Please book if you want to come, and circulate to anyone you think might interested.
This is a meeting for organisations and individuals involved in campaigning around mental health in East London. We want to offer a space for people to get together and talk about how we might support each other and share resources in the face of the growing crisis in the UK’s psychological welfare and mental health provision – in the boroughs of East London in particular.
We are a group of mental health professionals and service users campaigning around various aspects of mental health and welfare, some of us involved with the Mental Wealth Alliance and its campaigns around workfare and the psycho-compulsion of benefits claimants with mental health difficulties.
We have hired the Scott Room at Oxford House for the day, and will be putting on a free showing of I, Daniel Blake to help us tune in to the connections between psychological distress and austerity politics – poverty, homelessness, the housing crisis, benefit cuts and the dismantling of the welfare state, low wages and zero-hour contracts, ever-increasing inequalities of wealth, income and resources, cuts and privatisation in all public services.
The rough programme for the day is:
10.00 am arrive – coffee and tea
10.30 am introductions – who we are and what we are interested in.
11.15 am showing of Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake and discussion
1.15 – 2.00 pm lunch together – bring food to share
2.00 – 3.30 pm how can we support each other in our campaigns and our lives?
The event is free. We will be asking people on the day to donate what they can towards the costs.