Mental health

Job opportunity Director of Arts and Minds - deadline 28 February

Cambridge- based charity “Arts and Minds” is seeking a new Director to take the charity forward. The post is part-time – 2-3 days per week (negotiable) paid pro rata on a full-time salary scale of £30-35k p.a.

Call for Posters, Social Prescribing Conference - deadline 15 April 2019

RCPsych and NHS England are delighted to host a national conference on social prescribing.  Aiming to bring together healthcare professionals across the UK who want to support the development of social prescribing within the locality.

Find out more about the MARCH Network

The MARCH Network is one of 8 new national networks funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call to further research into mental health.

MARCH focuses on social, cultural and community assets – which includes the arts, culture, heritage sites, libraries, green spaces, community centres, social clubs, community associations and volunteer groups – and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing, preventing mental illness, and supporting those living with mental health conditions.

Switching Perceptions at Bethlem Gallery – until 30 March 2019

Switching Perceptions

5 Jan - 30 Mar 2019

Bethlem Gallery

Switching Perceptions is a new exhibition by artist Eleanor Minney in collaboration with Professor Liz Tunbridge and patients from the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Royal Hospital. In a new body of work spanning textiles, drawing, clay and handwriting, Minney untangles the fragile threads of the human mind through delicate, detailed explorations into what creates a sense of self, and the relationship to psychiatric conditions.

Artist for redesign of waiting area, Lambeth CAMHS – deadline 14 February 2019

Lambeth Child and Adolescent mental health service are looking for an artist to contribute to the redesign of their waiting area, to help create an inclusive space that caters for the children, young people and families that come into contact with the service.

DYSPLA Storymakers residency – deadline 16 December 2018

The Storymakers Residency is a year-long (part-time) flexible writing programme funded by the Arts Council England. It is specifically designed to support and develop UK-based neurodivergent artists/storymakers to create and develop their own film/stage script.

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Researcher seeking dementia carers for London study

Researcher Mah Rana at Birkbeck College, London is looking for dementia carers to take part in a ‘crafting together’ study. Participation will involve 3-4 hours over two non-consecutive days between now and the end of 2019.

A Mindful Mess, Poplar – 9-11 November 2018

Sunday Assembly East End, Poplar Union and Antenna Collective are hosting a free three-day festival of music, cabaret, workshops, film, talks, art and more exploring the mind, promoting mental health to facilitate a more collective, creative, diverse and sophisticated conversation around mental health, and promoting a greater understanding of ‘neurodiversity’ – the principle that neurological differences should be recognised and respected like any other.

Government loneliness strategy builds in arts and culture

The recently released loneliness strategy includes a commitment to expand social prescribing and states that the "Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work with Arts Council England to address loneliness through its programmes, as well as utilising the loneliness measure in its work. Alongside this, the department will raise awareness of the role that libraries can play, including through Libraries Week".

CQC reports on the "State of Care"

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual summary of the State of Care. Tom Trenholm, Chief Executive of the CQC, describes a "story of contrasts" that assesses "both the resilience and the potential vulnerability" of the heath and care sectors, but also describes the risk of 'care injustice'.

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