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Soteria Meeting in Manchester
We are meeting again to discuss setting up the Soteria house in Manchester.
We are meeting on 28th January 2013 at Falafel 26 Wilmslow Road, M14 5TQ Manchester http://goo.gl/maps/LJXNf at 6.00 pm. Do come along and invite your friends too.
We will be discussing ideas about funding, approaching groups and about housing. If you can’t make it do send us your ideas and how we can work towards setting up a Soteria house. If you have articles that support the Sotieria model of treatment do send them in too.
Pumpkin Records Collective Presents A Benefit For ASYLUM MAGAZINE.
Wahl bar in Fallowfield, Manchester, 18:00-23:00
2 SICK MONKEYS – https://www.facebook.com/2sickmonkeys
Easily the best band in the world! 2 of the hardest working people around, toured Europe up and down and put on a show that blows everyone else to pieces! And Lonely Planets ‘Europe On A Shoe String’ needs to be re-edited and base it around 2SM….
GUNPOWDER PLOT – https://www.facebook.com/Gunpowderplotuk
These have been a favourite band of ours for many moons…. After feeling gutted from their split in 2004, i heard rumours of a reform in 2012, and after watching them live, realised they are just as good as they were. We are recording their new album for a release on Pumpkin fairly soon, and it’s sounds amazing, well worth checking out if you have never heard of them.
EPIC PROBLEM – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Epic-Problem/218013441556498
Another band who are getting a new release out on Pumpkin imminently. Jake has been a close friends of ours for many years, so we would help him out with gigs anytime, and luckily for him he’s in the best band to come out of New Mills since Temporal Distortion………. Oh wait, he was in them too, i mean Blitz then….. hang on……..
HOLIDAY – https://www.facebook.com/sunshinemyass
Pop punk for people with dreadlocks. After many years of talks, Holiday have finally got their asses into gear and are ready to make you feel unhappy, happy, and hopefully a little bit fonder of pop punk (yes we know it’s not cool to like it…….)
Asylum Magazine at the Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair
Asylum Magazine hosts a stall at the Anarchist Bookfair for the second year running. Stop by, say hi and pick up a copy of Asylum magazine.
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair
Asylum London Group Meeting
The next meeting will be at the University of East London on Monday 3 December. At 5.30pm there will be a short presentation about the magazine by Dave, followed by a meeting from 6.00pm-7.00pm. Email email@example.com for details.
Public Debate: Do we care about our Mental Health and the Mental Health of others?
Free Event, November 27th, 2012, 6-8pm, Preston Council for Voluntary Service Unit 23-27, Guild Hall Arcade, Lancaster Road, Preston.
With Speakers from Asylum Magazine
Listen to an interview about this event on Preston FM with Asylum Collective’s William Park
Asylum market stall at the FCDL AGM and Conference
“Celebrating and Reclaiming Community Development Learning and Practice: in an age of ‘austerity for some’ and increasing inequality for all”
Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November 2012, Derbyshire DE55 1AU
ASYLUM Magazine Special Issue launch: Anti-Capitalism and Mental Health.
Wednesday 3rd October, 2012, 6pm Sandbar, Manchester (M1 7HL).
Join us on Wednesday 3rd October to celebrate the launch of this special issue of ASYLUM. The editors will be joined by contributors as well as members of the ASYLUM team to talk about the issue and answer questions. Come along to meet other people working in the area and have a drink and some food. 10% off food and drink at the bar. Acoustic music from 9:30pm. Free entry. All welcome! See you there!
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reVision Launch, 20th September 2012, Liverpool
Invitation to the Launch of reVision (formerly The Joint Forum)
We are a coalition of radical activists who believe in the social model of mental health.
We are seeking to be a voice for change by promoting and exploring knowledge and
understandings of the social, economic and political causes of mental distress, and by
proposing socially derived alternatives to medicalised approaches.
Our vision is a society in which the social causes of mental distress are understood and
treated with socially based solutions that improve individual lives and bring about wider
We are launching our organisation on Thursday 20th on September 2012
At Liverpool John Moores University, Room 5.04, Avril Robarts, 79 Tithebarn Street,
Liverpool, L2 2ER from 1.00 to 4.00pm
We will be welcoming new members to the organisation at the launch, and are looking for
people who seek radical alternatives to psychiatry and who have a critical, political
understanding of the social causes of mental distress.
Our keynote speakers will be:
- Helen Spandler, member of Asylum and contributer to Critical Psychiatry
- Malcolm Kinney, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Social Work: LJMU
- Phil O’Hare, Senior Lecturer: School of Social Work: UCLAN
- Naphtali Titus Chondol, mental health activist
- Jackie Patiniotis, freelance researcher with a particular interest in women’s mental health and working to end violence against women and girls
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance
Bridge Beyond Belief - an invitation
At the Bridge Collective and the Spacex Gallery, Exeter, Friday 5th October 2012
10am to 4pm
Free and open to all. Please send your email address to andrew.bridgecollective@
The Bridge Collective is a community owned company in Exeter whose members are creating a democratic community where people who have experiences, beliefs, and feelings that have sometimes been labelled as mental illness are welcomed and can talk about these experiences freely, safely and without judgement; a place to participate in friendship, support, learning, teaching, discussion, being active, and making a valid contribution both within the collective and the wider community. Find out more at http://www.bridgecollective.
