Guardian: “Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?”

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 14 years, calls for a new approach.

Guardian article

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Goodbye To SURge

After 9 years The Advocacy Project and SURGe will be ending their work in Camden at the end of November, as the new provider – The Centre for Independent living\Camden Disability Action (CDA) – takes over the contract supporting experts by experience to engage with the learning disability community in Camden.

SURGe has achieved an enormous amount in the past 9 years – including setting up the original planning together to be an inclusive forum for people with a learning disability to affect change in the borough; increasing the understanding of learning disability through training many health and social care staff; more recently appearing before the Council as part of our #UnlockingRestrictions campaign.
Please do take the time to look at what we’ve achieved:

  • SURGe ‘storify – history and key achievements in pictures, videos and words
  • 9 years of SURGe’ impact summary (also attached above): designed by the members, giving details of just some of the amazing work and impact we have achieved together
  • facts and figures‘ summary – showing the great number of people we’e worked with over the 9 years

World Mental Health Day Open Mic 10/10/17 Stories of wellness

Service users and Carers have said it might be a lovely idea to have people getting up to tell us about their experiences in an open mic session.

With this in mind, a few of us came up with this idea for the day:

10  minute – Mental Health stories

You have 10 minutes on the microphone (or speak loudly – you do not have to have a microphone) to talk about anything you like around the theme of World Mental Health Day which is Mental Health and the workplace.

It can be about when you were not as well or a less positive time in your life, try though, if you can, to end on a positive note. This is not to ‘sugar coat’ people’s experiences, rather to be part of the ‘celebration’ of world mental health day. Tell us about your volunteering roles, work roles or your studying or something you like doing that has helped you in your life.

You can read a poem and or just generally tell us a story in 10 minutes, it can be as it is, or made into a story if you like, (with the names changed for example).

Why ten minutes? 

It is so all those people who want to, can have a go – so people do not have all the time and leave no space for others.

Finally, this is not a therapeutic space, so be mindful of what you choose to tell the audience and your own mental wellness.

Thank you for taking part

We appreciate it and we know others will too.

If you would like to take part, please contact Kate  On

Please note I am hard of hearing so best to text or email me

Mobile 07950 856 851



New edition of ‘Mental Health News’ now online!

Front page issue 8Issue 8 of Mental Health News (formerly ‘Getting Better’) is now available online by clicking here. This extended 24 page issue contains articles about escaping depression through swimming, scale of mental health problems, Camden Carers, Redevelopment of Camden and Islington Estate, Prison no Place for the mentally ill, Poems, Mind in Camden, Peer Coaching, Ideas of Maculinity and much more!

NHS spending millions to make cuts!

According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request obtained by the news agency “Pulse Today“, the new ‘Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships’ have spent around £21m from March 2016 to May 2017 on management consultants.

As you can see from the chart below, the North Central London partnership (of which Camden is a part) is second from the top of the list…

STP expenditure on consultants

Find out more on The Pulse website here:

Mental Health Service User and Carer Working Group

This message was sent to us from Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):

Would you like to join the Mental Health Service User and Carer Working Group in Camden? If so, please fill out the application form on this link before the 29th September:

It will take 10-15 minutes to complete. It’s possible to save your form halfway through, and come back to it later, if you like.