Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Mad Hatters return for another Tea Party

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Lancaster's user-led alternative to Mental Health Week -  is back with a series of events which are actually worth going to. The week is put together by  the SHARP (Self Help Art and Recovery) Project and Lancaster District Peer Support due to popular demand.

It's the user-led alternative that grew out of cuts and closures to services for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties (and they can call it what they like :-). The plan is to offer useful and interesting stuff rather than simply generating worthy headlines aimed at making deteriorating services look better than they are.

The Programme of Events (All welcome)

Tuesday 25 November 7pm at the Gregson
 Talk: 'An Introduction to Narrative Therapy' by Helena Rose
(in the Olive Bar)
Cost: Free but donations towards room hire appreciated.
Narrative Therapy was developed in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980's by Michael White and David Epston. It is essentially viewed as a non-pathologizing approach that does not locate the problem in the individual but collaboratively works with individuals in the context of the stories that they tell (or do not tell), including cultural stories.  It can help an individual build a better sense of their own identity and develop greater self-compassion and you can find out more about it at
http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au/what-is-narrative-therapy.html too.

Thursday  27 November, 11am-3pm  United Reform Church, Sefton Rd, Morecambe
Lancaster & Morecambe Peer Support* Open Day / Mad Hatter's Tea PartyThere will be tea, cakes, crafts, gifts, information and bargains.
Peer Support Contact Tel: 07506963549

Friday 28 November, 11am-3pm Trinity Centre, Middle Street, Lancaster
Lancaster & Morecambe Peer Support* Open Day / Mad Hatter's Tea Party
As above but moved on to Lancaster
Peer Support Contact Tel: 07506963549

Friday 28 November at the Gregson
(organised by SHARP, Peer Support, and Lancaster & Morecambe Service User's Forum).
(Doors open 7.30pm)
Featuring Musicians, Vocalists, Poetry & Open Mic Spots.
And hats!
Tickets £4/ £3 cons on Door.

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