A strong element in the Bridge is creative activity, including Underground Sound (music), the Women’s Art Group, and the Greenwood Project (environmental arts and crafts and outdoor living).
The Bridge was closely associated with the publication of the first edition of Tamasin Knight’s book “Beyond Belief” now available free in an expanded e-book edition from Peter Lehmann (http://www.peter-lehmann-
The Bridge Collective and the Beyond Belief Network will be putting on an event to tell people more about the book, the collective, and the stories behind them this Autumn. It will be free and open to all. It will include:
- A chance to meet Tamasin Knight and a presentation about “Beyond Belief”
- A chance to visit the Bridge Collective in action, hosted by Underground Sound
- Displays of creative work done at the Bridge
- Interactive activities including “Songs that saved our lives” and a chance to do some green woodworking.
- A participatory workshop in which we will share what we’ve learnt from five years of building our own community company and offer some tools for you to think about how you could develop your own project.
London Asylum Group
The inaugural meeting of the London Asylum Group is at: 6.30-7.30pm Thursday 18 October, 2012 at Studio 2 (first floor), Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG (http://www.oxfordhouse.org.
Following the lead of other local groups like the one in Manchester, the aim of the group is to support the work of the Asylum: The magazine for democratic psychiatry.
Asylum needs volunteers to help raise the magazine’s profile: to increase subscriptions (so that it can continue to grow) and to let people know it is a place for them to send and read interesting articles, poems and artwork.
The main item on the agenda will be staffing a stall at the London Anarchist Bookfair (http://anarchistbookfair.org.
The bookfair is the kind of place where we might interest new subscribers. At the meeting on 18/10 we can also spend some time thinking about other events where we might sell the magazine.
Email us at email@example.com if you can’t make this meeting but would like to join the London Asylum group.
Asylum @ the Festival of Public Health
Tamasin Knight (of the Editorial Collective) and Janice Hartley gave a talk about Asylum at the Festival of Public Health in Manchester on July 2nd 2012. Asylum had a stall there too, where delegates could drop by and check out the magazine.
Asylum North West Meeting, 6:00-8:00pm, 28th March 2012
The next meeting of Asylum North West is at 6.00-8.00pm on Wednesday 28th March in Room 0.07 of John Dalton Building of MMU, on Oxford Road opposite where the BBC used to be. Everyone is welcome…bring a friend! We can have a chat about the new issue, and perhaps about organising a more open public meeting / event with speakers. We’ll try and bring some copies of the new issue to buy as well.
SWAN Conference in Liverpool, March 2012
Asylum will be attending the SWAN conference in Liverpool in March 2012. Come and visit our stall or attend an Asylum talk at Liverpool Hope University, 30-31 March, 2012.
Asylum will be at Tent City University, Occupy London, 29th January 2012
January 29th, 2012 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Tent City Uni
Description: Speakers China Mills and colleagues will start the discussion
China Mills is involved with Asylum magazine for democratic psychiatry based in Manchester (www.asylumonline.net) and will talk about the magazine and her work. She says: “I’m interested in the dominance of the pharmaceutical industry in understanding people’s distress, and particularly how distress caused by economic reforms, and Structural adjustment policies gets re-interpreted through bio-psychiatry and Big Pharma as ‘mental illness’, meaning the site of intervention and transformation is the individual brain, usually through medications, glossing over socio-political conditions. I have spent some time in India, exploring these issues, and also working with grassroots mental health organisations, and running workshops on the survivor movement and on hearing voices.”
Asylum Stall at the Manchester and Salford Anarchist Book Fair, Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Drop by the Asylum stall at the anarchist book fair this Saturday between 10am and 4pm. We’ll be sharing a stall with the Disability Action Network.
Asylum Talk at Manchester Metropolitan University, November 23rd, 2011
This session, chaired by China Mills and with guest speakers William Park from Preston and Dean Smith from Fleetwood focused on why struggles in the field of mental health are part of the field of critical psychology, describing the work of the radical magazine ‘Asylum: The Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry’
Asylum at the University of Huddersfield, November 2011
Asylum members gave a talk at the University of Huddersfield.
Asylum Workshop at the OK Cafe, Manchester, Tuesday, 23rd October 2011
Asylum gave a workshop and discussion session on why mental health politics should matter to anti-capitalists.
Asylum Conference, Manchester, September 14-15, 2011
Asylum Collective and our friends and supporters in the Critical Psychiatry Network, Hearing Voices Network and Psychology Politics Resistance met to discuss alternatives to pathological labels of ‘mental illness’.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of the above events or to join our emailing list.