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  • Examining mental distress and ill-health and the (lack of) support available

Soteria in the Pub – a Sunday of solidarity

Soteria in the Pub 9 June 24

Three months on from the previous instalment, here comes an afternoon of information and entertainment from radical mental health campaign Soteria, featuring poetry from Janine, music from Dadford and Sons, and an open mic for others to contribute their experiences, thoughts, poetry or music.

Dirty: Abuse, trauma, failure and hope

Dirty, by Holly Bars

In Dirty, Holly Bars has created an extraordinary, mighty, courageous, poetic record of child sexual abuse and of the ways in which survivors are traumatised and failed.

Work and menopause

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Menopause at work hit the headlines on 22 February as the Equality and Human Rights Commission issued new guidance on the issue. However, the guidance only affirmed what the law has been for the last fourteen years, and the fact that news coverage trumpeted it as a breakthrough can only mean that employers have not been following the law.

Soteria in the Pub, London

Soteria in the Pub

Join us another Soteria in the Pub open mic event to raise awareness for compassionate alternatives for people in distress on Sunday 3rd March 2-6pm at The Betsey Trotwood (EC1R 3BL). This a ticket only event please book online free/donations welcome.

BPD: Bullshit Psychiatric Diagnosis

BPD word cloud // Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Basic problem: dysfunctional brain. Poisonous dynamic. Bad person. Difficult. Branded, pigeonholed, dubbed bonkers, psycho, disturbed. Best put down ‘borderline’. Please don’t bother protesting, dear. Boffin professionals drafted brilliant Ph Ds berating personal downfall Browbeaten patients drop by pharmacy, drugs bring … Read more

Soteria in the Pub

Soteria in the Pub

Join us for Soteria in the Pub, our open mic event to raise awareness for compassionate alternatives in mental health, at The Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon (London EC1R 3BL). Soteria Network is an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, … Read more

Language Studies student analyses poem, ‘p.p.e.’

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Language Studies student Fiona Wilson wrote this analysis of Janine’s poem ‘p.p.e.’ for her degree, scoring a distinction.   Introduction This final piece of work, the EMA in fulfilment of the module, asks we students to consider the question “What … Read more

Marxism and Neurodiversity

A panel of Janine, Robert Chapman and Sarah McCulloch discuss how Marxism can contribute to an understanding of neurodiversity and how we can achieve liberation. Part of Workers’ Liberty’s annual Ideas for Freedom festival.

Forty. New. Hospitals.

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Who knew that new need not actually mean new? It might mean refurbished or extended, repurposed or pretended? Who knew? Who’d have thought it, that forty need not actually mean forty? That’s rather naughty It ought to, surely? I’d have … Read more

Spoaken Word Lewes with Priss Nash

Uncensored, Unfiltered, Unapologetic and Oversharing; Priss is a Brighton-based poet/spoken word artist telling their stories through verses, bars and pars. Priss’ work covers a range of hard-hitting subjects with a focus on race, trauma, identity and mental health. Offering an … Read more

NeurodiVERSE in Preston Park

Janine contributes poetry on the theme of neurodiversity at Preston Park wellbeing hub, Brighton’s only mental health self-referral-based hub for adults.

Who’s the Refuser?

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Rebecca is a school refuser The lessons confuse her Miss knows her sister is a substance misuser It doesn’t excuse her She’s labelled a shirker, assigned to an overworked social worker, a conflict defuser But Becky’s still a school refuser Mason … Read more

Schools For All? Conference

Janine will be leading workshops on Neurodiversity at this online conference on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities organised by the Socialist Educational Association. Details and registration here.