National Members' Day
Our annual National Members’ Day event is on Saturday 11 November this year, at the Holiday Inn, Regent’s Park, London.
The event is FREE for all members. Not yet a member? Sign up now for as little as £6 year.
We are delighted to welcome Professor Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College as our keynote speaker this year.
He will be speaking in the morning on 'New developments in the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis'.
Sir Robin is particularly interested in psychosis. He was one of the first to suggest that schizophrenia was in part a neurodevelopmental disorder, and he and his colleagues have contributed to the understanding that environmental factors such as obstetric events, drug abuse and social adversity dysregulate striatal dopamine and thus increase the risk of psychosis; he is currently most interested in gene-environmental interactions.
He is also involved in testing new treatments for psychotic illnesses, and cares for people with psychosis at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He has written over 800 articles, not all of them boring! He is the most frequently cited psychosis researcher outside the USA, has supervised 72 PhDs and 12 MD Theses, and 40 of his students have become full professors. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and received a knighthood in 2011.
The winners of our Pringle awards for Service of the year, Member of the year and Group of the year and Bill Pringle award winners for art and poetry will announced and presented with their awards.
We’ll also be celebrating the winner of the national Janey Antoniou award for mental health campaigners.
This year we are delighted to confirm that the awards will be presented by our special guest, Bryony Gordon. Bryony is an author and journalist and passionate mental health campaigner who has spoken publically about her struggles with OCD.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place from 12 – 1pm, including an address from our Chief Executive, Mark Winstanley.
During breaks and lunch you’ll have the opportunity to visit our Marketplace, where we’ll be showcasing the variety of involvement opportunities available across the charity.
If you’re looking for advice on how to fundraise in your local area, or are interested in joining your local Regional Committee then make sure you visit our Marketplace to find out more.
In the afternoon our workshop programme will begin. This year there are four workshops to choose from, and they will all be repeated once so you have the opportunity to attend two.
- Workshop 1: A Calmer You, led by Chloe Brotheridge
Chloe Brotheridge is a hypnotherapist and anxiety expert at www.calmer-you.com and author of The Anxiety Solution. In this workshop Chloe will look at the causes of anxiety and stress, coping mechanisms, and will then lead you through a guided meditation.
- Workshop 2: Presentation of clinical research linking some psychosis with a treatable auto-immune disorder, led by University of Oxford researchers.
This workshop will share latest findings from the ongoing research project led by Professor Belinda Lennox and team from the University of Oxford into the link between some psychosis and a treatable auto-immune disorder.
- Workshop 3: Rethink Advice and Information Service, led by Laura Peters
This workshop will look at recent changes to disability benefits and the introduction of universal credit, the challenges this presents and how some of them may be overcome.
- Workshop 4: Planning for the future, led by Steve Howells
This workshop, led by Steve Howells, Rethink Trust Corporation (RTC) associate from Arcadia Legal and Trust, will present options available to carers who want to plan for the future to ensure their loved one is looked after. Steve will guide you through the process of drafting a will or setting up a trust in a clear and straightforward way, with a Q&A at the end. There will also be the opportunity to arrange a follow up one to one meeting afterwards if required.
We’re pleased to confirm that our Harrow group More Than Just a Choir will be returning this year, performing during our morning session and also at the end of the day.