Health Network (MMHN). We are delighted to have you on board and everyone is welcome here!

The network will provide an opportunity for those of us with a passion for menstrual health to come together, share ideas, learn from each other and collaborate on exciting projects and initiatives. There is lots of fantastic work happening in this space, and through the MMHN network we may be able to harness our efforts to bring about greater positive change by working collectively.

Challenging Mental Health Systems: critical perspectives from inside out and outside in
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

Dissatisfaction with mainstream mental health systems, as well as attempts, from both within and outside, to find different ways to support people in distress, have been well documented over the years. This year’s conference explores critical perspectives from both within and outside mental health systems, considers the struggles, challenges and barriers people have experienced at developing new approaches, and examines what it means to be on the inside and/or outside of different spaces, such as inside/outside service use, inside/outside academia, and inside/outside different knowledges. Innovations in service delivery, in education, and in activism will be explored, set within the wider context of critical debates on contested areas in mental health.

Please find the first conference flyer here

Call for Abstracts

(oral presentations/workshops)

45 minutes’ duration related to the conference theme and outlining its aims and intentions. Please submit (in Word- 250 words max) by 9 September 2018. Please also submit a brief bio (in Word – 150 words max).

Email abstract and bio to

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