Far be it from me –

Nigel Farage was thrown out of a pub in Bath today:

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Nigel Farage and his UKIP entourage have been thrown out of a pub in Bath today after trying to use it to host the launch of their European election campaign in the South West:

Nigel Farage and Ukip asked to leave Bell Inn pub in Bath

The manager of the Bell Inn said UKIP using the pub for their hustings was “not appropriate”

Here’s the pub’s Facebook page if you feel like sending a message of congratulations on the success of its selection policy for weeding out trouble-makers.


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Supposedly unemployed British builder used in UKIP poster is an Irish actor

Irrefutable statistical proof that bovine TB is caused by UKIP support and not badgers

Nigel Farage expels entire UKIP membership for bringing party into disrepute

The UKIP suspend member until his 163rd birthday (not satire!)

Best of Twitter reaction to UKIP councillor’s rant about…

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Occupy Wonga On May Day!

Occupy Wonga On May Day!.

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3rd International Health Humanities Network Conference 2014

3rd International Health Humanities Network Conference – Traumatextualities: Trauma in the clinical, arts and humanities contexts

Following the huge success of the 2010 and 2012 IHHN conferences in Nottingham and New Jersey (USA), Nottingham Health Humanities and the ICSPCRR (International Consortium for the Study of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation) are pleased to announce the 3rd IHHN conference, to be held in Nottingham in September 2014.

With the centenary of WW1, the occasion to reflect on the broader realities of conflicts and their traumas is of paramount importance. We are looking for papers that will engage with the topics of war, conflict, trauma, PTSD, among others, in a diverse array of contexts, past or present, military and non-military. Papers should have an interdisciplinary approach and serve as the interface between Health and Humanities contexts.

Date: 5th – 7th September 2014

Call for Papers
We seek submission of abstracts for 20-30 minutes presentations, 1 hour symposia, or poster presentations, on (but not limited to):
– Trauma in Literature and the arts
– PTSD (representations of / experiences of in humanities subjects)
– History of Conflict and War
– Individual experience of trauma as represented in in the humanities
– General Health Humanities themed papers (as per the preceding years, there will be several general themed panels)
Please email – Ihhnconference2014@gmail.com or Charley Baker – charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk for further details.

Charley Baker

Lecturer in Mental Health
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy
University of Nottingham

Associate Editor, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

ADDRESS: Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3DT, UK
EMAIL: charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk
WEBSITES: http://www.madnessandliterature.org / http://www.healthhumanities.org
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Raison d’etre ~ a talisman against depression?

Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking

Raison d’etre ~ a talisman against depression?

I’m not entirely sure where to start with this post and I feel sure there will be folks yelling at the screen by half way. That is, if they’re not already getting annoyed. From the outset I’m going to be controversial and state that I am no longer remotely convinced of the truth of the chemical imbalance explanation for depression. It’s taken more than twenty years for it to enter into the public consciousness and while some of the effects it has had have been beneficial (for example the lessening of stigma by the recognition of depression as an illness and not as a moral failing or weakness) I am less than sure that the overwhelming medicalisation has been useful for everyone. The comparison is made to conditions such as diabetes where it is essential to life to take medication of some kind…

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Could the truth be stranger than Esther McVey’s Wikipedia entry?

Could the truth be stranger than Esther McVey's Wikipedia entry?.

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Antidepressants can cause long term chronic, debilitating physical illnesses

Everything Matters

antidepressents It’s always nice when national newspapers dare to tell the truth about psychiatric drugs. The below article is about antidepressants. The fact is all the psych drugs cause such issues in a large percentage of folks. Regardless of class of drug, all the psychiatric drugs can and do cause damage to the nervous system which for some people creates illness and disability that can last years. These illnesses are often diagnosed as psychiatric which continues the assault by the offending substances rather than their removal. It’s an ugly thing that needs to be stopped.

Generally, prolonged withdrawal syndrome is not recognized by medicine. In the course of my work with those coming off psych meds I’ve learned that there are few people, even among critics of psychiatry that have a clue at the potential severity of psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes. That also means there are virtually no professionals that can…

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Warning on side effects of drugs for mental illness

Warning on side effects of drugs for mental illness.

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In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind | Series 1 – 8. The Snake Pit | Radio Times

In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind | Series 1 – 8. The Snake Pit | Radio Times.

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More support and understanding needed for people wanting to try a no meds approach

Jean Davison

pills_medication I’m concerned about the medicalisation of life; over-prescribing and how sometimes normal difficult emotions are (mis)diagnosed as an illness requiring medication. I expressed this view on twitter and said how I think Dr Joanna Moncrieff does make some valid points. Immediately I was accused of pill shaming, lack of empathy and insulting people who suffer from real deep depression.

Here is the article in the Telegraphwhich triggered the twitter responses to me after the psychiatrist Dr Alex Langford had put up a link to a similar article – his blog about this topic ishere. The media is often insensitive in its choice of language. I can see why ‘happy pills’ would annoy some people. This wasn’t my choice of words so I won’t try to defend a phrase I don’t use. ‘Happy Pills’ or ‘antidepressants? Call them what you will. They didn’t make me happy and they…

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International Conference – From Diagnosis to Dialogue

ISPS UK 2014 Residential Conference
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 – Thursday, 18 September 2014
University of Leicester, UK

From Diagnosis to Dialogue

An international conference for people with a personal or professional interest in understanding ‘psychosis’, including service users, mental health professionals, family members & therapists.

Speakers include: Lucy Johnstone, John Read, Marius Romme, Jaakko Seikkula and Rachel Waddingham

EARLY BIRD deadline: 16th May
Registration: http://tiny.cc/ISPSUK2014

Further information

Join us for the 19th ISPS International Conference
18-22nd March 2015 at Cooper Union in New York City

From DNA to neighborhood: Relationship and Experience in Psychosis
– An International Dialogue

Continuing Education and Continuing Medical Education offered by the
Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB)


Antonia Svensson
ISPS International Organiser
E-mail: isps@isps.org

The International Society
for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

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