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Meeting this Thursday 8th August

We'll be meeting this Thursday 8th August at the usual time of 6 -7:30pm at the Old Bank Building on Hanover Street in the city centre. All welcome - just turn up, there's no need for a referral or to let us know in advance (unless you'd like to).

Our speaker this month is Emily Eisner, a PhD Researcher running a study called ExPRESS:2. She is based at the Clinical Psychology Department of the University of Manchester. In her recent research, she tested out a smartphone app called ‘ExPRESS’, which aims to help people with psychosis stay well. You can read about it here. She is planning her next research study and would really value some input from people with lived experience of mental health issues, especially those with experience of psychosis and their friends and family.

We also have a group social event coming up on Sunday 18th August. We'll catch a train out to Hebden Bridge, walk back along the canal to Todmorden then catch the train back to Manchester. Please e…

Meeting & AGM this Thurs 11th July

We'll be meeting this Thursday 11th July at the usual time of 6-7:30pm at the Old Bank Building on Hanover Street in the city centre. 

We will be running a short Annual General Meeting from 6:15 - 6:45. It's really informal and anyone is welcome to be there regardless of whether you're a regular to our meetings, or it's your first time.

Feel free to email us if you'd like a copy of the AGM agenda.

Meeting this Thu 13th June

We'll be meeting this Thursday 13th June at the usual time of 6-7:30pm at the Old Bank Building on Hanover Street in the city centre. 
THIS MONTH'S SPEAKER...we have Cathy Fortune who is Arts and Culture Partnerships Coordinator at Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust. She works for a service called Recovery Pathways – Wellbeing through Art People and Places. See more here
All welcome! No referral needed, just turn up.

Speaker on Recovery for our May meeting

We'll be meeting this Thursday 9th May at the usual time of 6-7:30 at the Old Bank Building on Hanover Street in the city centre, M60 0AB.

I'm really pleased to say that we have Paul Baker coming along to our meeting this month to talk some of the projects he has been involved with recently. He will talk mainly about setting up a Recovery House and Recovery Learning Community in Trieste, Italy. He has recently worked on:

Working with parents and family members on their own recovery journeys Developing a Hearing Voices Network in Brazil Working with Mental Health Trusts and Health Boards
Paul is currently Secretary of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network and has so much experience to share with us.

Sunday 18th August: we plan to take the train out to Hebden Bridge and have a leisurely walk along the canal towpath to Todmorden, where we'll pick up the train to Manchester. All welcome. More details soon.

Research involvement opportunity: The role of psychological processes in proneness to psychosis

Information below about a study being carried out by researchers at the University of Manchester...

Have you experienced psychosis? Are you interested in psychosis research?
Take part in an online research study to help us understand the psychological processes
that influence psychotic experiences.
- People with experiences of psychosis (e.g. feeling suspicious or paranoid, hearing
voices or seeing things other people cannot) can take part
- Chance to win one of four high street shopping vouchers
- Complete an online survey with questionnaires (around 30-45 minutes)
- Results will inform psychological therapies for distress related to psychosis
Your responses will be kept confidential and anonymous.
Link to the survey:
For more information, please contact one of the researchers at the University of
Manchester: or

Creating Safe Places for Recovery - seminar in Manchester

Sharing details of an event coming up in Manchester in case of interest...

Working to Recovery presents: Creating Safe Places for Recovery: A one-day Seminar with Alison McCabe (Reeves) and Karen Taylor.

This is a 1-day Seminar for commissioners, mental health service managers/staff, housing support managers/staff, mental health workers, community development workers, family members, allies and people with lived experience.

Manchester - Thursday 27th June 2019 (other locations - see link)

More details and booking here.

In this one-day seminar Karen and Alison will explore their experiences of running Crisis and Recovery Houses. There is much interest at the moment of how we can create alternatives to hospital admission and treatment. During the morning they will share their experiences, what worked - the afternoon will be exploring in groups what they would envisage the perfect safe space for recovery could be.  Alison ran the very successful Anam Cara for 7 years a crisis and r…

Meeting Thu 11th April & Folk Train social trip

We'll be meeting next Thursday 11th April from 6 - 7:30pm at the Old Bank Building on Hanover Street in the city centre. 
THIS MONTH'S SPEAKER... We're really lucky to have Dr Hayley Gorton back to talk with us about her work. Hayley is a researcher and community pharmacist. She is coming back to talk to us about her work on community pharmacy supporting people with their mental health. Her work focuses especially on suicide prevention and pharmacy. She will tell us more about the work she has done since she last visited us two years ago.
FOLK TRAIN SOCIAL TRIP - THURSDAY 25TH APRIL All group members are invited to our first social event of the year - a trip on the Folk Train from Manchester Piccadilly station to Glossop.  The train will leave at 6:59pm and you'll have the option of arriving back at Piccadilly for either 9:54pm or 10:21pm.  We will cover the cost of the return train ticket, food from a local takeaway, a soft drink and the donation for the band. Please let…